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5.0 out of 5 stars Sprung from the same dark roots
Several conservative commentators have observed that left-wing politics has its basis in the idea that all (perceived) human needs can be satisfied. The conservative, on the other hand, intuitively understands that desires and obligations may be inherently conflicting --- sometimes even tragically so. Left-wing politics centers on a belief (statolatry) that the power of...
Published on 7 Jan. 2011 by Patrick Stenberg

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3.0 out of 5 stars A Case of Chickens Coming Home to Roost
This book is primarily a response to mudslinging by the left, and as a result it's mainly mudslinging itself. Fascism is an idea in itself, that's how people should see it. However, the nature of modern politics and the scapegoating of Fascism have turned it into a universal term of abuse, most of which is defined not by what Fascism itself offered forward, but what other...
Published on 24 Jan. 2011 by Rowan Lock


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5.0 out of 5 stars Alternate Title: How to De-Program a Liberal Arts Graduate..., 18 July 2008
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I suspect that the ivory tower elites will despise this book. University acadamia and the media always equate conservative governments such as the USA under Dubya and Canada under Prime Minister Harper as being the equivalent to Nazis Germany under Hitler. Jonah Goldberg deftly exposes the fact the the Liberal Left have more in common with the National Socialists than just the term "socialist".
It all boils down to individual rights ie the true conservative view that each person is of infinite value vs the socialist view that the worth of the individual must be sacrificed for the "good" of the State. Which is a paradox unto itself, considering that Liberalism/Socialism does not recognize the concepts of good and evil, only moral equivalence.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Goldberg makes a lot of valid points, and this ..., 20 Oct. 2014
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Goldberg makes a lot of valid points, and this is an interesting read, but his constant droning about the Holocaust and his casual dismissal of so many alternative views, together with his turgid writing style, make this book hard work.
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3.0 out of 5 stars book, 27 April 2014
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I can't get into it at the moment. it was recommended,
to me by a friend but their obviously more
thinking than me its in the 5year plan,.
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5.0 out of 5 stars down with topics and liberal myths!, 3 Jun. 2009
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Finally we know the truth about the close relations between (national)socialist and socialist.

Wonderful book, a must.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Most informative book I have read in many years, 22 Aug. 2009
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I only started reading this book a few days ago and can't put it down. As someone who gets very little time to read that is saying something. For those who are still trying to understand the mindset of the fascist left and its progress in the last century this book is what you need. Gobsmackingly informative, this book lifts stone after stone when it comes to the true nature and actions of the left, and their terrifying goals.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 6 Dec. 2014
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1.0 out of 5 stars yikes..., 11 July 2009
This review is from: Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the Left from Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning (Paperback)
This book seems hinged around tabloid-bred misnomers, unsurprising as he is effectively a tabloid journalist. The author comes to the shockingly obvious conclusion that national-socialism and socialism have the same word in them and therefore may share similarities and then writes a book based on that very fact. Yes the socialism refers to state-ownership, congratulations. But an ideology based on strict hierarchy and nationalism cannot be credibly equated to one based on equality and independence.

The point about liberal-led regulation often being disingenuous is fair enough, but again its blindingly obvious, as what is labelled liberal by the likes of goldberg these days (a Mary Whitehouse style love of censure and regulation)... isn't liberalism.

"The best government is that which governs least" are the words of a genuine liberal. Individual liberty and equality (genuine ideological equality, not a quantified diversity, which at best is a practice of due diligence) are the hallmark ideals of genuine liberalism. Note that if the first ideal is observed then the second cannot threaten your identity or culture.

anyway all this decrying of unnecessary regulation feels a bit empty coming from the editor of a pro-life magazine.
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10 of 27 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars B for effort; C for attainment., 19 Jan. 2008
Paraquoting... with my own comments.

Author mistakenly equates all authoritarianism with fascism,

The primary problem I had with this book is not so much the author's associating American liberalism/progressivism with European fascism but with his attempt to say that all authoritarianism and idealization of the State is by definition, his definition, fascism. He goes so far as to say Lenin, Stalin, and Castro are fascists. This is absurd. They were, or are in the case of Castro, certainly authoritarian, but to call them fascist it to miss the clear differences in their economic policies from people like Hitler or Mussolini who were economic centrists--a Third Way between capitalism and socialism.

If one takes into consideration all of the various political ideologies present in western democracies during the 19th through the early 21st centuries and places them on a Cartesian plane with economic issues on the x-axis (left/right) and social issues on the y-axis (authoritarian/libertarian) one can more easily distinguish the differences between various points of view. Authoritarian rightists like the American Republican and Democratic Parties would be in the upper right, authoritarian leftists like Castro and Lenin would be on the upper left, libertarian leftists like Gandhi and Nelson Mandela would be on the lower left, and libertarian rightists such as Milton Friedman and Ayn Rand would be on the lower right.

Given a model of political philosophy such as above fascists are close to the centre of the economic axis, though historically they leaned to the economic right, not the left as Goldberg asserts (unlike the BNP, who lean to the economic left!) . Where Goldberg is correct is in associating fascism and American liberalism on economic issues. The Democratic Leadership Council, modern UK Labour, and the German Social Democrats under Schroder (all of whom are representative of economic centrism) have even openly embraced the term the term Third Way to represent their politics. However it must be clearly emphasized that all of these groups are certainly more socially libertarian than any historical or contemporary fascist parties.

Apart from their economic centrism - once again centrism being a cent re between advocates of neo-liberal capitalism and economic policy as advocated by authoritarian Marxist-Leninists or libertarian socialists - historical and contemporary fascists, like the British National Party (They are not Fascist! They are economically socialist & ethnocentrist) or the French National Front, openly embrace a law and order social policy that seeks to empower the police and military while promoting race ("race" does not exist, only ethnicity!) and nationalism as paramount values. American liberals, on the other had, do not advocate for these things or at least not nearly as much as the BNP or the Front national. (Because they are not ethnocentrist or economically socialist - they can't be in the paradigm of an immigrant laissez-faire state!)

In general Goldberg states an interesting case for associating American liberalism with European fascism but he makes some pretty big mistakes by calling all authoritarianism fascism and calling it part of the economic left. The latter can be partially forgive as, in the American context that he is writing, the economic views that liberals and fascists share are the far left to some someone as far to the right economically as Goldberg."

The mock-liberal regime is of course real, but this book is entirely American, and doesn't address the current regime in the UK.
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2 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Liberal Fascism, 14 Jan. 2010
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Mr. R. M. Pounder "Elmgrove" (Blighty) - See all my reviews
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Made the mistake of leaving this on the coffee table. Now it's been borrowed! Heavy going in places but an engaging and challenging book. Certainly my brother seems to think so!!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Putting back the con, 9 Dec. 2010
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...in "conservative." An utter farrago of non-sequitors, self-contradiction and crude inneundo. As in Alice, words mean what he wants them to mean. The flimsy veneer of intellectual pseudo-history cannot conceal his sole purpose - to smear anything and anyone an inch to the left of his rightwing American mates as "fascist.". The New Deal, the Great Society, health reform, anything remotely statist, is simply "fascist". Hilary Clinton is a fascist. By this reckoning Micky Mouse is a fascist. Indeed so is he. Don't waste your cash or time.
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