There is an old joke ….
“What is the Difference between Fascism and Communism?”
“Fascism is the exploitation of man by man … Communism is the other way round.”
“The 20th century was mankind’s most brutal century. Roughly 16 million people lost their lives during World War I; about 60 million died during World War II. Wars during the 20th century cost an estimated 71 million to 116 million lives.”
The number of war dead pales in comparison with the number of people who lost their lives at the hands of their own governments.
The People’s Republic of China tops the list, with 76 million lives lost at the hands of the government from 1949 to 1987. The Soviet Union follows, with 62 million lives lost from 1917 to 1987. Adolf Hitler’s Nazi German government killed 21 million people between 1933 and 1945. Then there are lesser murdering regimes, such as Nationalist China, Japan, Turkey, Vietnam and Mexico. According to Rummel’s research, the 20th century saw 262 million people’s lives lost at the hands of their own governments.
I believe the original compared capitalism and communism, but, details, details…
Well, not sure we have been overly concerned with those before? But thank-you for the clarification nit-picking.
While communism is a system based around a theory of economic equality and advocates for a classless society, fascism is a nationalistic, top-down system with rigid class roles that is ruled by an all-powerful dictator.