Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the Left from Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning Paperback – 29 Jan 2009
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Love it or loathe it, Liberal Fascism is a book of intellectual history you won't be able to put down - in either sense of the term (Tom Wolfe)
Deliciously amusing...witty intelligence that deals in ideas as well as insults (The New York Times)
Brilliant, insightful and important (New York Sun)
Bold and witty...insightful and honest (New York Post)
About the Author
Jonah Goldberg is a columnist for the Los Angeles Times and contributing editor to National Review. A USA Today contributor and former columnist for The Times in London, he has also written for the New Yorker, Commentary, the Wall Street Journal, and many other publications. He lives in Washington, DC.
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In addition to socialism, social democracy and communism, Goldberg's definition of the left also includes `centre' or `Third Way' liberalism and, most controversially, fascism or national socialism. (Goldberg uses `national socialism' without capitals to refer to a family of related creeds combining a socialist platform and nationalism. Used in this way, `national socialism' is a synonym for `fascism'. German National Socialism, or Nazism, was of course additionally characterized by aggressive anti-Semitism, but this is not a feature of all, or even most, groups whose politics can be described as both nationalist and socialist.) Goldberg nevertheless shows that these movements share an ideological commitment to the state as well as a common history. (This idea was earlier developed in the work of the remarkable Austrian thinker Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn, whom Goldberg regrettably omits to mention.Read more ›
If you have doubts or objections to what you think the book might be saying, I encourage you to start with the Afterword in which he anticipates many of the likely criticisms of the book and also shows where he believes conservatism can run off the rails. This is not the one sided or wild-eyed attack piece some have claimed it to be. Goldberg shows us what an imprecise and slippery epithet fascism has become. He then takes us back to the father of fascism, Mussolini, and shows how it grew out of the Progressive movements alive in American and Europe and uses the writings of intellectuals of that movement to show the linkage and their praise of Pre-Hitler Mussolini.
Goldberg then demonstrates how Hitler was a man of the Left and how the accusations of his being "right wing" have to be understood as accusations against a nationalist socialist movement from the USSR's internationalist (read Moscow dominated) communist-socialist movement.Read more ›
Goldberg does focus largely on a great deal of American characters who may be more well known to his US readers than those on this side of the pond. This may be problematic to some British readers. It would be interesting to trace the British connection to all this.
However, the book is full of invaluable information. Goldberg divides up the 20th century into 3 American 'fascist' (by which he means authoritarian/statist) periods. The first (and nastiest) was under Woodrow Wilson, the racist Aryanist Democrat president (he happily segregated the White House after years of blacks made inroads there, for example) who Goldberg considers the father of the modern Left/Liberal/progressive thinking. Next is FDR, whose New Deal (admired by the Left to this day) is strikingly similar to Nazi economics. Finally he looks at the youth movement of the 60s which founded the modern obsession (shared by fascist states) with environmentalism, identity politics, health living etc.Read more ›
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This book in the main raises an issue that always struck me as obvious from early high school. That Nazi politics are left wing and nearly identical to communist ideals. Read morePublished 22 days ago by TheReviewer
A superb analysis of fascism and how similar, albeit more gentle, many aspects of modern day liberalism are to it.Published 3 months ago by PBL
There is no doubt that all fascism and totalitarianism emanates from the Left in politics - if you doubt that statement get this book.Published 4 months ago by Mr. Charles R. Day
Just to point that the defining characteristics of Fascism are
a) An autocratic leader.
b) The militarisation of society
c) A philosophy of racial... Read more
For years we had unchallenged bigotry of the right in the UK, and all kinds of casual racism. Those things still sadly exist, including the growing demonization of the white... Read morePublished 10 months ago by T. S. C.
With the recent election of Mr.Corbyn this book requires immediate reading by the entire country to avoid any slippage into the dark clutches of the left. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Woofit
This is, I think, one of the most important books written in the past few decades. The reason being that it exposes brilliantly exactly what has been happening in western politics:... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Kublai