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Jonah Goldberg Catches Flak

A small item on Inside Higher Ed today mentions that in a forthcoming book, Jonah Goldberg mistakenly says that Swarthmore has an education major. Apparently he just assumed that it did in a reference to the kind of people he’s writing about, namely those trained to be teachers in the nation’s ed schools. Naturally, the comments are filled with rage — over a book that hasn’t even been released yet.
Another point of contention is over Goldberg’s use of the word “fascist.” The hard-left often uses that word as an all-purpose epithet (e.g., Wal-Mart is “fascist” for not wanting to unionize), but can’t stand it when the word is turned against them.
The distinction between fascism and communism is this: the communists favor government control over society through outright confiscation of property whereas fascists favor government control through a vast number of laws and regulations that leave property owners nominally in charge but actually as puppets of the state. The U.S. has been on the slow boat to fascism for a long time.
Whether Goldberg’s book makes a valid point about the fascistic ideas of graduates of education schools, I don’t know. I haven’t yet read the book.

George Leef is the the director of editorial content at the James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal.

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