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Do yourself a favor: take the time and actually read Liberal Fascism, 3 Mar 2009
Jonah Goldberg has written a scholarly work. He is very careful with the evidence---which clearly shows that Fascism is primarily a socialist phenomenon. Goldberg is, after all, well aware that his critics will exploit even minor inconsequential errors. The only substantial difference between Adolph Hitler and Joseph Stalin is that the Nazi's vision was restricted to those possessing imaginary Aryan racial characteristics. The latter gentleman at least paid lip service to the notion of international and racially inclusive socialism. There is also no such thing as a fascist libertarian. They were inherently hostile toward the individual freedoms of capitalism. Every last single one of them advocated a command economy where designated elites gave orders to the hoi polloi on how to carry out the economic aspects of their lives. The author points out the adulation of Benito Mussolini by numerous American left-wingers who adored the infamous Italian leader. Even British socialist H.G. Wells had kind words for the Nazis and thought them to be the positive wave of the future.
The perverse doctrines of genetic superiority underpinned much of the infatuation of the West's elites with Nazi ideology. How many people realize, for instance, that the majority of academically credentialed liberals in the early 20th Century were outright racists? But please don't take my word on anything. Read the book and double check Goldberg's assertions. And if you do so---you will never again perceive Fascism as merely a right-wing phenomenon premised entirely on ancient traditionalist fantasies. You might even endure a personal existential and psychological meltdown.