Revisiting Liberal Fascism

“When fascism comes to America, it will not be in brown or black shirts. It will be in Nike sneakers and Smiley shirts. – George Carlin

Back in 2008, American Enterprise Institute scholar Jonah Goldberg wrote a bestseller entitled “Liberal Fascism.” With America’s entire political and media establishment claiming “right wing extremism” as the most urgent national security issue, Goldberg’s book has more relevance today than when it was written.

Only slightly outside the mainstream, the far left-press is is explicit in its references to right wing “fascism.” From the Daily Beast in January 2021, “Donald Trump Is Leaving, but American Fascism Is Just Getting Its Boots On.” From Open Democracy, also in January, “Donald Trump’s Insurrection is the beginning of years of street violence.” And just in from the high-minded journal Foreign Policy, “Trump’s movement is a uniquely American fascism, built on a century of American imperialism.”

How is it that “Trump’s movement” can be the target of so much fear mongering and growing repression, when literally tens of thousands of black clad Antifa and BLM have invaded the streets of countless American cities for over a year with rioting, looting, and beat-downs? Early on, Goldberg’s book made the claim, backed up now by ample evidence, that the “right wing” has no monopoly on fascist violence.

Here is Goldberg’s definition of fascism: “Fascism is a religion of the state. It assumes the organic unity of the body politic and longs for a national […] Read More