Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Liberal Fascism by Jonah Goldberg

The first thing one notices about this book is its clever cover. The cover has a smiley face with a Hitler moustache on a red background. This brilliant artwork seems lifted from the Beamish school of Art.

Way back, we discussed Fascism in reviewing Oriana Falachi's books. Falachi understood the meaning of the term. Her family lived under the genuine fascism in Italy. Mussolini was a socialist
and his supporters came from the left. The misdeeds of Mussolini should never be confused with Hitler. The Italian government protected the Jews until the occupation of 1943. Moreover, Mussolini famously called antisemitism ....."that German sickness".

The term fascist as a slur dates back to Stalin. The Stalinistic tendency to label anyone who disagreed with them fascists is alive and well today. The demented communists continue this practice today. Moreover, it is a comedy classic when the cheerleader of class genocide calls me "Stalinist". However, the prerequisite for being a Communist today is a low IQ, treason and rabid anti-semitism. This should be quite amusing to regular readers of this blog known for its high octane anti- communism.

PG 23 Fascism is a religion of the state. It assumes the organic unity of the body politic and longs for a national leader ( Chavez or Trotsky) attuned to the will of the people. It is totalitarian
in that it views everything as political and holds that any action taken by the state (class genocide and property theft) is justified to achieve the common good. It takes all responsibilty for all aspects of life, including our health and well being and seeks to impose uniformity of thought and action, whether by force or regulation and social pressure. Everything, including the economy and religion must be aligned with its objectives. Any rival identity ( Americanism and Judaism) is part of the problem and therefore defined as the enemy. I will argue that contemporary liberalism embodies all aspects of fascism.

The reader above should note the additions in parentheses are mine. It would seem the deluded Trotskyite seems to fit the above description. In fact the polar opposite of fascism would be Liberterians who are the true bane of communism. If you are stuck in a room full of commies bring a Cuban American, but if you can't find one get the nearest Liberterian.

Goldberg also explains the classic Communist anti-semitism as well

PG 18 Today populist conspiracy theories run amok across the left (and are hardly unkown on the right). A full third of Americans believe that it is "very" or "somewhat likely" that the government was behind ( or allowed) the 9-11 attacks. A particular paranioa about the influence of the "Jewish Lobby" has infected significant swaths of the campus and European left- not to mention the poisonous and truly Hitlerian anti semitic populism of the Arab street under the regimes that most would recognize as fascist. My point isn't that the left is embracing Hitlerite anti Semitism. Rather it is embracing populism and indulging anti semites to an extent that is alarming and dangerous. Meanwhile it is worth recalling that the success of Nazism in Weimar Germany partially stemmed from its unwillingness of decent men to take it seriously.

On the last point I disagree with Goldberg. Anti-semitism is a central component of Communism
and actively seeks power through the elimination of Jews. From the above all other identies are
irrelevant in the lust for power and utopia. The big tent or common front includes Hitllerian types like LWB/John Brown in a common alliance to grab power.

It would seem that Renegade Eye and the Duck as defined above have far more in common with
fascism than a Rudy Republican or Liberterian.

Beamish in 08


Always On Watch said...

The Stalinistic tendency to label anyone who disagreed with them fascists is alive and well today.

Muddies the water and forces me to do deeper research every time some leftista cries "Fascist!"

I didn't know that JG had written a new book. I've been somewhat out of touch with news stories because of illness and personal matters. In fact, the past several weeks I don't know how I've managed to get any blogging done!

cube said...

This one is on my To Read list.

The Pagan Temple said...

Libertarianism is stronger and healthier in America than communism is, and more than likely ever will be. Just look at the percentage of votes Ron Paul got in the last two primaries. No candidate openly running on an obvious communist platform would get anything approaching ten percent of the vote in arguably any state.

Yet, Libertarianism offers it's own utopian vision, and is therefore every bit as dangerous as communism. In the US, where it holds a higher level of respectability, it is more dangerous than communism.

beakerkin said...


Anarcho Liberterianism has more in common with Trotskyite traitors than
with real Liberterians. Paul's bs is pure crank nonesense.

Mr. Beamish the Kakistocrat said...

I've been waiting for this book to come out.

Bookstore time, despite the redundant title.

Mr. Beamish the Kakistocrat said...

Ron Paul is a favorite of the left-wing internet poll troll crowd.

Is it really all that surprising to find neo-Nazi support there too?

If you ever wanted to kill a bunch of leftists at the same time, toss a grenade into a Ku Klux Klan parade.

Ducky's Here said...

Anyone seen Rudy Giuliani?

Mr. Beamish the Kakistocrat said...

Anyone seen John Edwards?