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.
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.
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:
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.
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his insecurity has made him a uniquely pathetic figure in contemporary conservative thought: He aspires to be taken seriously as a public intellectual, but he is the world’s laziest thinker.Read Full Review of The Tyranny of Cliches
Goldberg uses scholarly history, damning logic, pop culture, and laugh-out-loud humor to connect the dots that expose the Left as the vacuous, dishonest, State-addicted mercenaries they really areRead Full Review of The Tyranny of Cliches
it’s quite a feat to write a polemic about byzantine ideological disputes and political semantics and make it thoroughly enjoyable.Read Full Review of The Tyranny of Cliches
Goldberg did the work. To use a timeworn journalistic cliché, Goldberg "got his hands dirty," which seems to be a lost concept in contemporary journalism. In doing so, to employ another cliché, Goldberg makes it look easy.Read Full Review of The Tyranny of Cliches
A double-barreled cliché is in order here: on this fundamental question of what politics is for, The Tyranny of Clichés lets conservatives eat cake and have it, too.Read Full Review of The Tyranny of Cliches
Jonah Goldberg’s engaging and cant-free second book is not making an argument in itself; it is trying to facilitate argument that otherwise would be stifled by liberal cant constructed on a shaky foundation of self-satisfaction and ornamented to a fare-thee-well by intellectual conceit.Read Full Review of The Tyranny of Cliches
it is a quick, entertaining and informative book; full of useful arguments, insights and food for thought.Read Full Review of The Tyranny of Cliches
good information, good but not breezy presentation of said information, and it will be good ammunition for people tired of listening to the same regurgitated talking points at holiday dinners – which is, of course, a cliche all its ownRead Full Review of The Tyranny of Cliches
Thanks in no small part to Jonah Goldberg, your friends might have to start looking for new cliches by the time he’s finished. His new book The Tyranny of Cliches (Hereafter referred to as TOC) is little less than a dismantling of these annoying non-arguments bandied about by our friends on the other side. He also wisely reminds conservatives they can fall into the same pitfall.Read Full Review of The Tyranny of Cliches
Jonah says it so well in his book – he takes a multitude of liberal cliches and disarms them for you. And he does it with wit and passion. It is small wonder he is so admired in the conservative blogosphere.Read Full Review of The Tyranny of Cliches
I was able to enjoy and appreciate Jonah’s inquiry into the intellectual fallacies that liberals use to claim the moral high ground and shut down serious discourse.Read Full Review of The Tyranny of Cliches
All in all, I am very glad I purchased this book...With Jonah’s humor dotting it, it’s far from a dry read, and it provides a wealth of information.Read Full Review of The Tyranny of Cliches
While Goldberg is certainly not the first conservative pundit to point out the brevity and inadequacy of these kinds of liberal arguments, his book takes painstaking efforts to actually work through every tacky cliché. While these represent his personal pet peeves, they certainly ring true for most readers.Read Full Review of The Tyranny of Cliches
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