Facism strikes fear into the hearts of many. Americans in particular want to stamp out facism wherever it exists. This is partly because facist countries tend to have unstable and unpredictable leaders who threaten the stability and peace of the entire world.
Fascism has had a great impact on the world and how the world views government. Probably the most lasting example of fascism and its perception would have to be in the 1930s with the rise of the fascist dictator in Europe. The emergence of people like Mussolini in Italy, Stalin in Russia, Franco in Spain, and, of course, Hitler in Germany reconfigured how people view fascism and the function of government. At first, many were enamored with the "take charge" attitude present in fascism. The idea that there could be one person to rise from the crowd and demand change, get it, and be able to hold a nation's imagination is something that caught the world's attention. However, as more became known about the European fascist leader, the atrocities committed in the name of "progress," the lack of institutional checks on the abuse of power, and the very idea that democracy was subverted with the presence of the fascist leader, opinions changed. The end of World War II seemed like a referendum on how the world views fascism, to the point now where any mention of a fascist government immediately conjures up visions of Hitler or Mussolini and constitutes an automatic rejection on face value in many parts of the world.