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3.00070020964361 out of 53.00070020964361 out of 53.00070020964361 out of 53.00070020964361 out of 53.00070020964361 out of 5 3.00 (2,385 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jonah Goldberg Narrator: Johnny Heller Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2008 ISBN: 9781400177042
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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. 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 and supported abortion, euthanasia, and gun control. They loathed the free market, provided generous pensions for the elderly, and maintained a strict racial quota system in their universities—where campus speech codes were all the rage. The Nazis led the world in organic farming and alternative medicine. Hitler was a strict vegetarian, and Himmler was an animal rights activist. Do these striking parallels mean that today's liberals are genocidal maniacs, intent on conquering the world and imposing a new racial order? Not at all. Yet it is hard to deny that modern progressivism and classical fascism shared the same intellectual roots. We often forget, for example, that Mussolini and Hitler had many admirers in the United States. W. E. B. Du Bois was inspired by Hitler's Germany, and Irving Berlin praised Mussolini in song. Many fascist tenets were espoused by American progressives like John Dewey and Woodrow Wilson, and FDR incorporated fascist policies in the New Deal. 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. Download and start listening now!

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

    Booklist (starred review)

  • 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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Franz | 1/14/2014

    " This book took what were only vague notions and half formed suspicions and gave them a practial, coherent life. It completely changed the way I think about American politics. I consider it a 'must read'. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Robert Larkin | 12/22/2013

    " FUCK WHY DID I START READING THIS IT'S THE FUCKING SHITTIEST WORST BOOK I WANT THAT TWENTY MINUTES OF LIFE BACK. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steen Knigge | 12/21/2013

    " Great book that gives an interesting twist to the history of fascism. Definitely worth a read "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ken | 11/19/2013

    " This guy rambles on and on. Anybody who has read sociological history knows that fascism and communism and all of those things we are supposed to hate are ideas that have blended into the liberal left side. The argument just seems moot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevin Henry | 4/24/2013

    " Overall a very informative book that lays out the history of fascism, and progressivism and to a lesser extent, classical liberalism. Goldberg seeks to show the connections between fascism, progressivism, and today's liberalism. Hitler was to the left of Woodrow Wilson...who knew? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brendan Steinhauser | 4/11/2013

    " A fantastic book about how the left is intellectually indebted to fascism. Jonah Goldberg really destroys the myth that fascism is a political idealogy of the right. This is a must read for anyone who wants to speak intelligently about what fascism is, and isn't. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lisa | 12/11/2011

    " I'll happily admit I'm too ignorant to appreciate such a smart, hip book if it means I don't have to keep reading it. Call it intellectual if you must; it's really just one man's spin. Such an Agenda. I'd be wary of anyone who reads this from cover to cover. That's an angry person. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ken Morris | 9/30/2011

    " Ken: must read on the origins of fascism "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Al | 8/26/2011

    " I would rate this book higher except I think many of his assertions are just too contrived and forced. Some of this critisim is probaly due to my not agreeing with most of his argument. However, this book gives the reader a lot to think about. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Juliette | 6/23/2011

    " A wake-up call. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Vincent Pimpinella | 5/17/2011

    " Because who doesn't love overly contrived bullshit? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 4/10/2011

    " Annoy your liberal college prfessors -- read this book and cite it in your works! Once aupon a time, fascism was the undeniable intellectual property of the poltical right -- Mussolini, Hitler, McCarthy. You will not tell me otherwise that the political left has now claimed it for their very own. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul | 2/21/2011

    " 2011.0221-2011.0310
    Clearly written and powerfully delivered Goldberg's indictment of the left and the rewriting of history is excellent and well researched. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ryan | 2/17/2011

    " Eye opening. Goldberg explores presidents and groups and goes after their liberal views and how fascist they really are. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Franz | 2/5/2011

    " This book took what were only vague notions and half formed suspicions and gave them a practial, coherent life. It completely changed the way I think about American politics. I consider it a 'must read'. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bob | 1/12/2011

    " Excellent book, well researched, seriously, this is not a lightweight political pandering kind of book. My only dissapointment is that it is not equally critical of the right. But I suppose that is not the point, it is aimed at tearing down this myth of the Left being peaceniks and egalitarians. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 1/10/2011

    " I simply love any book that takes a huge amount of my assumptions, turns them on their side, and then forces me to recognize that I was so wrong about them. The need to periodically dig into the dictionary is also always welcome. A fascinating read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kevin | 12/22/2010

    " A book that everyone should read, but few will. Though, if everyone read this, there would be no Democrats... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 George | 12/20/2010

    " Exhausting but full of red meat - suffers a bit from author's assumption that reader knows about everything he writes about. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 M.j. | 12/9/2010

    " This book is filled with information but it is rather laborious to get through. I leaned a lot, however. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeff | 12/7/2010

    " Excellent read about the creeping fascism in America. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anca | 11/29/2010

    " 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. "

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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.

About the Narrator

Johnny Heller, a two-time winner of the prestigious Audie Award, was named a top voice of 2008 and 2009 and selected as one of the Top 50 Narrators of the Twentieth Century by AudioFile magazine. His adult and children’s book narrations have earned him thirty-five AudioFile Earphones Awards.