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May 16

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

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 that they are not ideological. Today, “objective” journalists, academics and “moderate” politicians peddle some of the most radical arguments by hiding them in homespun aphorisms such as “one man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter” and “violence never solved anything.”

Goldberg examines the truth behind many such clichés, including “the living constitution,” “social justice,” and even simple words like “inquisition.” With humor and passion, he dismantles these and many other 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.

Jonah Goldberg, a Visiting Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, is the Founding Editor of National Review Online. He is also a Los Angeles Times columnist, a Fox News contributor, and a member of the board of contributors to USA Today. His first book, Liberal Fascism, was a number one New York Times bestseller.

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Jonah Goldberg
Author and Visiting Fellow, American Enterprise Institute

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