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Thread #121472 Message #2677309
Posted By: John MacKenzie
11-Jul-09 - 06:01 AM
Thread Name: Folk Against Fascism
Subject: RE: Folk Against Fascism
The word 'Fascism' is almost entirely meaningless. In conversation, of course, it is used even more wildly than in print. I have heard it applied to farmers, shopkeepers, Social Credit, corporal punishment, fox-hunting, bull-fighting, the 1922 Committee, the 1941 Committee, Kipling, Gandhi, Chiang Kai-Shek, homosexuality, Priestley's broadcasts, Youth Hostels, astrology, women, dogs and I do not know what else... almost any English person would accept 'bully' as a synonym for 'Fascist'.
George Orwell, What is Fascism?. 1944.