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May 20, 2014

Why Does Jonah Goldberg Want To Block The Backlash Against Political Correctness?

Whenever I read a syndicated column by Jonah Goldberg that touches on the historical past, I expect to find nothing of substance.
And I’m rarely disappointed. A widely-featured mouthpiece of Conservatism, Inc., Jonah has about the same relation to historical erudition that Jay Z has to Mozart’s minuets: a bit less than none.... He has simply internalized the Leftist indoctrination given to his generation—which is a particularly necessary professional qualification for Conservatism Inc. apparatchiks, who (I have long argued) are basically Judas goats, leading the faithful to accept liberalism.

Posted by gerardvanderleun at May 20, 2014 10:46 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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...I like his columns and have noticed nothing of the sort.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at May 20, 2014 11:11 AM

One could make a pretty darn good blog/magazine with all the authors exiled from National Review. Oh wait, that's what iSteve.blogspot.com and Vdare.com are.

Posted by: Scott M at May 20, 2014 12:41 PM

Jonah Goldberg is afraid.

He does not recognize a war or understand the enemy.

Posted by: grace at May 20, 2014 2:06 PM

I don't know Goldberg, but I liked "Liberal Fascism".

Posted by: David McKinnis at May 20, 2014 2:47 PM

Goldberg wants to prevent the backlash against PC because PC protects minorities and he is Jewish. This makes him a protected minority in case you haven't noticed.

Posted by: Alex at May 20, 2014 6:41 PM

Crazy talk.

Posted by: Velociman at May 20, 2014 8:58 PM

His laugh, it's annoying. It is troubling that so many who present as one thing, are in fact something else.

Posted by: Will at May 21, 2014 3:46 AM

You might not care for Jonah Goldberg, but he is a conservative, and one of the most important voices in popularizing conservative ideas. Writers like he are the ones who will make conservatism popular; Paul Gottfried is purer, but will never help conservatism grow in any appreciable way.

Posted by: Joe Y at May 21, 2014 5:31 AM

I won't say I know Jonah, but I've met him twice, and exchanged a few emails with him. He's cheerful, knows his stuff, witty and charming in person.

He may be Jewish, but he wears it lightly. His books are well-written and entertaining. He can hold his own in front of hostile audience, making his points and standing his ground without being nasty.

And his syndicated column published today condemns the current "trigger warning" scheme as just another form of political correctness, something he has lampooned many times.

Posted by: Gordon at May 21, 2014 5:33 AM

Just edgy enough so we can listen to him, nodding our heads, tha's right, tha's right and sit on the couch thinking we have struck a blow for freedom. All the pens I ever saw were not as mighty as the swords I wielded.

Hmm, what'll it be: sit on the couch nodding in moral superiority or getting down to boots and steel? I know, we'll wait 'til they kick down our front doors with the FEMA bus waiting at the curb and then we'll stand up.

Posted by: chasmatic at May 21, 2014 6:22 AM

I am still waiting to see citations to back up this claim that Jonah wants to block any backlash.

Posted by: pst314 at May 21, 2014 12:12 PM

Yeah I don't know where this is coming from except maybe a bitter man angry at his former employers.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at May 21, 2014 2:37 PM

The privilege of the writ of habeus corpus shall not be suspended unless when in cases of rebellion or invasion the public safety may require it.

Article I, Section 9

Posted by: Mikey NTH at May 22, 2014 11:39 AM

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