Fascism vs. Communism
Communism and Fascism were forms of government that greatly differed during the time of the Great Depression. There were also some characteristics of fascism and communism that were alike at that time. The factors of both of these government forms that both differed and had in common were, class, private property, government authority, and the impact of individual rights. Class, private property, and the impact of individual rights all greatly differed between fascism and communism. The government authority, however, was very similar between the two.
Fascism and Communism each appealed to different social classes in their societies. They also had ideas of how the class system should have been organized in their ideal government. In communism, the workers were the targeted class. It appealed to them because it gave them rights like everyone else. It leveled all people off and tried to establish a system of government in which there are no classes and everyone is equal under the leader. The people among the working class got rights that they had not previously had. Fascism did not appeal to the working class but appealed to the middle and upper class. The fascist doctrine promised to keep the existing class system, which benefited the upper and middle class because they were living fine and did not have any problems how they were. In fascism, everything stayed the same; the upper and middle class had rights and the working class had limited rights. Therefore, Fascism and communism had differences of classes in their governments.
As well as their opposition in class systems, Communism and Fascism had direct oppositions in their views of ownership of private property. Communism believed that all property should be seized and shared communally which appealed to the working class because they would be equal to the upper classes and be able to live in a house. This also raised the amount of rights that people in the working...