Liberal Fascism

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Liberal Fascism
Liberal Fascism (cover).jpg
AuthorJonah Goldberg
CountryUnited States
SubjectPolitics
PublisherDoubleday
Publication date
January 8, 2008
Media typePrint (hardcover)
Pages496
ISBN0-385-51184-1
OCLC123136367
320.53/3 22
LC ClassJC481 .G55 2007

Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left, from Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning is a book by Jonah Goldberg, a syndicated columnist and an editor of the online opinion and news publication The Dispatch. In contrast to the mainstream view among historians and political scientists that fascism is a far-right ideology, Goldberg argues in the book that fascist movements were and are left-wing.[1] Published in January 2008, it reached number one on The New York Times Best Seller list of hardcover non-fiction in its seventh week on the list.[2]

Origin of title[edit]

Goldberg has said in interviews that the title Liberal Fascism was taken from a 1932 speech by science fiction pioneer H. G. Wells at Oxford.[3][4] Before being published, alternative subtitles included The Totalitarian Temptation from Mussolini to Hillary Clinton and The Totalitarian Temptation from Hegel to Whole Foods.[5]

Reception[edit]

In January 2010, the History News Network published essays by David Neiwert, Robert Paxton, Roger Griffin, Matthew Feldman, Chip Berlet and Michael Ledeen criticizing Liberal Fascism. These reviews denounced the book as being "poor scholarship",[6] "propaganda",[7] and not scholarly.[8] History News Network also published a response by Goldberg, which several authors then responded to.[9]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Granieri, Ronald J. (February 5, 2020). "The right needs to stop falsely claiming that the Nazis were socialists". The Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved August 7, 2021.
  2. ^ "Hardcover Nonfiction". The New York Times. March 9, 2008. Archived from the original on November 13, 2013. Retrieved March 5, 2008.
  3. ^ Glenn Reynolds & Helen Smith (December 27, 2007). "The Glenn and Helen Show: Jonah Goldberg on Hillary, Huckabee, and Liberal Fascism". Politics Central (Podcast). Archived from the original on December 28, 2007..
  4. ^ Goldberg 2008, p. 21.
  5. ^ Noah, Timothy, Has Jonah Goldberg Gone Soft on Hillary? Archived March 9, 2010, at the Wayback Machine in Slate, June 27, 2007
  6. ^ Feldman, Matthew. "Poor Scholarship, Wrong Conclusions". HNN Special: A Symposium on Jonah Goldberg's Liberal Fascism. George Mason University (HNN). Archived from the original on July 19, 2013. Retrieved May 31, 2011.
  7. ^ Griffin, Roger. "An Academic Book – Not!". HNN Special: A Symposium on Jonah Goldberg's Liberal Fascism. George Mason University (HNN). Archived from the original on April 19, 2013. Retrieved May 31, 2011.
  8. ^ Paxton, Robert. "The Scholarly Flaws of "Liberal Fascism"". HNN Special: A Symposium on Jonah Goldberg's Liberal Fascism. George Mason University (HNN). Archived from the original on May 6, 2013. Retrieved May 31, 2011.
  9. ^ "Introduction". Archived from the original on January 28, 2010. Retrieved January 25, 2010.

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Preceded by No. 1 New York Times Best Seller Non-Fiction
March 9, 2008
Succeeded by