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Geoffrey Nunberg breaks new ground with this fierce and funny narrative of how the political right has ushered in a new world order, aided unwittingly by the liberal media. Democrats are well known for their "lousy bumper stickers," as Joe Klein puts it. As liberals wade through the semantics of "social security lockbox," "single payer," and other wonky locutions, the righ Geoffrey Nunberg breaks new ground with this fierce and funny narrative of how the political right has ushered in a new world order, aided unwittingly by the liberal media. Democrats are well known for their "lousy bumper stickers," as Joe Klein puts it. As liberals wade through the semantics of "social security lockbox," "single payer," and other wonky locutions, the right has become harder, meaner and better at getting out the message: the estate tax became the more menacing "death tax" and a contentious education initiative was wrapped in the comforting (and memorable) blanket of "No Child Left Behind." But Nunberg shows that the real story is more subtle than just a bumper sticker war. Conservatives' main goal wasn't to win voters over to their positions on healthcare, education, or the environment. They had a much more dramatic ambition. By changing the meaning of words like "values," "government," "liberal"; "faith," and "freedom," conservatives have shifted the political center of gravity of the language itself to the right. "Whatever our politics," Nunberg observes, "when we talk about politics nowadays, we can't help using language that embodies a conservative world-view."


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Geoffrey Nunberg breaks new ground with this fierce and funny narrative of how the political right has ushered in a new world order, aided unwittingly by the liberal media. Democrats are well known for their "lousy bumper stickers," as Joe Klein puts it. As liberals wade through the semantics of "social security lockbox," "single payer," and other wonky locutions, the righ Geoffrey Nunberg breaks new ground with this fierce and funny narrative of how the political right has ushered in a new world order, aided unwittingly by the liberal media. Democrats are well known for their "lousy bumper stickers," as Joe Klein puts it. As liberals wade through the semantics of "social security lockbox," "single payer," and other wonky locutions, the right has become harder, meaner and better at getting out the message: the estate tax became the more menacing "death tax" and a contentious education initiative was wrapped in the comforting (and memorable) blanket of "No Child Left Behind." But Nunberg shows that the real story is more subtle than just a bumper sticker war. Conservatives' main goal wasn't to win voters over to their positions on healthcare, education, or the environment. They had a much more dramatic ambition. By changing the meaning of words like "values," "government," "liberal"; "faith," and "freedom," conservatives have shifted the political center of gravity of the language itself to the right. "Whatever our politics," Nunberg observes, "when we talk about politics nowadays, we can't help using language that embodies a conservative world-view."

30 review for Talking Right: How Conservatives Turned Liberalism Into a Tax-Raising, Latte-Drinking, Sushi-Eating, Volvo-Driving, New York Times-Reading, Body-Piercing, Hollywood-Loving, Left-Wing Freak Show

  1. 5 out of 5

    Adele

    This was my "employee pick" while working at a rather elite bookstore on an even more elite street in Boston. Given those conditions, you'd think my recommendation would have garnered some more interest. But 2006 was an "off" year for politics (more like...a year in which we further embraced complacency.) Too bad, because this book is illuminating insofar as it explains how the party of the rich cleverly disgused themselves as the party of the common man by using lingustic tricks. (And, converse This was my "employee pick" while working at a rather elite bookstore on an even more elite street in Boston. Given those conditions, you'd think my recommendation would have garnered some more interest. But 2006 was an "off" year for politics (more like...a year in which we further embraced complacency.) Too bad, because this book is illuminating insofar as it explains how the party of the rich cleverly disgused themselves as the party of the common man by using lingustic tricks. (And, conversely, turned the liberal image into something both wimpy and chronically disapproving...but, to be fair, it's not like they weren't given the material to work with.) This creepy exploration of Orwellian rhetoric is frightening - and, thank god, losing its relevancy as Obama continues to wield a bevy of lingustic tricks all his own.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Mary Pellecchia

    The author does a very incisive job of outlining how conservatives (not sensible conservatives, but nutbar conservatives) have dominated the general messages in this country by dominating the media, staying on message with more rigidity than the Nazi army, and creating a very loud echo chamber. They would like to convince first themselves, then the rest of the country, then the rest of the world, that America was founded as a conservative country and therefore must continue as such to be true to The author does a very incisive job of outlining how conservatives (not sensible conservatives, but nutbar conservatives) have dominated the general messages in this country by dominating the media, staying on message with more rigidity than the Nazi army, and creating a very loud echo chamber. They would like to convince first themselves, then the rest of the country, then the rest of the world, that America was founded as a conservative country and therefore must continue as such to be true to American values. However, American values are LIBERAL, always have been. Liberals have to fight this, and this book gives you ideas how by showing how conservatives manipulate language and, therefore, thinking. (Language reflects thinking, but it also influences it.) Enough neocon garbage propaganda already!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Gregory

    Over the years, linguist Geoffrey Nunberg has written numerous pieces on the culture of words for Fresh Air and the New York Times. This book is a more extensive essay on the role that certain words, vague in meaning but rich in emotional connotation, have played in the ascendancy of American political conservatism. You know the words already, they are those irksome un-signifiers like "values", "freedom", "bias", "terror", "elite." Nunberg explains how the right has crafted cultural narratives a Over the years, linguist Geoffrey Nunberg has written numerous pieces on the culture of words for Fresh Air and the New York Times. This book is a more extensive essay on the role that certain words, vague in meaning but rich in emotional connotation, have played in the ascendancy of American political conservatism. You know the words already, they are those irksome un-signifiers like "values", "freedom", "bias", "terror", "elite." Nunberg explains how the right has crafted cultural narratives around words like those that generate populist appeal, while obscuring the actual affects of conservative policy.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Annie

    I've also been reading this book for over a year. It's a little dry in places, but mostly I get so angry over the direction that our country is going that I have to put it down. Being a communications major and especially interested in linguistics and how culture is reflected in language and how language shapes culture, this book is excellent! It makes you stop and realize how the American English language is changing and how it is so influenced by politics (both right and left). I've also been reading this book for over a year. It's a little dry in places, but mostly I get so angry over the direction that our country is going that I have to put it down. Being a communications major and especially interested in linguistics and how culture is reflected in language and how language shapes culture, this book is excellent! It makes you stop and realize how the American English language is changing and how it is so influenced by politics (both right and left).

  5. 5 out of 5

    Bruce

    I always respected Geoffrey Nunberg as a linguist who was amazingly good at academic philosophical work as well. But he also has been advising the Democrats on how to be less hapless and wrote this enjoyable and very accessible book peeling away one at a time the layers of false consciousness encoded in the language of present-day politics.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Alexis Patterson

    “Talking Right: How Conservatives Turned Liberalism into a Tax-Raising, Latte-Drinking, Sushi Eating, Volvo-Driving, New York Times-Reading, Body-Piercing, Hollywood-Loving, Left-Wing Freak Show” by Geoffrey Nunberg. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 “Talking Right” is a political linguistics book on how the Republican Party in the United States uses its rhetoric in terms of race, class, economics, religion and “traditional values” by hijacking words like “patriotism,” “liberalism,” “freedom” and even “people of faith” “Talking Right: How Conservatives Turned Liberalism into a Tax-Raising, Latte-Drinking, Sushi Eating, Volvo-Driving, New York Times-Reading, Body-Piercing, Hollywood-Loving, Left-Wing Freak Show” by Geoffrey Nunberg. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 “Talking Right” is a political linguistics book on how the Republican Party in the United States uses its rhetoric in terms of race, class, economics, religion and “traditional values” by hijacking words like “patriotism,” “liberalism,” “freedom” and even “people of faith” whilst discussing the right’s attitudes towards big business, the liberal elite and the liberal media. This book was published in 2006 so it is a little out of date (very weird to think that 15 years ago is out of date), but Nunberg uses this book to reflect upon the political lexicon of the republicans surrounding the 2004 election whilst tackling the rhetoric of modern American political jargon that the republicans have been spitting out since the Nixon Administration (though he does go back further when necessary). Nunberg also explores the reasons why the left has a difficult time opposing Republican language since the Democrats don’t seem to have one of their own, and when they do, it’s not the best. Over all, this book took me a while to get through because it is a lot to take in at once. However, this book is very informative and reflective about how to perceive the Republican Party’s rhetoric today as it allows its reader to grasp how the party has come to this point. Unfortunately, Nunberg passed away before he could make a sequel which would have been much appreciated given the current climate.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Nat

    Though weirdly dated in some respects (Nunberg refers to the "I-Pod", for example, with that punctuation), the call that this book makes for a liberal narrative that can match the conservative narrative of everyday, honest, pious Americans vs. "elitist" unpatriotic liberals is absolutely up-to-the-minute. And there's some reason to think that the developing language of the "99%" is capable of providing such a narrative, comparable to Clinton's picture of people who "work hard and play by the rul Though weirdly dated in some respects (Nunberg refers to the "I-Pod", for example, with that punctuation), the call that this book makes for a liberal narrative that can match the conservative narrative of everyday, honest, pious Americans vs. "elitist" unpatriotic liberals is absolutely up-to-the-minute. And there's some reason to think that the developing language of the "99%" is capable of providing such a narrative, comparable to Clinton's picture of people who "work hard and play by the rules" but who still "get the shaft". And Nunberg's diagnosis of the conservative rhetorical strategy of characterizing their opponents as some variety of "elites" is present in their description of the OWS protestors as "bored trust fund kids" (Limbaugh, grabbed from someone's FB feed). One benefit of reading the book is you get a collection of the best zingers from David Brooks without actually having to read his column. For example, Brooks is describing "Latte Liberals" who spend $3 for a cup of coffee because (1) they are uncomfortable with conspicuous consumption because they care about the plight of the poor and yet (2) they have a bunch of money they need to spend: "So their dilemma is how to spend money in a way that won't make them look like vulgar Republicans. One way is to spend extravagantly on things that used to be cheap, like coffee, bread, water and casual clothes. That way they don't look like Donald Trump, just upscale graduate students" (quoted on pp. 67-68). Also worth noting is something that Nunberg mentions called the Claritas/Prizm system of classifying "geo-demographic clusters" for marketing purposes. It divides the country up into 66 categories based on the type of neighborhood you live in. It's entertaining to find which category you belong to: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Claritas...

  8. 5 out of 5

    Daniel Crews

    Tell me a story, Nunberg says. His ultimate argument, written and supported well, is that conservatives have woven this narrative in which liberals are these elitist snobs who are trying to put a gay marriage in every pot and kill all the babie they can get their hands on, resulting in the downward spiral of Western Civilization. Nunberg shows through careful analysis how this narrative is actually accepted even by liberals and the mainstream media despite its being demonstrably false. In order t Tell me a story, Nunberg says. His ultimate argument, written and supported well, is that conservatives have woven this narrative in which liberals are these elitist snobs who are trying to put a gay marriage in every pot and kill all the babie they can get their hands on, resulting in the downward spiral of Western Civilization. Nunberg shows through careful analysis how this narrative is actually accepted even by liberals and the mainstream media despite its being demonstrably false. In order to make leftist political ideas as reasonable and common sensical as they were in the days of FDR what is needed, he says is an alternative narrative where the elites are greedy lords of capital giving the working man the shaft courtesy of the GOP. Democrats seek to protect and advnace the interests of those who are working hard and playing by the rules. It's a good story. More importantly, a true one.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Genevieve

    Written from a liberal political perpsective, the book explores how the right has used language to further its agenda. Nunberg made some great points, and his statistics about word usage were really intresting. But I found that some of his reasoning was flawed. The book was something of a liberal manifesto, so I guess it was okay that he wasn't balanced in his approach. But the book made me want to stand up for conservatism - even though I usually consider myself to be every so slightly left-of- Written from a liberal political perpsective, the book explores how the right has used language to further its agenda. Nunberg made some great points, and his statistics about word usage were really intresting. But I found that some of his reasoning was flawed. The book was something of a liberal manifesto, so I guess it was okay that he wasn't balanced in his approach. But the book made me want to stand up for conservatism - even though I usually consider myself to be every so slightly left-of-center politically!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Brennan

    When I purchased this book at the time it was released, it seemed more insghtful and relevent. This is not to say the book is any less valued at this point, but either through exposure, my own political education in the tiem since buying it, or because of the evolution of politics in general, voters and the media are far more savvy to the things written about in this book. Just the same, its always a good refresher to pour through and remain sharp on spin.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Shannon Hedges

    "Talking Right" is a scholarly narrative that details the nuances of political discourse. I had no idea that Democrats were losing the War of Words. I always feel like a winner. Just kidding. :) It really is an entertaining and thought-provoking book. "Talking Right" is a scholarly narrative that details the nuances of political discourse. I had no idea that Democrats were losing the War of Words. I always feel like a winner. Just kidding. :) It really is an entertaining and thought-provoking book.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Nathan Hetrick

    A bit dated, but still helpful for understanding how Republicans have controlled the political dialogue for the past forty years. It seemed to me, however, that he could have spent more pages telling what to do to overcome it and perhaps a bit fewer pages describing the problem.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jason

    Basically a concession that conversatives have done a better job of using language and branding for propaganda and a challenge to liberals to reclaim the langauge of debate rather than engaging conservatives using their own deeply loaded terms.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jake Lewin

    Really interesting discussion of language in politics and america.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Nicolle Bennion

    Even though I am a democrat I also admit that they aren't very good at campaigning unfortunately. Even though I am a democrat I also admit that they aren't very good at campaigning unfortunately.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Mike

    Spoiler alert: This book is depressing.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Aimee

    Leaves a lot to be desired. Read God's Politics instead. Leaves a lot to be desired. Read God's Politics instead.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Catherine

    Thought-provoking. All about the power of buzz words and how often even the most insightful and intelligent people shelve their critical-think for group-think.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jason

    01/17/08

  20. 5 out of 5

    Olivia Głąb

    I have a great respect for Geoffrey Nunberg. Even thou it is not an easy subject, the book was easy to read. Even esear then in my own language ( http://pit-online.info/mozliwosci-e-d... ) I have a great respect for Geoffrey Nunberg. Even thou it is not an easy subject, the book was easy to read. Even esear then in my own language ( http://pit-online.info/mozliwosci-e-d... )

  21. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    Oops. I just cleared out my review, because I realized I was thinking of a different book by Nunberg. Never mind...

  22. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie H

    It was extremely applicable, then Obama got elected. Looking at it retrospectively, you can see how much the book is dated. We'll see how things look in 2012 It was extremely applicable, then Obama got elected. Looking at it retrospectively, you can see how much the book is dated. We'll see how things look in 2012

  23. 4 out of 5

    James

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jim Crocker

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan

  26. 4 out of 5

    Ben

  27. 4 out of 5

    Robert

  28. 5 out of 5

    Stephen C. Kern

  29. 4 out of 5

    Nanette

  30. 5 out of 5

    Bradley

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