‘Liberal Fascism’: why the Left wants to ban, well, …pretty much EVERYTHING

Liberal Fascism 7717Given so much of our news today, I’m more convinced than ever that Jonah Goldberg’s 2009 book, ‘Liberal Fascism‘, is essential reading in order to understand the workings of the militant Left.

For instance, take a look at this passage from page 23 (italics/bolds/underlinings are mine):

“…since we must have a working definition of fascism, here is mine: 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…” 

Now keep that in mind as you review this news report, which eerily illustrates Jonah’s main premise:

Such ‘news’ is anything BUT new, of course. We’ve seen all sorts of insanely ridiculous suspensions of students, ranging from the 6-year-old who made a “gun” by pointing his fingers, to the 4th Grader with a 2-inch Lego “gun”, to the young girl who brought empty shotgun “blanks” to show her science teacher, …and countless more.

Lego gun banned

Yep, …THIS got a kid suspended, too.

But lest you get the notion that this is restricted to the Public School arena: it’s not. A Maryland judge wanted to ban the sale of ALL toy guns, of ANY kind, while Hawaii legislators tried to pass a similar law a couple years ago.

For insight, we can turn again to Goldberg:

“…Progressivism, liberalism, or whatever you want to call it has become an ideology of power.

So long as liberals hold it, principles don’t matter…” (page 158, ‘Liberal Fascism’)

Exactly so. To buttress his point, there’s another movement which is happening simultaneously, yet has nothing whatsoever to do with pretend guns: the battle to outlaw the E-Cig.

E-Cig diagram 6454

The electronic cigarette is by all appearances a tremendous invention. It gives the user a safe hit of nicotine without stinking up a room or endangering others’ health, and has been proven to be just as effective at helping people quit smoking as Nicotine patches.

And yet, anti-smoking crusaders are attempting to ban it.

Why? Because seeing people “smoke” the fake cigarette makes the poor dears uncomfortable. And in keeping with Jonah’s definition, they need “to impose uniformity of thought and action, whether by force or through regulation and social pressure“. Thus, even the totally harmless act of smoking a pretend cigarette must be eliminated from the public square, since it doesn’t reaffirm a “uniformity of …action“.

It’s all about them, you see. The Left’s personal preferences must be validated, and therefore their proscriptions are paramount. Never mind what they’re attempting to ban is both a benefit to smokers and only tangentially related to cigarettes themselves.

The hypocrisy is staggering. The same folks who defend abortions by saying “If you don’t like abortions, don’t have one” want anything that even resembles a gun to be removed from their eyesight, as if they were vampires destroying images of garlic. Similarly, those who label Global Warming detractors as “deniers of science” want to banish a proven method of smoking cessation, since it doesn’t reinforce the social stigma they’ve worked so hard to instill.

Put out that cigarette

Despite it being four years old, I’d wholeheartedly recommend you pick up a copy of ‘Liberal Fascism‘ right away. Be warned: it’s a scholarly work filled to overflowing with history and facts, so take your time going through it.

But in a world now populated with toy gun and E-Cig prohibitionists, it’s a mandatory tool to decipher the Left’s otherwise incomprehensible behavior.

“…Today, liberals remember the progressives as do-gooders who cleaned up the food supply and agitated for a more generous social welfare state and better working conditions.

Fine, the progressives did that.

But so did the Nazis and the Italian Fascists. And they did it for the same reasons and in loyalty to roughly the same principles…” (page 81, ‘Liberal Fascism’)

30 responses to “‘Liberal Fascism’: why the Left wants to ban, well, …pretty much EVERYTHING

  1. I think this comes from a deep, deep hatred of playing “Cowboys and Indians” in their childhood. Apparently, the kids who got to play the “Cowboy” grew up to be Conservatives, while the Libs played the “Indian”. Actually, the more I think about the brief piece of wit I just typed, the more logical it’s sounding! LOL!

    I am growing a bit tired of this tyrannical state we find ourselves in. While out in California last week, I got into ANOTHER interesting conversation with someone who concluded our conversation with “You’re an idiot” after we discussed the MYTH of Global Warming. I was lucky enough to have my iPad with me, and linked over to a few of the great AGW articles from our friend Cosmo; showed them the FACTS; and got the proverbial “deer in the headlights” look.

    • Actually, Pgh, I kinda liked being one of the Indians when I was a kid: got to use my pretend bow-and-arrow AND my gun.


      As for your encounter out west, just remember: “Tolerance” is when you agree with a liberal, and “facts” are whatever a Liberal believes….

      • I will attribute your “Indian” preference to those years you spent in Massachusetts…..

        • No, PGH, he liked being the Indian because it was carte blanche to sneak up on his big sister…

          Ugh. Thanks, bro, for sending me off to rehearsal yet again with a pre-ulcerous condition. This madness–will it ever stop?

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  3. And the saddest part of all is I’m pretty sure all this “crusading” the left does has nothing to do with actual issues like the health benefits of quitting smoking. I think it has everything to do with the fact that they prefer a socialist, police state where they have overall control. Pretty much that simple.

    • Quite so, Wendee: Liberal Fascism is all about what makes THEM feel good, not about what’s effective, or moral, or just.
      And oh yes, it’s absolutely about power.

      Their policies don’t have the assumed effect? Simply means we didn’t do enough.
      Their plans don’t exceed expectations? Expectations were too high.
      Computer models are wrong? Don’t you dare doubt their NEW models, “deniers”!
      Their plans make a mockery of the Constitution? That’s just a piece of parchment written by old white men, so no biggie…

      Seriously, get Jonah’s book: it’s a must-have nowadays.

      • livinrightinpgh

        Exactly, JTR! Plus, it’s the inane “We know better for you than you do for yourselves” philosophy. ONLY the government can determine what’s best for you and your family. On your own, YOU are too STUPID to manage your own life and decisions. It’s all about the “collective”. Heck, they’re even trying to use the “collective” to mutate theology into a group event, rather than a “One on One relationship with The Creator”, which only serves to separate the masses from the tenants of faith. The Left are all “brilliant, in their own minds”….

        • Which is why they feel entitled to make decisions for us all: their hugely superior moral compass and hyper-enlightened minds.
          They are their own gift to themselves.

          Heck, Obama came out and said it, years ago: “WE are the ones we’ve been waiting for…”
          What did people think he meant??

  4. the old curmudgeon

    Boy, and to think that in fifth grade I took a real Cossack saber into school for show & tell! In the sixth grade I wore it to school w/ a Union army civil war costume for Hallowe’en. And I had a pocket knife in my pocket from second grade on. I didn’t know what a reprehensible dangerous character I was!

  5. It’s cool…..I’m currently working on making smart cars illegal in the state of Texas. I personally don’t like them and (following liberal ideology) I don’t think anyone should have one.

    I’ll keep you updated on my progress. LOL

    Great blog JTR.

  6. Do progressives ever pay attention to how fascist-totalitarian stories always end?

    • livinrightinpgh

      Those “other” failures were only such because of two things:

      1. They weren’t FUNDED enough….and,
      2. Our current group of Fascists is MUCH smarter than “those” folks were.

    • Just as they ignore actual history where their policies fail on the grandest of scales, so too do they ignore any fictional account of their unworkable ideology.

      It’s part ego, part self-delusion. All of those who’ve come before them are obviously of a lesser intellect: THEY will get it “right” THIS time, darn it!


      Honestly, it’s kinda like watching a Super-villain from a comic book
      “Finally, at last, …THIS time my plan will succeed….!!!”,
      …and then they land back in jail.


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  8. Nice to read this post , Thanks for share great knowledge about how to use e cigarette , but i suggest to everyone not make this thing your habit , because it’s bad for health , but one thing more i recommend just use e cigarette with Vapors and other savers.

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