Jonah Goldberg, the man famous for redrawing the political spectrum to equate “liberals” with Nazis, shares an important trait with Conservapedia — a passion for historical revisionism. For both, the war against liberalism is a quest that spans the epochs. There were Jewish liberals in ancient Jerusalem, eager to kill the Son of God; and there were German liberals in the Weimar Republic, eager to kill the Jews. What a difference a few millenia makes!
Curiously, this need to remake all of history to demonize one’s foes is not conservative — it’s Marxist. Politicians have manipulated history for millenia to aggrandize themselves, but it was Marx who first took that impulse to its extreme, in framing his epochal struggle between workers and merchants. How curious that expansive revisionism now undergirds the modern right-wing fringe.