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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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Well-researched and amazingly accurate factually.

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.

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Very enlightening though not quite what I expected

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.

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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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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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