Thursday, August 21, 2008

Liberal Fascism Hits the Beaches!

A warm up to a real review.

It’s a classic beach read*! Mrs. Boring & I spent the day at Presque Isle Park across the bay from Erie Pa. The wonderful thing about the beach is that you can actually read without cell phones, email, IM, and the 1,001 distractions of the modern world.

For both Liberals and Conservatives, this is a profoundly disturbing book. For Liberals, any examination discussion of their roots in imperialism, eugenics, street violence, and glorification of the state, and fascism as a primarily a left wing ideology is intolerable. For Conservatives / Classical Liberals, it’s disturbing that we allowed ourselves to be falsely painted into the ‘fascist’ corner.

Interestingly enough, one of the memes floating through the reviews discussed on the Liberal Fascism website is the liberal notion that “no news here – everybody knows this”.

Well, if they do, they’re pretty careful to keep it swept under the rug.

Spoiler Alert: Stop reading now if you haven’t read the book.

I’m only up to page 287 out of 410, but so far it seems clear that Woodrow Wilson was a very, very bad guy. This is not the received wisdom from today’s educational establishment.

Point #2: The last thing that the Democratic Party wants is a realistic examination of Progressivism, and esp. the 1960’s. The 60’s have faded into a rosy haze of American Express commercials, but the reality of unrepentant terrorist bombers like Bill Ayers is very ugly stuff.

I’m just now starting on the Liberal Fascist Economics chapter. Already the key takeaway for someone with an Economics / Philosophy background is that it’s time to pay more attention to history.

That Progressives viewed the harming of the poor through minimum wage laws and Davis-Bacon Act as a feature, not a bug, is damning enough.

More to come.

*Well, for you analyst types anyway.