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Thursday, February 19, 2009

Liberal Fascism

Some thoughts on Jonah Goldberg's magnum opus.

Not mine - other people's. They read it, so I don't have to.

Phila at Beuphonia compares Goldberg unfavorably to "Renaissance mystics and logicians."

David Neiwart at The American Prospect compares his book to "something from a comic-book alternative universe: Bizarro history." Neiwart's evisceration of Goldberg's incoherent, poorly researched rambling is thorough and unanesthetized.

Fred Siegel in the WSJ points out that Goldberg "demonizes American liberalism unfairly and ignores a counter-history."

Evidently, even Right-Winger Michael Ledeen also ripped it up, but his review seems to have disappeared from the face of the earth. But, at least, Matt Yglesias referred to it at The Atlantic before it disappeared, as did Daniel Koffler at Jewcy.

Imbedded links go to the Pajamas Media homepage. The Review of LF is nowhere to be found. I've scoured the Ledeen archive, and the place holder for his review leads to a basically empty page.

Go figure.

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