GOP Senate Candidate: New Deal Had ‘Much in Common with Mussolini’s Fascism’

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Monday, November 09, 2009 at 2:10 pm

I’ve been fascinated by the rise of Chuck DeVore, a Republican state assemblyman from California whose grassroots campaign against Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) — and against brand-new Republican candidate Carly Fiorina — has transformed the Republican primary from a coronation to a neck-and-neck battle between conservative activists and GOP leaders. When I interviewed DeVore in May, Republican strategists were far more bearish on his chances. Why? To call DeVore an “outspoken conservative” is to make an understatement. Here, for example, is an Amazon.com review, posted by DeVore last week, of Jonah Goldberg’s “Liberal Fascism.”

… American Progressives and European fascist theorists admired each other and exchanged ideas. From William James to Georges Sorel, from eugenics to the militarization of society (“War on Poverty” anyone? It was William James who penned the “Moral Equivalent of War” in 1906), both the American left and European fascists sought to remake society using crises to urge action to justify bigger government at the expense of individual liberty.

Ronald Reagan had it right in 1981, when he remarked that Roosevelt’s New Deal had much in common with Mussolini’s fascism, including frequent words of praise from Roosevelt’s brain trust directed towards Italy in the 1930s.

Absolutely nothing controversial here from the Tea Party perspective, and the “words of praise” line is accurate. But how will this play in a state that in 2008 gave Barack Obama the biggest Democratic landslide margin since FDR in 1936?

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thefold-Chris
Comment posted November 9, 2009 @ 4:23 pm

It could play quite well if the Democrats don't Make Them Own It!


24AheadDotCom
Comment posted November 9, 2009 @ 4:30 pm

Gotcha! Now, for something that the SorosChip in Weigel's brain prevents him from telling you about Carly Fiorina, see the link. (That's not support for DeVore, since I don't know anything about him. However, the alternative isn't exactly that great.)


Herrence Meritocracy
Comment posted November 10, 2009 @ 1:14 am

“…the militarization of society (”War on Poverty” anyone? It was William James who penned the “Moral Equivalent of War” in 1906), both the American left and European fascists sought to remake society using crises to urge action…”

Um, how about Richard Nixon being the first to use the term “War on Drugs,” use of which was greatly expanded under Reagan? Or the “War on Cancer,” also announced by Nixon? Or how about George W. Bush, his advisors and proponents proposing a “War on Terror[ism]“? Are all these figures somehow American leftists (or European fascists)?


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Comment posted November 16, 2009 @ 4:53 pm

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