An uncompromising look at the dark side of clichés and how liberals use them to camouflage their true beliefs
“We are only as free as the least free among us.” Is that really true, or is it the kind of statement most people will nod at without actually thinking about? Bestselling conservative author Jonah Goldberg calls it a liberal cliché—fundamentally wrong and potentially very dangerous.
According to 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 and 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.
Goldberg exposes the truth behind many of these clichés, including “the living constitution,” “social justice,” and even simple words like “inquisition.” With humor and passion, he dismantles these Trojan horses to show how our thinking is profoundly shaped by deeply ideological concepts and convenient myths that most of us accept uncritically—to our great detriment.
You’ll learn the real history of dangerous liberal clichés, such as:
“Better ten guilty men go free than one innocent man be put behind bars.” So, you won’t mind if those ten guilty men move in next door?“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.“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.
From Gandhi to Marie Antoinette to Madonna, Goldberg explores the context of clichés in our culture and shows how often we rely on them at the expense of serious thinking.
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Let them eat snickers
Rather, grab a snickers. There's good eat'n here.
Really very, very helpful
There are so many libs and the media supplies them with so many factoids that sound real or true. Now you have away to not only "return the serve" down their throats-- which is fun, but will result in little other benefit-- but you can win over the people listening in, who are usually swayed by the left, because everyone they know is a leftist. Every point shared is a weapon to win the moment and begin to save the nation. I'll going to listen again and again.
An Outstanding Book
Another very important book on the rhetoric and behavior of the political left and how they distort debate to their own ends. What Goldberg uncovers about the true history behind political cliches and beliefs is one "everything you thought you knew is wrong" moment after another. It's intellectually invigorating in the best sense of the term, by any measure a very well researched, well written book. Goldberg happens to also be a gifted public speaker and debater, and it comes through in his narration of his own book (unabridged!), where he gives just the right amount of performance and inflection -- and some stifled giggles -- to his own words, making it highly listenable. You really feel like you're sitting across the table from him having a conversation, listening to him work through his points, not just regurgitating his research. Highly recommended.