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

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

by Jonah Goldberg

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ISBN-13: 9781595231024
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/30/2013
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 502,626
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

JONAH GOLDBERG’S first book, Liberal Fascism, was a numberone New York Times bestseller. Afellow at the American Enterpriseinstitute, he is the founding editorof National Review Online. He isalso a Los Angeles Times columnistand a member of the board ofcontributors at USA Today. He liveswith his family in Washington, DC.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 Ideology 19

2 Pragmatism 39

3 No Labels 59

4 Dogma 66

5 Separation of Church and State 76

6 Power Corrupts 84

7 Diversity 89

8 Social Darwinism 100

9 Slippery Slope 114

10 Dissent 122

11 Social Justice 131

12 Community 147

13 Ten Guilty Men 153

14 Living Constitution 159

15 Let Them Eat Cake 171

16 Violence Never Solves Anything 180

17 Middle Class 190

18 Science 204

19 Youth 220

20 Ounce of Prevention 228

21 The Catholic Church 234

22 Spiritual But Not Religious 256

23 Understanding 261

24 Democracy and Unity 268

Afterword 279

Acknowledgments 289

Notes 291

Index 315

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From the Publisher

“Jonah Goldberg is the voice of the post-Reagan conservative generation.”
—John Podhoretz, editor, Commentary magazine
 
“Everyone says ‘think for yourself’ but very few people do. In The Tyranny of Clichés, Jonah Goldberg reveals how we’ve become trapped by ideas we think we understand but don’t. A must read.”
—Vince Vaughn, actor and producer
 
“Bold, brilliant, and bursting with humor, every page of The Tyranny of Clichés is right on the money. If you thought Liberal Fascism was good, wait till you read The Tyranny of Clichés—it is fantastic!”
—Brad Thor, bestselling author of Full Black
“It might be the best and most fun-to-read primer on the tenets of conservative politics since P. J. O’Rourke’s Parliament of Whores.”
—Mark Hemingway, senior writer, The Weekly Standard
                             
“Whether you love or hate what he has to say, you’ve got to love the way Jonah Goldberg says it.”
—SENATOR MARCO RUBIO (R–FLORIDA), AUTHOR OF AN AMERICAN SON
 
“The puncturing of pretentions and disruption of lazy thinking are extra base hits in journalism. Doing so with humor and originality on every page qualifies Goldberg’s work as a grand slam.”
—FORMER GOVERNOR MITCH DANIELS (R–INDIANA), AUTHOR OF KEEPING THE REPUBLIC

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The Tyranny of Cliches: How Liberals Cheat in the War of Ideas 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book—entertaining, well-researched, and full of great historical tidbits
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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.