The Tyranny of Clichés

The Tyranny of Clichés[PDF] ✩ The Tyranny of Clichés Author Jonah Goldberg – “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 t “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” The Tyranny MOBI :¿ politicians peddle some of the most radical arguments by hiding them in homespun apho­risms 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 clichés such asOne 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 Pro­gressive 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. Just try to read it with an open mind I've said that over and over and over I know going in thatsadlymany if not most here will decide without even reading it that they disagree with itWhyBecause they've been told what to think they just refuse to realize or admit itDisagree with me Then give yourself a chance and TRY to read this or some other non politically correct non left wing book and THINK about what is thereMany of the most influential and coherent conservative thinkers are former left wing leaders who realized they didn't live what they talkedPlease just try to read it with an open mindPlease I don't watch much TV so I did not know who Mr Goldberg is I guess he is considered to be a sort of right winger But his writing is great and he exposes modern cliches I heard him interviewed on PBS radio and knew I had to read the book I did my normal cautious approach ordered a Kindle sample then got hooked I have been uoting some great lines from the book I did not think that it was a criticism of Liberals unless of course you call all people who have knee jerk reactions to things liberal but there is enough of that running around to fill up the christmas stockings for every political party After I read the book I sent Mr Goldberg an email telling him what I thought of the book and asking why the Liberal schtick I suggested that it might have been a way to sell books He wrote right back and admitted that he gave in to his publishers and allowed them to add the tag line I appreciated his immediate response and candor If you want to come up feeling a bit cynical about modern social and political expressions I suggest this book He may be a right winger but he has a brain and can write Ok so I got an advance copy Really really entertaining book Because Liberal Fascism was such a controversial thesis Jonah couldn't really be as entertaining as he usually is with the writing of that book in order soberly buttress his argument This book is much in the voice of Jonah the columnist and blogger He does a lot of intellectual heavy lifting but he's also free to say uote Caddyshack at length The result is that it might be the best and most fun to read primer on the tenets of conservative politics since PJ O'Rourke's Parliament of Whores I could nit pick a few things to criticize but that's only because he covers an amazing amount of ideological and historical territory in a short book On the whole though it's a righteous and very very entertaining and engaging book Some of the chapters are uite good and examples of them are presently pertinent in USA political speech during the current 2016 primaries The speech that I commonly hear and read every day from both major political parties in the USA Because the politico in power consistently re define and interpret what is socially good or desired And use rhetoric that in the end means little but installing a term or category to do what is best usually with themselves as exceptions to the results Altogether these cliches do negate any real dissent or disagreement from the firm and particular ideologue stance of we know better Disagreement is interpreted now as being stupidity ignorance of emotive understanding fodder for satire mean belittling selfishness for the attitude of the dissenter or just other numerous whole worldview you are with me or against me social engineering hubris Hubris that draws a line at what is best American A rhetoric that truly means nothing but a stoppage for any other view towards actionThis book despite the title does not only detail how liberals cheat And the focus of the book is a smattering of issues that are not solidified into connecting category but it did hold examples Examples of double face and repeat baloney that I hear coming out of politicians' mouths every day Sometimes it is as if within a week someone has redefined a third of the words in Webster's dictionary to convert them into one worldview dogma speakThe chapters on the Catholic Church Violence Never Solves a Thing Diversity Separation of Church and State were accurate Especially on how the Crusades have been taught within schools in the last years Marketing for service non withstanding they were each and every one DEFENSIVE wars And the word Diversity has become nearly the opposite of what diversity's definition in the dictionary is The areas of most diversity in Chicago for instance have almost NO true diversityMy neighborhood has diversity There is a family from every continent on Earth on my block some of which are immigrants Immigrants from two continents that have come to the USA legally and after great sacrifices This was an interesting read because he nails the politician's speech and connotations But I could do less with the snark and the hubris of the author himself It's not over whelming but it is thereBut each and every cliche he mentions does resound every day in this current speechifying Most of them mean nothing in any reality of practical application And can mean the opposite The working people who have never had any advantages or pay outs toward social engineering are tired of it And tired of their efforts being rewarded by chides and arrogance review“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 dangerousAccording 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 clichésGoldberg exposes the truth behind many of these clichés including “the living constitution” “social justice” and even simple words like “inuisition” 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 detrimentYou’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 Certainly much food for thought in this book and eually as many topics to toss around with others who enjoy political discourse I found myself nodding in agreement with some of author Jonah Goldberg's assertions while shaking my head at others No matter what my mind was fully engaged during the reading and I am left with things to think about To my mind that makes this a successful read My guess is this book will be treated in much the same way as Jonah's previous one those who find themselves on the unfavorable side of his arguments will either misunderstand or willfully misconstrue his actual thesis and then go about setting that strawman ablazeI vividly recall a political light bulb switching on for me when I read Kuhn's The Structure of Scientific Revolutions in my freshman year of college neither scientists nor politicians are ever free from prior philosophical commitments and the ones who claim they are tend to be the most dangerous The dogmatic anti dogmatist the creedal unideologue; their insistence that they are simply following the facts to what works is a smokescreen covering up a long list if ideologically prior commitments to which uestions should and should not be asked which outcomes are preferable and which are not in short to which highly selective subset of facts and whose very particular concept of working will be presumedI found myself disappointed that the chapter on Science failed to mention C S Lewis's insightful comments on what he called Bulverism the belief that you can ignore a man's argument if you can simply explain why he made it the assumption which seems to undergird much of the popularization of conservatism as mental disorder research I was similarly let down when the chapter on Understanding failed to offer up Douglas Adams' keen insight into the power of mutual comprehension that the babelfish by removing all barriers to clear communication was responsible for and bloodier wars than anything else in the history of creation Yes this is a book about politics; but one of the things I found most interesting was what the book had to say about religion Goldberg describes himself as a secular Jew but he does a much better job of defending the church and Christianity past and present than many Christians even many in the clergy The basic idea of the book is that many people substitute clichés they’ve heard for any real thinking on a variety of important issues bumper sticker thinking Goldberg elaborates in this paragraph from the chapter ‘Spiritual but Not Religious’ “YOUR KARMA RAN OVER MY DOGMA You’ve no doubt seen the bumper sticker The pun is easy to get but the underlying point is elusive Most of the time like so many bumper stickers it’s a smug declaration of superiority whose appeal derives from the appearance of cleverness rather than the reality of insight” In this chapter he points out that many in our culture have accepted a cliché that Eastern thought is spiritual and less dogmatic Goldberg responds that Buddhism is every bit as doctrinaire as Christianity or Judaism and in his book that’s not a bad thing We all follow doctrines creeds and systems of belief and that’s a good thing There is wealth in collected wisdom in religious and political orthodoxies We are likely to get into trouble when we think we are pioneers finding our own pragmatic and individual truth because we blindly fall into sloppy thought and practices I greatly appreciated his take on other religious clichés beyond ‘I’m not religious; I’m a spiritual’ such as ‘Science vs Religion’ This is the idea that religion had opposed and feared scientific thought through the centuries The key example that is always brought up is the story of Galileo Galileo didn’t oppose religion he wrote books of theology He may have spent 3 days in jail but who clad for the Church to silence and punish the man were not clergy by “jealous lesser scientific colleagues” Goldberg deals with other supposed crimes of the church He points out that the Crusades were not the first stirrings of imperialism but rather a defense response to the military conuests of Islam He responds to Daniel Browns claim in “The Da Vinci Code” that millions were killed by the church in witch hunts with facts that show that thousands were killed still a horrible thing and usually by secular authorities not the church Yes there were injustices committed by the various Inuisitions formed by the church through the years but they were much thoughtful then the secular courts of the time Yes the Spanish Inuisition did use torture but in two percent of the cases The Church has through the centuries acted contrary to the teachings of Christ but it has confessed as such But the leaders of the French Revolution acted true to their secular beliefs and killed people during the few years of The Terror than were killed in 300 years of the Inuisition Some in the church did act in barbaric ways in a barbaric age but Goldberg argues that the church was not an anchor holding back the progress of Western Civilization but rather a sail Of course the bulk of the book is devoted to politics but even then theological ideas are important The clichés that “Nothing was every solved by violence” and “Peace Love and Understanding” have been presented as Christian ideas but if they are presented apart from the Christian idea of human sinfulness Goldberg clearly shows they lead to folly Goldberg presents serious issues but illustrations from “Animal House” “30 Rock” and “Monty Python” keep a lighter tone and easy page turning This book probably won’t be used as a college text as Goldberg’s previous work “Liberal Fascism” has been But it’s still insightful and a little fun I enjoyed this book almost as much as I enjoyed Liberal Fascism I will be reviewing it in detail on my blog shortly I recently tried re reading a popular political book from a few years ago that I greatly enjoyed at the time Much to my shock I discovered very little of the book still applied to the world around me I found it so full of names and events that that no longer mattered to me that I realized outside of use as a history the book had lost almost all its relevance I thus started this book which has been on my to read list a few years now semi hesitantly Thankfully I was than pleasantly surprised when it remained interesting and relevant In fact I'm bumping it up a star for it The difference I suspect is that The Tyranny of Cliches at its heart deals with ideas and languages No references to popular politicians date it because any reference circles back to the idea being proposed by the politician As opposed to the other book which primarily dealt with politicians and parties not policies Besides relevance I liked how thoughtful I found the discussions Goldberg clearly did his research I learned a great deal And while the front cover might bring a pang of disgust to my heart the content inside did not I won't say he goes out of his way to treat liberals respectfully but he does engage with the language being used and the origins of the language and ideas proposed by liberals in a way I found interesting Many of the cliches he attacks I perhaps have used myself or at least accepted at face value without thinking twice about them I think I shall have to give this one a re read someday perhaps in physical form Did enjoy it as an audio book however It kept me engaged throughout

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  • 336 pages
  • The Tyranny of Clichés
  • Jonah Goldberg
  • English
  • 22 March 2016
  • 9781595231024