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"Fascism is just extreme authoritarianism"
Authoritarianism is already an extreme, fascism is just what we call right wing authoritarianism. Left wing authoritarianism is usually called Stalinism if it's communist.
"Now I know in recent times "
Not really, we've had the same definition of fascism since the rise of fascism in the early 20th century.
The problem with using the word fascist is that fascism is a political belief system in itself, embodying extreme nationalism and requiring a dictator. Extreme authoritarianism isn't necessarily nationalistic or dictatorial, sometimes it focuses on an ideal rather than a national identity, like Stalin's Russia.
Socialism is not midway between communism and capitalism. Socialism is between communism and centrism. Centrism is between communism and free market capitalism.
Not really, socialism is left of centrism. And yes, Hitler and Stalin were both extreme authoritarians, but the term fascist is used to describe authoritarian views that are centre right in nature, hence why we call Hitler "far right" when really, economically, he was a bit of a leftie. I'm not saying Stalin wasn't a totalitarian authoritarian prick, I'm just saying you should use those words instead of fascist.