In this book the author takes a series of modern clichés and received wisdom such as "social justice", "violence never solves anything" and "diversity is strength" and shows how poorly thought through, empty or plain wrong most of them are. He writes from an American perspective but much of what he says will resonate for readers in Britain and much of the English-speaking world.
I therefore feel slightly bad about giving this book only 3 stars but, and I can't really say why, as it is not badly written, I just somehow do not enthuse about it.
It did though recommend Peter Schweitzer's revealing book 'Do as I Say Not as I Do - Profiles in Liberal Hypocrisy' which I have since read and am glad I did.
In case anyone else is interested, other North American writers who intelligently question liberal orthodoxies who I recommend include Jay Nordlinger, Mark Steyn and (if you can take her over-the-top style, and not everyone can) Ann Coulter. Also Kirsten Powers' book 'The Silencing', Christopher Caldwell's 'Reflections on the Revolution in Europe' and possibly still (although it is many years since I read it) Milton Friedman 'Free to Choose'.
A delightful book to read, as well as being spot-on. The lack of any depth to the arguments of 'social warriors' , 'eco warriors', etc etc (aka demented busybodies) soon becomes apparent if you can manage to get their attention and their response to basic questions. Read this book to see why the left hates debate, and relies almost entirely on insulting/degrading/demeaning/threatening those who happen to disagree with what passes for analysis in their worldview, based as it is on hateful and superficial thinking.
Overall an excellent and engaging read by the author. The topic is from the Conservative point of view, with an unapologetic defence of this material, on the ongoing culture wars that is present in Western society. He covers this in witty and well researched erudite style, giving the historical origins, social context on the various key topics that are subject to debate on the newspaper leaders and online chatrooms. He traces the continuing influence of Marx on the post-Berlin Wall secular opinions, the positive historical role of the Catholic Church, and injects a sense of counter-realism to the implicit assumptions of his opposition. One cavaet, in that this is geared more towards US audiences, so a familiarity with that political system is assumed. In summary, recommended
Jonah Goldberg is very clever and astute but he doesn't condescend. Made me laugh and fume in equal measure. I will ensure my Son reads it BEFORE going to University so he doesn't get poisoned by the usual garbage on campus.