By JR on Tuesday, May 01, 2012
I have just received my copy of The tyranny of cliches by Jonah Goldberg and I cannot praise it highly enough. Jonah combines an immense amount of knowlege with relentlessly logical thinking and yet presents the result with a lightness of touch that leaves us with at least a smile, if not a chuckle, on almost every page.
Jonah basically sets out to explode typical Leftist pronouncements as the empty and ill-thought-out hokum that they are. He just does not accept any of their customary statements. Leftists who discuss politics with him must find him very disconcerting. They would come out with something that they think is obviously true and inarguable only to find that Jonah concedes none of it and in fact asks some sarcastic questions about it that reveal its hollowness and inanity. Any Leftist to whom facts and logic mattered would be severely shaken by an argument with Jonah
He is particularly strong in his immense knowledge of history. I have written a lot on history in fields that Jonah covers and, like him, have found lots of things that Leftists would hope that no-one ever hears about (like the KKK being Democrats, as a simple example). So I think I know my history pretty well. But Jonah still had a lot to teach me. I was aware, for instance, that in the dispute between Galileo and the church, the Pope and Galileo were and remained good friends. But it took Jonah to enlighten me about what the earth being at the center of things meant to the thinkers of the day. It's a huge surprise.
So most readers of this book will learn something new on every page and will be extremely well-armed to punch holes in stupid Leftist arguments. At the risk of sounding cliche myself, I would say that this book is essential reading for all conservatives. It's $18.45 on Amazon and likely the best $18.45 you ever spent.
Disclaimer: I don't know Jonah personally and nobody paid me to review the book, not even "Big Oil", "Big Pharma" or any of the usual Leftist boogeymen