The Tyranny of Clichés: How Liberals Cheat in the War of Ideas (Google eBook)

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Penguin, May 1, 2012 - Political Science - 336 pages
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“An indispensable and enduring field guide to the arguments the left makes—and the ones it tries to avoid.”
The Claremont Review of Books

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 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: He’s a pragmatist, opposed to the ideology and drama 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 King George III and ended slavery. 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 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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User Review  - Naftoli - Goodreads

Once again another great book by Jonah Goldberg! He is an incisive analyst of, well, anything he cares to write about. This is the 2nd book I've read by him; I find his challenges to the status quo to ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Tom Meyer - Goodreads

An interesting and enjoyable book, albeit an uneven one. It's central argument -- that liberals deceive themselves into thinking they have no ideology and that everyone would agree with them, if only ... Read full review


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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.

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