Who are the real fascists?

Okay. It’s time to revisit Jonah Goldberg’s book, “Liberal Fascism, The Secret History of the American Left from Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning.” The word fascism has been so frequently flung around and misused that it has no meaning or, at least, its meaning is confused.  But that won’t stop Leftists from slandering everyone to their right with the word, as Mr. Goldberg writes. In fact, some scholars say that there is no definition of the word.

My dictionary defines fascism: n. a political philosophy advocating a system of government marked by a totalitarian dictator, socioeconomic controls, oppression of the opposition, and usually a policy of belligerent nationalism and racism.

Incidentally, Goldberg also says that fascism is not the same as Nazism, but Progressivism was a sister movement of fascism. The one commonality with all these “isms” is a totalitarian government. Goldberg argues that American liberalism is a “totalitarian political religion.” Totalitarian is dictionary-defined as: being, or imposing a form of government in which the political authority exercises absolute and centralized control over all aspects of life—the ultimate goal of fascistic busy-bodies that some of us call cultural- Marxists.

Anyway, Goldberg makes the case in his more than 400-page book, with over 50 pages of references, that historically all these terms apply to the left-wing of political philosophy and cannot legitimately be hung on conservatives and classic liberals.

Fascists see “no realm of human life” that is not political. They sponsor the “nanny-state.” They are united for a “powerful state to coordinate society at the national or global level.” Most of all they believe—what Goldberg calls totalitarian temptation—that with the right amount of tinkering we can realize the utopian dream of “creating a better world” (their concocted manmade climate change and schemes to mitigate it are examples).

This is much more than an academic discussion; threats from these fascists are real and imminent. Many radicals show signs of irrationality, hostility and violent action. Goldberg writes: “The white male is the Jew of liberal fascism.”

Black supremacists believe the key to solving their social dysfunctions “is to abolish the white race.” A Bernie Sanders (Socialist) supporter recently hunted and shot Republican congressmen peacefully playing ball in a park in Virginia. Communists pulled down a Confederate statue in Durham, N. C.  Black supremacists assassinated police in Dallas, Texas and several other cities; gangs of armed thugs dressed in black with face masks attack peaceful rallies and civil discussions on American college campuses. The list goes on.

Personally, I like the term cultural- Marxism, a.k.a. political correctness and multiculturalism. This evil activity started about one-hundred years ago in Europe. An Italian, Antonio Gramsci, and Hungarian, Georg Lukacs, both Marxists, came up with the idea that because economic-Marxism hadn’t worked out, Western culture and the Christian religion had to be destroyed.

Even Mussolini, the father of fascism, couldn’t tolerate this and threw Gramsci in prison. Lukacs went to Germany to work at a think-tank called the Institute of Marxism. Established at Frankfort University (1923) it became known as the Frankfort School. Two other Marxists, Wilhelm Reich (any relation to Robert Reich?) and Erich Fromm had the Freudian idea that we in Western culture lived in a constant “state of repression, from which (we) must be liberated.”

In 1933, when Hitler came to power, the Institute moved to New York City (Columbia University?). It began a series of “Studies in Prejudice.” The Marxists argued that every aspect of bourgeois society was based on “prejudice” and had to be criticized relentlessly; called “critical theory.”

Another Marxist “intellectual,” Theodor Adorno, helped on this project. He wrote an influential book titled The Authoritarian Personality. Adorno concluded that all traditional ways of believing and behaving are “fascist.”

So now we know how these subversives got here. Their fellow travelers are deeply embedded in all of our educational institutions. Mr. Lind writes (see below), “Cultural Marxism’s death grip on education, both in the public schools and in the universities ensures that it has been pumped into succeeding generations (since the Baby Boomers) as well.”

This fascinating history came from an article in the September 2017 issue of Chronicles magazine titled, “The Poison and the Antidote, by William S. Lind. (Link below)




About R. E. Smith Jr.

Mr. Smith writes essays and commentary on politics, American history, environment, higher education and culture. He's been published in print media and at blog sites for about 25 years. Smith's formal education includes B.S. and M.S. degrees from the State University of New York and Syracuse University. He has earned a 21-credit hour Certificate in Professional Writing from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. Training/work experience: NYS Ranger School; U. S. Army, Corp of Engineers; soil scientist and forester with USDA; Assoc. Professor at SUNY; real estate agent; small business owner.
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