front_cover_mini.jpgA clear indication of how pervasive liberal fascism has become can be found over at the American Conservative, where Austin W. Bramwell uses some Marxist tract or other as a field guide to mischaracterize Jonah Goldberg’s thoughtful, serious arguments. I challenge you to find the slightest indication of detail or care in this vicious political hate-speech:

Not without reason was Jonah Goldberg’s Liberal Fascism widely expected to be a bad book. As many predicted from the title, Goldberg does not content himself with rebuking those who call anyone who disagrees with them a fascist. Instead, he invents reasons of his own for calling anyone who disagrees with Jonah Goldberg a fascist. Liberal Fascism confirms anew George Orwell’s remark—cited by Goldberg without irony—that fascism has no meaning today other than “something not desirable.” [...]

For all his striving for theoretical sophistication, Goldberg manages to come off as something of a philistine. He treats the great philosophers less as thinkers than as figurines to be arranged on a chessboard, each capable of one or two moves. [...] These names do not lend Liberal Fascism gravitas so as much overweigh it with an importance it cannot bear.

To be fair, Goldberg did not come up with his ideas about liberalism on his own. He is a quintessential second-generation conservative, a man who grew up in the movement and chose to make his career within it. [...]

Indeed, Liberal Fascism reads less like an extended argument than as a catalogue of conservative intellectual clichés, often irrelevant to the supposed point of the book. [...] Intelligent liberals will not cry foul at Liberal Fascism so much as groan. [...]

[L]acking even the excuse of ignorance, he chose to sling the term “fascism” around as casually as the most vulgar leftist. It does not speak well of Goldberg that, by his own admission, he wrote his first book not to enlighten but to exact revenge.

Liberal Fascism completes Goldberg’s transformation from chipper humorist into humorless ideologue. Perhaps it was hubris that made him do it. The last important book by a conservative was Allan Bloom’s Closing of the American Mind in 1987, whose ideas had been in circulation for many years before. Goldberg may have convinced himself that by penning yet another disquisition into the “true nature of liberalism,” he could become the first movement conservative in a generation to write something lasting. In the end, he succeeded only in recycling 60 years worth of conservative movement bromides.

Whatever, Chomsky. However, as Jonah astutely points out, Mr. Bramwell is a crusty bumsicle whose face looks like a butt and he smells like a butt and he licks his own butt. Still, I note that the American Conservative has not yet reviewed my book, probably because everytime they try to consider one of the very serious and thoughtful arguments I have put forth their puny LibFasc brains explode like 4th of July fireworks.