Reading Jonah Goldberg’s “Liberal Fascism”

I am reading Jonah Goldberg’s “Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left, From Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning.” Golberg writes for the National Review and very much a NeverTrump guy. He is a classic conservative of the 18th century British liberalism type, credentials Trump does not carry. Goldberg knows his political philosophy and his 20th century history.

Fascism is rooted in utopianism ushered in by the state. This is clearly a leftist vision. Classic liberalism rejects this view of the state and insists on liberty of the individual, believing that the rational self-interest of the individual will bring to us the best state of affairs possible, as indeed it has.

The American version of fascism is what he calls “friendly fascism.” “The quintessential Liberal Fascist isn’t an SS storm trooper; it is a female grade school teacher with an education degree from Brown or Swarthmore.”

Goldberg’s book is considered by many the gold standard description of fascism for the general reader. What he does is identify the fascistic water in which we all swim without being able to identify it – that is, until Goldberg’s book.

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