Liberal Fascism - Chapter Eight

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A 10-question quiz on Chapter Eight of Liberal Fascism by JonahGoldberg, entitled "Liberal Fascist Economics".


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    What is the conventional liberal perspective on economics according to Goldberg?

    • A.

      Taxes are too low.

    • B.

      Corporations are too powerful.

    • C.

      Government spending should be increased.

    • D.

      Government regulation should be increased.

    Correct Answer
    B. Corporations are too powerful.
    Explanation
    The conventional liberal perspective on economics, according to Goldberg, is that corporations are too powerful. This means that liberals believe that corporations have too much influence and control over the economy, which can lead to inequality and unfair practices. Liberals may advocate for measures to regulate and limit the power of corporations in order to promote a more equitable and balanced economy.

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  • 2. 

    If the poltiical economic spectrum ranges from socialism to laissez-faire, who are the true fascists?

    • A.

      The Frankfurt School

    • B.

      The American Enterprise Institute

    • C.

      The Brookings Institute

    • D.

      The Austrian School

    Correct Answer
    C. The Brookings Institute
    Explanation
    The Brookings Institute is considered to be the correct answer because the question asks about the true fascists within the given options. While the question does not provide a clear definition of what is meant by "true fascists," it can be inferred that the Brookings Institute is being identified as such based on its position on the political economic spectrum. The Brookings Institute is generally associated with more liberal or centrist ideologies, which are considered to be further away from fascism than the other options listed. Therefore, the answer implies that the Brookings Institute is the least likely to be associated with fascist beliefs or policies.

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  • 3. 

    To what does Goldberg trace the belief that fascism is the tool of big business?

    • A.

      Upton Sinclair's novel "The Jungle".

    • B.

      The Manifesto of the Fascist Struggle.

    • C.

      The Fourth Congress of the Communist International.

    • D.

      Leon Trotsky's murder in Mexico.

    Correct Answer
    C. The Fourth Congress of the Communist International.
    Explanation
    Goldberg traces the belief that fascism is the tool of big business to The Fourth Congress of the Communist International.

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  • 4. 

    What is the "fascist bargain" between the state and the industrialist?

    • A.

      Implement the state's political agenda in return for protection against competition.

    • B.

      Pay protection money in return for escaping nationalization.

    • C.

      Collect income taxes for the state in return for corporate welfare.

    • D.

      Prevent union establishment in return for political contributions.

    Correct Answer
    A. Implement the state's political agenda in return for protection against competition.
    Explanation
    The "fascist bargain" between the state and the industrialist refers to a mutually beneficial agreement where the industrialist agrees to implement the state's political agenda in exchange for protection against competition. This means that the industrialist aligns their business practices with the state's ideology and policies, ensuring that their actions support the state's goals. In return, the state provides protection to the industrialist, shielding them from competition and potentially granting them favorable treatment in the market. This arrangement allows both parties to consolidate power and influence, ultimately serving their own interests.

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  • 5. 

    What were FDR's "dollar-a-year" men?

    • A.

      NRA special agents.

    • B.

      Reconstruction Finance Corporation volunteers.

    • C.

      Government-paid agitators.

    • D.

      Businessmen turned bureaucrats.

    Correct Answer
    D. Businessmen turned bureaucrats.
    Explanation
    During Franklin D. Roosevelt's presidency, he appointed several businessmen to government positions, where they were paid only a symbolic salary of one dollar per year. These individuals, known as "dollar-a-year" men, used their business expertise to help the government during the Great Depression and World War II. By serving as bureaucrats, they brought their private sector experience to help implement policies and manage government agencies effectively. This approach allowed FDR to tap into the expertise of successful businessmen and utilize their skills for the benefit of the country.

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  • 6. 

    The Swope Plan was the plan to permit government-supervised industrial collusion created by the president of ______ ______.

    Correct Answer
    General Electric
    GE
    Explanation
    The Swope Plan was a government-supervised industrial collusion plan created by the president of General Electric (GE). This plan allowed for collaboration among different industries under government supervision.

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  • 7. 

    What does the Nazi word Gleichschaltung mean?

    • A.

      Industrial Policy

    • B.

      Nationalization

    • C.

      Coordination

    • D.

      The pleasure experienced at the sight of another's pain.

    Correct Answer
    C. Coordination
    Explanation
    The correct answer is coordination. Gleichschaltung refers to the process of coordinating and bringing all aspects of society under Nazi control, including political, economic, and social institutions. It involved the suppression of opposition, centralization of power, and enforcement of Nazi ideology. This term is commonly associated with the Nazi regime's efforts to consolidate their power and eliminate dissenting voices in Germany during the 1930s.

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  • 8. 

    To what does Goldberg compare businesses when considering the nature of their relationship with government regulation?

    • A.

      Beehives

    • B.

      Sharks

    • C.

      Weasels

    • D.

      Birds nests

    Correct Answer
    A. Beehives
    Explanation
    Goldberg compares businesses to beehives when considering the nature of their relationship with government regulation. This comparison suggests that like beehives, businesses are organized and structured entities that have a symbiotic relationship with government regulation. Just as beehives rely on regulations and guidelines to maintain order and productivity, businesses also rely on government regulations to ensure fair competition, protect consumer rights, and maintain a stable economic environment. The comparison implies that businesses, like beehives, thrive when there is a balanced and well-regulated environment.

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  • 9. 

    What is the main impact of the modern liberal fascist bargain?

    • A.

      Preventing people from obtaining health insurance.

    • B.

      Raising the cost of goods and services.

    • C.

      Forcing companies to relocate offshore.

    • D.

      Preventing small companies from competing against large corporations.

    Correct Answer
    D. Preventing small companies from competing against large corporations.
    Explanation
    The main impact of the modern liberal fascist bargain is preventing small companies from competing against large corporations. This is because the modern liberal fascist bargain often involves government regulations and policies that favor big businesses and create barriers for smaller companies to enter the market and compete effectively. This can include burdensome regulations, high taxes, and other barriers that make it difficult for small businesses to thrive and grow, ultimately giving an advantage to large corporations.

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  • 10. 

    What large corporation does Goldberg presciently declare to be an ironic confirmation of Marxist logic?

    • A.

      Microsoft

    • B.

      General Motors

    • C.

      General Electric

    • D.

      IBM

    Correct Answer
    B. General Motors
    Explanation
    Goldberg declares General Motors to be an ironic confirmation of Marxist logic because Marxist theory suggests that capitalism will eventually lead to the concentration of wealth and power in the hands of a few, resulting in the exploitation of the working class. General Motors, as a large corporation, represents the concentration of power and wealth in the hands of a few individuals, which aligns with Marxist predictions.

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