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Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left | [Jonah Goldberg]

Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left

"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?
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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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    Marie WASHINGTON, DC, United States 04-23-10
    Marie WASHINGTON, DC, United States 04-23-10 Member Since 2010

    Professional librarian type, amateur historian.

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    "Provocative with a slightly nutty flavor"

    There were at times, though I sympathized with the author, the narration seemed to wander into the tone of paranoid. But for the most part the books was informative and thought provoking. However, having studied the early to mid 20th Century Europe in grad school I found myself thinking. "yes, but..." when the author brought up various aspects of pre-war German society.

    3 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Rudy VISTA, CA, United States 02-09-10
    Rudy VISTA, CA, United States 02-09-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Fantastic"

    I am 1/2 way through this book and look forward to the next time I can listen. The author has names, and dates to paint a picture that reveals truths that I was not aware of.
    If just 10% of this information is true, then any patriotic American should prepare to engage for the preservation of the Republic against the hollow and corrupt religion of Liberalism.
    This is especially relevant today because of the current Obama administration, the Tea Party Movements, and the political losses in NJ, VA, and MA.

    3 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Larry Wyoming, MI, USA 04-21-09
    Larry Wyoming, MI, USA 04-21-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Is the deck completely stacked in liberals favor?"

    Disclaimer: I believed (either consciously or subconsciously) most of the things this books puts forward.

    This book provides the "rest of the story" for many of the fairy tales presented as facts by the liberal propaganda machine. From the hijacking of our political system by those deemed the "smartest people in the room" to the FDR and JFK myths. One thing is clear, there are plenty of Americans who believe exactly what they want to hear regardless of the facts. A utopia is just around the corner if you are willing to give away just a little more liberty (and money). Everyone deserves equal result no matter their effort.

    But what do we do now? While we may not be a dictatorship from a political organizational perspective, I see very little to balance the liberal thought mantra that pounds us on a daily basis. At what point does the resistance collapse under the shear weight of the liberal machine?

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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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Richard D. Martel Newark, DE United States 11-21-11
    Richard D. Martel Newark, DE United States 11-21-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Disjointed and Wandering"

    Although I was interested in the topic the author's presentation left me unwilling to finish the book after a few hous of listening. The author reminded me of some of my college professors who would ramble on about a topic never seemimg to make any real connection to its pertinence to the course I had enrolled in. They seemed to revel in hearing themselves talk rather than providing any useful information that could be transferred into something of value to the student. Some of Goldberg's analysis seemed feasible but without a central theme to connect to I found myself daydreaming (as in some college classes) rather than following his ideas and train of thought. I quit listening once I realized I was wasting my time by not following the narrative or simply falling asleep.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    David cincinnati, OH, United States 07-07-08
    David cincinnati, OH, United States 07-07-08 Member Since 2014

    I'm a manager of a lawncare crew that listens to audio books when feasible. I have 2 years of business and 3 towards a history degree.

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    "Interesting"

    The book was very interesting in the arguments the author makes about fascism and the left. His main argument is that it is crazy to relate Bush to Hitler because Hitler has more incommon with any left-wing whacko. Lefties are socialists, and Hitler was just as far left as they are.

    3 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Sam Lakewood, CA, USA 01-04-09
    Sam Lakewood, CA, USA 01-04-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Sweet Awsomeness!!!!!!"

    If history does repeat it's self or rhyme, We are Doomed!!! You all better get right with the Lord this time, cause there isn't going to be a next time!
    Just read the book and you will see!

    4 of 20 people found this review helpful

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