Vox Day does the readers of his blog a great favor by interviewing pundit and author Jonah Goldberg, author of Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left, From Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning. Goldberg makes this astute observation:
[T]he fundamentally unfascistic insight that conservatism and libertarianism share is the idea that their political philosophies are only partial philosophies of life. I know a lot of very socially conservative libertarians who go to church every week, are very strict with their kids and adhere to traditional moral values, but they’re libertarians! Then you’ve got political conservatives, myself included, who are fairly libertine in their attitudes and their day-to-day lives, but they have a certain view about how politics should be ordered. That is the unfascistic thing, we see politics as only one small sphere of life. What unites fascism, communism and all these other isms is this idea of holism, the idea that politics is a total philosophy of life, that the personal is political, that the State and the collective come before the individual, and that the warp and woof of daily life should be informed by political imperatives.
Sadly, those “isms” seem to encompass the political beliefs of nearly all of the candidates running for president in 2008, the notable exceptions being Ron Paul and (possibly) Fred Thompson.