Didn’t I already write this book?

National Review editor Jonah Goldberg is coming out with a new book entitled Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left, From Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning: Books: Jonah Goldberg. From the Amazon description:

Liberal Fascism offers a startling new perspective on the theories and practices that define fascist politics. Replacing conveniently manufactured myths with surprising and enlightening research, Jonah Goldberg reminds us that the original fascists were really on the left, and that liberals from Woodrow Wilson to FDR to Hillary Clinton have advocated policies and principles remarkably similar to those of Hitler’s National Socialism and Mussolini’s Fascism.

Contrary to what most people think, the Nazis were ardent socialists (hence the term “National socialism”). They believed in free health care and guaranteed jobs. They confiscated inherited wealth and spent vast sums on public education. They purged the church from public policy, promoted a new form of pagan spirituality, and inserted the authority of the state into every nook and cranny of daily life. The Nazis declared war on smoking, supported abortion, euthanasia, and gun control. They loathed the free market, provided generous pensions for the elderly, and maintained a strict racial quota system in their universities—where campus speech codes were all the rage. The Nazis led the world in organic farming and alternative medicine. Hitler was a strict vegetarian, and Himmler was an animal rights activist.

Do these striking parallels mean that today’s liberals are genocidal maniacs, intent on conquering the world and imposing a new racial order? Not at all. Yet it is hard to deny that modern progressivism and classical fascism shared the same intellectual roots.

Goldberg’s book is already an Amazon bestseller, the #1 book in the “political science” and “conservatism” categories, even thought it won’t be released until January 8.

I’m hoping that he was influenced by my book Modern Fascism and built on some of my research. That book traced those common “intellectual roots” between classical fascism and both modernism and postmodernism, though I suspect I do more with religion, ethics, philosophy, and worldview.

I always thought that book had the potential to be a best-seller, but it was sort of buried in a CPH monograph series and the editors then gave it a horrible title, one that was both blase and misleading about what it was actually about. I think the new CPH would do a better job with it. (Hey, Paul McCain, if you are reading this, how about a new edition with a new title to piggyback on the Goldberg book if it is a big success?)

I’m not complaining, mind you. There is an abundance of work that needs to be done exploring these connections. I’m happy that these facts are finally coming out.

Order Goldberg’s book by clicking this , and I’ll at least get a commission. It would also be a kindness if you would also click here or the CPH box at the right margin of this blog to order mine.

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • Ray

    Dr. Veith, your commission check should be in the mail shortly. As a result of this post, I just ordered your book on Fascism and to qualify for the free shipping, I also ordered your book on postmodernism.

  • Ray

    Dr. Veith, your commission check should be in the mail shortly. As a result of this post, I just ordered your book on Fascism and to qualify for the free shipping, I also ordered your book on postmodernism.

  • Bror Erickson

    Veith,
    It was the first book of yours I ever read. I loved it and return to it often. It should have been a best seller.

  • Bror Erickson

    Veith,
    It was the first book of yours I ever read. I loved it and return to it often. It should have been a best seller.

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  • http://NationalReview.com Jonah Goldberg

    Dear Professor Veith – Well, I can tell you didn’t write *this* book. There are important differences between Liberal Fascism and Modern Fascism. That said, it would have been very, very, hard for me to write my book without yours.
    I found your book to be extremely helpful in helping me to understand many of the themes I deal with in my book. I have touted it to friends many times. And when I post my bibliographical essay next week, you’ll see it mentioned prominently.
    Anyway, I’d be delighted to know what you make of my book. All the best,

    Jonah Goldberg, Author, Liberal Fascism.

  • http://NationalReview.com Jonah Goldberg

    Dear Professor Veith – Well, I can tell you didn’t write *this* book. There are important differences between Liberal Fascism and Modern Fascism. That said, it would have been very, very, hard for me to write my book without yours.
    I found your book to be extremely helpful in helping me to understand many of the themes I deal with in my book. I have touted it to friends many times. And when I post my bibliographical essay next week, you’ll see it mentioned prominently.
    Anyway, I’d be delighted to know what you make of my book. All the best,

    Jonah Goldberg, Author, Liberal Fascism.

  • Eric

    Didn’t Hayek write The Road to Serfdom in the 40′s? I will have to check my copy at home.

    I guess we can not call the left dirty commies any more. The leftist Nanny State and the rightist Security State are at their heart Fascist or Tyrannical. Different words similar meaning?

  • Eric

    Didn’t Hayek write The Road to Serfdom in the 40′s? I will have to check my copy at home.

    I guess we can not call the left dirty commies any more. The leftist Nanny State and the rightist Security State are at their heart Fascist or Tyrannical. Different words similar meaning?

  • saddlemaker

    About ten years ago, a nonbeliever friend asked me to read “The Story of B” by Daniel Quinn. It was a troublesome tome with a clear agenda against any salvationist religion. My pastor handed me a copy of “Modern Fascism” shortly after I finished the Quinn book. It turned out to be the perfect rebuttal. “Modern Fascism” opened my eyes to many things that we see across the landscape of our culture. It is an indispensible part of my library. Yes, it should be a bestseller. I’ve often thought it would be great for Dr. Veith to submit an updated version with a look at what has happened since the book was written (1991).

  • saddlemaker

    About ten years ago, a nonbeliever friend asked me to read “The Story of B” by Daniel Quinn. It was a troublesome tome with a clear agenda against any salvationist religion. My pastor handed me a copy of “Modern Fascism” shortly after I finished the Quinn book. It turned out to be the perfect rebuttal. “Modern Fascism” opened my eyes to many things that we see across the landscape of our culture. It is an indispensible part of my library. Yes, it should be a bestseller. I’ve often thought it would be great for Dr. Veith to submit an updated version with a look at what has happened since the book was written (1991).

  • http://www.geneveith.com Veith

    Jonah Goldberg, how kind of you to write! That makes my day, that you found my book useful and that it helped you with yours.

  • http://www.geneveith.com Veith

    Jonah Goldberg, how kind of you to write! That makes my day, that you found my book useful and that it helped you with yours.

  • fw

    Does Amazon ship to brasil?

  • fw

    Does Amazon ship to brasil?

  • http://www.geneveith.com Veith

    I think so. Brazil might even have an Amazon branch of its own. The UK does.

  • http://www.geneveith.com Veith

    I think so. Brazil might even have an Amazon branch of its own. The UK does.

  • http://www.cockahoop.com/ tODD

    Amazon doesn’t have a Brazil branch. Though Brazil does have several branches of the Amazon.

  • http://www.cockahoop.com/ tODD

    Amazon doesn’t have a Brazil branch. Though Brazil does have several branches of the Amazon.

  • http://www.geneveith.com Veith

    I can’t believe I waded right into that one.

  • http://www.geneveith.com Veith

    I can’t believe I waded right into that one.

  • fw

    #10 Todd
    ;)

  • fw

    #10 Todd
    ;)

  • http://www.bikebubba.blogspot.com Bike Bubba

    Delightful, Todd. And gracious host, watch out for the piranhas while wading.

    I came to a similar thought (though not nearly as well fleshed out) to Goldberg and Veith upon reading Rousseau’s Discourses, parts of which are flat out hilarious at the same time they’re terrifying harbingers of what came.

  • http://www.bikebubba.blogspot.com Bike Bubba

    Delightful, Todd. And gracious host, watch out for the piranhas while wading.

    I came to a similar thought (though not nearly as well fleshed out) to Goldberg and Veith upon reading Rousseau’s Discourses, parts of which are flat out hilarious at the same time they’re terrifying harbingers of what came.

  • fw

    #13 Bike Bubba

    I would be curious to know where in your opinion Rousseau went wrong.

  • fw

    #13 Bike Bubba

    I would be curious to know where in your opinion Rousseau went wrong.

  • Paul Maurice

    Dear Professor Veith:
    I recently was introduced to you inadvertently (but Providentially!) through a cross-reference internet connection. Since then I have ordered and read “Reading Between the Lines,” “State of the Arts,” and “Postmodern Times.” I read all of these with much interest and pleasure, especially “Postmodern Times.”
    I have ordered this evening a copy of “Modern Fascism” and also a copy of Jonah Goldberg’s “Liberal Fascism” from Amazon.com. I look forward to reading both works with much enthusiastic anticipation. Reading the brief excerpt of the first chapter of “Modern Fascism,” as well as Mr. Goldberg’s acknowledgement of his debt to your book and his recommendation of it, and the various reviews on the Amazon website, compelled me to place my order with confidence. And, of course, having read three works of yours now also influenced my decision.
    I also enjoy your commentary on your website (blog) and the comments of others. Your polemics and reflections are always lucid and stimulating and insightful. I am glad (and thankful to the Lord) that I have made this encounter with you and your works.
    I am a Roman Catholic living in Canada (across from the United States near the north Lake Erie shoreline). I am a very ecumenical Christian, and a very orthodox one. You are a Lutheran, so I must tell you that I have spent many very fulfilling visits to a Lutheran Benedictine Monastery near Oxford, Michigan — Saint Augustine’s House — a wonderful place of learning, liturgy, prayer, reflection, and sanctuary! Perhaps you have been there yourself.
    I am a retired English teacher (high school) and a (not well published) poet, playwright, and essayist. Also, I was for some time a Benedictine monk and then for a lesser time-span a monk with the Cistercian Order of the Strict Observance (Trappist). I now live a semi-monastic lifestyle, with a very loveable Siamese cat called Gus, in the “Deep South” of Canada near Lake Erie, continuing with my writing (though a Flannery O’Connor, Walker Percy, or William Faulkner I will never be), especially poetry. I am presently working on what I am calling a “postmodern epic” — a somewhat intentionally oxymoronic concept, I suppose.
    Once again, I am very happy to have become acquainted (and more!) with your books and your commentary which is always engaging and intelligent — such moral and intellectual integrity, in the best Christian sense.
    Our Lord bless you and keep you, Gene Edward Veith.
    Pax in Christo,
    Paul Maurice

  • Paul Maurice

    Dear Professor Veith:
    I recently was introduced to you inadvertently (but Providentially!) through a cross-reference internet connection. Since then I have ordered and read “Reading Between the Lines,” “State of the Arts,” and “Postmodern Times.” I read all of these with much interest and pleasure, especially “Postmodern Times.”
    I have ordered this evening a copy of “Modern Fascism” and also a copy of Jonah Goldberg’s “Liberal Fascism” from Amazon.com. I look forward to reading both works with much enthusiastic anticipation. Reading the brief excerpt of the first chapter of “Modern Fascism,” as well as Mr. Goldberg’s acknowledgement of his debt to your book and his recommendation of it, and the various reviews on the Amazon website, compelled me to place my order with confidence. And, of course, having read three works of yours now also influenced my decision.
    I also enjoy your commentary on your website (blog) and the comments of others. Your polemics and reflections are always lucid and stimulating and insightful. I am glad (and thankful to the Lord) that I have made this encounter with you and your works.
    I am a Roman Catholic living in Canada (across from the United States near the north Lake Erie shoreline). I am a very ecumenical Christian, and a very orthodox one. You are a Lutheran, so I must tell you that I have spent many very fulfilling visits to a Lutheran Benedictine Monastery near Oxford, Michigan — Saint Augustine’s House — a wonderful place of learning, liturgy, prayer, reflection, and sanctuary! Perhaps you have been there yourself.
    I am a retired English teacher (high school) and a (not well published) poet, playwright, and essayist. Also, I was for some time a Benedictine monk and then for a lesser time-span a monk with the Cistercian Order of the Strict Observance (Trappist). I now live a semi-monastic lifestyle, with a very loveable Siamese cat called Gus, in the “Deep South” of Canada near Lake Erie, continuing with my writing (though a Flannery O’Connor, Walker Percy, or William Faulkner I will never be), especially poetry. I am presently working on what I am calling a “postmodern epic” — a somewhat intentionally oxymoronic concept, I suppose.
    Once again, I am very happy to have become acquainted (and more!) with your books and your commentary which is always engaging and intelligent — such moral and intellectual integrity, in the best Christian sense.
    Our Lord bless you and keep you, Gene Edward Veith.
    Pax in Christo,
    Paul Maurice

  • Katy

    Hitler? A strict vegetarian? No, no, no.
    It was lies, to make him look more compassionate.
    He actually banned all vegetarian societes from meeting.

  • Katy

    Hitler? A strict vegetarian? No, no, no.
    It was lies, to make him look more compassionate.
    He actually banned all vegetarian societes from meeting.


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