Wednesday, May 14, 2003

Mere months after an endless round of right-wing whining about signs at peace demonstrations that compared Bush to Hitler, a conservative "thinker" seems to be crossing the Nazi name-calling line. Publishers Lunch reports that the following book will be published in 2005 by Doubleday:

National Review editor Jonah Goldberg's LIBERAL FASCISM, arguing that "like the national socialists of old, today's liberal fascists care about ends more than means, politicize the personal, see citizens as representatives of their race and ethnicity and inject ideology into every aspect of our daily lives," and maintaining that "political correctness is merely the social etiquette of Liberal Fascism, the good manners of the New Age"....

Lovely -- so now we're all Nazis. The editor of this book by the Spawn of Lucianne will be Adam Bellow, who used to edit right-wing swill at Free Press when Christopher Ruddy and the then-conservative David Brock were publishing there. But to give Bellow his due, he's also signed this book up:

Jacob Heilbrunn's AMERICAN CAESARS: The Rise of the Neoconservatives, looking at the much-discussed group that includes Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz, Douglas Feith, Michael Rubin, Elliott Abrams, and Lewis "Scooter" Libby, plus William Kristol, James Woolsey, David Frum, and Richard Perle, asserting that they aim for "nothing less than the destruction of the United Nations and its replacement with the U.S. as the arbiter of international relation," and showing "where these anti-totalitarian crusaders came from—and where they're taking the U.S."...

Alas, that one will also be out in 2005, too late to influence the election. Since it's these guys we're really voting for, that's a pity. Heilbrunn wrote, among other things, "His Anti-Semitic Sources," a 1995 New York Review of Books article about the writings that inspired some of Pat Robertson's best-known books. (The article, alas, is pay-per-view online.) Gee, do you think Jonah Goldberg has ever compared Pat Robertson to "the national socialists of old"?

In 2005, Crown Forum (Ann Coulter's imprint) will publish

Norman Podhoretz's HATING AMERICA, on anti-Americanism, both its current incarnation and its historical and philosophical sources

which, I guess, will be exactly like every other right-wing book, except polysyllabic. But there's also this about another Crown author:

Film rights have sold to the David Brock's bestselling BLINDED BY THE RIGHT, to writer/producer David Hayter (X Men, X2)...

Not really the guy you'd want making this movie, but still.

Oh, and Thomas Nelson Books (the Bible publishers who also publish Michael Savage) will publish the latest Laurie Beth Jones book: Jesus, Coach. Jones is also the author of Jesus, CEO and Jesus, Entrepreneur.

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