Liberal Fascism - Chapter Seven

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A 10-question quiz on Chapter Seven of Liberal Fascism by JonahGoldberg, entitled "Liberal Racism: The Eugenic Ghost in the Fascist Machine".


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    What does the liberal "blind spot on a blind spot" mean?

    • A.

      The modern liberal's failure to realize that what he wants to do is described as something he considers evil.

    • B.

      The modern liberal's conflation of fascism with conservatism.

    • C.

      The modern liberal's inability to recognize the evil inherent in the physically handicapped.

    • D.

      The modern liberal's refusal to admit that blacks and other minorities can be racist too.

    Correct Answer
    A. The modern liberal's failure to realize that what he wants to do is described as something he considers evil.
    Explanation
    The correct answer suggests that the liberal "blind spot on a blind spot" refers to the modern liberal's failure to recognize that their own intentions or actions may be considered evil by others. This implies that they are unaware of the potential negative consequences or moral implications of their beliefs and actions.

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  • 2. 

    What does Goldberg admit that liberals were right about?

    • A.

      The moral justice of the Great Society

    • B.

      The moral depravity of McCarthyism

    • C.

      The moral imperative of desegregation

    • D.

      The moral bankruptcy of the Moral Majority.

    Correct Answer
    C. The moral imperative of desegregation
    Explanation
    Goldberg admits that liberals were right about the moral imperative of desegregation.

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  • 3. 

    When liberals are morally flawed, what does this indicate?

    • A.

      They are human like everyone else.

    • B.

      They are really conservatives.

    • C.

      Some liberal policies are morally flawed.

    • D.

      That is an oxymoron; by definition liberals cannot be morally flawed.

    Correct Answer
    B. They are really conservatives.
    Explanation
    This answer suggests that when liberals are morally flawed, it indicates that they are actually conservatives. This implies that being morally flawed goes against the principles and beliefs typically associated with liberals, and instead aligns them with the conservative ideology.

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  • 4. 

    Darwin admitted that his ideas were an extension of something to the natural world.  What was it?

    • A.

      The Social Gospel.

    • B.

      Newtonian physics.

    • C.

      Malthusian economics.

    • D.

      Enlightenment philosophy.

    Correct Answer
    C. Malthusian economics.
    Explanation
    Darwin's ideas were an extension of Malthusian economics. Malthusian economics, proposed by Thomas Malthus, argued that population growth would outpace resources, leading to competition and struggle for survival. Darwin applied this concept to the natural world, suggesting that individuals with advantageous traits would have a better chance of survival and passing on their traits to future generations. This idea formed the basis of Darwin's theory of natural selection and evolution.

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  • 5. 

    What does Goldberg state is the most powerful inhibiting influence against bad ideas?

    • A.

      Emotion.

    • B.

      Reason.

    • C.

      Science.

    • D.

      Dogma.

    Correct Answer
    D. Dogma.
    Explanation
    Dogma is the correct answer because Goldberg states that the most powerful inhibiting influence against bad ideas is dogma. Dogma refers to a set of principles or beliefs that are considered unquestionable and authoritative. When dogma is present, it often prevents people from critically examining and challenging ideas, leading to the suppression of new and potentially better ideas. Emotion, reason, and science may also play a role in inhibiting bad ideas, but according to Goldberg, dogma is the most powerful force in this regard.

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  • 6. 

    It is a well-documented fact that ________ lay at the heart of the Progressive enterprise.

    Correct Answer
    eugenics
    Explanation
    Eugenics refers to the controversial belief and practice of improving the genetic quality of the human population through selective breeding and sterilization. In the context of the Progressive enterprise, it can be inferred that eugenics played a central role. This is because the Progressive movement in the early 20th century advocated for social reforms, including measures to improve public health, education, and welfare. Eugenics was seen by some Progressives as a means to achieve these goals by controlling reproduction and promoting the reproduction of individuals deemed "fit" or "superior." However, it is important to note that eugenics has since been widely discredited and condemned for its unethical and discriminatory practices.

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  • 7. 

    What did Sidney Webb, the father of Fabian socialism, insist that no consistent eugenicist can be?

    • A.

      Negro.

    • B.

      Jewish.

    • C.

      Catholic.

    • D.

      Laissez Faire.

    Correct Answer
    D. Laissez Faire.
    Explanation
    Sidney Webb, the father of Fabian socialism, insisted that no consistent eugenicist can be a Laissez Faire advocate. This means that someone who supports the idea of eugenics, which involves improving the genetic quality of the human population, cannot also believe in a hands-off approach to economic and social policies. Laissez Faire promotes minimal government intervention and regulation, which would contradict the principles of eugenics that require active intervention and control over reproduction and genetics.

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  • 8. 

    Who declared eugenics to be "the most important, significant and, Iwould add, genuine branch of sociology."

    • A.

      Aldous Huxley

    • B.

      John Maynard Keynes

    • C.

      George Bernard Shaw

    • D.

      Oliver Wendell Holmes

    Correct Answer
    B. John Maynard Keynes
    Explanation
    John Maynard Keynes declared eugenics to be "the most important, significant and, I would add, genuine branch of sociology." This suggests that Keynes believed in the importance and validity of eugenics as a field of study within sociology.

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  • 9. 

    What did the term "Social Darwinist" originally mean?

    • A.

      Anyone who opposed the idea that the state must interfere in the reproductive order of society.

    • B.

      Anyone who believed in applying Charles Darwin's theory of evolution to human societies.

    • C.

      Anyone who believed in free and unfettered capitalism

    • D.

      Anyone who supported the idea that the state must interfere in the reproductive order of society

    Correct Answer
    A. Anyone who opposed the idea that the state must interfere in the reproductive order of society.
    Explanation
    The term "Social Darwinist" originally referred to anyone who opposed the idea that the state should interfere in the reproductive order of society. This means that they believed in allowing natural selection to determine the success or failure of individuals and societies, without any intervention from the government. They believed that society should function like a biological system, where the strongest and most fit individuals would thrive and reproduce, while the weaker ones would not. This perspective was influenced by Charles Darwin's theory of evolution, but it specifically focused on its application to human societies.

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  • 10. 

    Whose "Code to Stop Overproduction of Children", published in 1934, presaged the Chinese "One Child" policy?

    • A.

      H.G. Wells

    • B.

      Margaret Sanger

    • C.

      J.S. Haldane

    • D.

      Julian Huxley

    Correct Answer
    B. Margaret Sanger
    Explanation
    Margaret Sanger is the correct answer because she was an American birth control activist who advocated for the use of contraception and family planning. In her 1934 book, "Code to Stop Overproduction of Children," Sanger discussed the need to control population growth and the potential consequences of overpopulation. This idea of limiting the number of children a couple can have aligns with the Chinese "One Child" policy, which was implemented decades later in 1979. H.G. Wells, J.S. Haldane, and Julian Huxley were all influential figures in their own right, but they did not specifically address or predict the Chinese policy in the same way Margaret Sanger did.

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