The term “facism” was forever defined by Benito Mussolini who founded and led the “National Fascist Party” in Italy from 1922 to 1943. It unabashedly espoused a big government welfare state and enacted purely left-wing programs. Some of these, which are identical 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 ObamaCare 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 government projects in the US.
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. 
In keeping with the demagoguery of left wing socialistic movements everywhere, their rallying cry was to appropriate the wealth of others, in this case minorities and foreign victims, to buy the support of native unwashed masses. And to the extent the injustice of these nationalistic passions aroused moral indignation, Mussolini, and his admirers in Nazi (socialistic) Germany, shut down dissent not with reasoned argument but by brute force.
But as is obvious from its left-wing policies, fascism did nothing more than to oppose personal freedom, attack capitalism, steal the wealth of the productive, initiate unprovoked war, and ultimately 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 any 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 they cater to down-trodden minorities who comprise nearly half of the democrat party.
After World War II with all its manifest horrors, 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 a philosophy of free-market right-wing Republicans, who paradoxically had always voted against every socialistic left-wing democrat-fascist policy proposed.
The crazy rationalization was that big-government fascism (and Nazi socialism which implemented the same policies) circles around to resemble a far right-wing anarchy that would eliminate government entirely. And this is despite these extremes being polar opposites in form, practice, and remedy. Indeed, the only obvious thing in common is an elevated misery index.
But what is truly incredible is that anyone could believe this nonsense.
And yet today most democrats unquestioningly accept the assertion that fascism with its big government left-wing socialism, which are all part and parcel of the American democrat party platform, is really a right-wing philosophy. This irony was never clearer than when in an absurd twist of logic, this historical revisionism was parroted by the democrat party affiliate ironically calling itself “AntiFa” (i.e ANTI-FASCISM).
Unfortunately, the indefensible illogic is so manifest that, in a manner similar to Italian Fascists, Nazi Brown-Shirts, and kindred left-wing fascists movements everywhere, the democrat Anti-Fa group needs masked violence to silence free speech opposition.
In short, the democrat claim is that fascism has different roots than what it does, had a different flowering than what it did, and will produce benefits that it has ALWAYS failed to deliver. This twisted logic is insane but then pretzels are no substitute for brains.
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.