If you’re even slightly interested in politics and you have a twitter account, you’re probably one of the 32,528 people already following Jonah Goldberg on twitter. With an average of 41 tweets a day, @JonahNRO definitely falls in the category of prolific tweeters who are hard to miss.
Goldberg is an editor for National Review Online and writes for the LA Times and USA Today. He’s the author of a #1 New York Times best-selling book, Liberal Fascism, and is set to release his second book The Tyranny of Clichés: How Liberals Cheat in the War of Ideas on May 1. Goldberg is also a Fox News Contributor and a fellow at American Enterprise Institute, where he got his start in Washington.
Goldberg opened his Twitter account a couple years ago, and finds it to be “a deeply pernicious yet horribly addictive source for hopefully productive procrastination.”
“I will say that Twitter is a pretty useful news feed,” Goldberg said.
Goldberg tweets his columns, and is known for his snarky tweets on subjects from pop culture references to politics.
Sometimes, he even works in humorous conversations with his daughter.
Humor aside, Goldberg is an ideal person to follow because he tweets from the heart of his solidly conservative views.
“I tend to be in the nix of conservative arguments and all the rest. If you’re looking to stay abreast of where those arguments are and all that kind of stuff, I’m as good as anybody to follow.
“I think there is a kernel of utopian thinking about leftism is irreducible, unavoidable and dangerous, and there isn’t one to conservatism… but basically, I’m a conservative because I think conservatism is right.”
It matters little what the topic of his tweets are – politics, pop culture, or family life, Goldberg emphasizes the high quality nature of his 140 characters.
“My dad once gave me the advice about writing, ‘every sentence you write needs to be either important or good.’ And I sort of have the same attitude about Twitter.”
His top advice for young people?
“Don’t just read the stuff you agree with, read the stuff you disagree with, too. Don’t just interest yourself in what is going on at the moment. It is crucially important, especially for conservatives. Conservatives believe that the past matters, and we are standing on the shoulders of giants.
“Be happy warriors. This is a good fight to be in. We are on the side of freedom and prosperity and of all the things that have made western civilization successful and America in particular great, and defending those things shouldn’t feel like a chore. It should feel like a duty but also like a vocation.”