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 (author) Jonah Goldberg

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  • Publisher: Sentinel
  • Format: Paperback | 326 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 211mm x 25mm | 318g
  • Publication date: 20 May 2013
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1595231021
  • ISBN 13: 9781595231024
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 322,372

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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 apho-risms. 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 cliches 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 Pro-gressive 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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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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"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""Cliches, "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 "Whether you love or hate what he has to say, you've got to love the way Jonah Goldberg says it."--Senator Marco Rubio, author of "An American Son" "Bold, brilliant, and bursting with humor, every page of "The Tyranny of Cliches "is right on the money. If you thought "Liberal""Fascism "was good, wait till you read "The""Tyranny of Cliches"--it is fantastic!"--Brad Thor, bestselling author of "Full Black"