By Robert Brady
In the twentieth century no set of ideas has been so vilified and misunderstood as that of Fascism. Prewar Fascism has been depicted, through the machinations of the social democratic media and countless works of political comment, as a political system based on reactionary oppression and the antithesis of all that is good and necessary for human advancement. In the present day it appears that its original significance has been abandoned and it is now invariably employed as an abusive epithet for the purpose of defaming political opponents, most of whom do not qualify for being so dubbed. A degree of blame rests with the perpetual polarisation of politics into battalions of “Left” and “Right” whereby all shades of political thought are considered only in these obligatory terms.