Jonah Goldberg Biography
A bestselling author and widely syndicated columnist, Jonah Goldberg is one of the most prominent political commentators in America today. A Fox News contributor and regular “Fox News All Star” on Special Report with Bret Baier, is known for blending humor and insight on the pressing issues of the day.
Goldberg is a contributing editor to National Review, was the founding editor of National Review Online. He is also weekly columnist for the Los Angeles Times and his syndicated column appears regularly in the Chicago Tribune, Philadelphia Inquirer, San Francisco Chronicle, Kansas City Star, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Washington Examiner, Miami Herald, Manchester Union Leader and scores of other newspapers. A fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, Goldberg was named by The Atlantic as one of the top 50 commentators in America.
His first book, Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left from Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning (Random House/Doubleday) was a #1 New York Times and Amazon bestseller. “Those who value substance over words… will find in this book a wealth of challenging insights, backed up by thorough research and brilliant analysis,” raved Thomas Sowell. “This is the sort of book that challenges the fundamental assumptions of its time…Jonah Goldberg’s Liberal Fascism is too rich a book to be summarized in a newspaper column. Get a copy and start rethinking the received notions about who is on ‘the Left’ and who is on ‘the Right.’ It is a book for people who want to think, rather than repeat rhetoric.” His most recent book, The Tyranny of Cliches – How Liberals Cheat in the War of Ideas was an instant bestseller.
Goldberg is currently a member of the Board of Contributors to USA Today. In the past he’s served as a media critic for both Brill’s Content and The American Enterprise and a Washington Columnist for the Times (of London). He has written about politics and culture for The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, The LA Times, Commentary, The Public Interest, The Wilson Quarterly, The Weekly Standard, Slate, TheStreet.com, New York Post, Women’s Quarterly and Food and Wine. Goldberg is a regular political commentator on CNN and has served as a guest host on Crossfire and as a regular panelist on Wolf Blitzer’s Late Edition. Other television appearances include Good Morning America, Larry King Live,Today, Nightline, Hardball with Chris Matthews, Hannity & Colmes, The Daily Show, Real Time with Bill Maher, Special Report with Brit Hume, Geraldo, NBC Nightly News and numerous other television and radio programs. He was senior producer of the award-winning series Think Tank with Ben Wattenberg on PBS.
He has written and produced several PBS documentaries and specials. A popular speaker on college campuses, Goldberg is proof that reading and thinking about political, media and cultural issues can be enlightening and entertaining at the same time. Among other awards, he is the recipient of the Lowell Thomas Award and the CPAC Conservative Journalist of the Year award.
Goldberg grew up in New York City. He is a graduate of Goucher College, where he was one of the first men to attend the formerly all-women’s college. After Goucher, he taught English in Czechoslovakia and, later, was a researcher at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, DC where he currently resides. He is married to the author and speechwriter, Jessica Gavora. They have one daughter and one dog, Cosmo – the “it dog of the American Right.”
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“We had a terrific time. His lecture…was informative…engaging…[and he] presented before a full audience. His guarantee to make people laugh and learn…was fulfilled.”
“Jonah Goldberg is annoyed by the right things… that is to say, the things that are most wrong about the smug, arrogant, and willfully ignorant liberal mindset that has been rejected by most ordinary Americans but still dominates much of academia and pop culture. Here’s hoping that Jonah Goldberg keeps annoyed—and keeps writing—for many years to come.”
“…might be the best and most fun-to-read primer on the tenets of conservative politics since P.J. O’Rourke’s Parliament of Whores.”
“He was awesome, funny and easy to work with!”
“Goldberg…here continues to hone his role as an intellectual provocateur of American liberals. And he has also done the conservative layman a great favor by laying bare the true purpose of these maddening shibboleths of the left.”
“Jonah’s dismantling of the ‘wisdom is found in the political center’ fetish deserves to be a seminar at journalism conferences for years to come… I am hoping that when he finally hangs up his laptop at the end of a long career, he’s filled an entire shelf on all of our bookshelves.”
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The Future and Past of Conservatism
As contradictory as it may sound, the conservative movement is constantly changing. The Bush years changed conservatism in profound ways, mostly for the worse. How will Trump’s presidency further these changes? What does the future of conservatism look like? And does conservatism’s failure necessarily mean liberalism’s success?
All of America is looking rightward and fretting over the rise of “theocratic” conservatives, “Christianists,” “American Fascists,” etc. But they are all looking in the wrong direction. Modern liberalism as we know it today is not liberalism at all, but Progressivism, which was conceived of as a political religion in its own right and remains one today.
The Tyranny of Clichés
Better 10 guilty men go free, rather than one be punished. Really? Why? Why 10? Why not 100? Or 2? Clichés like this govern our lives because they sound like answers when they really just raise questions. We’re trained to question ideology, but we live and breathe clichés unquestioningly. They cloud our understanding and warp our national conversations. Clichés serve as a substitute for thinking about the world we live in. I offer a field guide to the tyranny – and stupidity – of our reigning clichés.