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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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“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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    Christopher BETHESDA, MD, United States 06-13-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Thought provoking and funny"

    Jonah Goldberg reads his own book that takes the reader on a masterfully reasoned deconstruction of common liberal ideas and arguments. Not only does the book present numerous well formed and presented arguments against liberal sentiments commonly (and incorrectly) held to be true, but he also provides tons of history and academic papers backing up his argument. Also, Goldberg weaves in quite a bit of humor and geeky movie references to keep things entertaining in the midst of all the serious arguments.

    If you lean hard left, you will probably hate this book. Goldberg absolutely shreds some liberal positions, sometimes several times over. This will either frustrate you or you will totally disagree at such a fundamental level that the book will not be at all enjoyable.

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    Tamara Olympia, WA, United States 05-14-12
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    "I enjoyed it...and I'm a Democrat!!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Tyranny of Clichés the most enjoyable?

    I found the author's voice to work extremely well in reading his audiobook. (Unfortunately, there are a few authors that have given such poor readings that I couldn't help but wish a professional audio narrator read it instead.)


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Tyranny of Clichés?

    I enjoyed the fact that there were times Goldberg had natural laughter as he shared his opinion. Makes you feel like you're a part of the "conversation."


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

    His warmth and excitement about this material - there were many times that it felt like I was in a classroom listening to this.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    I absolutely hated his last book, "Liberal Fascism," but he has completely redeemed himself with this book. It helps not to count an author out - check out other audio productions of their books. You might wind up very surprised.


    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    buffaloboy Buffalo, NY 05-18-12 Member Since 2003

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    "Worthwhile for both liberals and conservatives"

    If you are a regular reader of Jonah Goldberg's work for National Review (as I am), there isn't a lot in here that you've never heard before. But it is all collected in one place and nicely bound up with a bow.

    I wouldn't call it an anti-liberal screed, which some books by conservative authors have an unfortunate tendency to become, so I feel comfortable recommending it to non-conservatives as well as true believers. If you're a liberal and take this author's comments to heart, even if they don't convert you to The Right Side of History (TM) you'll at least be able to give a better argument than just spouting a cliche and thinking you've won the College Bowl of argumentation.

    As a narrator, Jonah did a good job, with only one problem - when he's giving an aside, he drops his voice to a nearly inaudible murmur - so when driving, those parts get lost. Fix that and I'd give him 5 stars for narration.

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    Susan A. Gordon Lothian, MD United States 05-08-12 Member Since 2005

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

    . Recommended this book to many friends, because it is informative and really funny


    Which character – as performed by Jonah Goldberg – was your favorite?

    Reminds me of good college lectures.


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

    References to Monty Python. (Yes, I know the words to “I’m a Lumberjack.”)


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    Joseph APO, AE, United States 07-17-12
    Joseph APO, AE, United States 07-17-12 Member Since 2006

    I'm travel alot and auido books are my moble home. I seem to be hooked on them and there is rarely a time that there not on for me.

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    "You can judge this one by its cover"

    This book is a good discussion on background clichés that form most of our life and culture. However I must warn you it is pretty politically conservative or American right. It tends to toward a preach to the choir style of book.
    is a good, clean romp through what we take for granted. It discusses the background ideas that build everything that "we know" or talk about or all the small details that make up arguments that nobody actually makes.
    The author is an excellent reader and makes the book a lot more interesting. It is however one of those books that you already know whether you like it or not. If you enjoy political conversations or talk radio or anything like that then you probably will like it. If you don't then you probably won't however it is good data that anybody can use. So I recommend it.

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    Would you listen to The Tyranny of Clichés again? Why?

    Yes! Jonah is a great reader of his own work.
    The content is amazing, and I feel that everything I was ever taught was just wrong and biased.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Tyranny of Clichés?

    The explanation of Social Justice is brilliant.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    The cliche that "understanding breeds peace" is so wrong.
    I notice in my life that the people I fight the most are the ones that I understand the best.


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    LA Stillwater, OK United States 07-21-13 Member Since 2012

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    What made the experience of listening to The Tyranny of Clichés the most enjoyable?

    It's a fun book. It provides good examples and highlights the ridiculous nature of much of today's political rhetoric.


    Which character – as performed by Jonah Goldberg – was your favorite?

    Jonah is my favorite.


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

    Yes, the book is quite entertaining.


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    Noah OAKVILLE, MO, United States 06-17-13
    Noah OAKVILLE, MO, United States 06-17-13 Member Since 2012

    I am a news and politics Junky and an aspiring history buff. I love to read, especially books that make me think.

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    "Terrific book with perfect narration."

    The Tyranny Of Cliches artfully tears down many of the straight off the teleprompter no thinking necessary talking points of the institutional left. Some of my favorite chapters were one "Social Justice" and the "Living Constitution". Goldberg skillfully does something that many other talented conservative writers and talkers can't seem to get right, point out the idiocy of progressive ideas and the mediocrity of the results of said ideas without coming across hateful or screechy. The narration of the book truly canot be overstated, as a long time listener of audiobooks a bad narrator really ruins the whole thing. Since the author is reading the book the ideas with in it come as across very conversational and easy to listen to. I wholly endorse this book for both long time critical thinkers and new comers to the world of political ideologies.

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    What did you love best about The Tyranny of Clichés?

    Goldberg's relentless search for truth


    What did you like best about this story?

    Although non-fiction, there are innumerable 'stories', all with great insight.


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

    No, but I can't wait for his next book.


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

    At the very end of the book, his personal account of the struggle to write the book after his brother died, is moving and inspiring.


    Any additional comments?

    The author displays a breadth of knowledge, combined with intense research, that makes his analyses quite convincing. Although I was familiar with nearly all his topics, I learned a lot I did not know and was reminded of a lot I had forgotten. Leftist ideologues will hate this book, though I doubt they will get through the first chapters. But this is not simply a book written by a conservative selling his viewpoint. Instead, Jonah Goldberg proceeds from one over-simplifying, or distorting, cliche to another, dissecting them with keen insight and wit. I was relieved that this was not another conservative gospel. I listened to this book at the height of the 2012 presidential elections, and I began to wince every time I heard the candidates refer to the "middle class." You will know what I mean if you listen to or read this bood. Of the 200 books I have listened to from Audible.com, this is unsurpassed.

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    Greg Ogden, UT, United States 09-25-12 Member Since 2012
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    Jonah hits it right on. I appreciate the way he narrates, easy to follow and listen.

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