LETTERS FROM THE COMMUNITY
June 24, 2020
Even dictionaries change
On June 18, the callers to “Hotline” on KLCK Radio discussed the meaning of the word “fascism.” After the program ended, I looked up the word in an old 1973 dictionary and also in a newer 2008 dictionary.
The meaning in the old one is: 1. A Political philosophy, movement, or regime… that exalts nation and 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. 2. A tendency toward or actual exercise of strong autocratic or dictatorial control.
The definition in the newer dictionary is: 1. A philosophy or governmenta...