There's been a lot of talk about "fascism" lately, what with "fascist" becoming the GOP's word of choice to describe the president. In the midst of heated political rhetoric, sometimes things can get a bit confusing. So I've written a brief, helpful guide for understanding what is and isn't fascism. 

The following things are fascism:

  • Universal health care coverage

  • A 39% top tax rate 

  • Boosting funding for voluntary national service programs

The following things are not fascism:

  • Idenfinite detention without trial 

  • Torture 

  • “Disappearing” suspected criminals 

  • Warrantless surveillance of American citizens

— A. Serwer

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