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.
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"Certain to attract interest...across the political spectrum." (Booklist)
"Provocative and well-researched....Seriously argued and funny." (Publishers Weekly)
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Even though this was written during the Bush administration, it's amazing how accurate and how relevant the information is for the upcoming 2016 elections. I can only hope that people read this book and inform themselves as to Hillary Clinton's background and history before they decide to vote this year.
This was very eye-opening for me. Explained the root philosophies of Fascism and tied together threads of Fascism, since the late 1800's. The chapter on Hillary Clinton really helped me understand her mindset & where she's trying to go.
Johnny Heller provides solid performance as always.
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.
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.
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.
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.
INTJ - born Guy Fawkes Day of 1986, living in ruggedly beautiful Montana with my wife and our five children.
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.
This book turned out to be so much better than I thought. Not only is it well-written, well-researched, and fair, but its well-narrated as an audiobook. I was interested in the subject matter, but after the first part, this book opens up into a history of Mussolini, Hitler, and Fascism in Europe. This, I found an added bonus and enjoyed learning about.
This book carefully constructs the author's case that modern liberalism or progressivism is tantamount to modern facism. The historical framework of both Mussolini and Wilson are eerily familiar to things that we are seeing today. The concept of "central planning" and its popularity within the progressive movement is Orwellian in every sense. Excellent, thought provoking book. I will agree with one of the reviewers that the narration is a bit overdone, but the content is worth it.
This should be required reading for anyone on the left or anyone learning political philosophy.
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