“Great book! Highly recommend for anyone who is interested in learning more about how dishonest Liberals (I don't mean classical liberalism) are to themselves and others.”see full review » see other reviews »
“Very amusing and a delicious rampage through fields of sacred cows.”Yossarian Pilgrim wrote this review Tuesday, February 19, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Goldberg's previous book (he is an editor and columnist at the National Review) was Liberal Fascism, in which he discusses the true policies and motives of the left. In this book he continues the trend where discusses political cliches used by the left and what they really mean by them and what they hope to achieve through them. What they hope to achieve is to stifle argument, trot out the cliche and the argument is over. What they mean by them is, contrary to all reliable evidence, the left is good, and everyone else is purely evil.”David the Librarian wrote this review Wednesday, January 23, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Great book! Highly recommend for anyone who is interested in learning more about how dishonest Liberals (I don't mean classical liberalism) are to themselves and others. ”Gerhard Peters wrote this review Thursday, November 15, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I like when folks expose liberals for the phonies they are. I also like when folks expose republican/conservatives for the fools they are. Both parties are basically the same. ”Patrick Casey wrote this review Sunday, July 1, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Jonah Goldberg is a terrific writer, entertaining and engaging. His book Liberal Fascism is a must read. So is this book. He’s ranting against the myriad of clichés that are used by both the left and right that are nothing more than pithy hogwash, have a tyrannical hold on our ideological agendas and method to avoid arguments, not make them.
He starts with a story of a speech he gave at a college campus, where at the end a student rose up and said, “Mr. Goldberg, I may disagree with what you have to say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” Goldberg writes, “Who gives a rat’s ass?” (This line is usually attributed to Voltaire, who never said it). As if mouthing this cliché gives you some type of superiority.
Goldberg dissects the logical gaps in many other clichés, such as:
“It is better that ten men go free than one innocent man go to jail.”
“Diversity is strength.” "The next time some academics tell you how important diversity is, ask how many Republicans there are in their sociology department." Thomas Sowell
“Violence never solved anything.”
“One man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter.”
“Hindsight is 20/20.” Historians don’t even agree. History doesn’t have sides, but historians do.
“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Usually made in defense of medical expenses, but it’s just not true. Prevention is far more costly. Goldberg points out that Benjamin Franklin said it in his role of the first fire insurance company in America, which was making pounds of profits from other people’s prevention.
And of course, “Social justice.”
As usual, Goldberg’s has done his homework on the history of all of these clichés, who said them first, etc. It’s a fascinating history applied to our present-day cultural battles. Highly recommended!
“A good, quick and enjoyable read. It has a fun reading style with just enough good humor (e.g. Caddyshack references) to appeal to a low brow -- or is it Lowenbrau? -- guy like me.
Makes some very good points, but in some ways it is as good for identifying sources to review as it is in arguing it's points. In a couple areas I suspect I'll quibble, but for the breadth and speed of coverage, it's very good.”