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Letter to the Editor: Fascisim today
Opinion
Many people have heard of communism (a political ideology) and socialism (an economic theory). But what is fascism? The most prominent fascist that we learned about in our history books was Adolf Hitler, well known for killing over six million people in death camps during World War II. But how did he get the good people in Germany to go along with his radical ideology? A common tool used to manipulate the population into accepting fascism is that of dividing society into "tribes" of polar opposite beliefs. Another is to create a common enemy by instilling fear of the created enemy into the population. For Hitler it was the Jews. He also spread the false belief that he was the only one who could save Germany from the enemy. Rigging elections is another tool used by fascists. The objective is to exaggerate the internal national divisions, thereby raising fear to a level at which enough of the population will willingly accept leadership from the fascist manipulators.