jcbrook at Vermont Commons quotes Carroll Quigley, Georgetown professor* and noted chronicler of the insider class, which he admired. Fortunately, Dr. Quigley valued truth over fawning:
"Fascism is the adoption by the vested interests in a society of an authoritarian form of government in order to maintain their vested interests and prevent the reform of the society." (Tragedy and Hope, p. 55o).
I guess we do live in a fascist society...
* I have a graduate degree (M.S. in Foreign Service, 1975) from Georgetown, but never had a class with Dr. Quigley. I have sometimes thought that the reason I was meant to go there (not having benefitted professionally from the education) was to better prepare me for the present situation.