Skip to comments.Review: The Tyranny of Clichés: How Liberals Cheat in the War of Ideas
Posted on 06/30/2012 6:29:18 AM PDT by RoadTest
"It's a cliché because it's true" goes a cliché. Yet as National Review powerhouse and American Enterprise Institute fellow Jonah Goldberg demonstrates in his new book The Tyranny of Clichés: 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: http://www.americanthinker.com/2012/06/review_the_tyranny_of_cliches_how_liberals_cheat_in_the_war_of_ideas.html#ixzz1zHc85vXY
(Excerpt) Read more at americanthinker.com ...
Link takes us to the wrong article. It can be found in the list of recent articles in the right panel...
Coupled with the Johnson administration's mishandling of the Vietnam War, a broad movement began. The true believers of the left promptly injected themselves into this landscape, proclaiming to the gullible that not only was the United States waging an unjust war, but the U.S. was by its nature a repressive country. The siren song of a society wherein all are treated fairly and there are no absolutes found eager ears.
In short order, the left began to portray their political adversaries as intolerant religious zealots whose primary objective was to deny personal freedom and cast a beady eye toward whatever was happening in the bedroom. An unfettered lifestyle as well as being part of the in-crowd is of paramount importance to not only the vast majority of those in the entertainment and media arena, but also many in the general population. They were willing cast aside any disbelief and wholeheartedly swallow the premise that only the political left or the "progressives" could protect them from this narrow-minded right-wing horde....
From the American Thinker article linked
Wrong or not, the article was excellent.
Yes, it was. But the error should still be pointed out.
Re “Let them eat cake”—interesting; I’d long understood that while she had said it, it was (and remains) totally taken out of context, and was a matter of not grasping the situation rather than dismissive contempt.
So instead of Palin’ized (ie leftist lie re see Russia from my house)........
the historical term should be Antonniett’ized?
They cheat and win not with ideas but with the knowledge that a certain segment of the Right such as Goldberg himself allows the Left the notion that they are morally superior.
I agree, we need to strip Liberals of any air of legitimacy through humiliation and ridicule.
One of the explanations I heard was that the guilds controlled the baking and selling of bread and had a stranglehold on bread deliveries but that independent bakers were free to bake and sell cake outside of guild control.
So this version of the story has her as being politically astute in suggesting an end-run around the bread baking guilds.