“It Can’t Happen Here” – Liberal Fascism, Chapter Three

    “It can’t happen here.” That’s the first line of Jonah Goldberg’s chapter in Liberal Fascism devoted to what he says DID happen – a fascist dictatorship in America. Specifically, Goldberg makes the case that Woodrow Wilson was such a figure in American life during a presidency lasting from 1913-1920. Obviously such an allegation is a juicy one, and when Goldberg’s book was published it was | Read More »

    RS Book Notes, Week #4 – Woodrow Wilson and the Birth of Liberal Fascism

    Reading the Third Chapter of Jonah Goldberg’s Liberal Fascism then posting our thoughts about it is our 4th week’s assignment in Red State’s Book Notes project. Chapter 3: Though I’m an amateur student of history and have long considered Woodrow Wilson to be the worst President the U.S. has ever had (though the current resident of the White House might outdo him, and Jimmy Carter | Read More »

    Liberal Fascism — Chapter 3

    Chapter 3 of LIberal Fascism is the one I read over and over. I think it is a model of how Obama is going to operate and we should be mindful of it.The raw acquisition of power requires multiple outside and inside groups to help maintain that power.In Wilson’s case, it was rather eye opening. We certainly do think of all the progressive era ideals | 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 »

    RS Book Notes, Week #3 – Adolf Hitler: Man of the Left

    Reading the Second Chapter of Jonah Goldberg’s Liberal Fascism then posting our thoughts about it is our 3rd week’s assignment in Red State’s Book Notes project. Chapter 2: Titled Adolf Hitler: Man of the Left, this chapter does offer a brief biographical sketch of the man but focuses much more on just exactly what National Socialism (Nazism) was (and is), how it is so closely | Read More »

    Book Notes: Liberal Fascism, Chapter 2

    At the outset this diary, I wish to state clearly and emphatically that I am not calling anyone in modern-day America Nazis (excluding actual self-proclaimed Nazis). I realize that calling conservatives Nazis is a regular cottage industry among liberals, but I am not doing that in any way, shape or form. I am willing to accuse Barak Obama of supporting legalized infanticide, of supporting barbarous, | Read More »

    Liberal Fascism: Chapter 2

    As you may know, RedState has started a Great Books style program. We are rather slowly making our way through a series of books on conservative thought and ideas. We have started with Jonah Goldberg’s Liberal Fascism.“Contrary to his relentless assertions in Mein Kampf, Hitler had no great foundational ideas or ideological system. His genius lay in the realization that people wanted to rally to | 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 »

    Reminder on Book Notes

    hapter 2 for Jonah Goldberg tomorrow.If you want a review of what we’ve done so far, please go here.

    Liberal Fascism: Intro & Chapter 1

    was supposed to have this post up on Monday.I’m sorry that did not happen. Truth be told, I’ve had some family stuff come up that has kept me rather pre-occupied. So while I did the reading, this past weekend was nuts and it has only escalated.That’s why this is a group project. I adopt this post as my own regarding this week’s reading of the | Read More »

    Message to Garcia

    hat I believe the central message of this article to be is simply to do the task assigned with out quibble. Engage in your occupation with loyalty to your employer and to his organization. You freely engaged in employment and therefore ought to act in a mature manner as you carry out your assigned duties.

    Book Notes: Liberal Fascism

    A day late and a dollar short on my installment.  I’ve resisted the temptation to read others’ posts on Liberal Fascism to be sure that this is entirely my own opinion. I have not read Liberal Fascism before.  It has been on my list for a long time but I just haven’t gotten to it.  If I had known just how much I would enjoy | Read More »

    Book Notes 2nd Week: Will America’s Real Fascists Please Stand Up?

    This question is posed and pondered by Jonah Goldberg in his introduction to Liberal Fascism. I began reading his book a couple of days ago and soon found myself delving into French Revolution history because Benito Mussolini, Goldberg says, built his fascist policies on those the Jacobins put into operation while they ruled France during their Reign of Terror. Goldberg devotes his first chapter to the rise | Read More »

    The 2nd Week’s Assignment – RedState Book Notes

    Reading the Introduction and First Chapter of Jonah Goldberg’s Liberal Fascism then posting our thoughts about it was our 2nd week’s assignment in Red State’s Book Notes project. Working my way through Goldberg’s Liberal Fascism is an experience very similar to working my way through a serious college textbook. I find myself underlining phrases and passages, writing notes in the book’s margins, and marking pages | Read More »

    The Good Tyranny

    This is my entry for this weeks reading assignment from Liberal Fascism.  I read the intro and the first chapter.  However, there was one passage in the introduction that really struck me.  Since  I read this passage it has been bouncing around in my head.  Jonah Goldberg writes: The history of totalitarianism is the history of the quest to transcend the human condition and create | Read More »