The term “Fascism” was forever defined by Benito Mussolini who founded and led the “National Fascist Party” in Italy from 1922 to 1943. The term itself is derived from the Latin “fasci” meaning a bundle of sticks meant to refer to a socialistic collectivism. It unabashedly espoused a big government welfare state, promoted a centrally planned economy, rejected capitalism and private property rights, and enacted purely left-wing programs.
A few features of Fascism, which are identical in kind to those advocated by the American democrat party, include
1. Supplemental food assistance similar to US Food Stamps.
3. General family assistance.
4. Public housing similar to the sub-prime mortgage program of the US democrat party.
5. Nationalized health care to include maternity leave and state run day care facilities which is the same as Obama-Care but without the free enterprise components.
6. Old age and disability insurance similar to Social Security and Medicare.
7. Massive public works programs similar to the “Works Project Administration” (WPA) to hire unskilled workers for superfluous make-work government jobs.
8. Suppression of religious freedom and substitution of “scientific socialism”. Confiscation of all Church property and bank accounts.
9. Nationalization of industry so that in 1934, Mussolini boasted that three-quarters of Italian businesses "is in the hands of the state".  By about 1939, Fascist Italy attained the highest rate of state ownership of an economy in the world other than the Soviet Union,  where the Italian state “controlled over four-fifths of Italy’s shipping and shipbuilding, three-quarters of its pig iron production and almost half that of steel.”  And invariably the resulting inefficiencies of big government control destroyed the economy requiring ever more “social care and fixing.”
10. Massive tax hikes along with deficit spending. Basically, Mussolini spent Italy into a structural deficit that grew exponentially and unsustainably . In Mussolini’s first year as Prime Minister in 1922, the national debt was 93 billion lire,  increasing to 149 billion lire in 1934 and to 406 billion in 1943. 
NATURAL EVOLUTION OF SOCIALISM-FASCISM
In common with left wing socialistic movements everywhere, their program was a familiar one. Basically, the Fascists came to power promising free stuff to the poor. And initially they succeeded by massively increasing taxes and public debt as well as outright confiscation of wealth which was then lavishly redistributed to adoring masses.
But to accomplish this, the Fascists needed to drastically increase the power of the state by expanding government regulation and social control administered by a centralized cadre of bureaucrats. Invariably, this control became concentrated in the person of Benito Mussolini who assumed absolute dictatorial power.
Unfortunately the history of human societies is that collectivization is so inefficient the economy collapses making it difficult to buy the continued support of the masses. In a downward spiral everyone is impoverished even to the point of lacking the basic necessities of life. Only the leader and a small ruling class remain comfortable. This was certainly true of left-wing Fascism in Italy and the contemporaneous socialism of Nazi Germany.
To divert attention from economic failures, the left-wing Italian Fascists created scapegoats in minorities and political opponents. And to an even greater extent, they instituted unprovoked war on neighboring countries whose land and treasure and food they could loot. At the same time and in a similar fashion, their fellow socialists in Nazi Germany were resettling German farmers in the conquered territory of Poland and in the Ukraine.
To the extent the injustice of these nationalistic passions aroused moral indignation, Mussolini and his admirer of Adolph Hitler in Nazi [National Socialist German Worker’s Party] Germany, shut down dissent not with reasoned argument but by brute force.
The difficulty for Socialist-Fascist-Communist apologists is that it was the left-wing political philosophy that drove the centrally planned over-regulated economic system, the accumulation of power, and especially police state repression. In an attempt to avoid blame, liberals claimed that the political horror show was not their fault because the beauty of social sharing was somehow on a different intellectual plane. Or they claimed that a left wing Fascist dictator who attempted to divert attention from the economic failure of left wing policies by the persecution of minorities and by agressive war was somehow espousing right wing sentiments in doing so.
In any event, the net effect was to rain ruin and destruction on industrial scales; all the while claiming to be everything to everyone in an avalanche of fuzzy thinking and fast talk.
Before World War II, democrats in the US were more honest. As everyone knew, but one liberal democrat New York Police Commissioner wrote
“You want to know what ‘Fascism’ is like? It is like your New Deal!” ,
referring to the campaign slogan of democrat President Franklin D. Roosevelt who was also trying to introduce socialistic programs.
In America, neither Canada nor Mexico had much tempting wealth, so democrats looked to loot the resident rich and especially the middle class in order to buy votes from the poor at the height of the Great Depression. Currently their supporters are mostly down-trodden uneducated minorities and immigrants who comprise more than half of the democrat party.
After World War II with all the manifest horrors of Fascism exposed, democrats were desperate to distance themselves from prior associations and labels that still characterized their most cherished policies. For that they needed to twist their minds into pretzels. They invented the claim that Fascism was instead the philosophy of right-wing free-market Republicans, who paradoxically had always voted en masse against every left-wing democrat-socialist-fascist policy proposed.
The crazy rationalization was that big-government Fascism (and Nazi Socialism which implemented the same policies) somehow circles around to resemble a far right-wing anarchy that would eliminate government entirely. And this is despite these ideologies being polar opposites in form, practice, and remedy. Indeed, they are so different the one and only feature common to both left-wing socialism-fascism and extreme right-wing anarchy is an elevated state of misery.
But what is truly incredible is that anyone could believe this revisionist nonsense.
And yet today most democrats unquestioningly accept the assertion that Fascism with its big government left-wing socialistic programs, which are all part and parcel of today’s democrat party platform, is somehow a right-wing stratagem. The irony was never clearer than when democrats created an affiliate calling itself “ANTI-FA” (i.e. opposing Fascism).
Unfortunately, the indefensible illogic is so manifest that, like Socialists, Fascists, Nazi Brown-Shirts, Communists, and kindred left-wing movements everywhere, the democrats in ANTI-FA require masked violence to silence free speech ridicule.
You just cannot make this stuff up.
In short, the democrat claim is that Fascism had a different origin and policies than what history unambiguously records. And the manifest horrors of Fascism which promoted left-wing big- government socialism are blindly blamed on their political opponents, the Republicans, who in strident opposition had always advocated right-wing small- government free-market capitalism.
This twisted logic is insane, but then pretzels are no substitute for brains.
President Reagan’s warning about liberals twisting the
truth about the socialistic basis of left-wing Fascism.
Left wing ANTI-FA thugs preparing for masked violence to
shut down a peaceful Republican rally which ironically
opposed the socialistic policies of Fascism (University of
California at Berkeley, 2017). You can’t make this stuff up.
1. Carl Schmidt, "The Corporate State in Action London", Victor Gollancz Ltd., 1939, pp. 153–76.
2. Gianni Toniolo, editor, The Oxford Handbook of the Italian Economy Since Unification, Oxford: UK, Oxford University Press, 2013, p. 59; Mussolini’s speech to the Chamber of Deputies was on May 26, 1934.
3. James Strachey Barnes, Universal Aspects of Fascism, Williams and Norgate, London: UK, (1928) pp. 113-114.
4. Patricia Knight, Mussolini and Fascism: Questions and Analysis in History, New York: Routledge, 2003, p. 65.
5. Martin Blinkhorn, Mussolini and Fascist Italy, 2nd edition, New York: NY, Routledge, 1991, p. 26.
6. John T. Flynn, As We Go Marching, New York: NY, Doubleday and Company, Inc., 1944, p. 51. Also see “Twelve Years of Fascist Finance,” by Dr. Gaetano Salvemini Foreign Affairs, April 1935, Vol. 13, No. 3, p. 463
7. John T. Flynn, As We Go Marching, New York: NY, Doubleday and Company, Inc., 1944, p. 50. See New York Times, Aug. 8, 1943.
8. Mussolini in Mr. New York: The Autobiography of Grover A. Whalen by Grover Aloysius Whalen, G.P. Putnam’s Sons, (1955), p. 188.