Saturday, May 30, 2009

Facing the new fascism

By Jennifer Roback Morse

The premise of Jonah Goldberg's book Liberal Fascism is that the socialist or liberal left frequently uses the tactics of the fascist right. Some liberals are so convinced of the correctness of their cause that they think themselves entitled to the use of any methods, no matter how illiberal, to advance that cause. In the aftermath of the California voters' passage of Proposition 8, the new fascist mindset is on display in living Technicolor, or maybe I should say in rainbow color.

California voters rejected the darling social cause of the fashionable elites: same-sex "marriage." The election procedures were undeniably fair: After all, this is the electorate that voted for Obama by landslide margins. Did I say that? Obama won by 52% of the popular vote nationwide: the exact same percentage that voted for Proposition 8. So the homosexual lobby must find some other pretext for undoing the outcome of a fair election. Please observe the tactics:

1. Get the judiciary to overturn the election on a technicality: Proposition 8 was not an amendment at all, but a "revision" to the California Constitution.

If they really believe this argument, they should have asked to throw it out before it ever got on the ballot. Both sides were in court, back in July, when Jerry Brown was rewriting the title of the initiative in order to sink its chances of passing. That would have been a good time to bring up the subject of "revision vs. amendment" — before the two sides spent more than $70 million on an election.


Anonymous said...

I think the point of Goldberg's book is that there is no such thing as a fascism of the right.

Fascism has always been a phenomenon of the left, which emerges from efforts by the government to control the free market, ostensibly to redress economic inequalities.

The argument was first made by F.A. Hayek in the Road to Serfdom.

Anonymous said...

I have not read Goldberg's book but I have read several of Hayek's and of historian Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn, both of whom argued that fascism and Nazism belonged to the left because they were variants of socialism. After WW2, Nazism and fascism were discredited, so the other socialist movements tried to distance themselves by spreading the lie that Nazism and fascism were of the right.