I have an audition this afternoon so will be brief.
New on Plan C, my musings about being (musically speaking) a small proto-mammal instead of a T-Rex.
And something I didn’t write. I’m a big fan of David Neiwert’s writing, a journalist/blogger/author who covers mainly the American far right and the militia movement. Some time ago on his personal blog Orcinus, Neiwert did a series thoroughly eviscerating Jonah Goldberg’s bizarre and irresponsible excuse for a book, Liberal Fascism. Well, Jonah Goldberg is back in the news cycle, due to Glenn Beck’s latest documentary about how Obama is the bogeyman who will send you not just to the gas chamber but to Siberia, because he’s a liberal-fascist-commie-hippie-baby murderer. Or something.
(Re-reading that sentence, it occurs to me that it doesn’t actually explain why that would bring Goldberg’s book back to the public eye. Apparently Liberal Fascism is Beck’s inspiration, manual, and bible rolled into one, and Goldberg has been a frequent guest on Beck’s show. I hope that’s clearer.)
So Neiwert organized a symposium on the History News Network, where actual scholars* of fascism and the radical right ALSO eviscerate Liberal Fascism. It’s a fantastic read if you’re a nerd and enjoy some good scholarly ass-whipping. Start here and read in order.
* Except for Michael Ledeen – I don’t think he counts as a scholar, being mostly a journalist/polemicist these days. Poor Michael Ledeen. WTF is HE doing on this list? His article reads to me like he’s reluctantly defending a friend who’s done something unbelievably embarrassing.