In Europe, to insult politicians we call them "fascists". In the USA, they use "socialist". Why the difference?

In Europe, people are more concerned about the threat of fascism. Here in the UK (which by the way has never had a fascist government or come close to being fascist despite Oswald Mosley, so it cannot be argued that the presence of fascism in the past is to blame) there are frequent street clashes between the UAF... show more In Europe, people are more concerned about the threat of fascism. Here in the UK (which by the way has never had a fascist government or come close to being fascist despite Oswald Mosley, so it cannot be argued that the presence of fascism in the past is to blame) there are frequent street clashes between the UAF (Unite Against Fascism) group and various racist/nationalist organisations - eg the British National Party. The word "fascist" is thrown around as an insult and the general attitude in this regard is fear of fascism.

In the USA, they are afraid of socialism - the opposite end of the political spectrum. Politicians and people are called socialist, marxist, communist...things like that - as an insult. The general attitude in this regard is fear and plain hatred of socialism.


What does this suggest to you? What are your opinions on these different attitudes?
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