Thursday, May 29, 2008

Book Review "Liberal Fascism"

Very few conservatives have not had the experience of being called
"fascist" by someone on the left. In most cases the leftists use
"fascist" as a shorthand for "we hate you." However, words have actual
meanings, and "fascist" is no exception.

A new book, "Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left,
>From Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning," by Jonah Goldberg, explores
the cultural and political underpinnings of fascism as it was practiced
in Germany and Italy. The policies and principles advocated by liberals
from Woodrow Wilson to FDR to Hillary Clinton were remarkably similar to
those of the classical fascists. They believed in free health care and
guaranteed jobs. They confiscated inherited wealth and spent lots of
money on public education. They purged the church from public policy
and inserted state authority into every aspect of daily life. They
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
universities, where campus speech codes were nearly universal.

Does this mean today's liberals are also genocidal maniacs, intent on
conquering the world? Of course not. But it's hard to deny that modern
"progressivism" and classical fascism share the same intellectual roots.
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Thanks Doug Loss!

1 comment:

  1. It is also a slippery slope from the kind of power handed to the leaders in a fascist government to the kind of atrocities such as those that were undertaken in Germany. Absolute power ....


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