A Fascist government controls their people with nationalism and propaganda. Their lives are filled with symbols of national pride but they struggle all their lives working in giant factories. They are bombarded with images and messages from the state but have zero chance of social or economic improvement.
In a Fascist government upward mobility is cut off by excessive taxation and government regulation. Free elections are held every four years but there is only one party to vote for and who that party will nominate to run for office is decided by an inner circle deep inside the party. They are the ones that hold real power over how the government is run