Jonah Goldberg

I’ve been meaning to write something along these lines ever since I (finally) finished Liberal Fascism, but just haven’t worked up the gumption to devote anytime to it. Thankfully, Jonah reinforced the premise yesterday, with his now much remarked up LA Times piece.

To sum it up, the whole premise of Doughy’s argument is that Obama’s idea to tie federal education funding to mandatory public service in the curriculum is just like slavery. Except, as it turns out, it isn’t. From the piece itself:

This is the real problem with national service mania: It seeks to fix what ain’t broke. No, national service isn’t slavery. But it contributes to a slave mentality, at odds with American tradition. It assumes that work not done for the government isn’t really for the “common good.”

Now that’s silly enough, but if you’ve actually put yourself through the pains of reading Liberal Fascism, you might notice a pattern. You see, all through the book Goldberg does exactly this; he allows that liberals and fascists don’t really have the same positions or policy ideas, but he maintains that the “totalitarian mentality” exists in both. Either way, this tells me something very important about Jonah; he doesn’t really believe his own shit, and he’s not particularly comfortable with the Coulter schtick.

There’s a lot of money to be made by being bombastic and outrageous. David Brooks gets the intellectual respect, but Ann Coulter makes an assload of money. Jonah has pretty obviously decided he wants the money, and so obviously outrageous and silly on the face of it concepts like “liberal fascism” and “the black guys wants to bring back slavery” now mark his portfolio. But in each instance, Jonah can’t bring himself to actually carry a straight face through the whole thing, and he has to admit, if slightly, that’s it’s really just a bunch of attention grabbing nonsense.

Maybe there’s hope for Doughy yet.