Friday, June 27, 2008

Liberal Fascism---A Book To Read

I bring to your special attention and consideration the following book:.
Goldberg, Jonah;
Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the AMERICAN LEFT from Mussolini to the POLITICS OF MEANING;
Doubleday, New York, Toronto, Auckland, Sydney; 2007;
ISNB 978-0-385-51184-1.

You will, no doubt, form your own opinions and judgments as to the author's positions. However, he (On the basis of a considered overview of Mussolini and Hitler) does make a good case for the fascist approval or orientation of such persons as: US Presidents W. Wilson, T. Roosevelt, FD Roosevelt, JF Kennedy; AND, such other individuals and collectives as Sen. Hillary Clinton, the ACLU, the "Black Power Movement" and many others. (Persons outside of the USA may select their own fellow-citizens for probable inclusion!)

I found the liberals' and fascists' tendency (If not outright commitment) to the position of "Everything with the State and nothing outside of it!" as a very strong "hint" of the anti-religious position of so many on the left and their willingness (As in Canada) to suppress civil liberties to the intentions of the Left.

Respectfully submitted,
James Pawlak

Liberal Fascism : The Totalitarian Temptation from Mussolini to Hillary Clinton
by Goldberg, Jonah

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"Liberal fascism offers a new perspective on the theories and practices that define fascist politics. Replacing conveniently manufactured myths with surprising and enlightening research, Jonah Goldberg reminds us that the original fascists were really on the left, and that liberals from Woodrow Wilson to FDR to Hillary Clinton have advocated policies and principles remarkably similar to those of Hitler's National Socialism and Mussolini's Fascism." "These assertions may sound strange to modern ears, but that is simply 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."--BOOK JACKET.

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In this provocative and well-researched book, Goldberg probes modern liberalism's spooky origins in early 20th-century fascist politics. With chapter titles such as Adolf Hitler: Man of the Left and Brave New Village: Hillary Clinton and the Meaning of Liberal Fascism—Goldberg argues that fascism has always been a phenomenon of the left. This is Goldberg's first book, and he wisely curbs his wry National Review style. Goldberg's study of the conceptual overlap between fascism and ideas emanating from the environmental movement, Hollywood, the Democratic Party and what he calls other left-wing organs is shocking and hilarious. He lays low such lights of liberal history as Margaret Sanger, apparently a radical eugenicist, and JFK, whose cult of personality, according to Goldberg, reeks of fascist political theater. Much of this will be music to conservatives' ears, but other readers may be stopped cold by the parallels Goldberg draws between Nazi Germany and the New Deal. The book's tone suffers as it oscillates between revisionist historical analyses and the application of fascist themes to American popular culture; nonetheless, the controversial arc Goldberg draws from Mussolini to The Matrix is well-researched, seriously argued—and funny. (Jan. 8)

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