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The Madness of Crowds: Gender, Race and Identity; THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER Paperback – 17 September 2019
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[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 Lévy
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
- Publisher : Bloomsbury Continuum (17 September 2019)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 288 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1472959973
- ISBN-13 : 978-1472959973
- Dimensions : 15.4 x 1.9 x 23.3 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 52,113 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Put simply, Murray questions assumptions. I learned a lot. For example, after 40 years of having close gay friends, you’d think (and I would have thought) that I’d have nothing new to learn. Wrong! I found his entire line of inquiry refreshingly honest and informative.
His arguments concerning the “trans” phenomenon would be particularly helpful for any parent faced with a child claiming to be “in the wrong body” - read it and beware. All is not as it might appear.
A marvellous read - highly recommended!
If I had to select one section of "The Madness of Crowds" that intrigued me more than any other, it is the one entitled Interlude – The Marxist Foundations in which Murray gives us a snapshot of what is happening in our universities today. At one time seats of learning and debate, some faculties now are anything but with academic standards dropping and the shouting down of anyone who has a view that differs from the madding crowd. He also highlights some of the nonsense that emanates from academics you would expect to know better. Here is a classic example from Judith Baker, American philosopher and gender theorist: "The move from a structuralist account social relations in relatively homologous ways to a view of hegemony in which power relations are subject to repetition, convergence, and rearticulation brought the question of temporality into the thinking of structure, and marked a shift from a form of Althuserian theory that takes structural tonalities as theoretical objects to one in which the insights into the contingent possibility of structure inaugurate a renewed conception of hegemony as bound up with the contingent sites and strategies of the rearticulation of power." Got it? All in all, "The Madness of Crowds" is a timely reminder of an ever-changing world in which we should stop for a moment and ask ourselves the question – where are we heading?
Chapters are well laid out and easy to follow making the points they set out to make. You dont have to agree with the conclusions of the author, but you can't honestly deny the validity of the case he makes. Well worth a read.
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But, if like me, you are disillusioned with the current state of identity politics and are looking for a thoughtful analysis to provide some insights, this aint it.
The sections of the book are Gay , Women, Race and Trans. Murray patiently dissects the inconsistencies , contradictions , harmful outcomes and bizarre injustices which are a consequence of the woke revolution now dominating the western world.
His central theme is that many of the causes which were manifestly unjustly treated in former times have now been substantially resolved , but the today's advocates will not settle for the new parities and continue to make ever excessive demands which are changing once noble objectives into grotesque distortions.
The tone of the book is calm and accommodating and Murray necessarily pulls his punches to some extent although he does not weaken his arguments by doing so.
Needless to say this is a book for the converted , but if you are weary of being shouted at by 'activists' who believe that they exist on a higher moral plane than you then this book will provide a couple of hours of decent therapy.
Just one egregious example : to fail to highlight the grossly abusive the bahaviour of men like Harvey Weinstein when discussing the Me Too movement shows the paucity of both serious analysis and simple humanity which characterizes this tendentious and unilluminating tome. An extreme , distorted and grossly overrated piece of neopopulist rhetoric.
A brilliant guide to understanding the post-truth world of intersectionality and legal fiat. He gives us some hope that we can overcome the madness that is destroying our post-everything society.
After watching Douglas Murray’s many debates on YouTube I’ve always admired his ability to calmly and cogently dismantle the left’s arguments like cheap flat pack furniture. After addressing the Issue of immigration, identity and Islam in ‘The Strange Death if Europe’, he doesn’t disappoint this time by addressing cultural Marxism and identity politics issues in, ‘The Madness if Crowds’.
It’s no surprise that someone writing for the Guardian described this book as a “right wing diatribe” since it comprehensively dissects everything they hold dear, slither by slither. What else would a publication who argues that homosexuals are oppressed in the U.K. but remains silent on issue of them being executed in Iran think?
Anyone who has enjoyed Douglas Murray’s books and wish there were more should read ‘Neoconservatism and Why we Need It’ which is a hugely underrated book. If, like most of us, you’ve been wondering how and why political correctness seems to be ascending to new heights on what seems like a daily basis then this is a book for you.
Edit: this book is even more relevant in light of the recent BLM ‘largely peaceful protests’. If you’re wondering why the BLM movement doesn’t seem to actually be anything about black lives this is the book for you.