Liberal Fascism

LF (and More): The Newsbusters Interview

It’s a bit rambling, as it was a phoner. But some might find it interesting. An excerpt:

MATTHEW SHEFFIELD (Editor, I think the main thing about your book is that it’s revisionist. Would you agree with that statement?

JONAH GOLDBERG (Author, “Liberal Fascism”): Yeah, I mean obviously revisionist is one of those words that has all sorts of different connotations to it but I like to think that it’s revisionist in the best sense of the word that the official history needs to be revised. And that’s what I’ve tried to do and so I’m OK with the word revisionist.

But it’s funny, some of the criticisms of the book have been that I’ve left out sort of this or that conventional, clichéd historical narrative and I’ve tried to point out to people that the subtitle of the book is the “Secret History of the American Left,” not the “Well-trod and Clichéd History of the American Left.” Yeah, I’m OK with the word revision.

SHEFFIELD: I figured you would be but it’s such a word that bears a similar connotation to fascism maybe in the sense that it’s highly charged and people often don’t know what it means.

GOLDBERG: Yeah, although in Israel the revisionist historians are left-wingers and in the United States in the 1960s all those guys like William Attenman-Williams [ph], revisionism was a good word. Now, it’s taken on this pejorative because the left has control of the academic establishment that revisionism from the right is seen as evil and illegitimate but back in the day, the revisionists were the heroes.

Most Popular


Stick a Fork in O’Rourke

If, as I wrote last week here, Joe Biden may save the Democratic party from a horrible debacle at the polls next year, Beto O’Rourke may be doing the whole process a good turn now. Biden, despite his efforts to masquerade as the vanguard of what is now called progressivism, is politically sane and, if ... Read More

In Defense of the Electoral College

Senator Elizabeth Warren has joined a growing chorus within the Democratic party in calling for the abolition of the Electoral College. Speaking at a forum in Mississippi on Monday night, Warren said that she hoped to ensure that “every vote matters” and proposed that “the way we can make that happen is ... Read More

Ivy-League Schools Wither

A  number of liberal bastions are daily being hammered — especially the elite university and Silicon Valley. A Yale and a Stanford, or Facebook and Google, assume — for the most part rightly — that each is so loudly progressive that the public, federal and state regulators, and politicians would of ... Read More
National Security & Defense

In Defense of the Iraq War

Today is the 16th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, and Twitter is alive with condemnations of the conflict -- countered by precious few defenses. Yet I believed the Iraq War was just and proper in 2003, and I still believe that today. When Donald Trump condemned the war during the 2015 primary campaign and ... Read More