Over on Kerry Shirts' facebook page he posted a quotation purporting to come from Hitler. The citations says he is against unions and strikes. Now it is questionable as to whether this is a valid citation from Hitler, and some on the thread have expressed those concerns. However this is really beside the point as we know Hitler opposed unions in 1933.
William Hamblin jumps in with this quip: "Hitler was a National Socialist. Fascism, in all its forms, is a leftist ideology."
I responded by explaining that Hitler only used the word "socialist" to gain the support of moderates, but he was far from a Socialist. Hamblin then responds with:
"See Goldberg, Liberal Fascism, Doubleday, 2008."
Naturally, I assumed that being a scholar and a historian, that Professor Hamblin would be recommending an academic study of some kind. Far from it!
What kind of academic recommends this moron for something as serious as European History?
This Goldberg fellow is the Russell McGregor of Right Wing politics. Just switch "anti-Mormon" for "Liberal."
This reminds me of another embarrassing moment in the Hamblin hall of shame. Shortly after reading the groundbreaking work by historian Thomas Madden, I once mentioned that the Crusades were intended to be acts of self defense by those involved. Hamblin responded by laughing, saying he has never known of any historian to make such a ridiculous assertion. Then I flip over to Hamblin's "required reading" for his class on Islam, and lo and behold, Thomas Madden's book was on Hamblin's short list. Hamblin didn't even know what his own recommended scholars believed on this matter. I pointed this out to him, and it was at that point DCP came running in to lure him away, claiming I was impossible to talk to because I was too uncivil!
You know, we've been told that these guys at NAMIR are super smart intellectual studs, real scholars, etc etc. But the more I interact with them, the more I tend to view them as weak-minded pseudo-intellectuals who are eager to have their religious beliefs fed to them by a Church and their political beliefs fed to them by Right Wing propaganda.