The reason I know that the book is a serious argument with important points to make is that I have read an early version of the manuscript and provided some feedback. I don’t want to get into the details until the book comes out, but it is a serious work of intellectual and political history. You may not agree with all of Jonah’s points or arguments but he draws out some fascinating aspects of history and makes some pretty compelling arguments about the faulty nature of the conventional wisdom surrounding fascism past and present. I learned things reading the book and I have a Masters in History and consider myself pretty knowledgeable about this area.
In fact, in the past I have often teased Jonah about the work he was putting into the book. Why was he putting himself through the work and stress of writing so serious and substantial a book when he could very easily crank out a humorous collection of essays massaged into the kind of current events/political opinion book that seem to be a dime a dozen these days.
Perhaps, this is why I get cranky when people attack him before the book is even out. It ticks me off when book like this, and Ramesh’s previously, get dismissed before they get a chance to prove their worth.
So all I am saying is give the book a chance before you dismiss it. Disagree all you want, but make an intelligent argument if you want to be taken seriously. I will try to do the same.