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Jonah Goldberg Has Lost His Mind

By Daniel Treiman

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National Review contributor and L.A. Times columnist Jonah Goldberg is coming out with a new book: “Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left, From Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning.”

From the publisher’s book description on Amazon.com:

Liberal Fascism offers a startling new perspective on the theories and practices that define fascist politics. Replacing conveniently manufactured myths with surprising and enlightening research, Jonah Goldberg reminds us that the original fascists were really on the left, and that liberals from Woodrow Wilson to FDR to Hillary Clinton have advocated policies and principles remarkably similar to those of Hitler’s National Socialism and Mussolini’s Fascism.

It continues: “Jonah Goldberg turns our preconceptions inside out…”

You can say that again.

Incidentally, the “politics of meaning” in the subtitle must be a reference to Tikkun magazine’s Rabbi Michael Lerner, who coined that phrase and, truth be told, doesn’t have all that much in common with Mussolini.



Comments
jerry shapiro Mon. Dec 31, 2007

jonah goldberg lost his mind? that assumes he had a mind to lose.

Joe Cohen Thu. Jan 3, 2008

Any student of history knows Goldberg is correct. Who are the most intolerant and anti-Free speech groups on America's college campuses? The Liberal-Left brown shirts who attempt to shut down or shout down almost every conservative writer who is invited to speak at any particular college.

gene newman Mon. Jan 14, 2008

any student of history knows that history is written by the victors. the neocons who are the current victors have decreed that they can get away with branding the left as intolerant and fascistic; therefore, the rest of us are supposed to accept this as somehow authoritative.

robert meldahl Wed. Jan 30, 2008

In fact, I believe Mr. Lerner has a lot in common with Mussolini. In fact, many of Mr. Hitler's political ideas (anti-semitism excepted) would have been advocated by Tikkun magazine. For a better perspective on how big government ideology is basically fascist, read "The Road to Serfdom" by Nobel prize winning, von Hayek.

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