I’m about half-way through Jonah Golberg’s first book, Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left from Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning. Goldberg is an editor at National Review and a syndicated columnist.
I am working on a review of the book to post after I finish the whole thing. Judging from what I’ve read so far, this book is going to have to be taken into account in any discussion of fascism. It also forthrightly dispenses the progressive myth that underneath an American conservative you will find a Nazi. In fact, Goldberg resurrects the hidden history of fascism and reveals the shared DNA of modern liberalism’s (progressivism) and European fascism. Obviously that is a detailed and nuanced argument and I will expand upon it in my review.
Judging from lefty reactions to the book, mostly from mopes who didn’t bother to read it, wackadoos hacking of the book’s Amazon page, and Googlebombing the title, Goldberg’s argument hits the target. After all progressives don’t get upset when you are wrong about them, they go apoplectic when you get it right about them.
NRO has a Liberal Fascism blog detailing reviews, criticisms, both serious and silly, and Goldberg’s reaction to the book’s acceptance. For a good primer you can listen to Goldberg’s book lecture at the Heritage Foundation.
I mention the book here because some of the fascist traits Goldberg assigns to modern liberals apply to our current governor.