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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • I would say fascism is any ideology where individual or minority group needs/rights are superceded by the needs/rights of the state. I suppose that "state" could be replaced by any "authority figure"... so I could say "my boss is a fascist" if his needs supercede mine without discussion. Fascism is a combination of myopia and selfishness on the part of those in authority.
    • I would say fascism is any ideology where individual or minority group needs/rights are superceded by the needs/rights of the state.
      So any government that taxes the rich is fascist?
      • +1, insightful

        Actually, that would make any government that taxes at all, fascist.

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        J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers
        • Actually, that would make any government that taxes at all, fascist.
          Not necssarily. He talked about individual/minority rights superceding state interests, and you could make the argument that where everyone is taxed equally (or even proportionally) that you are not going after individual/minority rights (although you could also make the opposite case). But there's no such argument to be made for progressive taxation: that is, quite clearly, putting the rights of minorities (in this case, the rich) below the interests of the state.

          Anyway, fascism is, as rafael said, marked more by the specifics than generalities. The fact is, there is no one solid definition of fascism, and we don't necessarily "know it when we see it." I prefer to avoid intentionally slanderous labels [pudge.net] and focus on specifics about what is right and what is wrong.