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it sounds like basic Stalinist propaganda, really. "if you're not with us, you're supporting fascists!".
never forget the Berlin Wall was officially known as the anti-fascist protective barrier. marxists have been playing the definition game for a long time; it's common to all hegelians, including fascists (who are right-hegelians). hegel was the one who believed you could control society with language after all.
as a result pretending that anyone who isn't a leftist is a fascists supports the leftist narrative in two ways: it asserts that hegelianism is inevitable and it makes the opposition look unpalatable. leftists reinforce this illusion by making drummed-up claims about the right (e.g. that the CIA was responsible for the coup in Chile) and when non-leftists correct them ( http://nsarchive2.gwu.edu/news/20000919/01-01.htm ) they're accused of "supporting" the right, when in reality we're just rejecting false information. for a leftist, though, even the idea that negative information about fascists ought to be subject to, y'know, verification, is defending fascists.
historically, the people who actually end up fighting against fascists are generally not really leftists. stalin, for example, had basically given up on ideological purity; he reversed most of lenin's leftist social agenda and implemented a nationalist command economy to support the war effort. pinochet was ultimately thrown out by objections from a: corporations, b: religious institutions and c: his economic allies (that's America), not by a communist revolution. in iran, the shah was not thrown out by communists, but by theocrats; in spain, francisco franco defeated the left and was ultimately overthrown by parkinson's disease, which seems to be common among fascists. leftism succeeded only where it allied with nationalism explicitly (russia, china, argentina), or implicitly by framing the conflict as a war against foreigners (cuba, vietnam, somalia). peron, castro, ho-chi, mao, were all nationalist to some extent; it's the left's dirty little secret.
for similar manipulative nonsense, see horseshoe theory, where centrists and libertarians argue that leftism leads to fascism. this is also false, but now it's a falsehood that comes from my side, which makes it even more revolting.
no side is really above this bullshit, but you can be individually above it by refusing to let anyone poison the well:
which is really the goal of anyone who tells you that X-leads-to-fascism: they're scared that X is right, and they are wrong, so this is their defense.