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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,384 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jonah Goldberg Narrator: Johnny Helle Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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“Fascists,” “Brownshirts,” “jackbooted stormtroopers”—such are the insults typically hurled at conservatives by their liberal opponents. Calling someone a fascist is the fastest way to shut them up, defining their views as beyond the political pale. But who are the real fascists in our midst?

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 Franklin Roosevelt to Hillary Clinton have advocated policies and principles remarkably similar to those of Hitler’s National Socialism and Mussolini’s Fascism.

Fascism was an international movement that appeared in different forms in different countries, depending on the vagaries of national culture and temperament. In Germany, fascism appeared as genocidal racist nationalism. In America, it took a “friendlier,” more liberal form. The modern heirs of this “friendly fascist” tradition include the New York Times, the Democratic party, the Ivy League professoriate, and the liberals of Hollywood. 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.

These assertions may sound strange to modern ears, but that is because we have forgotten what fascism is. In this angry, funny, smart, contentious book, Jonah Goldberg turns our preconceptions inside out and shows us the true meaning of Liberal Fascism.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Certain to attract interest…across the political spectrum.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “The controversial arc Goldberg draws from Mussolini to The Matrix is well-researched, seriously argued—and funny.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kenn | 2/20/2014

    " It has provocative thesis which is probably more accurate than its critics would give it credit for. Unfortunately it sometimes seems to be devoted to slamming liberalism rather than giving a balanced view (it attempts to account for similar conservative tendencies in a postscript, a rather unfortunate place since you have to get through the whole main text first). Because of this, it's unlikely to convince any current liberals. I still enjoyed it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Andrés | 1/28/2014

    " I was surprised at how disappointed I was in this book. While the overall point is valid and rather obvious, that fascism is a close cousin of progressivism and an antecedent for modern-day liberalism, nonetheless this book is stuck between polemics and apologies, neither of which make for good reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jonathan B | 1/23/2014

    " Could have used more documentation in some places. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by E. Scott | 1/14/2014

    " One of the best and most thorough reviews of facist ideology I have ever read. Truly enlightening and a must-read for poli-sci students. "

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About the Author
Author Jonah Goldberg

Jonah Goldberg’s first book, Liberal Fascism, was a #1 New York Times bestseller. A visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, he is the founding editor of National Review Online, a Los Angeles Times columnist, a Fox News contributor, and a member of the board of contributors at USA Today. He lives with his family in Washington, DC.