The word “fascist,” much like “racist,” has long been a favorite insult of the Left to silence their opposition. Unfortunately, fascist is so widely thrown about these days that it trivializes the evils of real fascism. As a result, this perpetuates a perverted understanding of the word fascist as “everyone I don’t like.”
But here’s the irony. Jonah Goldberg, in his book Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left from Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning, “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.” For example, the Nazis “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.”
Goldberg’s book is a gem and a must read!
From Back Cover:
On its initial publication in 1998, John R. Lott’s More Guns, Less Crime drew both lavish praise and heated criticism. More than a decade later, it continues to play a key role in ongoing arguments over gun-control: despite all the attacks by gun-control advocates, no one has ever been able to refute Lott’s simple, startling conclusion that more guns mean less crime. Relying on the most rigorously comprehensive data analysis ever conducted on crime statistics and right-to-carry laws, the book directly challenges common perceptions about the relationship of guns, crime, and violence. For this third edition, Lott draws on an additional ten years of data—including provocative analysis of the effects of gun bans in Chicago and Washington, DC—that brings the book fully up to date and further bolsters its central contention.
Four Centuries of American Education (Aledo, TX: Wallbuilder Press, 2004)
From Back Cover:
America is now entering its fifth century of educating students. Throughout the first four centuries, impartation of three essential elements – religion, morality, and knowledge – was the core of the education system that produced some of the world’s greatest leaders in areas from science and government to theology and jurisprudence. In recent decades, however, the secularization of education has become the new American paradigm; and statistics clearly demonstrate that the more secular American education becomes, the less successful it is academically.
Four Centuries of American Education examines education both past and present. Learn about some of Americas greatest educators and textbooks, and discover what long made America a world leader in education. The remarkable history in this book will both challenge and inspire readers of all ages.