Well, the "historical Revisionist" Columbia University Prof. Harry Elmer Barnes
memorably wrote about the totalitarian-liberals
Prof. Barnes was talking about warmongers like Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Henry Morgenthau, Jr. and many others. He concentrated on Orwellian aspects in historiography and journalism and was particularly focused upon the War-Guilt question for both of the World Wars.
It is important to note that Barnes was mostly a historical
Revisionist, not a Holocaust Revisionist, although he did express some doubts about the concentration camp propaganda and homicidal gas-chambers in some of his later writings.
Prof. Barnes was mentioned by Holocaust Theologian Prof. Deborah Lipstadt
in some of her works, and called him not just a historical Revisionist but a Holocaust Revisionist--and therefore a Holocaust Denier
Like Prof. Charles A. Beard before him, Barnes was an old school type of Liberal--what Americans might call a Libertarian today. Libertarians can be Right-wing or Left-Wing.
Prof. Charles A. Beard
was actually the leader of the Progressive school of Historiography at Columbia in the early 20th century, which necessarily drew upon Marxist thought, although Beard was not a Marxist himself. At the time of Beard's scholarship, Marx was one of the few historians who actually saw history in terms of economic forces and not other things like Thomas Carlyle's Great Man theory of History.
Beard wrote the classic An Economic Interpretation of the Constitution of the United States
(1913), which is a classic. Beard's thesis was that the Founding Fathers were not demigods but were motivated by ordinary economic rationales and not necessary Divine guidance, as per traditional American historiography which was hugely in terms of (American) Exceptionalism.
Since Charles Beard was an academic historian who had "authentic" Liberal or Progressive credentials, he made a formidable critic of Franklin Roosevelt and his scheme to involve the United States into the Second War War. For this Beard was consigned to the Orwellian Memory Hole and his work almost forgotten. The Neoconservative (former Communist) Prof. Richard Hofstadter
rebranded much of the works of American historians Charles Beard and Frederick Jackson Turner and recast American Exceptionalism into a mythology that serves the cause of what Prof. Barnes easily would have called totalitarian-Liberalism, even if advocated by Conservatives such as George Bush, Jr.
The late Prof. Hofstadter wrote a famous essay basically arguing that American historical has been characterized by anti-intellectualism and the "paranoid style." This forum's former Administrator and lead moderator Dr. Nick Terry, hails from the UK, and he cited Hofstadter's essays on not a few occasions as I recall. I suppose it is tempting for Europeans to seen Americans as crackpots.
Btw, Hofstadter's widow married Theodore H. White
, a Jewish historian and journalist who covered the Nuremberg War Crimes Trials, and wrote the classic Thunder Out of China
(1946) which lionized the Communist Chinese. White was a fierce critics of Senator Josephy McCarthy, where the term McCarthyite comes from, because the Senator notably criticized American policies in China and after World War II, and investigated Communist agents and fellow-travelers in the U.S. State Department and Department of Defense. White also was a Kennedy Liberal who coined the term "Camelot," to describe that those times, which is why I referred to him in the long thread on the Kennedy assassination on this forum not so long ago. American Liberalism never really recovered from the Kennedy assassination, as I have argued elsewhere.
It is not Black or White, and I never said that it wasn't complicated. That is why a deep study of (real) History--and associated discussion and debate--is so important. Otherwise we get George Santayana's
scolding admonition: "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."
In this week's Takismag
, the Online Paleoconservative news magazine, editor Jim Goad has an interesting article on Totalitarian Liberals (he calls them ethical retards
instead). Unfortunately, instead of billionaires and plutocrats this article mainly concerns low-level punks like the so-called Antifa (the Anti-Fascists), but the journalistic establish is fully implicated. And today, instead of Leftists killing "Fascists" with folk-songs and Woody Guthrie's acoustic guitar, they throw frozen milkshakes and use crowbars at people they think are engaging in Wrongthink. In an odd twist, some of these supposed Fascists are more like Asian twinks than Storm Troopers. I suggest that the readers of this forum read Mr. Goad's new article: