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The Tyranny of Clichés: How Liberals Cheat in the War of Ideas | [Jonah Goldberg]

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

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.
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Publisher's Summary

“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? Best-selling 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.”

“One man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter.”

“Violence never solves anything.”

“Diversity is strength.”

“We need complete separation of church and state.”

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.

©2012 Jonah Goldberg (P)2012 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“Straw man down! In the PC prison yard of accepted political thought, Jonah Goldberg has just shivved progressivism. Bold, brilliant, and bursting with humor, every page of The Tyranny of Clichés is right on the money. If you thought Liberal Fascism was good, wait till you read The Tyranny of Clichés—it is fantastic!” (Brad Thor, New York Times best-selling author)

“What can one say to the self-proclaimed ‘independent’ who never has nor ever will vote other than Democratic; or to the wise soul suggesting, of any conflict at all, ‘the truth must lie somewhere in between?’ Mr. Goldberg reminds us that one must stand up and demand of the muddled and supine either an absolute declaration of their principles and acknowledgment of the results of actions having flowed therefrom or a straightforward admission of their intransigence in refusing a concise reply.” (David Mamet, New York Times best-selling author)

“Everyone says ‘think for yourself’ but very few people do. In The Tyranny of Clichés, 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)

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    Dorothy Maryville, TN, United States 09-04-12
    Dorothy Maryville, TN, United States 09-04-12 Member Since 2008
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    What made the experience of listening to The Tyranny of Clichés the most enjoyable?

    I love Audible books because life is so buzy I seldom have time to sit and read. However, I can Listen and do other activities and still enjoy books. The Tyranny of Cliches provides the Historical content behind the slogans and their idealogically meaning. You need to know History in order to put the present in focus.


    What does Jonah Goldberg bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Jonah Goldberg's reading of the book provides his inflections of humor, confidence of the historical content, and exasperation of how these cliches are so often repeated as if they have weight .


    Any additional comments?

    I am going to also buy the paper copy of the book so I can phyically highlight the factual information. Confuse a Liberal with facts and information. Also, This is one book I want to keep in my library for when my sons go to college in the future I can combat the gobbly gook from their peers and teachers.

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    V. Fried Lima, OH 08-20-12
    V. Fried Lima, OH 08-20-12

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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have to hear this several more times to get all that is in this book. The massive references to other works indicate how well read this author is. I heard about Jonah on Crane Durham's "Nothing but Truth." I am impressed with how Jonah connects dots and how he rewinds history to give the original sense of cliches used (and abused). It is cause to slow the track down to catch all of the information.

    Most of all, he does a great job in showing how such cliches bring useful discussions to a halt, if the listener is unprepared. Way to go Mr Goldberg!!


    Have you listened to any of Jonah Goldberg’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    None, yet


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Thanks for the respectful discussion of Christianity. Not something heard much these days.


    Any additional comments?

    I will need to look for more of this man's work.

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    Douglas R. Pratt northern VA 08-07-12
    Douglas R. Pratt northern VA 08-07-12 Member Since 2007

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    "Splendid. Much better with Jonah reading it."

    This is not the kind of brilliant, seminal book that Liberal Fascism was. It's a lot more fun, and listening to Jonah read it is a delight. He brings it to life. I bought six copies for my high school debate team.

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    Where does The Tyranny of Clichés rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The best I've heard so far. So much information and entertainment in one package can't be healthy. It's like maple bacon donuts.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Jonah bringing wit and humor to things that tend to make people yell at each other.


    What about Jonah Goldberg’s performance did you like?

    He has a voice that could make a wolverine purr.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The chapter about youth politics.


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    Peter United States 07-02-12
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    Jonah has a great voice make this an outstanding choice


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    Well researched I learned alot


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    libs read this please

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    Robert Fairbanks HONOLULU, HI, US 04-21-13
    Robert Fairbanks HONOLULU, HI, US 04-21-13 Member Since 2005
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    If Author Goldberg had hired a professional to do the reading, this could have been a five. As it is, he clips and swallows words and compresses too many of them into blurs of sound. Conveying ideas audibly is not easy, and Goldberg hasn't a clue.


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