Saturday, November 13, 2010
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.
Contrary to what most people think, the Nazis were ardent socialists (hence the term "National Socialism"). they believed in free health care and guaranteed jobs. They confiscated inherited wealth and spent vast sums on public education. They purged the church from public policy, promoted a new form of pagan spirituality, and inserted the authority of the state into every nook and cranny of daily life. the Nazis declared war on smoking, supported abortion, euthanasia, and gun control. They loathed the free market, provided generous pensions to the elderly, and maintained a strict racial quota in their universities-- where campus speech codes were all the rage. The Nazis lead the world in organic farming and alternative medicine. Hitler was a strict vegetarian and Himler was an animal rights advocate....