I have long admired your work. I’m a Corner addict. The Oregonian finally picked up your column. (I like to think my numerous emails helped a little!) I’m a third of the way through the book, and it is fantastic. Finally, a book on the right that doesn’t read like a comic book. You probably already know this, but I still feel I should warn you that the Thom Hartman show is a far-left radio program. Here in Portland, OR, he hosts a local show and then does the national show, where you are scheduled for tomorrow. He is the Air America replacement for Al Franken, although he makes Franken look like Limbaugh. I guarantee you he is not interested in an intellectual discussion, but will instead try to demonize you and embarrass you. He is the radio equivalent of the juvenile leftist blog posters attacking you. I know you can handle it, and look forward to listening tomorrow, but I thought I would warn you: He does not play fair!
P.S. Are you planning a visit to Oregon on the book tour?
Me: Good to know. Nothing panned yet.
I think you’ve done a very worthwhile service by putting a name to liberal fascism. Like ‘Political
Correctness,’ it lets us talk about something that we’ve all experienced but did not really know how to label. Once named, PC was widely ridiculed and sometimes discarded. Hopefully you’ve started the same process. Also, like ‘Political Correctness’ liberal fascism is a term from the left that is more correct than HG Wells knew.
Now I know what to call the constant well-intentioned intrusions into daily life.
Your January 28th cover article exposing the reality of liberal fascism in America was bold, piercing, and much appreciated. As a conservative young scholar and defense analyst, I am encouraged when others in the conservative community expose the leftist’s rhetoric and “progressive” agenda for what it really is: a sugar-coated, fascist assault on the laissez-faire creed that brought America to greatness. Unfortunately, too many young minds of my generation have not had their eyes opened to the reality of the American left and the politics of meaning. Instead, they blindly pledge allegiance to the fascism of political correctness, the environmental movement, universal health care, and other precursors to a totalitarian state. Any mention of preserving traditional American values is immediately ruled out as intolerant, racist, or closed-minded. Here, the left has again succeeded at framing the national debate in ways that deflect attention from their true aspirations while painting the opposition as the out-of-step “other.”
My introduction to the true tragedy of fascist politics came during high school. The son of Christian missionaries, I lived for three years in post-Soviet Ukraine. There I witnessed first-hand the ravages of communism and totalitarian rule. Daily, I lived among a population that had been conditioned not to question, not to think, not to pray, but to depend on the state for all things. What I saw were generations of broken people who had been robbed of their hearts and minds. Watching as they awoke to a world that had passed them by was painful, terrifying, and infuriating. A decade later, those same people are still struggling to emerge from the yoke of totalitarianism. In Russia, the beleaguered have all but given up this struggle for freedom and are reverting back to the warm (albeit inescapable) embrace of the all-knowing state and the will of Vladimir Putin – a fascist thug by anyone’s measure.
Too many of my young peers have not seen what I’ve seen or read what National Review and Jonah Goldberg are publishing. My generation is desperately in need of an ideological awakening to the fascist roots of the American left. My hope is that it is not too late to avert the rise of a socialist America. My fear is that the lessons I learned in Ukraine, and the articles that you publish, will fall on the deaf ears of a society that has already chosen the path of least resistance.