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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.

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kalyn Mcguire | 2/17/2014

    " I love the title. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teri Anderson | 2/14/2014

    " This was an entertaining book which shows how language can be used to promote both an agenda and sloppy thinking. The author is hilarious at times! He points out many logic flaws in the cliched expressions of the political arena. We've had a lot of this pumped into our heads since school. The media continues to pump it in. If you'd like to raise your own awareness for this sort of thing, I highly recommend this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matthew | 2/2/2014

    " Jonah Goldberg is one of my favorite columnists for National Review. His tone is always humorous and his writing is accessible. The Tyranny of Cliches is the first one of his books I have read. The thesis is that the left is so surrounded by people and institutions which reinforce certain political positions that these positions are accepted as unbiased facts rather than policy preferences that may or may not have been thought through thoroughly. It is smart for any kind of movement to instill in its followers mantras, dogmatic assertions of truth that explain the world in a light that furthers one's ideology. It is helpful for anyone who is seriously interested in political debate to recognize these assertions as ideological. Conservatives will primarily benefit from reading this book by being instructed on what the tactic is, when its being used, and how to respond in a way that will flummox their opponents. Leftists probably would also benefit from the read, if any of them were interested in serious political debate. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Allen | 1/21/2014

    " I highly recommend it to anyone, especially liberals. OPEN YOUR MIND! I've read lots of these types of books. I love those that slay sacred liberal cows most of all and this one is a yummy burger. It is quite scholarly and yet full of funny parenthetical statements. I enjoy a book that gives me not only knowledge, but insight. This one is full of it. I read Goldberg's "Liberal Fascism," too. It was a thick, weighty punch to 'liberalism'. Anyone who is on the fence should read this book and be enlightened. You will also be relieved to join us conservatives. Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left, From Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rodger | 1/21/2014

    " An expose of just how Liberals think and trick the masses into believing their falsehoods. Some people are true progressives, they believe that the US would be a better place as we get more and more socialistic. Socialism is their goal. Many Americans who vote for them, don't really want to be socialists, but they are deceived by the cliches exposed in Goldberg's book. I wish all would read it, but alas, the multitudes are convinced that Liberals are smart and conservatives are dumb. (one of the cliches) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dexter | 1/20/2014

    " I liked the book. It's an entertaining read and I learned a lot. There is a more complete review on my blog "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Philip Umbrino | 1/11/2014

    " Hilarious and honest. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Camille | 12/10/2013

    " I think I just read my new favorite book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth Ducote | 12/8/2013

    " Loved it. Goldberg delivers a thoughtful and at times funny look at how liberals (progressives) do cheat in the war of ideas. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 T | 12/4/2013

    " I knew this book was going to be about politics, quite obviously. What I did not see coming was how religion was thrown in there. Unexpected but a interesting play on things. Most surely a thinker and I enjoyed reading Goldberg's take on this. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Seth | 10/1/2013

    " On the occasions that I read him, Goldberg is usually a guilty pleasure. I thought Liberal Fascism was fantastic. But this one was boring and tired. It felt like he strung a bunch of columns together, and nothing was particularly original or insightful. I gave up less than half way through. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve Gross | 9/4/2013

    " Eye-opening and funny at the same time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steve Midzor | 2/27/2013

    " Love Jonah, great sense of humor mixed with exceptional intelligence "

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About the Author
Author Jonah Goldberg

Jonah Goldberg is the author of two New York Times bestsellers, The Tyranny of Clichés and Liberal Fascism. A fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, he is a senior editor at National Review, and his nationally syndicated column appears regularly in over a hundred newspapers across the United States. He is also a weekly columnist for the Los Angeles Times, a member of the board of contributors to USA Today, a Fox News contributor, and a regular member of the “Fox News All-Stars” on Special Report with Bret Baier. He was the founding editor of National Review Online. The Atlantic magazine identified him as one of the top 50 political commentators in America. Among his awards, in 2011 he was named the Robert J. Novak Journalist of the Year at the Conservative Political Action Conference.