Gotcher Fascism Right Here

LiberalFascismOne of the deficiencies many on the left have is their lack understanding of fascism. It is, of course, a socialist movement. Benito Mussolini was a socialist. Adolph Hitler led the National Socialist Workers’ Party. The idea that fascism is “right wing” is a myth perpetrated by Joseph Stalin as a means of demonizing his socialist competition.

Jonah Goldberg wrote an excellent history of how fascism fits in with its sister movements on the left. You can buy a copy of Liberal Fascism from Amazon. Click here.

UPDATE—Of course, not everyone appreciates Mr. Goldberg’s scholarship.

TheDoctrineofFascismThose individuals might need to go to a primary source. I recommend The Doctrine of Fascism by Benito Mussolini as a good starting point for the study of fascist thought. It can be ordered from Amazon as well, but it is currently out of stock. However, the Kindle edition can be had immediately for only 99 cents.

Fascism conceives of the State as an absolute, in comparison with which all individuals or groups are relative, only to be conceived in their relation to the State.

—Benito Mussolini, The Doctrine of Fascism

UPDATE 2—Speaking of liberal fascism … Donna Brazile has authored a revealing tweet. (H/T, Instapundit)

What Happened to Global Warming?

Matt Ridley asks that question over at WSJ. (H/T, Instapundit) It seems that global warming really has been on hold for at least the last 15 years.

Most science journalists, who are strongly biased in favor of reporting alarming predictions, rather than neutral facts, chose to ignore the pause until very recently, when there were explanations available for it. Nearly 40 different excuses for the pause have been advanced, including Chinese economic growth that supposedly pushed cooling sulfate particles into the air, the removal of ozone-eating chemicals, an excess of volcanic emissions, and a slowdown in magnetic activity in the sun.

I note this climate trend began to take hold in the early years of this century. The cause is obvious.

I blame Bush.

How to End a War

Victor Davis Hanson has an essay over at NRO called Only Deterrence Can Prevent War. He makes the case from history that wars happen when one side thinks that it can beat the other. He makes the further point that wars end when one side becomes convinced that it has been beaten.

Not the League of Nations or the United Nations. Unfortunately, war is a sort of cruel laboratory experiment whose bloodletting determines which party, in fact, was the stronger all along. Once that fact is again recognized, peace usually follows.

Read the whole thing.

As a Viet Nam veteran, I note that the United States could have crushed North Vietnam at will, but that we lacked the will. Strength is more than superior firepower. It has a moral component.