At 10/9/12 09:52 AM, leanlifter1 wrote:
At 10/9/12 09:13 AM, TheMason wrote:
I beg to differ according to Merriam Webster.
At 10/8/12 10:39 PM, leanlifter1 wrote:
Fascism is often capitalized http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fascismYes...but not the way you used it.
I don't need the picture or the link again. In fact I'll cut and paste:
1: often capitalized: 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 Fascisti is Fascist in Italian and it is in reference to a specific political movement/party.
2: a tendency toward or actual exercise of strong autocratic or dictatorial control (early instances of army and brutality - J. W. Aldridge)
Here it is used in describing a type of behavior and comparing it to fascism as a form of government/leadership. So it is not capitalized.
See defined for English-language learners
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the rise of in Europe before World War II
Here it is in reference to a specific political movement.
From the first hours of Hitler's invasion of the Soviet Union, the propagandists on both sides of the conflict portrayed the struggle in stark, Manichaean language. The totalitarian nature of both regimes made this inevitable. On one side stood Hitler, , the myth of German supremacy; on the other side stood Stalin, communism, and the international proletarian revolution. -Anne Applebaum, New York Review of Books, 25 Oct. 2007
Here it is used to describe a form of government, and like communism, it is written in lower case.
Your first mistake was letting your ego blind you and think you're dealing with someone who is not an intellectual.
Your second was not comprehending what you read. "Often capitalized" means that a word is capitalized in many circumstances...this does mean that it is .
Your third is not reading fully. If you look at the entirity of , you see that it proves me right. Where it is capitalized is when it is talking about a specific party or political movement. BUT when it describes a form of government or just uses it as a word it is in lowercase. Look at the definition of Washington; since it is always...not often, but always...capitalized Webster capitalizes 'Washington' even in the header. But 'fascist' is in lower case.
So I appreciate all the work and effort you put into cutting and pasting a pic of you using paint or something to highlight 'often capitalized' as if you were proving someone else wrong. When in all reality what you were doing is to lessen your credibility.
And before you scream ad hominem...guess what? Argumentum ad hominem is only a fallacy if someone brings up an unrelated characteristic of a person to negate their argument. So if I were to say you were wrong because you're Canadian...that would be an ad hominem fallacy. BUT, for me to point out that you are having some problem with reading comprehension or that you are damaging your credibility and can point to actuall incidences that are related to your argument then it is not an ad hominem fallacy.