1) often capitalized : a political philosophy, movement, or regime (as that of the Fascisti) that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition
2) a tendency toward or actual exercise of strong autocratic or dictatorial control <early instances of army fascism and brutality — J. W. Aldridge>
Pretty sure Fascism is the child of Mammon, the god of money, as Fascism appears to be conceived in the womb of economic insecurity and economic injustice. Fascism’s mother is greedy bankers and corporatists and politicians who curry favor with them and enact their policies. Just some intel for if or when we get through this.
But whoever is the mother and whatever the root cause– The little bastard Fascism is being birthed all over the planet right now.