Book Review: The Tyranny of Cliches

I just finished reading The Tyranny of Cliches by Jonah Goldberg, and it’s excellent, blowing away the dust that can cloud both liberal and conservative arguments.  If you sometimes find yourself arguing in circles with liberals, this is a great book to sharpen your debating skills – and well worth the hardback price…  So I guess this is less a book review, than a book plug.

I’m still smacking myself in the head for some of the cliches I’ve fallen for in the past that he exposes in his book.  They’re so obvious when you give them a moment’s thought.

For example, I knew Istanbul was Christian before it was Muslim, was once named Constantinople, and had been seized by Muslim invaders.   I knew that likewise, Jerusalem existed well before the Muslim empire, and was seized by the Muslims.  And yet, I somehow swallowed the bilge that the Crusades were an offensive war against Islam.  The Islamic world overran massive chunks of the Christian world and the Crusaders fought back (unsuccessfully) against them.  Defense.  Not offense.

I hang my head in shame.

But I feel much smarter now.


About Mystic Cowgirl

I worked overseas in the aid game for longer than I'd like to admit and learned several important things: 1) Third World countries aren't poor because America is rich. They're impoverished due to socialist governments that provide neither rule of law nor basic infrastructures; 2) These socialist governments redistribute wealth from taxpayers to the government workers. There's no benefit to the poor or downtrodden, and certainly not to the general welfare in terms of infrastructure improvements. 3) America is moving toward the Third World model. Rule of law has been subverted because equality under the law is disappearing as special interests carve out exemptions to regulations and special favors under the law. The redistribution of wealth to government began decades ago -- total compensation for government employees now outpaces salaries in the private sector.
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