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National Review Online editor Jonah Goldberg said Tuesday that President Obama has provided one form of stimulus that actually works: boosting sales for Goldberg’s books criticizing America’s long national nightmare of hope and change.
“One of the things I love about Barack Obama is that he is a wonderful salesman for my books,” Goldberg told a young conservative audience at Young America’s Foundation Conference.
Goldberg was there to promote his newest book, “The Tyranny of Clichés: How liberals cheat in the war of ideas.” But he said his first book, “Liberal Fascism: The secret History of American Left, From Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning” has also received a burst of interest in the Obama era.
“The defining cliché of the Obama presidency is this idea of community, is this idea that somehow the government can play the role of fostering a national community, this is a very old progressive idea.” Goldberg said.”When Barack Obama says government is ‘us’, what he is really saying is that the government is what defines our lives and there is no civil society and you find that thought manifesting itself throughout Barack Obama public speeches.”
Goldberg did not provide specifics on his book sales. “Tyranny of Clichés,” which came out in 2012, has an Amazon sales rank of 39,448, selling better than other political books from last year. “Liberal Fascism” came out in 2008, the last year of the George W. Bush administration, but it still holds a respectable Amazon rank of 135,242.