Author Jonah Goldberg discusses Liberal Fascism. Panelists include Michael Ledeen, Resident Scholar with the American Enterprise Institute; Fred Siegel, Professor of History at Cooper Union; and Ronald Radosh, Adjunct Fellow with Hudson Institute. The discussion is moderated by Yuval Levin, Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center.
In his controversial new book, Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left, From Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning (Doubleday) Jonah Goldberg offers a startling new perspective on the theories and practices that define fascist politics. Reaching beyond familiar myths, he reminds us that the original fascists were men of the left, and that liberals from Woodrow Wilson to FDR to Hillary Clinton have advocated some policies and principles remarkably similar to those of European fascism, including an aversion to the free market, and the promise of free health care and a generous pension system. Do these striking parallels mean that today's liberals are genocidal maniacs, intent on conquering the world and imposing a new racial order? Of course not. Yet it is hard to deny, Goldberg argues, that modern progressivism and classical fascism share the same intellectual roots.
Of the book former House Speaker Newt Gingrich says: "Jonah Goldberg's Liberal Fascism will enrage many people on the left, but his dire thesis deserves serious attention.... Goldberg will lead you to new understanding and force you to think deeply." Following Goldberg's remarks, a panel of experts will present their commentary on the book- Hudson Institute
Jonah Goldberg is an American conservative author and commentator. Goldberg is known for his contributions on politics and culture to National Review Online, where he is the editor-at-large. He is the author of Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left, from Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning.
He also frequently appears on television, on such shows as Good Morning America, Crossfire, Nightline, Hardball with Chris Matthews, Larry King Live, Your World with Neil Cavuto and most recently The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.
Michael Ledeen is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and a contributing editor to National Review. Ledeen was a founding member of the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA), and he serves on the JINSA Board of Advisors.
Yuval Levin is a fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center (EPPC). An expert in domestic policy, science and technology policy, and bioethics, he also serves as director of EPPC's Bioethics and American Democracy Program and senior editor of The New Atlantis magazine.
He has served as associate director of the White House Domestic Policy Council and Executive Director of the President's Council on Bioethics. His essays and articles have appeared in numerous publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, The Weekly Standard, The Public Interest, and others, and he is the author of Tyranny of Reason: The Origins and Consequences of the Social Scientific Outlook.
Ronald Radosh is currently an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute in Washington, D.C., and professor of history emeritus at Queensborough Community College of the City University of New York. His commentaries on the Rosenbergs and other topics have appeared in The New Republic, The Weekly Standard and National Review, and the blog Frontpagemag.com.
Fred Siegel is a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute (a center-left think tank closely affiliated with the Democratic Leadership Council) who focuses on urban policy and politics. He also serves as a professor of history and the humanities at Cooper Union and is a contributor to numerous publications, including The New York Post (where he has a weekly column), The New Republic, The Atlantic Monthly, Commonwealth and Tikkun.
Author Jonah Goldberg claims that the political left have appropriated the word 'fascism' to mean politically evil. In Liberal Fascism, Goldberg argues many types of fascism exist and that fewer people have been killed under fascist regimes than have been under socialist regimes throughout history.