Satisfying his natural curiosity about how his excellent book, Liberal Fascism, is doing in Britain, Jonah Goldberg discovered that his book is only number TWO in the “political science and ideology” category.
Number ONE is The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx.
This would be the crypto-commies re-invigorating themselves before taking on the Islamic invasion of Britain?
Or maybe it’s the Islamic invaders buying the book, so they can know their enemy. Their former enemy, anyway.
Or it’s the usual dutiful American foreign exchange students taking a political science class from some aging former denizen of Yorkshire at some once-great institution like Oxford or Cambridge (now living on their reputations, mostly), who thinks what Marx thought actually matters anymore, and whose American students are too stupid not to just look up the short version on Wikipedia.
Or it’s all the Russian expats, yearning for the good old days when you could torture someone in the Lubyanka (makes Abu Ghraib look like a meeting of the Women’s Missionary Society… and you probably don’t even know what it is/was….. and didn’t when the Soviets were still around, either) without having to look over your shoulder for a western reporter. (Those days are coming back, though… good ideas always do, right? Like plutonium seasoning in your food.)
I think the most likely explanation is far more prosaic. Britain has taken on the EU’s ridiculous global warming fear-fantasy, and, demonstrating that intemperate public policy is usually invented in the north temperate zone, British bureaucratic wanna-be-apparatchiks are making firewood harder and harder to get. All that nasty CO2, you know.
And really, really bad ideas burn very brightly, for a short period of time.
I wonder what the carbon offset is for an idea that killed at least 100 million people, conservatively estimated.
I also wonder when my copy of “The Audacity of Hope” is going to get here from half.com. It’s cold around here.