Yesterday, I wrote about the Moogfest dis-invitation of the North Carolina Governor, based on the fear of a protest organized by local leftists.
Some progressives were mad, sad, and offended at the way I characterized them as fascists.
The label comes from Jonah Goldberg's book Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left, from Mussolini to the Politics of Change.
The introduction of a novel term like “liberal fascism” obviously requires an explanation. Many critics will undoubtedly regard it as a crass oxymoron. Actually, however, I am not the first to use the term. That honor falls to H.G. Wells, one of the greatest influences on the progressive mind in the twentieth century (and, it turns out, the inspiration for Huxley’s Brave New World). Wells didn’t coin the phrase as an indictment, but as a badge of honor. Progressives must become “liberal fascists” and “enlightened Nazis,” he told the Young Liberals at Oxford in a speech in July 1932.
Why are these protesters exhibiting liberal fascism?
Fascism is a religion of the state. It assumes the organic unity of the body politic and longs for a national leader attuned to the will of the people. It is totalitarian in that it views everything as political and holds that any action by the state is justified to achieve the common good. It takes responsibility for all aspects of life, including our health and well-being, and seeks to impose uniformity of thought and action, whether by force or through regulation and social pressure. Everything, including the economy and religion, must be aligned with its objectives. Any rival identity is part of the “problem” and therefore defined as the enemy. I will argue that contemporary American liberalism embodies all of these aspects of fascism.
But if you're still sad about my use of the term... come on over and let's hug it out...
I'm a giver.