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The Joy of Hate: How to Triumph over Whiners in the Age of Phony Outrage Hardcover – November 13, 2012
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Guest Review by Jonah Goldberg on Greg Gutfeld’s The Joy of Hate
Jonah Goldberg is a columnist for the Los Angeles Times and contributing editor to National Review. A USA Today contributor and former columnist for the Times of London, he has also written for The New Yorker, Commentary, the Wall Street Journal, and many other publications.
The funny thing about Gutfeld is that he’s really funny. But this fact obscures the other funny thing about Gutfeld: He’s really absurdly smart. This is readily apparent to anyone who picks up The Joy of Hate: How to Triumph over Whiners in the Age of Phony Outrage.
Gutfeld’s basic argument is that the Forces of Tolerance claim an exclusive monopoly on, well, tolerance. But they use tolerance as a cudgel, a means of enforcing political correctness and shaming heretics into silence. “The idea of tolerance—a seemingly innocuous concept—has now become something else entirely: a way to bludgeon people into shutting up, piping down, and apologizing, when the attacked are often the ones who hold the key to common sense,” Gutfeld writes. “They speak an unspeakable truth, and they get clobbered by the Truncheon of Tolerance. Tolerance has turned normal people into sheep/parrot hybrids, followers in word and deed—bloating and squawking at everyone in a psychological torment not experienced since Dave Matthews picked up a guitar.” In other words, behind the liberal double-standard conservatives so often complain about is a single standard: the left holds a monopoly on acceptable speech.
To his credit, Gutfeld acknowledges that conservatives are too often prone to adopting the “voice of perpetual outrage.” Gutfeld considers himself a libertarian, albeit one of an admirably Victorian variety, though I may be the only person who’d use that adjective. “I have a rule,” Gutfeld proclaims. “Anything that can be done privately does not need to be performed publicly. It’s why I love the gays but I hate their parades.” The reason I say this is Victorian, is that in Victorian England, there was all sorts of wild hanky-panky going on, but it was behind closed doors. In public there was one social norm for everyone, in private there were so many freak flags flying it looked like the rotunda outside the U.N.
Obviously, Gutfeld doesn’t want the one standard to be anything nearly so constraining or oppressive as that of Victorian England. But he does want one standard: Don’t whine about how someone or something hurts your feelings and is offensive when what really bothers you is that someone disagrees with your point of view or agenda.
Gutfeld doesn’t mention Herbert Marcuse, but he talks a lot about “repressive tolerance,” a term Marcuse coined and popularized. The Frankfurt School Marxist argued that traditional—i.e., classically liberal—notions of tolerance were in fact oppressive because they helped perpetuate the sorts of societies Marcuse disliked (liberal, capitalist, democratic, free, decent, etc). And so, as Frankfurt School Marxists are known to do, he vomited up a bilious stew of nonsense that basically served as a secular fatwa: Leftwing groups are free to say whatever they want, but “rightwing” groups (defined as any outfit not loyal to leftwing groups) were to be treated as bigoted and offensive simply because they disagreed with leftwing groups. As Marcuse writes, “Liberating tolerance, then, would mean intolerance against movements from the Right and toleration of movements from the Left.”
Gutfeld doesn’t bother with Marcuse, because Marcuse is dead and was only considered really smart by the people who wanted an eggheaded excuse to be asinine hypocrites. Gutfeld’s fight is much closer to the ground. It’s an incredibly timely argument, given the new rage for what the kids today call “concern trolling.” This is where people pretend to be deeply, deeply troubled or concerned about this or that when they’re really not. Have you ever noticed how many extremely liberal columnists and TV pundits devote so much time to worrying about the Republican Party’s electoral prospects given America’s changing demographics? Or evolving attitudes about abortion? Or homosexuality? Because we all know that if the GOP suddenly became pro-choice and for open borders, Keith Olbermann would suddenly start voting Republican.
“Greg Gutfeld is a sweet, hysterical, evil genius. Liberals fear him because whenever they look down their noses, they see him. Or at least the top of his head. This is a man who would take time out from starring in two daily television shows just to help someone who has fallen down on the sidewalk. Mainly because it would be so funny to watch him fall. Viva Gutfeld!” —Ann Coulter
“According to the Internet, Mother Teresa once defined Joy as ‘a net of love by which you can catch souls.’ In The Joy of Hate, Greg Gutfeld continues her mission—in a completely different way. Hilarious, outrageous, and brilliant, this is the best book on how to think about your fellow man since Atlas Shrugged, and the best book on how to deal with your enemies since The Anarchist’s Cookbook.” —Jonah Goldberg
“It’s hard to get through a page of The Joy of Hate without collapsing in tears of laughter. With every paragraph, I’d stop and say ‘You won’t believe what he just said.’ The truth hurts.” —Dana Perino, former White House press secretary, Gutfeld’s cohost on The Five
“Greg Gutfeld is this generation’s Mark Twain. Or is that this generation’s Shania Twain? What I’m trying to say is he looks great in a skirt. Also, this book is funny as hell.” —Dan Bova, editor in chief, Maxim magazine
“Anger is like sex. It feels good but it’s exhausting—and we often think it’s better if we include more people. But as Greg Gutfeld aptly illustrates, words of outrage should be saved for things that truly are outrageous, or you will ultimately lose all your friends and drive yourself crazy. I, for one, cannot recommend this book strongly enough, and it has nothing to do with my relationship with the author.” —Greg Gutfeld
More About the Author
Greg is also host of "The Greg Gutfeld Show" on the Fox News Channel where he parodies current events on a weekly basis and converses on key issues, bringing a comedic twist to the news. Additionally, Gutfeld interviews newsmakers and culture critics on the major headlines of the week.
The Weekly Standard calls him "the most dangerous man on television." According to the magazine, unlike other media darlings, "Gutfeld's stuff actually is subversive, a stink bomb hurled into every faculty lounge, mainstream newsroom, movie studio, and nonprofit boardroom in America."
Prior to joining Fox, Gutfeld was a staff writer at Prevention and editor-in-chief of Men's Health magazine. He later became editor-in-chief of Stuff, where he increased circulation from 750,000 to 1.2 million and created controversy month after month. He helmed Maxim magazine in the U.K., and was a contributor to the Huffington Post, where he became legendary for his "inspired, lunatic ridicule of his leftwing fellow Huffers." He's been published in countless magazines, has appeared in too many profiles to mention, and was only fingerprinted once.
He currently blogs on his own site, GGutfeld.com, as well as Breitbart.com, where he writes about the news and pop culture of the day, from a conservative libertarian humorous slant. He's appeared on dozens of TV shows, and is a regular on "The O'Reilly Factor."
He is the author of five books, among them, two New York Times Best Sellers, "Not Cool" and "The Joy of Hate" along with "The Bible of Unspeakable Truths," which garnered praise and pithy quotes from the likes of Dennis Miller, Mike Huckabee, Ann Coulter and Andrew Breitbart who said: "Trust me, you don't want him setting his sights on your hypocrisy and public failings." Consider yourself warned.
Top Customer Reviews
This quote from Greg, pretty much sums up the book: "A funny thing about tolerant people? They're really only tolerant when you agree with them. Suddenly, when they find out you disagree with just one of their assumptions, they become intolerant of you. Which kind of misses the whole point of tolerance, but I'll tackle that later."
I think he is about the only person who could write on this topic in a way that's concise without getting preachy; genuine without being smarmy; bold enoughto take on touchy concepts; and damned hilarious to help the medicine go down. READ THIS BOOK. Thank you.
I recently stopped my Facebook, OK, to be honest, I was thrown out for not being the happy happy, hearts and flowers writer, but also because I have been disowned by my family for writing "bad" things about them (that they were true wasn't the point). This recent election taught me that cavorting with the happy people on Facebook was a waste of my time since obviously my astute economic analyses and pointing out issues like it would be nice to have a president who showed up for work once in a while, and maybe it's not a good thing that he colluded with Medvedev when he thought the mike was off, and Benghazi and on and on, and was completely ignored. But then again, I am one of those gun toting, rascist morons who listens to Fox News, so what do I know? And that the fact that he spent an hour on the rubble that was once the Jersey Shore changed enough minds to get Axelrod errr Obama elected for four more years of that "change" we still don't really understand, but who cares? He spent an hour walking with a fawning Chris Christie (who I was TOLD was a Republican - geez am I dumb or what for believing that?) on the Jersey Shore, thus giving the mainstream media the exact ammunition to spread all over their "news" those last few days before the election. And all those educated people could change their mind at the last minute because, well, he has that big Hollywood smile and he's so presidential on that rubble!Read more ›
If you are a staunch liberal I doubt you will be able to enjoy the humor in this book because a lot of the humor will be at your expense, so for you, I might pass unless you are truly a free speech purist. Conservatives, Centrists/Moderates, Libertarians and those who are just sick of political correctness and fake tolerance will probably laugh their way through the book. It's a nice release for many who just want people to speak the truth of what they really feel and think, not what they believe they are supposed to feel and think.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Gutfield, either you love him or you hate him. . . His sense of humor is acerbic and biting but on point.
So Great that it can only be used for Good or Evil! Read more
It's typical Greg Gutfeld. To know his humor is to love his humor.Published 19 days ago by Alan Moore
insightful, clever, conversational, positions well thought-out. even if I disagree I get the points being made. really enjoyable book.Published 22 days ago by Rich
It's Greg Gutfeld so you know what you're getting. He makes many good points, many of which blow right past a lot of people who don't particularly grok sarcasm. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Social Exodus