Omigod fascism everywhere!
Perhaps this diary should be a play:
The "Right": Omigod Ministry of Truth! Stop the steal! Biden's a FASCIST!
The "Left: Omigod cult of personality! Racism! Steve Bannon! Trump's a FASCIST!
Zelenskyy supporters: "Putin's a FASCIST!"
Putin supporters: "Zelenskyy's a FASCIST!"
Four-part harmony, key of C7th: fascist -- fascist -- fascist -- fascist --
Now, sure, there may be some actual Fascism floating about. But the word "FASCIST" is experiencing an overuse in the territory of meaninglessness, toward its ultimate end: FASCIST = "I don't like it." It's so ironic that an epithet seeking power over the enemies of those who use it will end up being powerless.
In 1884 and 1885 there was a conference in Berlin at which the European "Great Powers" agreed to divide Africa into various colonial territories. At the time, the capitalists of these Great Powers (and elsewhere) were making big money on the boom-bust cycles of the times. These cycles also occurred in the United States, which experienced a vast economic growth punctuated by various panics, from the Panic of 1873 to the Panic of 1893 to the Panic of 1896 to the Panic of 1901 to the Panic of 1907 and so on. Periodic spurts of activity were accompanied by busts which disciplined the working class. None of this activity in the least dampened the hunger for profit of the capitalists, who sought military profits which ultimately culminated in World War I.
Needless to say, World War I was a disastrous strategy from the capitalist perspective, bringing the armies of various countries to ruin. It was exacerbated by the various attitudes of denial issuing from both sides in the war, especially from the French and from the Germans, and it was accompanied by one of the worst pandemics in history. After the war, some of the afflicted countries turned to authoritarianism, and some of this authoritarianism was called "Fascism." Fascism was a between-the-wars form of governance which sought to cement the profit rate into place through dictatorial fiat. Today the same goal is achieved by Congress printing money and handing it to rich people. Pretty soon, now, it will also be accomplished by the Federal Reserve's war or the working class.
Once upon a time, actually in the Thirties and early Forties, there was a tendency called the "Popular Front," that sought to unite all forces against Fascism. Michael Denning did a beautiful book about the cultural end of it. Today, the "Popular Front" has become a Biden for President Front, so that when Joe tells us the economy's never been so good, we nod and say "yes sir!"
The apex of fascism was Adolf Hitler, dictator of Germany from 1933 to 1945. Hitler had plans of global conquest. Part of Hitler's motivation in starting the European phase of the war (Asia having already begun) by attacking Poland in 1939 was that he could satisfy his creditors' demands by stealing countries and sucking them dry of wealth. When compared to what Hitler did, no present-day claim of FASCISM is impressive, though this could change. Today, capitalism is the problem. Its endgame is government, both national and global, so completely owned by the super-rich that no reformist alternative has become thinkable. "Fascism" is the domain of lazy slobs like Trump and Biden, and thieves like Zelenskyy and Putin. All these people will do is continue with capitalism, which is bad enough at this point.