Jonah Goldberg undermines the entire thesis of his book:
Reacting to a mixed review
of his book at the WSJ by Fred Siegal, Goldberg writes
More important, almost all of the liberals who formed the top-tier of the New Deal were, in effect, liberals in name only. They abandoned the word "progressive" not because they ceased being progressives but because America stopped liking progressives. Siegel doesn't even attempt to rebut the pages upon pages of hardcore compulsion these progressives utilized in the New Deal long after this supposed rejection of Wilsonian compulsion took place.
So, all the "evidence" that liberals were part of FDR's Fascism is nugatory since they weren't liberals, but instead, progressives.
So why is the book called Liberal Fascism?
Because Progressive Fascism sound like a right wing dinner scheme
Because "liberal" is the word that modern-day fascists use to describe themselves.
Fred Siegel is a huge Giuliani fluffer and a Fellow of his braintrust, the Manhattan Institute. He's never been averse to the theory that the disenfranchised are big meanyhead bullies for making Giuliani look bad, at least in local politics.
Wonder if the National Review's lack of support for Giuliani had anything to do with his newfound sense of proportion?