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Liberal Fascism by Jonah Goldberg
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Aug 06, 08

Read in July, 2008

Goldberg is an American conservative author and commentator. He claims to be America's most widely-read political columnist under the age of 40 (Ann Coulter's nearly 50!).

A few years ago, Goldberg's got into a tizzy about left-wing (read: liberal) writers calling G.W. Bush a "fascist." By the liberal definition, fascism refers to aspects of the Bush administration including:

a) Obsession with national security
b) Religion and government being intertwined
c) Powerful and continuing nationalism
d) The list goes on....

He lobs the f-word back at liberals, though after each of his many attacks he is at pains to say that they are not "evil" fascists, they just share a family resemblance. It's family because American liberals are descendants of the early 20th-century Progressives, who in turn shared intellectual roots with fascists. In short, fascists and liberals, he says, seek to use the state to solve the problems of modern society.


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