So long, Twenty Ought Eight
In the spirit of Brian, Eludius, and Michael’s 2008-2009 retro/pro-spectives, I had my own spiffy post all planned out. But alas, I forgot the lesson that central planning doesn’t work—especially for three-year olds who don’t want to go to bed.
Anyway, I cut down my own best of 2008 list to a couple of things from the year that was, which will bear remembering for the year that is now. In these days of bailouts, public works spending, increased regulations, and a general thrust toward larger government; conservatives would do well to remember the arguments below.
Best Book: Liberal Fascism: A Secret History of the American Left from Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning, by Jonah Goldberg. If there is only one conservative book you can read this year make it Liberal Fascism. Jonah rescues the intellectual heritage and philosophical assumptions of contemporary liberalism—actually progressivism—from the memory hole. The book exposes the dark underbelly of progressivism and its family resemblance to fascism, both of which were swirling around the intellectual firmament of the late 19th and early 20th century.
You can read an excerpt of the chapter on progressive racism eugenics here.
Honorable Mention: Amity Shlaes, The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression and James Pierson, Camelot and the Cultural Revolution: How the Assassination of John F. Kennedy Shattered American Liberalism.
Best Book Review: Johan Norberg’s destruction of Naomi Klein’s ridiculous tome Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism in the pages of Reason. Klein attempts to paint Milton Friedman and free markets as devils incarnate. Norberg shows us the burning straw men that litter Klein’s book. See his interview with Reason.TV below.