Economics in One Lesson: Book Notes vs. Health Care

    I just completed the second weeks reading of Economics in One Lesson.  Most of the reading assignments seem to be about 40 pages, so I made it through Who’s Protected by Tariffs.  I said it last week, and I think it is worth repeating: I really am amazed at just how relevant this book is to the current political debate.  Last week I attempted to | Read More »

    Economics in One Lesson:Book Notes and Stimulus Projects

    I’ve started Economics in One Lesson by Henry Hazlitt.  This was the next book on Erick’s book list, and it has been a great read so far.  I am amazed how relevant this book is in today’s world. I read the chapter entitled “Public Works Mean Taxes” last night.  Most of the chapter hit me like ice water in the face because of just how | Read More »

    The Temptation of Totalitarianism

    As we come to the end of Liberal Fascism, Goldberg first provides us a quick review before providing a warning to Conservatives. There are two passages that, to me, sum up both how we got here and the dangers involved. Here is the first: [L]iberalism in this country succumbed to the totalitarian temptation: the belief that there is a priesthood of experts capable of redesigning | Read More »

    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 »

    Kulturkampf And The ‘Tragic Wrong Turn’

    [The] larger point behind the effort to cast opponents of change as fascist: to make change istself the natural order by ridiculing the very notion of a natural order. The underlying dogma … is that social and gender roles are not fixed, that tradition, religion, and natural law have no binding power or authority over the individual’s will to power, and that the day we | 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 »

    Goldberg’s “Brave New Village: Hillary Clinton…”

    The Ninth Chapter of Jonah Goldberg’s Liberal Fascism. Brave New Village: Hillary Clinton and the Meaning of Liberal Fascism As he says in an early paragraph of this chapter, Goldberg intends to give us “a group portrait of Hillary and her friends – the leading proponents and exemplars of liberal fascism in our time.” In doing so, he divides the main body of the material | 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 »

    RS Book Notes, Week #7 – from Liberal Fascism

    Reading the Sixth Chapter of Jonah Goldberg’s Liberal Fascism then posting our thoughts about it is our 6th week’s assignment in Red State’s Book Notes project. Chapter 6: From Kennedy’s Myth to Johnson’s Dream: Liberal Fascism and the Cult of the State Between this chapter’s introductory and concluding pages, Goldberg divides the main body of his material into the following named sections: He Died For | 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 »

    RS Book Notes, Week #6 – The 1960s: Fascism Takes to the Streets

    Reading the Fifth Chapter of Jonah Goldberg’s Liberal Fascism then posting our thoughts about it is our 6th week’s assignment in Red State’s Book Notes project. Chapter 5: Sandwiched between this chapter’s introductory and summary pages, Goldberg presents his discussion in three named sections: The New Left’s Fascist Moment, The Action Cult, and Building a Politics of Meaning. Particularly memorable for me are a few | 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 »