Originally posted by blaze8492
He's entirely wrong. Fascism is defined by the subjugation of the private market by the State. Mussolini didn't let business into government, he controlled business through government, instituting strict price controls and dividing the economy into 6 "corporazioni," with the heads of those directly appointed by himself.
The US has had nothing in common with Fascism over the past 30 years.
Who gets to define Fascism here?
I think there is room for some diversity in the implementation of a general concept of identifying the needs of the state with the needs of corporations, big business at the expense of small business, the suppression of dissent starting with trade unions, the mobilization of mass support through extreme, flag waving nationalism and identifying scapegoats in the community, the buildup of military power in the hands of an unaccountable leadership hiding behind the flag, the pursuit of foreign adventure in the interests of corporate greed as well as plain arrogance.
If there is any single marker for Fascism I suggest it is typically ultra nationalism and the excessive use of the national flag in political life.
European Fascism took many of its ideas from the USA, not least the displacement of more traditional models for capitalism with the emergence of a corporate state - with the methods developed to manage corporations proving eminently applicable to political management. William Appleman Williams is a good source describing this. Other debts to the USA include its applications of eugenic principles in immigration control, the racist uses of segregation, and genocide. As for ideological control and the totalitarian state, look no further than World War One and the birth of the PR industry, again with many political applications.