Ngram Viewer-Ryan Otis

The Ngram Viewer allows the user to see how frequent a word pops up in Google’s digital archive of books. I typed in ‘Fascist’ and ‘Communist,’ finding that both words began rising around 1920. The word ‘Communist generally kept rising until around 1970, then declined until the end point at 2000. ‘Fascist’ generally rose until the early 1940s, then declined until the end of the graph at 2000. Perhaps this shows that Communism had a longer intellectual impact (from the Depression through the first phases of the Cold War and the turbulent Sixties) then Fascism did (growing in use around the rise of Mussolini and Hitler until the beginning of their downfall). I also tried inputting ‘Distributism’ (an economic theory that calls for the people to own the means of production) and ‘Capitalism.’ The Ngram showed that usage of ‘Capitalism’ rose generally started rising from roughly 1885 until roughly the 1930s, taking some dips along the way. It takes several dips and upticks until the 1960s, when it generally rises up to 2000. By contrast, ‘Distributism’ has basically zero use for the whole period of the graph. This shows that Capitalism, while falling out of use at points, always found interest again, meaning that it maintained its importance in society and thought. Distributism, on the other hand, seems to have not made much impact on intellectual thought in the books Google has archived. Here are screenshots of my two Ngrams:

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