Jonah Goldberg

Jonah Goldberg, Call Your Publisher
July 11, 2008

Conservative book editor Adam Bellow has a (subscriber-only) essay in World Affairs about book publishing and the cuurrent state of conservative intellectuals. I don't agree with all that much of it, but his candor is admirable. At one point he responds at length to Andrew Sullivan's accusation that Bellow-published books "Liberal Fascism" by Jonah Goldberg and "The Enemy at Home" by Dinesh D'Souza" were "shrill, obnoxious partisan screeds." Bellow writes: I bridled at Andrew’s suggestion that I was somehow responsible for this.

Obama, Would-be Slavedriver
July 09, 2008

I was driving home from family vacation and missed this column yesterday, but it deserves to be roundly ridiculed. "Obama and Volunteering: Forced Servitude in America?" may be the most rambling, whiny, faux-provocative effort from Jonah Goldberg I've ever read, which is kind of like saying something is Nicolas Cage's worst movie: There's a weird irony at work when Sen. Barack Obama, the black presidential candidate who will allegedly scrub the stain of racism from the nation, vows to run afoul of the constitutional amendment that abolished slavery.

Helms, The Right, And The History Of Racism
July 07, 2008

Both Jonah Goldberg and Ross Douthat recommend a Claremont Review of Books essay by William Voegeli on race and American conservatism. The compelling piece does a fine job of tracing the shortcomings of conservatives like William F. Buckley on the issue of civil rights. Voegeli's central intent is to rebut the idea that: Everything that conservatism has accomplished and stood for since 1965—Reagan, the tax revolt, law-and-order, deregulation, the fight against affirmative action, the critique of the welfare state...everything—is the poisoned fruit of the poisoned tree [of racism].

Department Of Short Memories
May 16, 2008

Jonah Goldberg: Reading this piece about the Edwards endorsement of Obama, a cold shiver went down my spine. As scary as a Deval Patrick appointment as AG would be (I've long thought he would be Obama's likely choice), the suggestion that John Edwards would be even considered for Attorney General is horrifying. I really can't think of any mainstream political figure more inappropriate for that job than Edwards. I'm assuming this means Jonah does not consider Alberto Gonzales to be "mainstream"... --Josh Patashnik 

The "Liberal Fascism" Fallacy (a.k.a, Conservatives Immanentize The Eschaton)
April 21, 2008

  At the start of the conservative movement, William F. Buckley his colleagues at the National Review developed a standard explanation for the presence of evil in the world. Evil, they said, comes from attempts to create God's kingdom on earth--to "immanentize the eschaton," as they put it. This criticism was supposed to explain why both communists--who wanted to create a worker's paradise--and liberals, who believed in applying reason and pragmatism to improve man's estate on earth, were leading the world towards godless tyranny.

Obama As Liberal Fascist (surely You Saw This Coming...)
April 19, 2008

The latest issue of National Review has a longish and (I think) deliberately obtuse piece by Jonah Goldberg, in which he complains about Democrats' calls for unity and defends the GOP's use of patriotism as a campaign theme. This paragraph gives you a flavor for the logical rigor deployed: Except that Republicans don't actually use the word "patriotism" very much. Nevertheless, Democrats hear it in almost everything Republicans say. When Republicans disputed John Kerry's commitment to national defense, Democrats said they were questioning his patriotism.

Jackboots and Whole Foods
March 12, 2008

Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left from Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning By Jonah Goldberg (Doubleday, 496 pp., $27.95) In graduate school I had a professor, a famous Marxist, who devoted a significant portion of a lecture to the subject of artifacts.

What's Your Problem?
December 06, 2007

What's the problem with Mike Huckabee? PETER BEINART is editor-at-large at The New Republic, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, and the author of The Good Fight (HarperCollins). JONAH GOLDBERG is editor-at-large of National Review Online and a contributing editor to National Review. By Peter Beinart & Jonah Goldberg

"we" Americans

Jonah Goldberg is all riled up about Katie Couric's recent comments at The National Press Club, where the CBS anchor criticized the Iraq War and said this: "The whole culture of wearing flags on our lapel and saying 'we' when referring to the United States and, even the 'shock and awe' of the initial stages, it was just too jubilant and just a little uncomfortable." Jonah adds: What a fascinating little slip!

Cruising For A Bruising

Jonah Goldberg has responded to my post on hypocrisy. First, and most egregiously, Jonah conflates "anonymous" with "public" sex. The two are very different, but it makes sense for him to confuse readers this way for his argumentative purposes. Meeting a person in a public place (whether it be a bar or a restroom) and then taking said person to a private place for sex is hardly limited to gay men. You're not going to find very many gays (and no gay groups) that will defend sex in a restroom. But Jonah thinks otherwise.