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

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

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

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.

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: 144,561
File size: 874 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About 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.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 Ideology 19

2 Pragmatism 39

3 No Labels 59

4 Dogma 66

5 Separation of Church and Stat 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

Acknowledgments 278

Notes 280

Index 304

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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.