We mean by fascism the ignoring and suppression of popular opinion.
Moreover, we mean the use of media as propaganda in order to implant falsehoods in the minds of the populations that make them easier to sway and control. Under a regime of fascism, official narratives are constructed, and any dissent, regardless of how factual, is dismissed as "misinformation."
In these few words, I have described our current existence in the Western World.
The beliefs that made us free by restraining government power and holding it accountable are everywhere under attack. We are being dehumanized by fascism, which makes it easier to dispose of us. For example, the liberal city government of San Francisco on November 29, 2022, by a vote of 8 to 3 gave robots the right to kill humans. San Francisco will now employ killer robots as members of its police force.
In the United States today free speech is said to be a threat to democracy if it dissents from official explanations. There is talk about criminalizing "misinformation."
We know how close we are to being muzzled when in the United States free speech, protected by the First Amendment to the US Constitution is under attack as a "threat to democracy."