- often Fascism
a. A system of government marked by centralization of authority under a dictator, stringent socioeconomic controls, suppression of the opposition through terror and censorship, and typically a policy of belligerent nationalism and racism.
b. A political philosophy or movement based on or advocating such a system of government.
- Oppressive, dictatorial control.
I'm not being clever or original here; Liberals have been throwing this around for years. Free Inquiry Magazine outlines in much more detail, the characterization of a Fascist regime.
Another short but interesting article online gives a bit of a different perspective: Is George Bush a Fascist? The article reminds us that Fascism is a historical movement, and does not simply mean "repression". It goes on to list some violent/repressive acts towards the working class by both Republican and Democratic administrations over the years.
I would say there are hints of Fascism in our society and government today, including some limitations of civil liberties, empahasis on patriotism/nationalism (namely, Toby Keith), and an increasingly blurred line between church and state. It's probably not time to become alarmed yet, but at the same time, remember that repressive regimes don't generally come into existence overnight. Germany didn't become a Fascist state the moment Hitler came into power.