Fascism has become a term of general derision and rebuke. It is tossed casually in the direction of anything a critic happens to dislike.
But fascism is a real political and economic concept, not a stick with which to beat opponents arbitrarily. The abuse of this important word undermines its true value as a term referring to a very real phenomenon, and one whose spirit lives on even now.
Fascism is a specific ideology based on the idea that the state is the ideal organization for realizing a society's and an individual's potential economically, socially, and even spiritually.
The state, for the fascist, is the instrument by which the people's common destiny is realized, and in which the potential for greatness is to be found. Individual rights, and the individual himself, are strictly subordinate to the state's great and glorious goals for the nation. In foreign affairs, the fascist attitude is reflected in a belligerent chauvinism, a contempt for other peoples, and a society-wide reverence for soldiers and the martial virtues.
Lew Rockwell, in this new volume, examines the starkly contrasting systems of capitalism and fascism, noting pro-fascist trends in recent decades as well as the larger historical trends in the United States and internationally.
In Section one, Rockwell focuses on the nature of fascism and its influence in Western society, with a focus on American political and economic institutions.
In Section two, Rockwell examines capitalism as the enemy of, and antidote to, fascism.
Combining economics, history, and political philosophy, this book doesn't just provide a diagnosis of what ails American and Western society, but also sheds light on how we might repair the damage that has been done, and with the help of the intellectual work of great minds like Murray Rothbard and Ron Paul, we might as a society shed the fascism of our times and look to freedom instead.
©2013 Llewellyn H. Rockwell Jr. (P)2015 Listen and Think Audio
Besides Lew Rockwell's very compelling writing style, the voice of Scott Horton made the spirit of his writings come to life through my headphones.
The audio book examines history, economics, political philosophy AND recent events. All from an Austro-Libertarian perspective.
The introduction, which ties all the chapters together.
Both the Italian Fascists and the German National Socialists made their opposition to Laissez-faire Capitalism perfectly clear. No one who reads or listens to this book can, with any intellectual honesty, equate Fascism and authentic Capitalism.
I've been reading LewRockwell.Com, Mises.org and listening to the Scott Horton show for many years. I'm really glad that Lew Rockwell and The Mises Institute chose Scott to be the narrator. Many narrators don't comprehend the content of the book they are narrating, because they don't grasp the its philosophical underpinnings. Even those who do will often put you to sleep with their monotonous style. Scott Horton, on the other hand, understands the book AND keeps the listener engaged!
This book conveys a message of vital importance in our world of dwindling liberty. As the book relates, the proponents of true, no-foolin' laissez-fare are, and have always been, at complete odds with the protectionist cronyism today thought synonymous with "capitalism."
The Mises's and Hazlitts of past generations—and the Rockwells of this one—have presaged virtually every fiat currency catastrophe of the last century, while the pundits and high-chieftains of politically-fashionable orthodoxies continually assure us that all is in order. Worry not, citizen, the experts have everything under control.
In the face of hostility and derision, men like Ludwig von Mises, Henry Hazlitt, and Murray N. Rothbard spoke forbidden truths which they knew would fail to win them official prestige. For the sake of human civilization, human flourishing, and perhaps most important, human liberty, they pushed on.
The book, of course, is excellent on its own, but with the addition of Scott Horton as the audiobook narrator, it's even better. Get the best of both worlds. Written by a giant in the libertarian movement, narrated by one of the movement's greatest unsung heroes. Both Lew Rockwell and Scott Horton deserve your attention. If you're unfamiliar with these ideas, you just might begin a life-altering intellectual journey with this very book.
How do you make the principled arguments of Lew Rockwell better? Have it narrated by Scott Horton! Imagine the history and hope of capitalism/libertarianism, with a complete refutation fascism, all with the tone of Harrison Ford saying, "Get off my airplane!"
First, Scott Horton did a good job reading the book. The story was easy to follow and gave valuable insight into the ideology and philosophy of some of the major influences in the Austrian movement.
It also went over the history Keynes, Greenspan and others and laid out a case for sticking to your principles and avoiding evil.
Overall I enjoyed it.
This book wasn’t very good, and I don’t think I would pic up another book by Llewellyn H. Rockwell Jr. Scott Horton “mater of fact” way of reading this makes it even worse.
This is not a book about fascism. Well it sort of is, it touches briefly on it at the start. Than it starts to explain how liberalism will fix the world in a heartbeat. And the last half of the book is spent to tell of the suffering and sacrifices that the champions of liberalism had to endure. Mostly that their genius weren’t recognized at the time.
The book has some interesting ideas, but it wrapped in to a sad and self-promoting story that is pompous and ultimately boring.
I couldnt bear to listen to this ignorant trash after chapter 4. as quite the 'neo-fascist' myself, i would expect a history of fascist philosophy as beginning first with plato and aristotle, then growing through the philosophical tradition of german idealism, from pre- to post-hegelian philosophers, including marx and nietzsche, and then the ww2 culminations in italy and germany. he didnt even mention giovanni gentile. instead this author is stuck in contemporary politics as a zombie observer, failing to ask or discuss the truly pivotal questions. its embarrassing that this author pretends to any kind of authority, and is a perfectly good example of current american zombie-ism.
Hey guys . book by Lew , reading by Scott :-) . you will love it ! you can learn a lot ... libertarianism is the way forward . thanx
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