What is it with the New Republic's online contributors tossing around the term fascist these days? On the Culture (sic) blog, Lee Siegel:
It's a bizarre phenomenon, the blogosphere. It radiates democracy's dream of full participation but practices democracy's nightmare of populist crudity, character-assassination, and emotional stupefaction. It's hard fascism with a Microsoft face.
On the Goal Post blog, where a couple of days ago there was some connection between Peter Crouch and the liberation of Auschwitz:
With the U.S. out of the tournament, many of us may not quite know which flag to wrap ourselves in for the duration of the Cup. (I only know it won't be the flag of the air fiddling, cry baby, possibly fascist, greasy-maned Italians.)
Truly, truly, charming. But then again, the fish rots from the head.
UPDATE: More comments on Siegel here. And Brad DeLong collects pieces of TNR's War on Blogs in one place. And a Kos diarist (a feud with Kos being the excuse for the taunting about fascism) elaborates.