The insidious creep of ‘fascist’ obsession

Looking at the numbers, inflammatory comments about aggressive forms of Islam ‘taking over’ are ludicrous.

A decade ago, as Australian troops were being deployed in Iraq, a number of critics of the Howard government started to use the terms ‘pre-fascist’ or even ‘fascist’ to describe some of the security clampdowns taking place at home.

As Gerard Henderson wrote in response at the time, the term ‘fascist’ was being used very loosely indeed. He listed four traits of fascism that were simply not being met in Australia.

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