A political regime, having totalitarian aspirations, ideologically based on a relationship between business and the centralized government, business-and-government control of the market place, repression of criticism or opposition, a leader cult and exalting the state and/or religion above individual rights. Originally only applied (usually capitalized) to Benito Mussolini's Italy. (noun)
By vague analogy, any system of strong autocracy or oligarchy usually to the extent of bending and breaking the law, race-baiting and violence against largely unarmed populations. (noun)
Examples of word fascism
As always, I use the term fascism in the proper historical context, rather than the militaristic slur of nazism that it tends to get confused with.
Also, the term fascism is derived from the italian fascio, which means bundle - check out the Fascist flag.
A little history: Benito Mussolini invented the term fascism in the 1920s and the philosophy it was built on was based in controlling people with fear and repression.
And I am not a person who tosses the term fascism around lightly.
Refreshingly, Wolf is not shy about using the term fascism and lets the reader know why.