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Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left Hardcover – 19 Jan 2008

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"Well-researched, seriously argued and funny." --"Publishers Weekly
""Brilliant, insightful, and important." --"The New York Sun"
"Jonah Goldberg is the first historian to detail the havoc this spin of all spins has played upon Western thought for the past seventy-five years, very much including the present moment." --Tom Wolfe

"Brilliant, insightful, and important." --"New York Sun
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"Well-researched, seriously argued, and funny." --"Publishers Weekly""Bold and witty... [Goldberg] makes a persuasive case that fascism was from the beginning a movement of the left." --"New York Post""Jonah Goldberg is the first historian to detail the havoc this spin of all spins has played upon Western thought for the past seventy-five years, very much including the present moment." --Tom Wolfe

"Brilliant, insightful, and important." --"New York Sun
"

"Well-researched, seriously argued, and funny." --"Publishers Weekly""Bold and witty... [Goldberg] makes a persuasive case that fascism was from the beginning a movement of the left." --"New York Post""Jonah Goldberg is the first historian to detail the havoc this spin of all spins has played upon Western thought for the past seventy-five years, very much including the present moment." --Tom Wolfe

Brilliant, insightful, and important. "New York Sun
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Well-researched, seriously argued, and funny. "Publishers Weekly" Bold and witty [Goldberg] makes a persuasive case that fascism was from the beginning a movement of the left. "New York Post" Jonah Goldberg is the first historian to detail the havoc this spin of all spins has played upon Western thought for the past seventy-five years, very much including the present moment. Tom Wolfe"

"Brilliant, insightful, and important." --New York Sun

"Well-researched, seriously argued, and funny." --Publishers Weekly"Bold and witty... [Goldberg] makes a persuasive case that fascism was from the beginning a movement of the left." --New York Post"Jonah Goldberg is the first historian to detail the havoc this spin of all spins has played upon Western thought for the past seventy-five years, very much including the present moment." --Tom Wolfe



-Brilliant, insightful, and important.- --New York Sun

-Well-researched, seriously argued, and funny.- --Publishers Weekly-Bold and witty... [Goldberg] makes a persuasive case that fascism was from the beginning a movement of the left.- --New York Post-Jonah Goldberg is the first historian to detail the havoc this spin of all spins has played upon Western thought for the past seventy-five years, very much including the present moment.- --Tom Wolfe

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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 of London, he has also written for The New Yorker, Commentary, the Wall Street Journal, and many other publications. He lives in Washington, D.C.

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If you think fascism is on the right side of the political spectrum, think again.
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A superb analysis of fascism and how similar, albeit more gentle, many aspects of modern day liberalism are to it.
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Fascinating read.
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In 1964, the US passed the Civil Rights Act, ending decades of de facto apartheid in the United States. Fifty years later, the struggle for racial equality in the United States is hardly over, but who can doubt that this Act represented a milestone, a liberal milestone?

Now consider the Nuremberg Laws in Germany in the 1930s, a keystone in the foundation of the Nazi racial state. You would have to stretch your analytical skills hard, would you not, to bring these two pieces of legislation, and the respective states that sponsored them, under the same rubric?

That's what Goldberg tries to do, with repeated use of syllogism which runs something like this. Nazis did certain things. Liberals also did these things. Hence, liberal fascism. This is a form of syllogistic reasoning that runs like this: I have blue eyes. My neighbour has blue eyes. Therefore, my neighbour is a relative. Or, to take another example, since we are talking about fascism: Hitler was a Nazi. He was also a vegetarian. Therefore, vegetarians are Nazis. Political polemic is replete with this sort of reasoning and so is this book. Its flaws should be obvious.

I should just confine myself to one example, the alleged shared well springs of FDR's New Deal and Nazi Germany. Like Germany in the 1930s, FDR experimented with greater state intervention in the economy and in the society, including an arms build-up and workfare schemes for the unemployed.

There are several problems with this linkage. First is empirical. If you look at the arms build-up in the US during the 30s, it scarcely bears comparison to Germany's during this period. The US entered the war with a scratch force; the mighty war machine it had to build up barely existed at the end of 1941.
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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. Yet Nazis and Hitler are words used to describe rightwing racism etc. The communists were far far more vile in mass murdering enemies. - political or racial. So why do Nazis get the right wing tag? Why isnt the much more evil communism used against politics of the left? Globally and historically it is the left that mostly behaves in angry violent and threatening ways - still is. Goldberg points this out in detail with examples whilst also highlighting the right wing is normally a more mature (demographic) and balanced.
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I bought this book when I was still under the illusion that fascism or so-called Nazism was everything evil in history. No more, I took the red pill, slapped myself round the face a few times and accepted that Communism and Zionism is and has always been an unparalleled evil throughout history and is causing immeasurable problems throughout the world today.

Anyone concerned about white genocide and wars in the middle east should give this book a wide berth.
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A very interesting account of how both fascist and communist ideologies are essentially the same and arise from the same impetus - that of intolerance of different opinions.
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There is no doubt that all fascism and totalitarianism emanates from the Left in politics - if you doubt that statement get this book.
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