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Liberal Fascism by Jonah Goldberg
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May 15, 2012

really liked it
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The book attempts to convince the reader that fascism is safely nestled in the far left camp. It appears to start out fairly weak. Then the arguments grow quite a bit stronger despite periodic mocking rants. Unfortunately it eventually spirals into an outright boring lecture on eugenics. Finally, the chapter on fascist economics hits like a lightning bolt of pertinent common sense.

Goldberg is primarily criticizing the long held thesis of American academics. Their critiques of him focus on his lack of credentials/academic standards and his partisan conclusions. Jonah directly addresses the government programs Mussolini and Hitler advocated for and it doesn't appear that any American academic disagrees with these points as facts. This is a damning reality for liberalism even without Goldberg's inflated attacks.

I understand that Goldberg's credentials and academic standards are under liberal academic question, but what conservative text has ever passed that test? Perhaps there are a few out there, but I would be highly surprised to find any recent conservative writings(within the past 15 years) making the grade for intellectual exploration.

Is there anyone out there who can point me in the direction of a good rebuttal to this book?

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