Liberal Fascism

LF & Dawson

From a reader:

Dear Jonah,

I haven’t finished your book, but I’ve read enough to note how it 

resonates with the work of great cultural historian Christopher 

Dawson.  I’m reading Bradley Birzer’s book on him now: “Sanctifying 

the World”.

On p.124, Birzer discusses Dawson’s book, “Religion and the Modern 

State” (1936):

Dawson “described the rise of fascism while labeling the rise of the 

New Deal in America as a benign form of dictatorship.  ‘It is in fact 

a constitutional dictatorship,’ Dawson wrote bluntly.  Further, he 

noted, to abandon the free market, as the Americans had done, would 

lead to the abandonment of other American liberties. ‘We shall also 

have to abandon political individualism and the right to criticize and 

oppose the Government,’  Dawson wrote.  Rooted in the Burkean 

tradition of organic common law and constitutional medievalism, Dawson 

believed that all liberties were wrapped together, inseparable from 

one another….mass democracies more often than not allow bureaucracies and selfish 

interests to assume control, forcing all things to become political 

and politicized…”

Check out this quote especially, which might have come from your own 


“It may be harder to resist a Totalitarian state which relies on free 

milk and birth control clinics than one which relies on castor oil and 

concentration camps.”


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