from the archives
Not to pick old wounds, but I was digging around and found this interview with Jonah Goldberg from Salon. I think it’s the best refutation of Liberal Fascism, as it’s both eminently fair, subject to his response, and totally damning. The best refutation, as I said when the book first came out, is simply the long paper trail of the Italian fascist movement, the architects of fascism. There’s lots of surviving philosophical and political treatises from the Italian fascist thinkers, and without fail, they define fascism in opposition to socialism and the left wing. The money quote, which interviewer Alex Koppelman finds, is from Mussolini, the single most important political figure in the history of fascism: “Fascism [is] the resolute negation of the doctrine underlying so-called scientific and Marxian socialism.”
Yeah, I’d say that’s pretty hard on Goldberg’s argument. Read the whole thing.