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LIBERAL FASCISM

Setting the Record Straight on Liberal Fascism
Paul Gottfried

The right is often accused of fascist tendencies in many of today’s political diatribes. A typical response is for the right to return the same accusation toward the left, a fact Edward Ring explores in a recent article for American Greatness, citing Jonah Goldberg’s famous book Liberal Fascism.

Ring provides an intellectual service by bringing up the relationship between fascism and the woke left. Having written books on both fascism and antifascism—focusing on the woke left in the latter—I would agree that there is a connection between the ideologies in question, but not the ones Ring points out via Goldberg’s Liberal Fascism. Indeed, and unfortunately, Goldberg’s book is not a particularly useful entry point for discussing this link for several reasons . . . .

One does not have to cite New Deal measures or Democratic fans of eugenics to underscore the present totalitarian threat. More frightening examples now surround us.


 

AMERICAN MELTDOWN

The Genesis of Our American Collective Meltdown

This Fourth of July holiday we might pause for a moment from our festivities to ask how we collectively lost our minds over the last 15 months—and are we yet regaining any semblance of our sanity? 

A pandemic caused by the leak of a Chinese-engineered virus and its coverup was cause enough for nationwide madness. But the spread of COVID-19 was followed by a nationalized and often politicized “flatten-the-curve” quarantine that soon ensured a stir-crazy nation. Tens of millions saw no people, and heard nothing human other than what was fed to them through television and computers. No wonder they grew paranoid, conspiratorial, and angry, and soon forgot the therapeutic nature of personal interaction and the shared humanity of being in the physical presence of others. . . . 

The truth is that the necessities of life—safety, affordability of the essentials, transportation, power, and fuel—are now iffy. . . .


Victor Davis Hansen at American Greatness

 

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