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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

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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Tricky thing, fascism. <br />

Enjoyed it in Audio. Reading it would have been torture.
Must read for all minds
I'm caught in the review. help

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  • 06-24-17

Excellent book, Bad/Shrill/Nasal narrator

This book provides the basis for a great
understanding of the true tactics used by the American Progressive left. However, the narrator has this awful shrill voice that is difficult to listen to for more than a few minutes.

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Best book of this type I have ever read!

Would you listen to Liberal Fascism again? Why?

Yes. Well written, well researched, well presented.

What did you like best about this story?

Uncovered the real history of the Democratic Party.

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Thought-Provoking

If you're interested in intellectual history and modern political discourse, this book should be on your list. Goldberg's engaging prose and accessible distallation of thinkers and arguments spring to life in this audiobook.

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Amazing

Well written and extremely insightful! I would recommend this book to anyone. I enjoyed listening to the audio. The narrator did a great job!

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Good listen

Will probably listen to it again, there's too much information to absorb at one time.

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  • 02-26-17

Eye opening, but not completely fortright

If you could sum up Liberal Fascism in three words, what would they be?

fascism is leftist

If you could give Liberal Fascism a new subtitle, what would it be?

The God State Lives

Any additional comments?

The book is a tour de force of analysis, drawing a line from Woodrow Wilson, through Mussolini and Hitler, all the way through to Hillary Clinton (and Barack Obama) - all these subscribe to the idea of the God State and the principle of "GEMEINNUTZ GEHT VOR EIGENNUTZ" (collective good before self). The author want to play nice with his potential opponents, and is willing to sacrifice historical accuracy for this niceness:<br/><br/>1. The proto-Fascist movement was (and remains) Mohammed's Islam, which seems to bear all the hallmarks of Fascism as defined by Goldberg.<br/><br/>2. Long before Wilson, Fascism in the United States reared its ugly head with Lincoln, who was quite clearly the first Fascist dictator, and far exceeded Wilson in the effects of his actions.<br/><br/>3. The author keeps saying that FDR's New Deal, while Fascist, cannot be compared with Mussolini's Fascism. It is not clear why that is: the effects of FDR's policies seem to have been far worse than anything Mussolini did, at least before the fateful alliance with Germany - it seems to me that Mussolini's fascism is altogether more benign (and this is not even mentioning FDR's selling out Europe to Stalin's dictatorship).<br/><br/>4. The author keeps mentioning the alleged evils of Joe McCarthy and McCarthyism. It is not clear what these evils are - the reader is strongly advised to read Stan Evans' "Blacklisted by History" and make up his own mind.

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Food and ammo for conservative thinkers

Packed with well researched history, anecdotes and causation for America's present political crises.
You will, I guarantee, get much valued history, information and perspective from this serious study.
Highly recommended.

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Still so important

I've now read this once and listened to it once. This is an extremely thorough and informative look at the roots and history of progressivism in America and its disturbing relationship to fascist regimes in Europe. More than just demonizing the Left though, it exposes WHY they think the way they do, who the thought leaders were along the way, and how progressive ideas developed over time and in different cultures. As a Christian, I find one of the more interesting connections he makes is between progressives and the social gospel movement when Christians basically exported their duties to the State out of "compassion"; a theme I have seen more and more recently.

I have found this book immensely helpful in understanding the left in comparison to many conservative books that typically just list the litany of stupid things they propose. I find it similar to Thomas Sowell's books in the amount of useful and new information he gives.

I also like the reader's style and voice. He does a great job!

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Excellent!

Mr. Goldberg objectively, fairly & thoroughly outlines the development of modern liberal fascism. This is an excellent resource for anyone interested in understanding the true nature of politics in today's America. Thank you!