<updated inquiry> Is there a core definition of "fascism" that exists outside the realm of jargon? For instance, people refer to U.S. armed militias on the Mexican border as fascists, because of their racist right-wing nationalism, anti-immigration sentiments, paramilitary nature, etc.. Could they be considered fascists, or does referring to all militant white-nationalist as fascists make sense somehow? It seems to me that they are promoting or attempting to uphold the laws that their vision of Democracy (using this term pejoratively) has laid out, albeit with a vigilante approach. Their psuedo-libertarian, "Don't Tread on Me" angle alongside their love for the Constitution as some sort of enabler of freedom seems to be counter-intuitive to the totalitarianism nature of fascism.
It seems like many groups have appropriated nazi imagery to express their racism, or as a rebellious gesture (Sex Pistols, Biker Culture), reducing anti-fascism in the U.S. to protesting vague resemblances to fascism or fascist imagery such as Death in June concerts.
Also my main reason for this inquiry here is because I can't for the life of me find the @news article that I referred to below, and the comment which linked the writing that I believe answered most of my questions. Like I said, I think it was the most recent Bay Area Antifa callout for an open meeting, but I can't find it or figure out what to search to find it. If anyone who's more @news savvy could help me with that I'd much appreciate it!
Apologies for being so long-winded still..
<previous inquiry> I'm pretty sure there was a callout for a new Bay Area Antifa on AnarchistNews recently, in which the comments were more productive than the body (not unusually). There was at least one link to an essay critiquing the relevance (or lack of) of anti-fascism in a contemporary global context. I believe some of the argument was around the context of fascism in the past having existed in very particular socio-political historical contexts which have since changed. I'm pretty sure there was an analysis regarding something along the lines of how contemporary industrial globalization, or perhaps post-modernity, have either appropriated or created more sophisticated modes of control which make fascism a virtually obsolete and redundant form of totalitarianism. Along with what Lawrence has stated in his response to a question on here about the misuse of the term "anti-fascism" outside of its historical context. Are there really fascists anymore? Or are they just far-right nationalists (Golden Dawn, etc.)? Does fascism require the socialist aspects of state-controlled nationalization of industry and culture, or can a small group practice it? There definitely doesn't seem to be any sort of consensus about what fascism is, so does it even exist as a concrete form of politics or is it simply jargon that describes a broad range of political phenomena? So many questions!