Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Paging Jonah Goldberg: Are conservatives "friendly communists?"

For some reason, Brendan felt the need to poke fun at Jonah Goldberg's thoughtful new contribution to the public discourse, "Liberal Fascism," but I actually found it inspiring. In fact, I'm working on a new proposal that draws directly on his brilliant intellectual work. I'm hoping to submit it to Doubleday, which had was brave enough to publish Goldberg's groundbreaking book via its new "Up is Down -- arguments even a mentally retarded infant could see through" imprint.

These are just two paragraphs I wrote that might be good for a book jacket. But hopefully you'll get the gist:

Did you know that in the Communist Manifesto, Karl Marx said he supported “personal freedom” and “independence” and that the state is used by certain interest groups to control and oppress people, not to allow freedom?

Do these striking parallels mean that today’s conservatives are totalitarian maniacs, intent on conquering the world and imposing a new communist order? Not at all. Yet it is hard to deny that modern conservatism and classical communism shared the same intellectual roots.

PS Anyone else as amused as I am that Jonah Goldberg now has the #1 book in Amazon.com's fascism category, just slightly ahead of "Mein Kampf?"

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