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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. 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

Critic Reviews

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

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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 .

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Essential Listening

I'm finishing my eighth time through. This is a critically important book. I only wish Goldberg had narrated it himself.

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  • Randy
  • LANCASTER, CA, United States
  • 10-20-11

Like everything you were taught is a lie.

This reminds me of the scene in Orwell's 1984 when the people HATED the enemy and suddenly big brother says your enemy is your friend and your friend is your enemy.

To say Hitler was a right-winger is laughable. Goldberg says Hitler followed the very left Marx, and Nietzsche, not the conserative Adam Smith, or John Locke.

Hitler was a revolutionary and sought to tear down everything thing so he could build his superman.

19 of 21 people found this review helpful

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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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Excellent book

I was born and raised in Berkeley, and experienced Liberal Fascism first hand. This is an excellent explanation of what I experienced.

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Outstanding!

I learned a lot from this. It was 15 hours well spent. Never got boring or too heady to understand.

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  • Ralph
  • San Bernardino, CA, USA
  • 05-29-09

Deja Vu!

Every thoughtful American or Westerner (as in civilization) should read/listen to this book! It's not what most liberals think it is--a simplistic "lumping in" of liberalism and naziism--but, rather a fair-minded presentation of historical facts and the evolution of the philosophies behind the political evolution of Europe and now the U.S. The historical parallels are chilling. Goldberg does a great job of documenting and laying out the philosophical and political path that took the Germans to where they ended up less than 100 years ago. Contemporary political events bare a chilling resemblance. Whether we continue down the same road may depend in large part on whether we have "failed to learn the lessons of history" presented here.

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  • Mark
  • Aptos, CA, United States
  • 05-10-08

Great book

I was concerned that this would just be another "wacky" polemic that have been popular over the last decade. This goes into some great history of totalitarianism and shows how easy it is to give away liberty for the illusion of security. The author does a good job of showing how we are vulnerable to kind words that lead to the state governing over every area of an individual's life. It is amazing how we easily forget about the past and do the same thing. Great narrator. Great book that will give fresh perspective to those promising everything during this political year.

39 of 55 people found this review helpful

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  • Michael
  • Pittston, PA, United States
  • 06-05-10

Putting fascism in its place

Jonah Goldberg has done a well-documented and thoroughly enjoyable look at the "f-bomb" of fascism. Like most Americans raised in the 80's and 90's, I took the term to mean oppressive, racist, nationalist, militaristic, intolerant and Right-wing. Historically all this was true, except for the "Right-wing" part. Big government and Big Brother, social safety net, power to people, workers of the world unite were the founding ideologies behind fascism, which is basically just an amped-up version of socialism on a national, but not international, scale. Basically the term got distorted to mean "right-wing" oppression because of academic slight of hand, necessitated by the need of liberal intellectuals to distance themselves from fascist Germany after the disgrace and atrocities of Hilter were exposed. Still, much of the rhetoric and symbolism of the fascist/progressive movement in America continues, and Goldberg lays it out. This is by far the most spell-binding audiobook I have heard, and the narrator is perfect for this book. Anybody who wants to broaden their mind about words and meaning, politics and history should check this out! 5-stars!

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  • Alfred
  • Pepperell, MA, United States
  • 06-05-08

Having been called a facist...

...by a liberal friend of mine, I found the book enlightening into why she called me that and how mis-informed she is. This book is filled with historical references but don't think it's a boring read. Quite to the contrary, the sarcasm and wit will keep you laughing as much as the analytical dissection of the term facism and the historical links to the Left will keep your mind engaged and enthralled.

21 of 30 people found this review helpful