The RS Book Notes Project: Economics in One Lesson
I haven’t seen any posts on here by Erik with a book note assignment. If I missed it, please, someone post a link to it in the comments. I purpose we move forward with Henry Hazlitt’s Economics in One Lesson. Most of the assignments for Liberal Fascism seemed to run about forty pages. I suggest reading through the end of Chapter V Taxes Discourage Production. | Read More »
LF Afterword and My Final Thoughts
In the final chapter of Liberal Fascism, Mr. Goldberg provides a warning that fascism has shown up from time to time on the right side of the aisle. Conservatives can get into trouble when we start attacking the free market system or when we start legislating “compassionate conservatism”. Whether it’s President Bush’s faith based initiative, or McCain’s campaign finance reform, conservatives aren’t immune to the | Read More »
LF 10: The Fascism of the Green Movement
Liberal Fascism‘s Chapter 10 is full of good information. I feel like I could probably write three different entries on this chapter alone. However, in honor of the talks at Copenhagen this week, I thought I would limit my entry to the “Green Fascism” discussed in this chapter. Recently, “climate-gate” has exposed a number of problems with the “science” behind the global warming movement. Those | Read More »
LF 9: The Religion of Government
From the diaries by Erick. Chapter 10 next week. But it’s worth looking at Reich as a true acolyte of the religion of government. When I came to the above sentence, it occurred to me that the same could be said for many of the most prominent liberal / progressive / statist politicians in today’s world. “Man-made global warming” is obviously one of the religions | Read More »
LF 8: The Myth of the “Right Wing Business”
I think this chapter was the most informational of the book so far. In keeping with the theme of the “Book Notes” project, I think the most important idea for conservatives to remember is actually captured on the second page of the chapter: These myths are entwined with one another in a magnificent knot of confusion. Among the strands of this knot are the palpably | Read More »
LF Chapter 7: The Liberal Racist.
This Chapter has enough information to create a week long discussion without the rest of the book. It’s hard not to read this chapter and draw parallel’s between the now debunked global warming movement and the previously debunked eugenic movement. Both movements were sacred cows of the liberals, and both involved letting the State control the daily lives of people. With eugenics movement, the State | Read More »
LF Chapter 6 and the Second Coming
From the diaries by Erick. Glad you guys are participating so I don’t have to do all the writing every week. This was a great chapter. Read it on the way home from New York on Saturday. Next week, Chapter 7, promises to be relevant to what’s going on right now. I have thought for a while now that the left’s obsession with “man made | Read More »
Liberal Fascism Chapter 5: We have to do something!
I was struck reading chapter 5 of Liberal Fascism by how important action was above all else to different fascists groups of the 60′s. For example, when discussing the take over of Cornell, or the Weathermen, Mr. Goldberg discusses how important action is: The fascist state of mind can best be described as “Enough talk, more action!” Close the books, get out of the library, | Read More »
The Original Fascist: Wilson?
I think the thing I was the most surprised about in the third Chapter of Liberal Fascism is how much about President Wilson I had never heard. In school I was taught that Wilson was President during the first world war, and created the League of Nations. Then we skipped to FDR. Reading Mr. Goldberg’s book opened a whole new world to President Wilson. It’s | Read More »
Liberal Fascism: Adolf Hilter
This is my contribution to our discussion of Jonah Golberg’s book. This week covers’ Chapter 2: Adolf Hitler: Man of the Left. I think it is impossible to read this chapter and not draw parallel’s to today’s liberal movement. Some of the issues the Nazi party and today’s liberals championed are the same: universal education, increased entitlements, and a “division of profits” of industry for | Read More »