The word "fascist" is on the lips of every progressive these days who hysterically likens President Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler despite being unable to define the word correctly. In fact, its true definition is irrelevant to progressives, because all they care about is employing the nasty label as a scare tactic to paint Trump and conservatives as Nazis.
For any progressive who might actually have the intellectual curiosity to look up the definition online, The Daily Caller reports that Google, the world’s most popular search engine, has now helpfully twisted the definition to smear the right.
As the Daily Caller points out,
Merriam-Webster defines the word “fascism” as “a political philosophy, movement, or regime (as that of the Fascisti) that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition.” The secondary definition is “a tendency toward or actual exercise of strong autocratic or dictatorial control.”
This definition stresses the fact that Nazis were fascists of the left, who generally advocate for a powerful central government, as opposed to the right's preference for less intrusive government where power rests with the states and individuals.
Google, on the other hand, now defines fascism as “an authoritarian and nationalistic right-wing system of government and social organization,” [emphasis added] and omitted the “severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition” part. Its secondary definition is, “extreme right-wing, authoritarian, or intolerant views or practice.”
Here is a screen capture of the definition from Google:
It's unknown why Google changed the definition, but Google co-founder Sergey Brin is a known progressive activist and Trump critic. You do the math.
As the Daily Caller concludes,
Many members of the mainstream media have unquestioningly adopted the new Google meaning without explaining why, leaving their audience with the impression that speech or advocacy contrary to liberal orthodoxy is fascistic when, by definition, it is not.