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  • Holder's Race Card

    04/16/2014 4:33:33 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies ^ | April 16, 2014 | Jonah Goldberg
    Last week, the president's lap dog blew his dog whistle. In case you didn't know, in politics a "dog whistle" is coded language that has a superficial meaning for everybody, but also a special resonance for certain constituencies. Using dog whistles lets politicians deny they meant to say anything nasty, bigoted or controversial. Speaking to the National Action Network the day after a testy but racially irrelevant exchange with Republican members of a House panel, Attorney General Eric Holder said, "The last five years have been defined ... by lasting reforms even in the face of unprecedented, unwarranted, ugly and...
  • The Value of Everything: Why the price of things are a mystery ISN'T a mystery

    04/06/2014 7:10:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/06/2014 | Jonah Goldberg
    Prices are storehouses of knowledge.​ One person whose grammar is impeccable except on the rare occasions when it isn’t is Kevin Williamson. He had a great piece the other day on the mystery of prices. I loved his opening sentence: “Prices are a mystery, and why that is is a mystery.” This reminded me of a great line from this wonderful video essay on Hayek’s “On the Use of Knowledge in Society” over at the Marginal Revolution University. It’s arguably Hayek’s most important contribution — which is saying a lot. It’s like saying Michael Jordan’s best slam dunk or Bill...
  • Leland Yee, the Kochs, and the Press

    03/29/2014 10:31:00 AM PDT · by rktman · 19 replies
    Nationalreview ^ | 3/28/2014 | Jonah Goldberg
    Leland Yee, a Democratic state senator and candidate for secretary of state in California, has been a longtime champion of gun control. This week he was arrested on numerous charges, including conspiracy to deal firearms without a license and conspiracy to illegally transport firearms. Yee, a prominent foe of assault weapons, allegedly took bribes to set up a meeting between an undercover agent and an international arms dealer to broker the sale of automatic weapons and shoulder-fired missiles. A lengthy FBI affidavit also describes Yees ties to a Chinese triad and his desire to help out Islamist militants.
  • The Limitations of Capitalism

    03/02/2014 11:05:06 AM PST · by re_tail20 · 14 replies
    National Review ^ | Jonah Goldberg
    Dear Reader (Including the growing number of you who dont want this newsletter to be a safe place where you can share things), Heres something I dont say everyday: Capitalism aint all that. Dont get me wrong. Im still the artist behind the spoken-word album, Capitalism Is My Bag, Baby. But heres the problem. Because most people on the right love and respect capitalism and pretty much everyone on the right feels the very real need to defend capitalism from the Occupiers, technocrats, sans-culottes, nudgers, equalizers, faux pragmatists, and other members of the Social Justice League, we dont spend enough...
  • Nazis: Still Socialists. Were the Nazis more like today's Democrats or Republicans?

    02/28/2014 9:05:27 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    National Review ^ | 02/28/2014 | Jonah Goldberg
    This feels like old times. Across the pond at the Telegraph, Tim Stanley and Daniel Hannan are having a friendly disagreement on the question of whether the Nazis were in fact socialists. I dont usually wade into these arguments anymore, but Ive been writing a lot on related themes over the last few weeks and I couldnt resist. Not surprisingly, I come down on Hannans side. I could write a whole book about why I agree with Dan, except I already did. So Ill be more succinct. Fair warning, though, I wrote this on a plane trip back from...
  • Fascism and Socialism: Still Not Opposites

    02/22/2014 2:49:10 PM PST · by Sherman Logan · 98 replies
    National Review Online ^ | FEBRUARY 22, 2014 | Jonah Goldberg
    The Eurasian movement of Putin and his allies draws from both Nazism and Stalinism. Dear Reader (Including the trenchcoat-wearing FCC minister with breath like hes been sucking a urinal cake looking over my shoulder, tapping his BIC pen on his glass eye, and sighing every time I write something he doesnt like), Ive got to bang out this newsletter pretty quickly. Im sitting in a too-small fake wicker chair at the coffee shop at the Broadmoor (one of my favorite hotels, btw). The time difference here puts me two hours behind at six in the morning. Plus, I dont want...
  • Americas Self-Appointed Ministers of Culture

    02/15/2014 10:07:12 AM PST · by rktman · 1 replies ^ | 2/15/2014 | Jonah Goldberg
    Dear Reader (Hey look at me! I dont have to change the gender settings on my salutation! Take that Facebook), So, imagine youre a young Saudi guy logging on to Facebook for the first time. It asks you to state your gender. It then gives you 58 options. You take out your fingers the simple mans calculator and start counting along. Male, female, whatever uncle Ahmed is . . . okay three. I count three. What are these other 55 things?
  • Millennial Communists

    01/08/2014 2:19:58 AM PST · by markomalley · 32 replies
    National Review ^ | 1/8/2014 | Jonah Goldberg
    In America, Oscar Wilde quipped, the young are always ready to give to those who are older than themselves the full benefits of their inexperience. And they often do it in the pages of Rolling Stone.Last week, the magazine posted a mini-manifesto titled Five Economic Reforms Millennials Should Be Fighting For. After confirming that it wasnt a parody, conservative critics launched a brutal assault on its author, Jesse A. Myerson.Myersons essay captures nearly everything the unconverted despise about left-wing youth culture, starting with the assumption that being authentically young requires being theatrically left-wing.Writing with unearned familiarity and embarrassingly glib...
  • Jonah Goldberg: Vulgarity invades entire culture; few options for escape

    12/28/2013 5:43:13 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 30 replies ^ | 12-28-13 | Jonah Goldberg
    Newspapers are among the last places in America that have close to zero tolerance for [expletive deleted]. I could give you a hint about what word is between the brackets, but Id best not for fear of arousing the ire of the editing Comstocks. About twice a year, I quote a profanity from a public figure, using just the first letter of the word and then some bowdlerizing asterisks for the rest. No dice, my editor tells me. Youre writing for a family newspaper. There was a time when such standards were the norm at major media institutions in America....
  • Obamacare: Silence of the Insurers

    12/18/2013 5:02:22 AM PST · by Kaslin · 23 replies ^ | December 18, 2013 | Jonah Goldberg
    When will the insurers revolt? It's a question that's popping up more and more. On the surface, the question answers itself. We're talking about pinstriped insurance company executives, not Hells Angels. One doesn't want to paint with too broad a brush, but if you were going to guess which vocations lend themselves least to revolutionary zeal, actuaries rank slightly behind embalmers. Still, it's hard not to wonder how much more these people are willing to take. Even an obedient dog will bite if you kick it enough. Since Obamacare's passage, the administration has constantly moved the goalposts on the industry....
  • We have yet to see the worst of ObamaCare

    12/15/2013 6:29:11 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 36 replies
    The New York Post ^ | 12/13/2013 | Jonah Goldberg
    ObamaCare was sold on a trinity of lies. That ornate phrase, more suitable for the Book of Revelations or perhaps the next Game of Thrones, installment comes from my colleague Rich Lowry. But I like it. Most people know the first deception in the triumvirate of deceit: If you like your health insurance you can keep it, period. The second leg in the tripod of deception was If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. But the third plank in the triad of disinformation hasnt gotten much attention: ObamaCare will save you, me and the country a lot...
  • Coming to Grips with Rise of The Machines

    12/06/2013 8:24:56 AM PST · by Kaslin · 86 replies ^ | December 6, 2013 | Jonah Goldberg
    After you heard President Obama's call for a hike in the minimum wage, you probably wondered the same thing I did: Was Obama sent from the future by Skynet to prepare humanity for its ultimate dominion by robots? But just in case the question didn't occur to you, let me explain. On Tuesday, the day before Obama called for an increase in the minimum wage, the restaurant chain Applebee's announced that it will install iPad-like tablets at every table. Chili's already made this move earlier this year. With these consoles customers will be able to order their meals and pay...
  • The Liars Club - Obama's lying goes back to Ayers

    12/05/2013 4:55:37 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 8 replies
    American Spectator ^ | December 5, 2013 | R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr.
    WASHINGTONIt is now apparent that our President has lied to us. He lied when he crooned soothingly about improving the healthcare of millions of Americans through vast changes in health policy that would actually lower their costs. Those costs are now going up, and they are going up for almost everyone. They will not come down. He lied when he said we could keep our present healthcare policy. Those policies are rapidly disappearing. He lied again when he said we could keep our doctors. He lied when he said his plan would not involve rationing. I could go on, but...
  • Obama In The Dark On

    11/15/2013 10:07:06 AM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies ^ | November 15, 2013 | Jonah Goldberg
    Watching President Obama's press conference Thursday, I almost started humming the old ditty the "Farmer in the Dell" because all I could think was: "The cheese stands alone." The president did his level best to explain that he was as in the dark as anybody about the problems with his signature legislation. He explained that he was not "informed directly" that the website was about as ready to run as a three-legged horse at the Preakness Stakes. Apparently, the old saw that the "buck stops" with the president never took into account the possibility that the buck could get...
  • Watch Out, Your Character Is Showing

    11/13/2013 6:22:23 AM PST · by Kaslin · 1 replies ^ | November 13, 2013 | Jonah Goldberg
    "Character is what you do when no one is watching." It's a bit of a trite saying, attributed to coaches, motivational speakers and fortune cookie writers (by the way, whose idea was it to replace fortune cookie predictions with treacly aphorisms from the "Successories" reject pile?). Still, the expression's popularity illustrates the power of the idea behind it. Character is what you do when the only controlling authority is your conscience. Because young people do not yet have fully formed characters, they often need incentives beyond exhortations to do the right thing. That's one reason most parents reward good behavior...
  • Obama's Big Lie

    10/29/2013 7:48:57 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 24 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | October 29, 2013 | Jonah Goldberg
    Keep your doctor and your health plan? Not likely."All we've been hearing the last three years is if you like your policy you can keep it.... I'm infuriated because I was lied to," one woman told this newspaper, as part of a story on how some middle-class Californians have been stunned to learn the real costs of Obamacare. And that lie looks like the biggest lie about domestic policy ever uttered by a U.S. president. The most famous presidential lies have to do with misconduct (Richard Nixon's "I am not a crook" or Bill Clinton's "I did not have sexual...
  • Obama's Big Lie

    10/30/2013 5:20:35 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies ^ | October 30, 2013 | Jonah Goldberg
    "All we've been hearing the last three years is if you like your policy you can keep it. ... I'm infuriated because I was lied to," one woman told the Los Angeles Times, as part of a story on how some middle-class Californians have been stunned to learn the real costs of Obamacare. And that lie looks like the biggest lie about domestic policy ever uttered by a U.S. president. The most famous presidential lies have to do with misconduct (Richard Nixon's "I am not a crook" or Bill Clinton's "I did not have sexual relations") or war. Woodrow...
  • Tea Party Wasting Energy Hunting an Extinct Species

    10/18/2013 7:23:58 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 46 replies ^ | October 18, 2013 | Jonah Goldberg
    "We've got to get the Rockefeller Republicans out of the party," a fellow told me in Minnesota recently. Or was it Arizona? Or Wilkes-Barre, Pa.? Actually, I think it was all three. I hear it all the time as I travel around the country speaking to conservative groups. For those of you who don't know, the Rockefeller Republicans -- named after the former New York governor Nelson Rockefeller -- were the liberal, mostly Northeastern wing of the Republican Party. Liberal Republican sounds like a contradiction in terms today, particularly for young people who grew up in the age of strictly...
  • Jonah Goldberg: Don't Underestimate The Things That Obama Will Do For Spite (video)

    10/16/2013 4:33:47 PM PDT · by i88schwartz · 9 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | October 16, 2013 | RealClearPolitics
  • A Funny Definition of Anarchy

    09/27/2013 6:10:50 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies ^ | September 27, 2013 | Jonah Goldberg
    "It's the law of the land." This is rapidly becoming the preferred shorthand argument for why criticism of Obamacare is just so, so wrong. It also serves as the lead sentence of a larger claim that all attempts to overturn the Affordable Care Act are really symptoms of a kind of extremist right-wing lunacy. For instance, here's Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who walked out of the painting "American Gothic" to deliver this homespun wisdom: "We're not going to bow to Tea Party anarchists who deny the mere fact that Obamacare is the law. We will not bow to Tea...
  • The Hillary Fascination

    08/02/2013 6:40:32 AM PDT · by National Review · 17 replies
    National Review ^ | August 2, 2013 | National Review
    Shes a rock star only because people keep calling her one. By Jonah Goldberg I think shes one of the most fascinating women of our time and this world, confessed Bob Greenblatt, the chairman of NBC, as part of his announcement that his network is making a miniseries about former secretary of state Hillary Clinton, with Diane Lane in the starring role. Words are funny things. For instance, G.K. Chesterton once remarked that that the word good has many uses: For example, if a man were to shoot his grandmother at a range of 500 yards, I should call him...
  • Cynic-in-Chief

    07/26/2013 6:41:07 AM PDT · by National Review · 6 replies
    National Review ^ | July 26, 2013 | National Review
    President Obama ran against cynicism and defined his presidency by it. By Jonah Goldberg My rival in this race, President Obama announced early in 2007, is not other candidates. Its cynicism. Sadly, its now evident cynicism won. In a much-hyped speech at Knox College on Wednesday, Obama sought to pivot back to the economy as the journalistic clich goes and shape the issue environment for the 2014 congressional elections.
  • Al Sharpton, Posh Populist

    07/19/2013 6:25:12 AM PDT · by National Review · 18 replies
    National Review ^ | July 19, 2013 | National Review
    Living large among the 1 percenters. By Jonah Goldberg If Tom Wolfe were writing The Bonfire of the Vanities today, hed need a scene in the Grand Havana Room in New York City. Its an Olympian den fit for what Wolfe called the Masters of the Universe the super-rich gods of finance who today go by the name the 1 percent. Taking up the penthouse floor of 666 Fifth Avenue, the Grand Havana Room is a private, invitation-only cigar club and four-star restaurant. Through its windows, you can see the toiling salary men 39 floors below as they scurry...
  • Rand Pauls Paleo Problem

    07/17/2013 7:03:28 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    National Review ^ | 07/17/2013 | Jonah Goldberg
    Rand Paul is the most interesting contender for the Republican nomination. And when I say interesting, I mean that in the broadest sense. A case in point: Last week, the Kentucky senator hit some turbulence when the Washington Free Beacon reported that Jack Hunter, Pauls aide and the co-author of his book, The Tea Party Goes to Washington, was once the Southern Avenger. Whos that? Starting in the 1990s, as a radio shock-jock, Hunter would wear a wrestling mask made from a Confederate flag, while making jokes about the assassination of Abraham Lincoln and having the South re-secede. Although Lincolns...
  • Inhospitable Earth

    07/03/2013 6:37:44 AM PDT · by National Review · 21 replies
    National Review ^ | July 3, 2013 | National Review
    Environmentalist killjoys pretend that this is the worst time in history to live on Earth. By Jonah Goldberg You just cant out-gloom an environmentalist. The Atlantic invited some luminaries to answer the question How and when will the world end? Some contributions were funny. Others were simply plausible a volcanic eruption from underneath Yellowstone National Park is frightfully overdue. But only an environmentalist like Bill McKibben could be a killjoy about the apocalypse itself.
  • Freedom: The Unfolding Revolution

    06/14/2013 6:21:32 AM PDT · by National Review · 27 replies
    National Review ^ | June 14, 2013 | National Review
    The libertarian idea is the only truly new political idea in the last couple thousand years. By Jonah Goldberg Why are there no libertarian countries? In a much-discussed essay for Salon, Michael Lind asks: If libertarians are correct in claiming that they understand how best to organize a modern society, how is it that not a single country in the world in the early twenty-first century is organized along libertarian lines?
  • An Agency after Obamas Own Heart

    05/17/2013 6:52:05 AM PDT · by National Review · 5 replies
    National Review ^ | May 17, 2013 | National Review
    Sure, Obama probably didnt order the IRS to discriminate. But he set the tone. By Jonah Goldberg Of course the president deserves some of the blame. Yes, its extremely unlikely he ordered the IRS to discriminate against tea-party, pro-life, or Jewish groups opposed to his agenda (though why anyone should take his word for it is beyond me). And his outrage now however convenient is appreciated. But when people he views as his enemies complained about a politicized IRS, what did he do? Nothing.
  • Bad Faith and Benghazi

    05/10/2013 6:08:06 AM PDT · by National Review · 22 replies
    National Review ^ | May 10, 2013 | National Review
    Bad Faith and Benghazi: Hillary Clintons whatever defense falls flat. By Jonah Goldberg Was it because of a protest or was it because of guys out for a walk one night and decided theyd go kill some Americans? What difference, at this point, does it make? That was how thenSecretary of State Hillary Clinton famously brushed off the question of when she knew that the attacks on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya, on September 11 that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans were, in fact, a terrorist assault and not a protest of an anti-Islam video that...
  • Kermit Gosnell and Abortion's Darkest Side

    04/17/2013 2:11:11 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies ^ | February 17, 2013 | Jonah Goldberg
    If abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell is found guilty of homicide, he will be unique among murderers-for-hire: He set his fees based on weight. "The bigger the baby, the more he charged," a grand jury explained. It recommended he be charged with eight counts of murder -- one patient, seven babies. Despite what amounted to a blackout at many media outlets until last week, you've probably now heard at least some of the details. According to the grand jury report, Gosnell's Philadelphia "clinic" was a filthy abattoir. It stunk of urine. Flea-ridden cats defecated freely, including in procedure rooms. Fetuses...
  • It's "I Told You So" on ObamaCare

    04/04/2013 9:21:02 PM PDT · by grundle · 16 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | March 6, 2013 | Jonah Goldberg
    "What we've learned through the course of this program is that this is really not a sensible way for the healthcare system to be run." That was Gary Cohen, director of the Department of Health and Human Services' Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight, talking. He was specifically responding to the apparently surprising need to halt enrollments in a program designed as a temporary bridge for people with preexisting conditions who couldn't wait until the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare) fully kicks in next year. The program was allocated $5 billion, but some estimate it will take $40 billion...
  • Reverend Len vs. Dr. Carson

    04/02/2013 6:41:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/02/2013 | Jonah Goldberg
    Ive been out of pocket, so I missed most of the hullabaloo about Reverend Luis Lens indefensible Easter sermon at St. Johns Episcopal Church in front of the Obama family. Among his comments he said the religious Right wants blacks to be back in the back of the bus, for women to be back in the kitchen, for gays to be in the closet, and for immigrants to be on their side of the border. Once you get beyond the nasty, clichd and divisive insinuations about conservatives being racists and the basic inappropriateness of the whole spectacle, it seems to...
  • One of These Things is Not Like the Other

    03/22/2013 5:30:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall. com ^ | March 22, 2013 | Jonah Goldberg
    Just because things can be put on the same list doesn't mean they are necessarily similar. My attic contains within it thousands of comic books, an inflatable bed, some jigsaw puzzles, some family pictures and a "Frampton Comes Alive!" album. These things are, roughly speaking, in the same location, but they're hardly of equal value, importance or function. I bring this up for the simple reason that we're hearing a lot about how the GOP must deal with "abortion and gay marriage" as if they are almost the same issue. Well, in my house, I hear about my dog and...
  • Hillary Clintons Dodgy Testimony. She lied and is still lying.

    01/25/2013 6:14:17 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/25/2013 | Jonah Goldberg
    A lot of people in Washington apparently forgot how good Hillary Clinton is at not telling the truth. Wednesday, in her testimony before the Senate and, later, the House, Clinton brilliantly fudged, dodged, and filibustered. Of course, shes a pro. Clinton was slow-walking depositions, lawyering up, and shifting blame when many of her questioners were still civilians down on the farm. Aided by a ridiculous format, she outfoxed most of the Republicans with ease. Meanwhile, the Democrats, almost uniformly, seemed singularly interested in celebrating Mrs. Clinton as a global diva who somehow manages to carry the burden of her awesomeness...
  • The GOP -- Not a Club For Christians

    12/12/2012 5:31:23 AM PST · by Kaslin · 59 replies ^ | December 12, 2012 | Jonah Goldberg
    In the scramble to make the GOP more diverse, a lot of people are looking at Asian Americans, whom many believe are a natural constituency for the party. I would love it if Asian Americans converted en masse to the Republican Party, but the challenge for Republicans is harder than many appreciate. President Obama did spectacularly well with Asian Americans, garnering nearly three-quarters of their vote. This runs counter to a lot of conventional wisdom on both the left and the right. On average, Asian American family income is higher and poverty is lower than it is for non-Latino whites....
  • Where George W. Bush succeeded, Mitt Romney fell short

    12/02/2012 8:32:38 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 31 replies
    Tribune Media Services ^ | November 16, 2012 | Jonah Goldberg
    I think I owe an apology to George W. Bush. William F. Buckley once noted that he was 19 when the Cold War began at the Yalta conference. The year the Berlin Wall came down, he became a senior citizen. In other words, he explained, anti-communism was a defining feature of conservatism his entire adult life. Domestically, meanwhile, the right was largely a leave me alone coalition: Religious and traditional conservatives, overtaxed businessmen, Western libertarians, and others fed up with government social engineering and economic folly. The battle against tyrannical statism abroad only buttressed the domestic antagonism toward well-intentioned and...
  • If You Can't Withstand Media BS, Turn Off Everything Else...(Rush Slams Concern Trolls Alert)

    11/01/2012 11:20:19 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 28 replies
    Rush Limbaugh ^ | 11/01/2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Folks, I'm gonna give you some advice. For those of you who are faint of heart, for those of you who scare easily, for those of you who... Lets say you live in St. Louis. In the St. Louis Post-Dispatch today there are two pictures. There's a picture of a compassionate and caring and very attached and very hurting Obama, hugging a New Jerseyan who's lost everything. Right next to it is a picture of Romney in front of a large gathering waving and doing campaign appearances. Of course, the juxtaposition is Romney doesn't care; Obama cares. If you...
  • The Undoing Of The Storybook Man

    10/04/2012 9:35:37 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies ^ | October 5, 2012 | Jonah Goldberg
    It was the Puss in Boots eyes. If you've seen the "Shrek" movies or the spin-off cartoon starring the storybook cat voiced by Antonio Banderas, you know what I'm talking about. Whenever Puss in Boots really needs something from someone, he flashes these enormous kitten eyes that melt anyone in their path. Whenever my daughter really wants something, she tries to lay them on me, and I have to say, "Stop trying to give me the Puss in Boots eyes ... you can't have chocolate cake for dinner." I knew Barack Obama was miserable when he tried to give debate...
  • The Campaign of Wrong Ideas vs. No Ideas

    09/07/2012 6:53:33 PM PDT · by neverdem · 12 replies
    National Review Online ^ | September 7, 2012 | Jonah Goldberg
    Going by the conventional rules of American politics, the Democratic convention this week was an unmitigated disaster. And, going by the same rules, the GOP convention was a disaster, too. So, either the rules of American politics have fundamentally changed, or at least one of the parties is taking an enormous gamble.Since the Nixon years, the GOP has enjoyed a marked advantage over the Democrats at the presidential level. Cultural issues — race, religion, abortion, patriotism — have worked to the Republicans’ advantage. Until Barack Obama’s election in 2008, no Democrat has won the presidency without aggressively adapting to...
  • Together! (Another cliche we use for the word: "Government")

    09/06/2012 2:18:20 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    National Review ^ | 09/06/2012 | Jonah Goldberg
    It is a real burden not to cite every other paragraph spoken from the stage as a vindication of my book, The Tyranny of Clichés (or, for that matter, Liberal Fascism). Over and over again the Democrats spout, to paraphrase De Tocqueville, clear-but-false ideas. The overarching one of the whole convention: Government is the only thing we all belong to. Such bogus appeals to unity and community as a justification for activist government drive me batty. That’s what Elizabeth Warren’s speech was all about and countless other lesser luminaries as well. Here’s Bill Clinton’s soundbite of the night: “You see,...
  • Liberal Clichs 101: Abstract Democracy and Unity

    07/12/2012 1:07:49 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 4 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/10/2012 | Bruce Walker
    Jonah Goldbergs Tyranny of Clichs: How Liberals Cheat in the War of Ideas provides a quick, enjoyable, highly readable analysis of the memes employed by progressive argumentation. Repeated often enough, these clichs seemingly have a ring of what faux conservative comic Stephen Colbert would call truthiness. Therefore, a field guide such as Goldbergs is in order to better enable those who would identify and refute such liberal claims that either stall or prevent completely honest and open public policy discourse. Liberals or progressives or what-have-you arent the only portion of the political spectrum subjected to Goldbergs opprobrium. Conservatives also take...
  • Symptoms of a sick culture

    07/06/2012 7:23:34 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies ^ | July 6, 2012 | Jonah Goldberg
    The late Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan famously remarked that, "The central conservative truth is that it is culture, not politics, that determines the success of a society. The central liberal truth is that politics can change a culture and save it from itself." I've always liked that quote, but I think it misleads. That two plus two equals four is not a conservative truth or a liberal truth. It's simply the truth. (Moynihan himself recognized this when he even more famously said that people are entitled to their own opinions but not their own facts.) Regardless, it's true that...
  • Review: The Tyranny of Clichs: How Liberals Cheat in the War of Ideas

    06/30/2012 6:29:18 AM PDT · by RoadTest · 11 replies
    American Thinker ^ | June 30, 2012 | Matthew May
    "It's a clich because it's true" goes a clich. Yet as National Review powerhouse and American Enterprise Institute fellow Jonah Goldberg demonstrates in his new book The Tyranny of Clichs: How Liberals Cheat in the War of Ideas, many of the oft-repeated phrases and dicta utilized by the left are grounded in myth or complete falsehood, which is very appropriate given how the left uses them. For instance, did you know that Marie Antoinette never said, "Let them eat cake"? Read more:
  • Roberts' Ruling Took Guts

    06/29/2012 5:34:04 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 71 replies ^ | June 29, 2012 | Jonah Goldberg
    Why not just cut open a goat and be done with it? In ancient Rome, a special kind of priest called a haruspex would "read" the entrails of sheep to divine the will of the gods, the health of the growing season, or whatever else was weighing on the minds of men. Because animal guts don't, in fact, impart that much information about, say, next year's wheat harvest, the haruspices (called "auspices" in Latin -- from which we get the English word) could pretty much make it up as they went along. The same went for the auguries (priests who...
  • The Tyranny of Clichs, by Jonah Goldberg

    06/27/2012 2:41:50 PM PDT · by jongaltsr · 10 replies
    New York times article Published: May 18, 2012 ^ | recently is all I know | Johan Goldbert
    Jonah Goldbergs first book was called Liberal Fascism. It was a screed, of course, but a clever one. He argued that liberals who routinely denounce extreme conservatives as fascists should take a look in their own backyard, and he wasnt fooling around: It is my argument that American liberalism is a totalitarian political religion. Goldberg has read around a bit, and he was able to lace his thesis with embarrassing quotations from progressives past who expressed admiration for Italian Fascism, eugenics and other assorted statist atrocities. But his essential point was a simple one: fascists believe in state control of...
  • Are the Dems Doomed?

    06/20/2012 9:25:53 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies ^ | June 20, 2012 | Jonah Goldberg
    Is it time to start talking about the inevitable demise of the Democratic Party? Since the 1990s there's been a thriving cottage industry of doomsaying about the Republican Party. The gold standard of the genre is undoubtedly 2002's "The Emerging Democratic Majority" by Ruy Teixeira and John Judis, which argued that the Democrats were destined to become a majority party because demographic and cultural trends were on their side. The increasing cultural liberalism of professionals, the dramatic growth of Latinos and the increasingly liberal attitudes of (single) women were celebrated by Teixeira and Judis as proof that time was on...
  • Fantasies of Social Darwinism

    04/15/2012 9:17:12 AM PDT · by shove_it · 8 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 23 Apr 2012 | JONAH GOLDBERG
    Three generations of this imbecilic progressive talking point are enough. Social Darwinism, a popular topic in the 19th and early 20th centuries, reported the Associated Press on April 5, is making its way into modern American politics. The news peg for the story was President Obamas claim that the House Republican budget is nothing but thinly veiled Social Darwinism. It is, he added, a Trojan Horse, hiding within in it a radical vision that is antithetical to our entire history as a land of opportunity. To the surprise of no one, the New York Times hailed the thunderclap of a...
  • In Battle for Young Voters, Romney Should Play it Uncool

    04/13/2012 3:52:02 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies ^ | April 13, 2012 | Jonah Goldberg
    President Obama's re-election largely hinges on his ability to play young voters for suckers -- again -- and whether Mitt Romney will let him. In 2008, Obama won the youth vote by better than a 2-1 margin, 66 percent to 32 percent. Even more impressive, he actually expanded the share of young voters going to the polls by some 3 million. Those extra voters helped tip several swing states. Obama owed his success to being a charming political unknown onto whom young people could project their hopes. His rhetoric was a hipsterized version of Successories for college kids: "Yes, we...
  • 2011: You Can't Win For Losing

    12/30/2011 7:56:00 AM PST · by ibytoohi · 4 replies
    Town Hall ^ | 12/29/11 | Jonah Goldberg
    Charlie Sheen was clearly the man of the year. You'll recall that 2011 began with the oafish actor celebrating his own narcotic and sexual crapulence like a victorious gladiator working the crowds. He was egged on by a media with as much decency as the cons on the top tiers of the prison who chant "fresh fish" as the new inmates walk into general pop, their eyes stinging from delousing powder. Sheen succeeded at turning his own debasement into a national pseudo-event by calling the very definition of losing "winning." And that's what 2011 was all about: pretending to be...
  • An Interview with Jonah Goldberg about Occupy Wall St.

    10/20/2011 2:42:12 PM PDT · by Superstu321 · 1 replies
    American Enterprise Institute ^ | October 19, 2011 | AEI Podcast
    Apoorva and Stu talk with the founding editor of National Review Online (and visiting fellow at AEI), Jonah Goldberg. Jonah gives us his take on the Occupy Wall Street protests that have been going on around the country. We also discuss the Republican Bloomberg debate and why Cain is such a Happy Warrior.
  • Tyranny of the Typical

    09/21/2011 4:52:38 AM PDT · by Kaslin ^ | September 21, 2011 | Jonah Goldberg
    And now let us recall the "Fable of the Shoes." In his 1973 "Libertarian Manifesto," the late Murray Rothbard argued that the biggest obstacle in the road out of serfdom was "status quo bias." In society, we're accustomed to rapid change. "New products, new life styles, new ideas are often embraced eagerly." Not so with government. When it comes to police or firefighting or sanitation, government must do those things because that's what government has (allegedly) always done. "So identified has the State become in the public mind with the provision of these services," Rothbard laments, "that an attack on...