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Monday, October 20, 2008

5. But what is the ultimate goal of today's liberal fascism?

It's no accident that fascists of different stripes - leftists and Islamists - want to replace specific civil liberties with vague "human rights," enforced by illiberal human rights commissions.

In general, they see liberal democracy or constitutional monarchy as an outmoded system of government. The new style of government that they support might be a therapeutic state where the government orders you into therapy if others disapprove of your opinions or an Islamic state where the government punishes blasphemy or apostasy (against Islam). But it will not be a liberal democracy.

Goldberg explains
... Fascism was born of a "fascist moment" in Western civilization, when a coalition of intellectuals going by various labels - progressive, communist, socialist, and so forth - believed the era of liberal democracy was drawing to a close. It was time for man to lay aside the anachronisms of natural law, traditional religion, constitutional liberty, capitalism, and the like, and rise to the responsibility of remaking the world in his own image. God was long dead, and it was long overdue for men to take His place. (P. 31)
All fascism is totalitarian - that is, government takes the place that traditional religions assign to God and oversees the total course of every person's life.

The Italian Fascist dictator Mussolini coined the word "totalitarian"
to describe not a tyrannical society but a humane one in which everyone is taken care of and contributes equally. ... The militarization of society and politics was considered simply the best available means toward this end. (p. 80)
Goldberg is careful to point out that liberal fascism will be painless and perhaps enjoyable, provided you never disagree with the government about anything the government thinks is important:
The idea that we can create a heaven on earth through pharmacology and neuroscience is as utopian as the Marxist hope that we could create a perfect world by rearranging the means of production. The history of totalitarianism is the history of the quest to transcend the human condition and create a society where our deepest meaning and destiny are realized simply by virtue of the fact that we live in it. It cannot be done, and even if, as often in the case of liberal fascism, the effort is very careful to be humane and decent, it will still result in a kind of benign tyranny where some people get to impose their ideas of goodness and happiness on those who may not share them. (P. 20-21)
Of course, you can live a happy life in a medicalized, psychologized society where the state is your mommy. But only if you have been conditioned to find joy in such a society, and that is the aim of many liberal institutions: to rewrite the habits of our hearts." (p. 393)
The ultimate goal: Rewrite the habits of our hearts, and make them what the liberal fascist thinks they should be. Hence all the government-enforced political correctness that rules everyday life in Canada now.

Next: 6. How dare anyone call liberals fascists? Liberals and progressives are good people!

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