Jonah Goldberg, author of the book Liberal Fascism argues that the publication of Looking Backward signifies a singular event that, more than any other, marks the beginning of what would become the Progressive Era. 
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- (2006) Putting Ideas to Work: A Practical Introduction to Political Thought. Rowman & Littlefield, 154.
- (2008) Liberal Fascism. Random House, 215. “It's hard to fix a specific starting date for the progressive race for the Great Society, but a good guess might be 1888, the year Edward Bellamy's novel Looking Backward burst on the American scene. One of the most influential works of progressive propaganda ever conceived.”