Nowadays, you can be called a fascist for just about anything that you say that is in favor of the Republican party. If you say that you voted for Donald Trump to a classmate or that you agree with stricter immigration policies to a colleague casually, chances are that you will be called a fascist. Since the 1970's, everyone from former president Richard Nixon to the late Arizona senator John McCain has been labeled a fascist because of their party affiliation. But do the people that call you that actually know what they are talking about? The answer to that is most likely a big, fat "no." So here's a history lesson. Who conceptualized this horrific ideology? "His name is Giovanni Gentile. Born in 1875, he was one of the most influential philosophers of the first half of the twentieth century. Gentile believed that there were two 'diametrically opposed' types of democracy. One is liberal democracy, such as the United States, which Gentile dismisses as individualistic-too centered on liberty and personal rights-and therefore selfish. The other, the one Gentile recommends, is 'true democracy', in which individuals willingly subordinate themselves to the state.", author Dinesh D'Souza states in a 2017 video for Prager University, titled "Is Fascism Right Or Left?". So what was Gentile's ultimate goal? D'Souza also states, "Like his philosophical mentor, Karl Marx, Gentile wanted to create a community that resembles the family, a community where we are 'all in this together.' It's easy to see the attraction to the idea. ... It was another Italian man, Benito Mussolini, the fascist dictator of Italy from 1922 to 1945, who turned Gentile's words into action. In his Dottrina del Fascismo, Mussolini wrote, 'All is in the state and nothing human exists or has value outside the state.' He was merely paraphrasing Gentile." So what does this have to do with the right or the left? The answer might actually surprise you. Gentile was actually a leftist. D'Souza supports and concludes this argument with, "The Italian philosopher is now lost in obscurity, but his philosophy could not be more relevant because it closely parallels that of the modern left. Gentile’s work speaks directly to progressives who champion the centralized state. Here in America, the left has vastly expanded state control over the private sector, from healthcare to banking; from education to energy. This state-directed capitalism is precisely what German and Italian fascists implemented in the 1930's." (Source: Prager University, "Is Fascism Right Or Left?", Dinesh D'Souza, December 4, 2017, https://www.prageru.com/video/is-fascism-right-or-left/) Contrary to what the media portrays, fascism is a leftist idea. From the anti-Semitic rhetoric by leftist government officials to indoctrination on university campuses, Gentile's infamous ideas didn't go away. They evolved in ways that are not only easy to disguise, but easy to adopt by people who can't think for themselves.