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

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An uncompromising look at the dark side of cliches 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 cliche -- 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 such as ''Violence never solved anything.''

Goldberg exposes the truth behind many such cliches, 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 cliches, such as:

--''It's better ten guilty men go free than one innocent man be put behind bars.''
--''One man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter.''
--''I don't agree with what you have to say, but I will defend your right to say it.''
--''Those who sacrifice their liberty for security deserve neither.''
--''Politics stops at the water's edge.''

From Gandhi to Marie Antoinette to Madonna, he explores the context of cliches in our culture and shows how often we rely on them at the expense of serious thinking.

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About the Author:

JONAH GOLDBERG's first book, Liberal Fascism, was a #1 New York Times bestseller. A visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, he is the founding editor of National Review Online and has twice been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. He is also a Los Angeles Times columnist, a Fox News contributor, and a member of the board of contributors at USA Today. He lives with his family in Washington, DC.

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''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 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, New York Times bestselling 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 bestselling author

''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

''The puncturing of pretensions and disruption of lazy thinking are extra base hits in journalism. Doing so with humor and originality on every page qualifies Goldberg's work as a grand slam.'' --Mitch Daniels, Governor of Indiana, author of Keeping the Republic

''Whether you love or hate what he has to say, you've got to love the way Jonah Goldberg says it.'' --Marco Rubio, US Senator

''Jonah Goldberg is the voice of the post-Reagan conservative generation.'' --John Pedhoretz, editor Commentary magazine

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