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Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left, From Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning Hardcover – January 8, 2008
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From Publishers Weekly
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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“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
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Strangely, I have always stated when talking politics to anyone that it is my personal opinion that “Inside every Liberal is a fascist/socialist dictator who is fighting to get out desiring to destroy individualism, capitalism, and personal freedom.” Reading this fantastic book reinforces my political opinions that so called “progressives” are intellectually dishonest and bankrupt when it comes to true individual freedom. Communism, socialism, and fascism may have some subtle differences; however, they all share many things in common. They include collectivism over individualism, strict obedience to the wishes of the State over free thought and individualism, promotion of political correctness and a hatred of capitalism and free speech and intolerance of all opinions but their own warped philosophy.
This hardcover book was published in 2007 and this is the first time I was aware of this text until recently when I purchased it for a bargain price on Amazon. I love this book and think it should be required reading for every high school and college student in the United States. The information in this intellectually stimulating book is seldom taught in most college class rooms, which for the most part are dominated by far left liberal/fascist professors.
This is a book of facts that have been either ignored or hidden about the relationship of the far left and fascist philosophy.
The ten chapters cover the following topics: Mussolini: the father of fascism, Adolf Hitler: man of the left, Woodrow Wilson and the birth of liberal fascism, Franklin Roosevelt’s fascist new deal, the 1960s: Fascism takes to the streets, from Kennedy’s myth to Johnson’s dream: liberal fascism and the cult of the state, liberal racism, liberal fascist economics, brave new village: Hillary Clinton and the meaning of liberal fascism and the new age: we’re all fascists now. Even though I do not agree 100% percent on the author's thesis; nevertheless, he is right on target on most of his evaluations concerning liberals in this country and around the world.
I think this is an important book for every American to read in order to better understand the true motives of all collective based political systems such as communism, socialism and fascism.
Rating: 5 Stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Author: Never trust a politician: Critical reviews of politics and politicians).