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August 08, 2003
SOMEHOW (I THINK IT STARTED WITH SEVERAL MARGINAL "BUSHISMS OF THE DAY"), The Volokh Conspiracy has become Slate-watch. Here's the latest Fisking, of a movie review that seems to equate Fascism with "the unabashed use of force in defense of innocent people (whether oneself or others)."
But that is what a lot of people mean by the term, which of course is why the term has so thoroughly lost its original weight that few lefties even considered that Saddam Hussein was literally a Fascist. How could he be a Fascist, after all? -- he was an enemy of America!
UPDATE: Volokh responds to the "Slate-watch" point.