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Fascism defined by Jonah Goldberg

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Last Edited: December 30, 2009, 4:21 pm

As a means to inform myself about the ideology I did a bit of research and turned this up on Discover The Networks dot org which IMHO contains credible and well researched information.

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This section of DiscoverTheNetworks examines fascism and Nazism -- their ideological premises, their worldviews, and their ultimate objectives. In his 2007 book Liberal Fascism, Jonah Goldberg offers the following working definition of fascism:


"Fascism is a religion of the state. It assumes the organic unity of the body politic and longs for a national leader attuned to the will of the people. It is totalitarian in that it views everything as political and holds that any action by the state is justified to achieve the common good. It takes responsibility for all aspects of life, including our health and well-being, and seeks to impose uniformity of thought and action, whether by force or through regulation and social pressure. Everything, including the economy and religion, must be aligned with its objectives. Any rival identity is part of the "problem" and therefore defined as the enemy.... [C]ontemporary American liberalism embodies all of these aspects of fascism. (Goldberg, p. 23)


Also in Liberal Fascism, Goldberg makes the following vital observations:

[F]ascism, properly understood, is not a phenomenon of the right at all. Instead, it is, and always has been, a phenomenon of the left. This fact ... is obscured in our time by the equally mistaken belief that fascism and communism are opposites. In reality, they are closely related, historical competitors for the same constituents, seeking to dominate and control the same social space. The fact that they appear as polar opposites is a trick of intellectual history and (more to the point) the result of a concerted propaganda effort on the part of the "Reds" to make the "Browns" appear objectively eviland "other".... But in terms of their theory and practice, the differences are minimal....

Before [World War II], fascism was widely viewed as a progressive social movement with many liberal and left-wing adherents in Europe and the United States; the horror of the Holocaust completely changed our view of fascism as something uniquely evil ... After the war, the American progressives who had praised Mussolini and even looked sympathetically at Hitler in the 1920s and 1930s had to distance themselves from the horrors of Nazism. Accordingly, leftist intellectuals redefined fascism as "right-wing" and projected their own sins onto conservatives ...

For starters, it is simply a fact that, in the 1920s, fascism and fascistic ideas were very popular on the American left.... In many respects, the founding fathers of modern liberalism, the men and women who laid the intellectual groundwork of the New Deal and the welfare state, thought that fascism sounded like a pretty good idea ... a worthwhile "experiment." ... [Sometime after 1930] Stalin stumbled on a brilliant tactic of simply labeling all inconvenient ideas and movements fascist. (Goldberg, pp. 7-10)"
 
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Comments

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jarasanComment by jarasan - December 30, 2009, 8:16 pm
Thank you Konane! The proletariat are beginning to comprehend one of the most powerful and used repeatedly tricks of the leftist/statist, the redefining of terms to suit their indoctrinations and messed up oppressive plans.   I also have you to thank for that video on the political spectrum, it has helped tremendously to inform and understand the left/statist lies of the past 60 years.

Another question I ask people is "Where would you rather live? North Korea or South Korea? Of course, assuming they know the difference!!!!!
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konaneComment by konane - December 30, 2009, 8:32 pm
Thanks Jarasan! Jonah Goldberg has a way of hacking through BS real quick, so I felt rather than perpetuating the oft repeated lie I'd post something that not only made sense but explained why. I use Wicki for insignificant searches but when it comes to an ideology it's time to get out the backhoe and dig deeper. If this isn't convincing, I have another article saved which articulates parallels between 'dear leader' and how the state religion of fascism is replacing the Republic.
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MADDOG10Comment by MADDOG10 - December 30, 2009, 10:00 pm
I guess now the leftist will rename facism and facist to " Barackism and Barackist "
Good read, right to the point and beyond. Oh wait, first we have to find out where our illustrious leader is jet-setting this week..
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konaneComment by konane - December 30, 2009, 10:21 pm
Thanks Maddog! Love your renames, no doubt our newspeak press are adopting them as we speak. I wasn't impressed before the election and it's been a downhill slide ever since.
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jarasanComment by jarasan - December 31, 2009, 2:28 am
"Barackanism" I hope it don't go that far.   I pray his legacy is the re acquainting of the USAmerican citizen with the Constitution and its principles.
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konaneComment by konane - December 31, 2009, 9:36 am
Thanks Jarasan! After we toss out 90% of Congreff (as you call them, lol) and elect new real people in those positions we just might be able to restore Constitutionality to the Republic.
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ToddComment by Todd - December 31, 2009, 10:59 am
Yes, look what I wrote back in February: http://blogs.lotterypost.com/todd/2009/2/1-trillion-in-new-taxes-on-the-way.htm
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konaneComment by konane - December 31, 2009, 12:10 pm
Thanks Todd! Had what you wrote in the back of my mind when I found this excerpt. You were the first to nail it exactly. Amazing how things have been twisted in definition to suit political aims. Works especially when someone fails to look beyond a glossed over surface.

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