Jonah Goldberg: Sending the Fascist legacy back to the left


Who doesn’t love it when the left goes apoplectic? Jonah Goldberg – my favorite secular-Jewish-iconoclastic columnist (read his National Review columns here) – has made the Jon Stewart-idolizing conservative-hating liberal mainstream go nuts with his book “Liberal Fascism: the Secret History of the American Left, from Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning”. I cannot wait to read it; especially after listening to this extensive 2-part, 70-minute interview from yesterday’s Hugh Hewitt show. Well worth a listen, especially for those of you, like me, who are glowing with pride that a hip, articulate polemicist is successfully demolishing the right-wing-are-fascists myth:

Part I – Jonah Goldberg on The Hugh Hewitt Show, February 21, 2008

Part II – Jonah Goldberg on The Hugh Hewitt Show, February 21, 2008

I’m not much of a bibliographer; perhaps there have been other books in recent years debunking the deceptive smear linking Nazism and Fascism with the political right. But while Friedrich Hayek’s The Road to Serfdom is the ultimate tome linking the totalitarian menace with modern “liberalism”, it is more than 50 years old, and does not focus on the countless specific examples Goldberg identifies.


Sorry, left – you’ll have to find another beating stick. Fascists!



Filed under Fascism and Nazism is Socialism, Understanding the Left-Right Divide

5 responses to “Jonah Goldberg: Sending the Fascist legacy back to the left

  1. The Libs are freaking over this. Wait till the word really gets around. The truth hurts I know. He did extensive research. Facts can not be denied. Libtards have to at least read his interview with before they can even try to dismiss him.

    Remember, Liberals are smart and like to read the facts. *wink*

    absurd thought –
    God of the Universe thinks
    the Right is always wrong

    and the Left is always right
    and facts don’t matter at all

    absurd thought –
    God of the Universe says
    keep poor people poor

    ALWAYS vote Democrat
    only good intentions count

    absurd thought –
    God of the Universe thinks
    profit is evil

    punish efficient business
    steal money for government

    absurd thought –
    God of the Universe says
    destroy all corporations

    put people out of work
    make world a better place

    absurd thought –
    God of the Universe says
    politics is religion

    feeling is most important
    thinking is not required

    absurd thought –
    God of the Universe says
    claim to care for people

    call yourself progressive
    your policies hurt poor folk

    absurd thought –
    God of the Universe says
    elect women presidents

    who cover for their husbands
    who rape other women

    absurd thought –
    God of the Universe says
    vote for any woman

    better than any man
    none could make things any worse

    if you’re MAD
    punish your country
    VOTE for Hillary


  2. The Left

    Wikipedia: “For Hayek “the road to serfdom” inadvertently set upon by central planning, with its dismantling of the free market system, ends in the destruction of all individual economic and personal freedom.”

    So the modern right, particularly in the USA of course, is ALL about Fascism-smashing “individual economic and personal freedom”, eh? That would presumably include freedom from unwarranted electronic surveillance and unlimited detention.

    …Hmh. Apparently not.

    Where (pray tell) is this miraculous, “serfdom”-liberating, totally unfettered free market in the home of the free, land of the brave? In 1991 83% of America’s manufacturing sector was geared towards their “defense” industry. 17 years later I have a pretty hard time believing that percentage has shrunk. Where is the “freedom” and “liberation” in that sorry, centrally-planned statistic?

    Your admiration of Jonah Goldberg speaks volumes, but all I hear is “Seig Heil”.

  3. Why is it that leftists like “The Left” above cannot follow a straight line of simple logic? And why do people like this always hide themselves behind a cloak of anonymity?

    FYI, “The Left”‘s response was filtered through an IP address registered in the Solomon Islands, which I’m certain is not where he lives.

    Author : The Left (IP: ,
    E-mail :

  4. Bazarov

    I listened to the Goldberg interview on Hewitt, it was pretty ridiculous. It’s funny how desperate and unhinged Rightists are getting. If this is the best they can come up with — then I think we are in better shape than I thought.

    Goldberg simply is regurgitating Fascist propaganda in that Nazism was socialist. I suppose his next book will talk about how the USSR was a People’s Democracy because the Bolsheviks said it was, and that must prove democracy is totalitarian. And that’s his BEST argument in the book.. hah.. (pretty weak eh?).

    Anyone who is intellectually honest knows that Hitler was clearly a Far-Right State-Capitalist (and a Christian – see Hitler’s Table Talk where he praises Jesus and God, although does criticize the mainstream Churches). The Fascists collaborated with the Rich to repress and destroy leftists, trade unionists, marxists, anarchists, communists.

    They upheld private property. Socialism is where the workers control the means of production, and that was obviously not the case in 1930s Germany, Italy or Japan.

    Goldberg’s absurd and unpersuasive revisionism goes to show why the raving Right is in a total free fall – they’ve gone completely bonkers. Thanks Johan for undermining what little intellectual credibility “conservatives” have left.

  5. Another anonymous coward, hiding behind an invalid e-mail address. All I can say is: you’re wrong. Dead wrong. And not very smart, either.

    If Hitler’s National Socialism wasn’t socialist, what the hell was it?

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