By Ron Meyer, Young America’s Foundation
In a promotional video for Young America’s Foundation’s new
Conservatives (which students can order for free here), Jonah
Goldberg outlines the pillars of conservatism, while pointing out
that these pillars were hated by fascists.
Talking about fascism might seem dramatic, but at YAF, students
tell us this is one of the insults they hear most on campus.
History professors often call fascists a “far-right” ideology
without knowing the facts, leading leftist students to hurl it at
conservative activists on campus.
To fix this problem, Goldberg says students should use history
to turn this liberal argument on its head.
“Both of these
[conservative] pillars were exactly what the fascists stood
against. The fascists hated traditional Christianity. They hated
traditional values. And, they hated libertarianism. They hated
freedom. They hated individualism. They hated free
Few people really know the ideology
behind fascism, and Goldberg points out that fascism is actually an
extreme liberal ideology, similar to communism, rather than
anything from the far-right.
That’s not saying liberals are fascists, but it does mean that
fascism was rooted in national socialism and an extremely powerful
federal government—the antithesis to conservatism.
Recently, we’ve seen too much name calling from the Left,
especially from MSNBC, where it’s commonplace to call conservatives
racists and radicals. There’s a reason.
“When liberals call conservatives fascists, it’s because
they want conservatives to shut up. It’s the same reason they
immediately call conservatives racists.”
Ad hominem attacks are a clear act of desperation, but sometimes
it works on campus. Students who aren’t used to these tactics are
often scared off because they don’t want to be labeled.
Hopefully, this video will help give them the intellectual ammo
they need. This semester, some on the Left might calls students bad
names for supporting entitlement reform and lower taxes. Don’t let