Fascist governments are autocratic, dictatorial and often use force and brutality. Severe punishments and cruel condemnations, even for minor infractions, are typical fascistic reactions. When witnessing people being treated in a fascistically harsh manner, most of us feel shocked, repelled, angry, and disgusted.
But it is not only governments who are guilty of such inhumane treatment. Have you ever been at a social gathering where one person verbally attacked another? “You stupid fool!” “You selfish pig!” “You ungrateful jerk!” Indeed, put-downs like these can be considered fascistic. They are denigrating, abusive, extremely unpleasant to witness, and the attacker loses respect within moments.
Fortunately, most people would say: “I’d never speak to anybody like that. I know better than to assault someone’s dignity and self-esteem.” Yet, many people who would never dream of talking to anybody else in such a vicious and fascistic manner often do so to themselves!
They say things like: “I’m such an idiot! I’m a real jerk! I’m a stupid moron!” And although they would never address someone else like that, they think it is perfectly fine to treat themselves that way. Well, it isn’t fine at all.