Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the Left from Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning

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Penguin Adult, Jan 29, 2009 - Political Science - 496 pages
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Today the word 'fascist' is usually an insult aimed at those on the right, from neocons to big business. But what does it really mean? What if the true heirs to fascism were actually those who thought of themselves as being terribly nice and progressive - the liberals?

Jonah Goldberg's excoriating, opinion-driving, US bestseller explains why. Here he destroys long-held myths to reveal why the most insidious attemps to control our lives originate from the left, whether it's smoking bans or security cameras. Journeying through history and across culture, he uses surprising examples ranging from Woodrow Wilson's police state to the Clinton personality cult, the military chic of 60s' student radicals to Hollywood's totalitarian aesthetics, to show that it is modern progressivism - and not conservatism - that shares the same intellectual roots as fascism.

This angry, funny, smart and contentious book looks behind the friendly face of the well-meaning liberal, and turns our preconceptions inside out.

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User Review  - ancameme - LibraryThing

The interesting ideas are drowned in a sea of skewed logic. There are some genuinely good arguments and I believe this book deserves a read (if only to hone your argumentative skills). I couldn't read it again. Read full review

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User Review  - melissarochelle - LibraryThing

I read the first few chapters and that's about all I could take....The authors argument that liberals are more fascist than conservatives is ridiculous. Under Wilson he talks about the government ... Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Jonah Goldberg is a columnist for the Los Angeles Times and contributing editor to National Review. A USA Today contributor and former columnist for The Times in London, he has also written for the New Yorker, Commentary, the Wall Street Journal, and many other publications. He lives in Washington, DC.

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