Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left, From Mussolini to the Politics of Change

Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left, From Mussolini to the Politics of Change Author Jonah Goldberg
ISBN-10 0767917189
ISBN-13 9780767917186
Year 2009-06-02
Pages 512
Language English
Publisher Crown Forum
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Fierce funny and controversial Jonah Goldberg s 1 New York Times bestseller traces fascism back to its surprising roots in liberalism Fascists Brownshirts jackbooted stormtrooperssuch are the insults typically hurled at conservatives by their liberal opponents Calling someone a fascist is the fastest way to shut them up defining their views as beyond the political pale But who are the real fascists in our midst Liberal Fascism offers a startling new perspective on the theories and practices that define fascist politics Replacing conveniently manufactured myths with surprising and enlightening research Jonah Goldberg reminds us that the original fascists were really on the left and that liberals from Woodrow Wilson to FDR to Hillary Clinton have advocated policies and principles remarkably similar to those of Hitler s National Socialism and Mussolini s Fascism Contrary to what most people think the Nazis were ardent socialists hence the term National socialism They believed in free health care and guaranteed jobs They confiscated inherited wealth and spent vast sums on public education They purged the church from public policy promoted a new form of pagan spirituality and inserted the authority of the state into every nook and cranny of daily life The Nazis declared war on smoking supported abortion euthanasia and gun control They loathed the free market provided generous pensions for the elderly and maintained a strict racial quota system in their universitieswhere campus speech codes were all the rage The Nazis led the world in organic farming and alternative medicine Hitler was a strict vegetarian and Himmler was an animal rights activist Do these striking parallels mean that todays liberals are genocidal maniacs intent on conquering the world and imposing a new racial order Not at all Yet it is hard to deny that modern progressivism and classical fascism shared the same intellectual roots We often forget for example that Mussolini and Hitler had many admirers in the United States W E B Du Bois was inspired by Hitler s Germany and Irving Berlin praised Mussolini in song Many fascist tenets were espoused by American progressives like John Dewey and Woodrow Wilson and FDR incorporated fascist policies in the New Deal Fascism was an international movement that appeared in different forms in different countries depending on the vagaries of national culture and temperament In Germany fascism appeared as genocidal racist nationalism In America it took a friendlier more liberal form The modern heirs of this friendly fascist tradition include the New York Times the Democratic Party the Ivy League professoriate and the liberals of Hollywood The quintessential Liberal Fascist isn t an SS storm trooper it is a female grade school teacher with an education degree from Brown or Swarthmore These assertions may sound strange to modern ears but that is because we have forgotten what fascism is In this angry funny smart contentious book Jonah Goldberg turns our preconceptions inside out and shows us the true meaning of Liberal Fascism

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