Liberal Fascism Book Review

Liberal fascism sounds an odd title because most people see fascism as right wing. Actually the term was coined by the respected British novelist and leftist icon, H.G. Wells, who in 1931 declared that his fellow progressives become liberal fascists and enlightened Nazis.

Benito Mussolini began his career as a socialist agitator, favoring left wing statism and Hitler’s National Socialists favored an all-inclusive welfare state despising the decadence of the free market. The Nazi’s, the Italian fascists and the progressives drew from the same ideological well, including the philosophies of the Jacobins of the French Revolution, Nietzsche, Hegel and Marx. The left in America today are the heirs of the progressives.

Political Spectrum

 The true political sceptrum puts fascism,progressivism and socialism under left wing statist. Conservatism is to the right under American Constitutionalism.
The true political sceptrum puts fascism,progressivism and socialism under left wing statist. Conservatism is to the right under American Constitutionalism.

The political spectrum

These facts challenge today’s assumptions in regards to the political spectrum, which places fascism as a right wing phenomenon. Applying the fascist label to political enemies began with Joseph Stalin; he successfully used the term to discredit Leon Trotsky in a power struggle in the Soviet Union. The American left, taking its cue from Stalin, adopted the tactic of applying the fascist label to those who don't agree with them, in an attempt to silence and intimidate political opponents, this is evident right up to this present day.

Goldberg notes that fascism is among the vaguest of terms and there is little consensus among the world’s leading scholars to define it, Goldberg himself see’s fascism as a type of secular religion. Despite this, liberals act as if they know exactly what it is and claim to see it everywhere, except of course when they look in the mirror, contends Goldberg.

This explains why, Al Gore has compared global warming skeptics to Holocaust deniers. Charlie Rangel declared the 1994 republican “Contract with America” initiative, to be more extreme than Nazism. Nancy Pelosi’s false claim that healthcare protesters were wearing swastika armbands. Senator Byrd compared the Republicans efforts to prevent the Democrats from blocking Bush’s court nominees to Hitler’s abuse of the law. Bill Clinton called to the 2000 republican platform a fascist tract.


Benito Mussolini

Italian fascist dictator Benito Mussolini, socialist agitator favoring left wing statism. Mussolini was a favorite of the American left including most of FDR's brain trust!
Italian fascist dictator Benito Mussolini, socialist agitator favoring left wing statism. Mussolini was a favorite of the American left including most of FDR's brain trust!

Benito Mussolini

Let’s look at fascism in Mussolini’s Italy, shortly after World War One. Individualism, private property and the free market were held in contempt, progressive taxation, wealth redistribution, minimum wage laws, strictly secular schools; controls on profits and industrial policy were all part of the Italian system.

As opposed to fascism, conservatism calls for individualism, free markets, limited government, traditional religion and morality, Fascists and liberals oppose these things.

The goal of fascism is empower the state to transform society into an organic whole. Mussolini’s advocated for "Everything in the State, nothing outside the State, nothing against the State." He often called for politics to be put aside to do the peoples work and that we as a people must get beyond politics and just take action. When he spoke of getting beyond politics what he was really attacking was democratic debate and calling for more government power. Goldberg notes similar beliefs in today’s liberals. Goldberg does repeatedly assert that he’s not calling all liberals Nazi’s or fascists he’s just calling attention to some embarrassing similarities.

American Progressives

American Progressivism sprung from the same roots as the fascists and socialists. These movements often fed of each other.
American Progressivism sprung from the same roots as the fascists and socialists. These movements often fed of each other.

History of American Progressivism

Goldberg chronicles the history of the American left:

Woodrow Wilson administration was characterized by a militaristic organization of society, a limitless state, loyalty oaths, sending out of 100,000 spies to spy on private citizens, racist policies and eugenics.

FDR took the blueprint from Wilson’s wartime socialism to fashion the peacetime New Deal which even fellow Democrat Al Smith held was fascist.

The Great Society of LBJ represented the greatest advance of statism (at the time) by establishing the modern welfare state.

The militant leftist youth movement of the 1960’s reflected the fascist glorification of youth and violence bearing similarities to the youth movements in fascist Italy and even Nazi Germany; some examples include The Black Panthers, The Weather Underground and The SDS.

Hillary Clintons attempt to inject the state into families, reflected by the philosophy in the book: “It takes a Village to raise a child”, the village being a synonym for the state.

Goldberg’s book contains such a wealth of history and information that you must read through it to truly appreciate his impressive knowledge of political history and his engaging writing style. No doubt his book provides a conservative with a wealth of knowledge and ammunition to defend themselves against attacks from the left. I myself would have chosen a less insulting title and softened some of my statements regarding the left as it would promote more open discussion and less arguments.

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dahoglund 4 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

Nice review. I've watched Goldberg express his views on television and tend to agree with him. the book should be worth reading.


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The Frog Prince 4 years ago from Arlington, TX

Great review. Fascism has been, and always will be, rooted in the far left. It's a misunderstood and often misused label.

The Frog


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Mark Pitts 4 years ago from United States

I really enjoyed this. I was able to learn something. Great Hub.


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wba108@yahoo.com 4 years ago from upstate, NY Author

dahoglund- Thank you, the book is very fascinating, I only really skimmed it there's so much to read!


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wba108@yahoo.com 4 years ago from upstate, NY Author

The Frog Prince- Thank you so much, I came to the conclusion fairly recently that fascism is a leftism phenomena. Fascism and socialism in my opinion are more like secular or pagan religions.


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wba108@yahoo.com 4 years ago from upstate, NY Author

Mark Pitts - I'm glad you liked it and were able to learn something! The book itself is fun to read and packed with fascinating info but quite long.


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drpastorcarlotta 4 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

Nice and Great review! Voted-Up! God Bless you wba108@yahoo.com.


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wba108@yahoo.com 4 years ago from upstate, NY Author

drpastorcarlotta- It's always a pleasure to hear from you, thank you so much!


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tirelesstraveler 4 years ago from California

Clear, concise, and courageous writing.

I will link to the hub I am writing on who should vote.

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wba108@yahoo.com 4 years ago from upstate, NY Author

tirelesstraveler- Thank you for the kind words!


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Skarlet 4 years ago from California

This is a great hub. I love history, and you did a truly excellent job of presenting the facts.


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wba108@yahoo.com 4 years ago from upstate, NY Author

Skarlet- Thanx for stopping by and for your gracious comments!


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Onusonus 4 years ago from washington

Good article, Ive been told by leftists that the political spectrum is thus; communist, socialist, liberal, conservative, fascist.

Right away I noticed that the manipulation of the political spectrum landed conservatives one off from the middle of normal where of course the liberals were situated.

I also came to the same conclusion on my own that the political spectrum should really look more like what your graph shows. All it takes is a little common sense.


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wba108@yahoo.com 4 years ago from upstate, NY Author

Onusonus- Great to hear from you, my friend! Thank you for your generous comments! It's a good thing that we still have people like you, who are capable of critical thinking, which is a skill not at all encouraged in our liberal schools or anywhere else for that matter!

Is there anything the left hasn't rewritten, for them, the truth is relative and in a constant state of flux? Of course,their definition of the truth is politically convenient in that it provides excellent cover for their real goal to grab power!


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James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago

Thank you for this outstanding book review. Methinks Mr. Goldberg is onto something.

By the way: I just noticed that you have a link to my profile page on your profile page (one of only two). I must say that I am highly honored by this and I thank you very much. :D


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wba108@yahoo.com 4 years ago from upstate, NY Author

Thank you James, He's definitely on to something! At very least, he exposed the glass house the left has been throwing stones in! It's not too difficult to see the fascism as leftist.


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Ugly Honest 4 years ago from Within the New York/DC Megalopolis

Been meaning to read it. Thanks, Now I know I have to ... Would have voted Excellent if it was available ... Settled for Useful.


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wba108@yahoo.com 4 years ago from upstate, NY Author

Ugly Honest- Thank you for your kind words! It's a very interesting book, with a lot of history.


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John Sarkis 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

Hi wba108@yahoo.com, you're such an enlightened individual and I really like your style of writing. ---Excellent hub and excellent book review! Yes, I actually wrote a hub about "Nihilism" and of course quote Nietzsche left and right; I'm also somewhat familiar with Jacobi and how he influenced Nihilism.

Kudos to you and voted up and away

John


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wba108@yahoo.com 4 years ago from upstate, NY Author

John Sarkis- Thank you so much for your generous praise, it's so encouraging to hear it! This may be the best comment I've ever received, thank you! I believe Jonah Goldberg is the real enlightened one in this case but thank you anyway! I'm not totally familiar with Nietzsche and the Jacabins, other than to know that they don't stand for anything good, that's for sure! I'm going to have to take a look at your Hub on Nihilism to educate myself, I'm looking forward to it!


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billd01603 4 years ago from Worcester

Im about 3/4 of the way through Goldbergs book. I'ts the best thing Ive read in a few years. It's really making me think. Great Hub. Voted up and Awesome!


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wba108@yahoo.com 4 years ago from upstate, NY Author

billd01603- Thank you for your generous comments! The book had me on the edge of my seat the entire time! I never understood the reason the liberals believe what they do, he connects a lot of dots.


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Veritas Separatim 4 years ago from Ohio

This is one of the most important books I have ever read. Even for a political scientist who makes it his life ambition to study politics, I was amazed at the insight the Goldberg provided here. If you enjoyed his book, you might also like to read the second volume of William Bennets America: The Last, Best Hope for Mankind. It was an equally enjoyable read that discusses American political history through the lens of a conservative author. Enjoyed the post. God Bless.


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wba108@yahoo.com 4 years ago from upstate, NY Author

Veritas Separatim- This book had me on the edge of my seat the whole time I read it, it was like reading a spy thriller or something! I will definitively look into second volume of William Bennets America, it should be very interesting if its anything like Goldberg's book! God bless


james 2 years ago

Oh God, this is an absolutely trashy way of the political spectrum. Who in the hell puts communism and fascism on the left side?? Communism is far left and fascism is far right... Totalitarianism is not on your left to right scale, a true scale would be built like a cross.


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wba108@yahoo.com 2 years ago from upstate, NY Author

James- I do because its the truth. Communism and fascism are both totalitarian collectivist ideologies where the state is involved in every minute detail of your life. They both draw from the same leftist progressive well. It's complete fiction that fascism is right wing. This fiction was originally created by Stalin to blackball his leftist political opponents, america leftists apparently took their cue from him.

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