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Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left from Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning
Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left from Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning
Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left from Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning
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Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left from Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning

Written by Jonah Goldberg

Narrated by Johnny Heller

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"Fascists," "Brownshirts," "jackbooted stormtroopers"-such 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 Franklin Roosevelt 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 and 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 universities-where 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 today's 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.
LanguageEnglish
PublisherTantor Audio
Release dateApr 14, 2008
ISBN9781400177042
Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left from Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning
Author

Jonah Goldberg

Jonah Goldberg is editor at large of National Review Online and author of the bestselling Liberal Fascism. He is also a columnist for USA Today and the Los Angeles Times, as well as a frequent guest on Fox News.

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
    3/5
    This book would have been better if the author would have stuck to history rather than mix in Right-Wing advocacy. His ad-hominim attacks on Left-Wing positions undermines the intellectual appeal of the book IMO.
  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
    2/5
    The structure is muddled and most topics are only mentioned and never exhaustively explored so doesn't really work as a history book. As a polemic it's poor as it's mostly arguments by insinuation. There's even a passage where the author states that he's not saying liberal are bad because of their history yet most of the book serves no other purpose. There's nothing wrong with the book, it's just not very good and none of those things are secrets (at best they are forgotten facts).
  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars
    1/5
    Seems conservatives love to point out populist movements originating from the far left, but fail to inform their readers/listeners the same tactics were adopted by the right to inflict even far more damage to the social fabric of this nation. Look no further than the transformation of Donald Trump from a Democrat, to a conspiracy theory peddling, race-baiting, misogynistic fiend, and nihilist threat to the United States. Also look at Elon Musk as a cautionary tale. What might’ve started as left-leaning ideas, have always been corrupted by the power the right wing holds over the United States system of oppression in its laws, policy, and religion. It’s all about power, and how it’s used to keep Minorities, and poor or misguided Whites down.

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  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars
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    FInally found it, was looking for it under Conservative Projection.

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  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars
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    Total nonsense garbage from a author with an obvious agenda. Don’t waste your time

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
    Great book! This book should be required for every College freshman. It's not just another popular level book on the dangers of progressivism. The author carefully traces the historical, philosophical, and Theological roots of modern progressivism.

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