Key Insights From:
Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left, From Mussolini to the Politics of Change
- The person ready to throw around the word “fascist” should remember that scholars have a difficult time defining what fascism even is.
- The father of fascism, Benito Mussolini, was greatly admired by many in the United States, especially among progressives.
- Nazism was not a far-right movement as most people now believe—it was originally viewed as a far-left enterprise and championed by progressives.
- Fascism has indeed come to the United States, but its specter has haunted the nation for over a century.
- American Progressivism is like the niece of European fascism: not quite as ugly, but the family resemblance is still there.