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The tyranny of clichés: how liberals cheat in the war of ideas

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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? Bestselling conservative author Jonah Goldberg calls it a liberal clich-̌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 clichš. Goldberg exposes the truth behind many of these clichš, 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 clichš, 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 clichš in our culture and shows how often we rely on them at the expense of serious thinking.
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