"Donald Trump is a fascist." ~ Michael Kinsley, Washington Post, December 9, 2016
"Donald Trump is also a fascist authoritarian..." ~ Chauncey Devega, Salon, January 21, 2017
"Whether or not we want to call Trump a fascist outright, then, it seems fair to say that he’s closer to the “proto-fascist..." ~ Ross Douthat, New York Times, December 3, 2015
"Donald Trump Is a fascist. This isn’t a partisan attack. It is the political label that best describes what the GOP front-runner has become." ~ Jamelle Bouie, Slate, November 25, 2015
The above quotes reveal exactly why Americans rightly see the Establishment's media as fake news. People can change what words they use to label concepts. However, concepts are invariant regardless of what words or what language gets used to define concepts.
Fascism means big industry led by the biggest firms doing the bidding of government whereby the firms still get to profit and have property in capital (property put to production; property means right of ownership).
Under fascism, individuals can pursue profit with their property in chattel, works and promises.
Full fascism requires conquest of other peoples and their territories. So the Mussolini Italian conquest of the Ethiopians, the Nazi conquest of the Poles and the Japanese conquest of the Chinese in Manchuria revealed full fascism at work.
Socialism means living by no property in capital by individuals and no pursuit of profit by individuals. There is only collective capital. The division of labor arises from rules laid down by those with power to make the rules.
Under Full Socialism is the condemnation of private ownership of capital. The state becomes the sole employer.
Communism means living by no property in capital by individuals, no pursuit of profit by individuals and no property in possessions by individuals.
So Communism is Full Socialism with the enforcers of the state having the power to take away anyone's possessions to give to anyone else if deemed needed under the rhetoric of the greater good. Possessions are mere utilities.
The key features of fascism are government, militarism and private ownership. The key features of communism are government, militarism and no private ownership. Both fascism and communism are anti-civilization as civilization means rule through laws and not through force.
Militarism isn't a feature of socialism. Militarism is a must with communism and fascism.
Fascism, communism and socialism rely upon collectivist rhetoric, which claims that action undertaken by government is done to achieve national objectives. In all three, the individual becomes a mere implement to achieve national objectives.
Here in the USA, Obamacare is a example of quasi-fascism, quasi-communism in action. Those with employer-managed insurance pay massive premiums for low-wage, low-skill workers to have mostly free insurance. That is the communism bit. Big Insurance does the bidding of government to get the low-skilled covered. That is the fascism bit.