The Madness of Crowds

Some Modern Taboos
Bloomsbury Continuum (Verlag)
  • erschienen am 17. September 2019
  • Buch
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  • Softcover
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  • 280 Seiten
978-1-4729-5997-3 (ISBN)
Douglas Murray is the internationally bestselling author of The Strange Death of Europe and the foremost commentator on identity and culture in the United Kingdom. In his explosive new book The Madness of Crowds Murray examines the twenty-first century's most contentious issues: sexuality, race, mental health and gender. He reveals the astonishing new culture wars playing out in our media, universities, schools, homes and in perhaps the most violent place of all: online.

He asks whether the concept of 'intersectionality' - the popular theory that all minority rights overlap - has in fact driven us wildly off course. Rather than providing the route to justice and enlightenment, it has ignored the fact that increasingly narrow sets of interests often work in opposition to one another. This applies across a huge spectrum of areas including trans and gay issues, race and women's rights.

Policing each of these causes are the loud and frequently anonymous voices on social media and in the press. Murray argues that social media and online networks, originally designed as forums for open speech, have emboldened the mob and exacerbated groupthink - self-censorship and public shaming have become rife. As a result, and out of terror, we have unlearned the ability to speak frankly about some of the most important issues affecting society, due entirely to the fear of being criticised.

Drawing on examples from those directly affected by the crowd mentality, including Tim Hunt in Britain and Brett Weinstein in America, Murray walks against the tide of censorship. He asks us to think more openly about what we're afraid to say; to think outside of the mob and the psychology of the crowd. With his characteristic perceptiveness and eminently readable prose, Murray argues vociferously for a return to free speech in an age of mass hysteria.
  • Englisch
  • London
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  • Großbritannien
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • Broschur/Paperback
  • Höhe: 233 mm
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  • Breite: 153 mm
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  • Dicke: 25 mm
  • 433 gr
978-1-4729-5997-3 (9781472959973)
Douglas Murray is Associate Director of the Henry Jackson Society and Assistant Editor of the Spectator. He also writes for a variety of other publications including the Evening Standard, Prospect and the Sunday Times and international newspapers. His first book The Strange Death of a Europe was an international bestseller and has been translated into 23 languages.
Douglas Murray fights the good fight for freedom of speech ... A truthful look at today's most divisive issues * Jordan B. Peterson, bestselling author of 12 Rules for Life * [Murray's] latest book is beyond brilliant and should be read, must be read, by everyone. He mercilessly exposes the hypocrisy and embarrassingly blatant contradictions that run rife through the current 'woke' vogue. * Richard Dawkins * Whether one agrees with him or not, Douglas Murray is one of the most important public intellectuals today. * Bernard-Henri Levy * How can you not know about The Madness of Crowds? It's actually the book I've just finished. You can't just not read these books, not know about them. * Tom Stoppard * Simply brilliant. Reading it to the end, I felt as though I'd just drawn my first full breath in years. At a moment of collective madness, there is nothing more refreshing - or, indeed, provocative - than sanity. * Sam Harris, author of five New York Times bestsellers and host of the Making Sense podcast. * An abomination * Titania McGrath, author of Woke: A Guide to Social Justice * This is an author who specialises in expressing what everyone sort of knows already and is afraid to say ... well argued, well supported and well observed * Lionel Shriver, The Times * Graceful and witty * Guardian * Necessary and provocative * Evening Standard * Impressive and lively ... Murray's comprehensive survey of the prevailing madness will not persuade every reader. But it raises the real questions of our times. * Roger Scruton, Unherd * Murray's book performs a great service * Financial Times * Fascinating ... Much of what Murray writes is pertinent and hard to disagree with * Sunday Times * Murray is a superbly perceptive guide through the age of the social justice warrior * Daily Telegraph * Murray's book raises urgent questions about how people should conduct themselves in today's age of "wokeness"' * Catholic Herald *

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