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Thursday, January 10, 2008

Hopefully the last word on "Liberal Fascism"

The Prospect follows up their excellent review shredding Goldberg's goofy screed by catching him accidentally(?) telling the truth. And a funny interpretation. I apologize if linking to a post that links to other posts is too "meta," but I couldn't resist.

Jesus' General shares this Jonah Goldberg gem from a recent NPR interview:

Jonah Goldberg: The benefit of Bush’s compassionate conservatism [in 2000] was that it was majorly a marketing slogan…

Alex Chadwick: You mean you’re worried Mike Huckabee might actually mean it?

Goldberg: Yes, that’s what I’m terrified of.

Sadly, No! interprets this in light of Goldberg's statement that "populism is a useful and healthy passion when aimed at the liberal elite."

In other words: it’s cool to rile up the idiot vote by telling them that liberals want to ban Christmas, but helping them pay for their kids’ health care goes way, way over the line. Religion, in Jonah’s world, truly is the Cheetos bag of the masses.

Indeed, this tracks pretty well with former White House official David Kuo's experience, as described in his book Tempting Faith: Conservative elites openly scorn the working-class evangelicals whose fears they crassly manipulate in order to implement their pro-rich agenda.

"Majorly"?!? Yes, he's one serious intellectual. But that's about as close to an admission that his goal is to implement the "Big Lie" strategy of furthering his own authoritarian dreams.