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15. Re: etc. Aug 21, 2012, 15:50 Scottish Martial Arts
The point is that the word Fascism has no etymological relationship to the modern words Federal or Capitalism. In other words, your claim couldn't be any more wrong. If you want to dodge that by making some snide remark about Jericho that's your prerogative but it certainly makes you look like a pussy who can't admit when he's wrong.

The fasces were THE symbol of Roman Auctoritas, Imperium, and power in general. By adopting the Fasces as their symbol and the name for their movement, the Italian Fascists were declaring themselves as the founders of a reborn Roman Empire. Furthermore, the bundled rods of the fasces are such that it is very difficult to break them. Individually rods can be broken, but bundled together they are strong. The symbolism of that, and it's relationship to Fascist ideology should be obvious.

As for whether Mussolini coined the term, I had been under the impression he had. I could be wrong on that though, and I'll need to look it up. Either way, the term originated among the Italian political parties that gave birth to Fascism as a political movement in the nineteen-teens and twenties.
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