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Liberal Fascism Audiobook

Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left

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Publisher's Summary

"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. 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, 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.

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. The modern heirs of a "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.

©2007 Jonah Goldberg; (P)2008 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"Certain to attract interest...across the political spectrum." (Booklist)
"Provocative and well-researched....Seriously argued and funny." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Rachel 08-25-16
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    "Less of an attack and more of a defense"

    The title makes it seem like Goldberg is claiming that today's liberals are fascist. In actuality the book's primary goal is not to attack liberalism with the claim of fascism but to defend conservatism from it. There is a lot of rarely discussed history in it. I suggest reading the afterword before finishing the book because it helps put the author's ideas in context.

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    Kathryn Tyler Provo, UT United States 07-08-16
    Kathryn Tyler Provo, UT United States 07-08-16
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    "Thorough, entertaining catalogue of lib fascism"

    Loved it. Jonah Goldberg uses his usual wit and great writing style to create an encyclopedia of the broad array of fascist applications over time and across the globe. He does an excellent job of linking the modern-day liberalism to it's roots in early progressivism and ideological origin in Europe's various fascist movements.
    This book really is a must-read.

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    Shobe Jones 06-29-16
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    "The Left is really full of it"

    This book help put together a picture that I'd previously couldn't regarding the Left. As a Black man trying to understand Left and Right policies, it's great to have a book that delves into the dirty, and often hidden, past of the Liberal Party.

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    jlane28803 06-17-16
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    "Liberal Fascism, An Intelligent Response To The Left"

    This may be the most important book written in the last 25 years. The Left in America controls our language. Goldberg provides much needed ammunition for conservatives to counter this reality.

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    Garrett Ashley Mullet Sidney, Montana 04-01-16
    Garrett Ashley Mullet Sidney, Montana 04-01-16 Member Since 2016

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    "Mindblowing Exposé of Progressivism, Leftists, and Socialism"

    Absolutely brilliant, replete with excellent history and not only a recitation of facts but a tying together of facts, events, themes, philosophies, movements, regimes, and personalities in modern American and Western politics. You'll have to read it at least twice to fully comprehend all of what's here, but it won't be a chore either the first or second time through.

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    Denis Josue Lopez 08-30-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A must read!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes,I would recommend this book to a friend.Why? Because it defines what a leftist is and it shows how leftist dogmas don't work .


    What other book might you compare Liberal Fascism to and why?

    Still the Best Hope: Why the World Needs American Values to Triumph by Dennis Prager.


    Have you listened to any of Johnny Heller’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No .


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    In the words of Albert Arnold Gore, An inconvenient truth!


    Any additional comments?

    It must have taken Goldberg at least a year to write this book.I commend him for it.Everyone on both sides of the political spectrum should read it .

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    Bill Mosienko 02-02-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Should be required reading for anyone on the left."

    This should be required reading for anyone on the left or anyone learning political philosophy.

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    Doug Hathaway Denver 03-18-13
    Doug Hathaway Denver 03-18-13 Member Since 2016
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    Would you listen to Liberal Fascism again? Why?

    Sure, you would almost have to listen to it more than once to pick up on all the information. It is very well researched, very comprehensive.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The level of detail, the historical evolution of today's liberalism.


    Have you listened to any of Johnny Heller’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, this is my first. He is okay, I wish the author had done the narration.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Everything You Suspected About Liberalism, But Never Knew Due To Media Collusion.


    Any additional comments?

    This should be a college course, but no college would allow students this much insight into their own dogma.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Steven Port Richey, FL, USA 03-02-10
    Steven Port Richey, FL, USA 03-02-10
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    "Heavy "reading" but well worth it"

    This book was geniously written. While it was a little "heavy" (I had to relisten to portions a number of times), it revealed history that I was vaguely aware of, but didn't know the extent of its implications. The book is both terrifying in its reality, but also encouraging in the fact that American exceptionalism can overcome the tendencies of the leftist Progressives. This book proved what I have always felt. History does not really repeat itself. Instead, there are forces that are ever present and rear their heads when opportunity presents itself. While not the "feel good" book of the summer, I would recommend this book to all Americans who are concerned for their nation and want to really understand our history.

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    John apple valley, MN, USA 05-23-10
    John apple valley, MN, USA 05-23-10
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    "The puzzle is complete."

    After reading this book, the only thing I can say is WOW! All the things that I knew were wrong, but didnt know why, became clear. The mask came off the lie of liberalism and progressivism and how really evil it all is, you know...based on "compassion" and "giving to the unfortunate." GREAT BOOK!! This should be the starter book for all to read who want to know what is going on right now in our government in 2010.

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