It seems that Jonah Goldberg has wanked himself into a corner.
As for the criticism that I equate statism with fascism, I owe a longer response to this question as it comes up so often. But a short answer is no, I don't think statism is synonymous with fascist.
Uh-huh. Let's recall for a moment the definition of "fascism" from his dumbass book:
Fascism is a religion of the state. It assumes the organic unity of the body politic and longs for a national leader attuned to the will of the people. It is totalitarian in that it views everything as political and holds that any action by the state is justified to achieve that common good. It takes responsibility for all aspects of life, including our health and well-being, and seeks to impose uniformity of thought and action, whether by force or through regulation and social pressure. Everything, including the economy and religion, must be aligned with its objectives. Any rival identity is part of the "problem" and therefore defined as the enemy.
This ought to be fun. He'd have better luck trying to thread a fart through the eye of a needle.
For extra giggles in this same post he tries to explain how Edmund Burke isn't a fascist and only manages the feat by forgetting what he said fascism actually was, which is exactly the sort of moronic predicament you get yourself stuck in once you've decided to dabble in ahistorical history.
If Jonah Goldberg were any more of an ass, he'd have Jesus Christ on his back on the way into Jerusalem.
UPDATE. Heh. Jonanism.