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"What has always made the State a hell on earth has been precisely that man has tried to make it his heaven."–Holderlin

LIBERAL FASCISM

Liberal 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. I will argue that contemporary American liberalism embodies all these aspects of fascism.”
From introduction to Liberal Fascism byJonah Goldberg

I read (waded through) this book earlier this year.  Not for the fainthearted, it is an educational project to be sure, however, it is well worth the effort.  If you are concerned about the direction of the present Administration, this book will not only confirm this concern, it will also tell you why these concerns are real.  I welcome comments from any of you who have read Liberal Fascism, and for those of you who haven’t, I highly recommend it.

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9 Responses

  1. jebarrett says:

    I was upset by your sad news and can assure you of our constant prayers. I have recovered from three cancer attacks; and I rejoined my old golf club last week. Miracles are not as rare as some folks think.
    Joe

  2. jebarrett says:

    Peter Hitchens is one of the few media voices speaking up for sanity in the UK. His brother is the faddish atheist Christopher Hitchens, former colleague of mine on the old Daily Express. Peter is now with the Daily Mail.
    I put up a book on Kindle this week (more in hope than anger as they say) entitled Tell Lotte I Love Her. It is about what was never published about the Berlin Wall disgrace which Kennedy countenanced (perhaps innocently at the start).
    I have been trying to get this scandal out for three decades. Selling people to make the Soviet monsters rich, sanitising their evil and winning the West cheap political brownie points. NONE of the rascals were punished by more than a token wrist slap.
    My name is Joe Barrett. What’s yours. This IT stuff is all new to me.

    • lhurley13 says:

      Hi Joe:
      It has been so pleasant to read your comments from “across the pond”. Here’s hoping that the book that you uploaded becomes sensational. The content sounds both extremely important and intriguing.
      Visited your blog. Looks like you have a good start. Glad you jumped into the “IT” age.
      Will write you offline. Cheers.

  3. jebarrett says:

    Pitt the Younger warned in less dangerous centuries than ours:
    Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom.
    It is the argument of tyrants;
    It is the creed of slaves.

    Hopefully America can wake up pull out of this dark age.

    I wrote a book ten years ago (never published although I may try again) nailing the philosophy of this tragic malaise — The Professor’s List. In fact I may put it up on Kindle as an e-book.

    I wish you every blessing.

    • lhurley13 says:

      Yes, I believe that in the past many have been convinced by the argument of “necessity”, “compassion” and the like. I can only pray that most of we “Yanks” have shaken off the bondage of these.

      I truly hope that you do try and publish your book again. In the present climate here, writing that exposes tyranny in any form is quite popular. The timing may be quite good for your subject matter.
      I am curious, have you read Peter Hitchens’ book, The Abolition of Britain: From Winston Churchill to Princess Diana? The reviews piqued my interest.

  4. jebarrett says:

    The great writer G. K. Chesterton remarked that men threw out the big law (10 commandments) supposing this made them free but they were really ensuring that they would be bound up in a million little rules instead.
    In fact when you consider the difference between everybody, executive and people,living under the rule of law, or people forced to live by rules imposed by rulers his comments are quite scary.
    The corruption in the British Parliament witnesses to the contempt the rulers have for their own rules.

    • lhurley13 says:

      The operative word in your comment is “imposed”. When humans seize for themselves the power that does not properly belong to them, not only do they attempt to set themselves up as God, but they also pave the road to tyranny. Government/bureaucratic corruption, fraud, waste and abuse are the paving stones in the road, but the destination is always tyranny.
      Our Tea Parties here in the States understand this and are trying to fight against this growing behemoth. “Don’t Tread On Me” is part and parcel of the attitude of most Americans.
      What will the people of the UK do?

  5. jebarrett says:

    Writing from the U.K. (Great Britain) I can assure readers that Jonah Goldberg has it spot on. We are now a formal police state. Socialist licenced Goons are wandering around Glasgow wearing official uniforms and Orange High-View vests with this scary legend on the front and back: Community Enforcement Officer. Over two-thousand different “officers of the State” are licenced to enter and search anybody’s home on a whim. No permission required from ANYBODY.
    I have five separate dustbins and must sort and clean all sorts of garbage in the name of ecological recycling … and there is no recycling that any journalist has so far been bothered to investigate.

    • lhurley13 says:

      Thank you for your first-hand insights. I know that my son, who lived in the U.K. for eight years, has related additional horror stories from his time there. I must say that my heart sank when I read today that Anita Dunn, recently resigned from the Obama administration, has been retained by Cameron to “spiff up” his image in advance of the debates there. I had been hopeful that a change of regime there might turn the tide there. Now, I’m not so sure. If you want to check out the article re: Dunn and Cameron, here is the link:
      http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2010/04/life_after_obama.html

      Thank you for reading and taking the time to comment.

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