Quiz on Political-Isms. Can you identify them from their definitions?

Words are important. They are the constructs that represent our thoughts to others, the bridges and connections between our ideas and opinions. Its important to know what they mean. It’s important to know the nuances. Especially if you want to combat an ism, don’t you think you should know what it means? Lest you end up being what you despise…

A form of fascism, with disdain for liberal democracy and the parliamentary system. It incorporates fervent antisemitism, anti-communism, scientific racism, and the use of eugenics

The imposition of direct military control of normal civilian functions by a government

A sudden, violent, and illegal seizure of power from a government.

A system of government by the whole population or all the eligible members of a state, typically through elected representatives.
antonyms: tyranny, dictatorship

Any of various economic and political theories advocating collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods.

a) A philosophy or practice characterized by a usually deliberate abstention from direction or interference especially with individual freedom of choice and action.
b) Abstention by governments from interfering in the workings of the free market.

Framing the worldview of the ruling class, and the social and economic structures that embody it, as just, legitimate, and designed for the benefit of all, even though these structures may only benefit the ruling class.

1) A political philosophy based on tradition and social stability, stressing established institutions, and preferring gradual development to abrupt change
2) A political and social philosophy promoting traditional social institutions in the context of culture and civilization. The central tenets include tradition, human imperfection, organic society, hierarchy, authority, and property rights.

A political or economic theory advocating public control especially over production and distribution; also a system marked by such control
Emphasis on collective rather than individual action or identity

Favoring a concentration of power in a leader or an elite not constitutionally responsible to the people,  at the expense of personal freedom.


a: a system in which goods are owned in common and available to all as needed;
b: a theory advocating the elimination of private property

Government by the few, especially despotic power exercised by a small and privileged group for corrupt or selfish purposes.

Political doctrine that takes protecting and enhancing the freedom of the individual to be the center of politics.  Followers typically believe that government is necessary to protect individuals from being harmed by others, but they also recognize that government itself can pose a threat to liberty.

An economic system characterized by private or corporate ownership of  goods, by investments that are determined by private decision, and by prices, production, and the distribution of goods that are determined mainly by competition in a free market

a form of far-right, authoritarian ultranationalism characterized by dictatorial power, forcible suppression of opposition, and strong regimentation of society and of the economy

A forcible overthrow of a government or social order, in favor of a new system.

A system of government that is centralized and dictatorial and requires complete subservience to the state.

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