But most are deceived in the same manner as Theopompus the orator,
when he blames Plato for defining everything, " For what," says he,
"did none of us, before you, use the words good and /art, or did we utter
them as empty sounds, without understanding what each of
them meant? " Why, who tells you, Theopompus, that we
had not natural ideas and pre-conceptions of each of these?
But it is not possible to adapt pre-conceptions to their corre-
spondent subjects, without having minutely distinguished them,
and examined what is the proper subject to each."
- Epictetus, The Moral Discourses
Those who are strangely hesitant to define Fascism are very like this Theopompus guy