Good put-down of Jonah Goldberg:here
And with a Mussolini quote I'd not read before.
Granted that the 19th century was the century of socialism, liberalism, democracy, this does not mean that the 20th century must also be the century of socialism, liberalism, democracy. Political doctrines pass; nations remain. We are free to believe that this is the century of authority, a century tending to the “right”, a Fascist century.
Have you noticed that when Goldberg responds to attacks on his book, he very often engages in pure ad hominem? (And with weird conservative insult words: "bandersnatches")
I seem to recall that the Fascists were quite aware of seeking power disguised as socialists, etc.
They were aware that they were wolves in sheeps clothing and did so for political advantage.
Apparently this subterfuge is still effective.