Sunday, May 24, 2009

Liberal Fascism: Obama Taking His Pace in History

Jonah Goldberg's Liberal Fascism is one of the best, non-fiction, political books I have read. It was so good, I read it twice.

It provides an excellent history of fascism starting with Rousseau, Robespierre and the French Revolution, and going through traditional, violent fascists Mussolini and Hitler, and into American fascist icons, namely Woodrow Wilson and FDR.

It tosses out traditional understanding of fascism and the violence that is often associated with them. American fascists are all from the liberal political branch. They espouse the religion of the state. God, family, personal liberty must take a back seat to what is "best for the country."

I could not help think of the position Barack Obama will take in the annals of fascist history. He meets all of the requirements of a true fascist. He might be one of the best when it is all said and done.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Mr. Hayes needs to read "America's Emerging Fascist Economy" a 1975 book published by Arlington House. Key terms in it: "capitalistic collectivism," and "participatory fascism."

Hayes said...

thanks for the lead.