The Tyranny of Clichés: How Liberals Cheat in the War of Ideas

The Tyranny of Clichés: How Liberals Cheat in the War of Ideas

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by Jonah Goldberg
     
 

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The bestselling author of Liberal Fascism dismantles the progressive myths that are passed-off as wisdom in our schools, media and politics.


According to Jonah Goldberg, if the greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist, the greatest trick liberals ever pulled was convincing themselves that

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The bestselling author of Liberal Fascism dismantles the progressive myths that are passed-off as wisdom in our schools, media and politics.


According to Jonah Goldberg, if the greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist, the greatest trick liberals ever pulled was convincing themselves that they’re not ideological.


Today, “objective” journalists, academics and “moderate” politicians peddle some of the most radical arguments by hiding them in homespun aphorisms.  Barack Obama casts himself as a disciple of reason and sticks to one refrain above all others: he’s a pragmatist, opposed to the ideology and dogma of the right, solely concerned with “what works.” And today’s liberals follow his lead, spouting countless clichés such as:

  • One man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter: Sure, if the other man is an idiot. Was Martin Luther King Jr. a terrorist? Was Bin Laden a freedom fighter?
  • Violence never solves anything: Really? It solved our problems with the British empire and ended slavery.
  • Better ten guilty men go free than one innocent man suffer: So you won’t mind if those ten guilty men move next door to you?
  • Diversity is strength: Cool.The NBA should have a quota for midgets and one-legged point guards!
  • We need complete separation of church and state: In other words all expressions of faith should be barred from politics …except when they support liberal programs.

With humor and passion, Goldberg dismantles these and many other Trojan Horses that liberals use to cheat in the war of ideas. He shows that the grand Progressive tradition of denying an ideological agenda while pursuing it vigorously under the false-flag of reasonableness is alive and well.  And he reveals how this dangerous game may lead us further down the path of self-destruction.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Conservative columnist Goldberg (Liberal Fascism) takes on those who, in his view, regurgitate popular nostrums as an alternative to conducting informed discussion. The wide-ranging narrative covers such topics as ideology vs. pragmatism; separation of church and state; the quest for “diversity”; social Darwinism vs. social justice; and the “Living Constitution.” Though Goldberg’s obvious purpose is to hammer liberal rhetoric, he relies on overstatement to clinch his points. Are we actually “almost at the point where we have a constitutional crisis if a kid says ‘God bless you’ to a sneezing public-school teacher”? Such hyperbole detracts from the legitimate concerns he raises, such as that sloppy language can lead to sloppy thinking or the easy acceptance of extreme ideas. While commitment to a partisan outlook does not necessarily invalidate the product, the observer of today’s political whirligig will regard this book as a touch one-sided. Agent: Jay Mandel, WME. (May)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101572351
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/01/2012
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
205,192
File size:
874 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Jonah Goldberg’s first book, Liberal Fascism, was a number one New York Times bestseller. He is a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and the founding editor of National Review Online. He is also a Los Angeles Times columnist, a Fox News contributor, and a member of the board of contributors at USA Today. The Atlantic named him one of America’s fifty most influential commentators. He lives with his family in Washington, DC.

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The Tyranny of Cliches: How Liberals Cheat in the War of Ideas 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Shylock37 More than 1 year ago
Goldberg does a very nice and cogent job is laying out arguments I hear from liberal colleagues and friends quite frequently. It is a very detailed work which efficiently explicates how asinine and foolish these arguments really are.
judyengel More than 1 year ago
Anything Jonah puts his pen to is worth reading. "Liberal Fascism" is one of the best history books I have ever read about Hitler/WWII/Fascism.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Left will hate this book.
UncleDennis More than 1 year ago
Mr. Goldberg (or recent fame from his Liberal Fascism book) comes back with a really entertaining look at how the Left lives off of cliches in their approach to policymaking, voter "informing" and in denigrating all other outsiders. Yes, a conservative can be very funny when writing about political topics (he's not alone on this). A very worthwhile read, and broken up well so it works well as a lunchtime distraction with chapters of manageable length.
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a very good read, that the left will hate.
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*sigh
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Another right wing fascist lier.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Goldberg is one of the very worst right wing hacks. What is pathetic is he is obviously a victim of projection. Everything he accuses the left of doing is exactly what republicans do. A complete waste of time and paper.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another standard right-wing polemic that primarily serves to waste paper and ink. The only thought-provoking thing in this book is the question it raises of whether Goldberg is actively lying or simply lacks the brainpower or intellectual honesty to actually comprehend the ideas he so clumsily tries to smear. If you like strawmen and tribal reinforcement, by all means go ahead. Otherwise, you'll get more meaningful social commentary from the Twilight series.