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  • Published: 29 January 2009
  • ISBN: 9780141908724
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 496

Liberal Fascism

The Secret History of the Left from Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning



Today the word 'fascist' is usually an insult aimed at those on the right, from neocons to big business. But what does it really mean? What if the true heirs to fascism were actually those who thought of themselves as being terribly nice and progressive - the liberals?

Jonah Goldberg's excoriating, opinion-driving, US bestseller explains why. Here he destroys long-held myths to reveal why the most insidious attemps to control our lives originate from the left, whether it's smoking bans or security cameras. Journeying through history and across culture, he uses surprising examples ranging from Woodrow Wilson's police state to the Clinton personality cult, the military chic of 60s' student radicals to Hollywood's totalitarian aesthetics, to show that it is modern progressivism - and not conservatism - that shares the same intellectual roots as fascism.

This angry, funny, smart and contentious book looks behind the friendly face of the well-meaning liberal, and turns our preconceptions inside out.

  • Published: 29 January 2009
  • ISBN: 9780141908724
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 496

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Love it or loathe it, Liberal Fascism is a book of intellectual history you won't be able to put down - in either sense of the term

Tom Wolfe

Deliciously amusing...witty intelligence that deals in ideas as well as insults

The New York Times

Love it or loathe it, Liberal Fascism is a book of intellectual history you won't be able to put down - in either sense of the term

Tom Wolfe

Deliciously amusing...witty intelligence that deals in ideas as well as insults

The New York Times

Brilliant, insightful and important

New York Sun

Bold and witty...insightful and honest

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