Blogs are a familiar feature on the internet - where users post content in an accumulating manner, with comments, and search options, etc. They facilitate expression and exploration, and via attached comments, also debate and synthesis.
Reading and Navigating Blogs
Our blogs are quite powerful. Each writer can post, as is typically the case. Sustainers who have the option can also post, however. All Blogs appear in the blog system, and sometimes also in content boxes the top page of ZNet - and always via the left menu of the top page - and can be found via searches, etc.
Commenting on blogs follows the blogs, attached at the bottom, and blog comments, like all others, are also visible in many places that show comments including in the forum system. In addition, the entire blog system gathers content for everyone - but one can look at the accumulating content in many ways.
For example one can look at one writer's efforts - so one is seeing what is effectively a blog system for that one writer, or Sustainer.
One can also look at the content by topic, seeing blogs that are tagged as being about a certain topic - or place, as well. Thus, when doing that, it is a blog system about a topic, or a place, with many contributors.
One can look at only writer blogs, or only sustainer blogs, as well.
One can look at blogs for particular Groups, too.
All this is easily done using the left menu. Searches allow even more variables and refinements.
Creating Blog Posts
If you are a Sustainer with permission, and are logged in, you will see a link in the left menu for you to post a blog - and you can use that to post one, and then tag it various ways (such as with a topic or place, or a group tag), and once you do, it is in the system with you as the author.
You can also use the console button to the left to post a blog - anytime and from anywhere in the site, as long as you are logged in.
Meanwhile, enjoy the blogs - and, by the way, if you are a Free Member or a Sustainer with a ZSpace page, of course you can put one or more content boxes on it, pulling blog links of any sort you may want to filter for, for example, by you or by your friends or by others - and by topic, about places, for groups, etc.
The term "fascism," like terms of political discourse generally, is used in a great variety of ways and has no clear and explicit meaning.
Mussolini's Fascism, the first explicit one, was a kind of state-corporatism, which crushed labor and destroyed the parliamentary system, but was very supportive of business, one of the reasons it was so admired in the West. As late as 1939, Roosevelt was still praising Fascism as a worthwhile experiment, though corrupted by association with Hitler. It also had deeply reactionary cultural and jingoist elements, a commitment to violence and terror as a proper way of life, etc.
Hitler's variant was similar in some respects in the 1930s, and was also greatly admired by the West, though in this case coupled with fear of Germany's power. US investment in Italy shot up when Mussolini took over, and in Germany when Hitler took power, in both cases creating a favorable climate for business. Bolshevism was quite different in these respects: it was regarded from the start rather in the way third world independent nationalism has been since: a "virus"
that might "infect" others, as it takes a traditional semi-colonial economy towards a path of independent development, that certainly was not favorable to Western investment, unlike Hitler and Mussolini. And there were many other differences. And similarities. The term "fascism" was in fact used quite broadly in the 1930s, sometimes including the New Deal, for example. One of the best studies is by the outstanding Veblenite economist Robert Brady, Business as a System of Power (along with others). By the second World War, the term just came to be a term of abuse for ugly regimes that we don't like -- as distinct from ugly regimes, maybe worse ones, that happen to be clients, and are sometimes called "emerging democracies" or some other favorable term.