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‘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:

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San Jose State University Meteorology decides burning books they don’t agree with is better than reading them

Remember the old days, when our Colleges, Universities & various Institutes of Higher Learning all bragged that they existed to encourage an “open exchange of ideas”?? That they wanted to teach kids HOW to think, not WHAT to think??


Not any more, they don’t…

Watts Up With That?

From the Fahrenheit 451 department comes this indictment of California’s higher education’s “tolerance” for opposing views. When I first got the tip on this, I thought to myself “nobody can be this stupid to photograph themselves doing this” but, here they are, right from the San Jose State University Meteorology Department web page:


The caption from the SJSU website reads:

This week we received a deluge of free books from the Heartland Institute {this or this }. The book is entitled “The Mad, Mad, Made World of Climatism”. SHown above, Drs. Bridger and Clements test the flammability of the book.

Maybe they just can’t help themselves, note the pictures on the wall.

Here is a screencap of the website relevant section:

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Know the Left’s tricks: read “Tyranny of Clichés” (and if you already read it, read it AGAIN)

Recently, I’ve been going through some of my favorite books from the past few years, Mark Levin’s Ameritopia and Mark Steyn’s America Alone among them. I recently went so far as to flog Steyn’s book specifically.

The third book that I’m revisiting is Jonah Goldberg’s Tyranny Of Clichés. If you read Goldberg’s previous tome, Liberal Fascism, this is very, very different. It much more closely resembles the tone of his Twitter feed (read as: sarcastic & very funny), while still being wonderfully written. It’s also incisive, and it applies so well to what we all read and see every day, we should probably keep it close-by when we’re surfing the web.

One of the many maddening observations he covers is the broad swath of leftist Liberals who fancy themselves “Independents”. Goldberg points out that the difference between them and the folks on the Right is that Conservatives openly and proudly admit their ideology, and are constantly debating and discussing it. These self-deluded Leftists pretend they have no ideology, and that their view is the mythical “center”.

Having been raised in Massachusetts, this one hits close to home for me. The Bay State has a highly pronounced Leftist leaning, yet you may be surprised by its voter registration record. In 2008, over HALF of registered voters there were “Independent”, which in reality simply meant deciding which Democrat to vote for.

Oh sure, they’ll vote for a Romney or a Scott Brown every once in a while, but that’s no more impressive than CNN covering a single Tea Party rally with some basic level of impartiality, then turning around and impugning the Tea Party 50+ times over the next five days. It’s insincere, self-congratulatory, and indulgent.

Of course, being a crazed right-wing extremist, what the heck do I know?

The Tyranny Of Clichés is a very worthy & entertaining read, and even a re-read. If you get bored easily, have no fear: this book isn’t even marginally boring. Considering what we’re all going to be wading through in the coming weeks, media-wise, I’d go so far as to say it’s essential.

To give you an additional hint of its contents, I’ve even included a video interview below.

Happy Reading, gang.


Islam: “They can’t keep taking offense at EVERYTHING”

The quote in this post’s title were the last words spoken by Mark Steyn in the interview below, …back in September of 2007.

This has been coming for a while, folks.


This week’s disgraceful events in the Middle East, and the even more disgraceful coverage by our Eunuch Media, made me pick up one of my favorite books of the last decade, ‘America Alone‘.

I’m sure many of you have either read it, or have at least heard about it and have MEANT to read it. Regardless if you fall into either of those two camps, or if you are in camp #3 (never read it &/or never heard of it), I’m asking you to do yourself a favor: please read it now.


Right now.

His book (penned in 2006) is almost eerily prescient, and all the while Steyn is waaaay funnier than that Nostradamus guy. And make no mistake, being funny is what makes you read the whole thing, because the subject matter is depressing. It warns us of the threats of radical Islam, as well as its enabler, multiculturalism.

The combination is dire.

If you want to have your eyes opened to the reality that slapped us in the face (again) this week, this is the book to read. Where else are you going to get a world-class briefing on one of the most imminent dangers of the 21st century, and still average at least one good belly laugh per page? No where else, I assure you.

In addition to the 1st clip at the top, I’m also including a 2nd one below, this time with Steyn discussing multiculturalism. In the 2nd one he’s working without a script in front of a live audience, where he truly excels.

But after you watch the videos, don’t forget to grab/buy/rent ‘America Alone‘. Not reading it now would qualify as being willfully ignorant, and that is something we no longer have the luxury to be.