Fascism: “a governmental system led by a dictator having complete power, forcibly suppressing opposition and criticism, regimenting all industry, commerce, etc., and emphasizing an aggressive nationalism and often racism.”
You are right — that exactly describes Stalin’s Russia and Eastern Europe, Mao’s China and Pol Pot’s Cambodia. You can’t starve 5 million Ukrainians and replace them with transported Russian peasants without a bit of “aggressive nationalism and racism”!
It doesn’t matter what the rhetoric was before the violent revolution: what comes afterwards is Fascism = Communism.
If you define the Left of politics as supporting workers’ collectives without individual property or freedom, and the Right of politics as supporting the rights of the individual then you understand that Hitler was as Left-wing as Stalin, and that the definition of Communism is so close to Fascism as to be no different in practical terms:
Communism: “a system of social organization in which all economic and social activity is controlled by a totalitarian state dominated by a single and self-perpetuating political party.”
Socialism is merely the poisonous rhetoric which inflames the gullible to support the revolution so that the Fascist/Communist dictatorship can be established: Socialism: “a system or condition of society in which the means of production are owned and controlled by the state.” It is implicit that the State cannot own the means of production without stealing it from private owners, so the state must needs be totalitarian, and the revolution bloody.
Extremes are seldom good: the extreme Right is Anarchy (No Government), not Fascism. The extreme Left is Fascism (Big Government) in all but name. Fascism is just a hate label generated by Socialists who think they can distinguish between Hitler’s Socialist Fascism and Stalin’s Socialist Communism by clever marketing techniques. Given that the two systems are a similar as Coke and Pepsi, only branding by slogan can maintain a perceived difference between the two!