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The Madness of Crowds

Gender, Race and Identity
Sprecher: Douglas Murray
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In his devastating new book The Madness of Crowds, Douglas Murray examines the 21st century’s most divisive issues: sexuality, gender, technology and race. He reveals the astonishing new culture wars playing out in our workplaces, universities, schools and homes in the names of social justice, identity politics and ‘intersectionality’.  

We are living through a postmodern era in which the grand narratives of religion and political ideology have collapsed. In their place have emerged a crusading desire to right perceived wrongs and a weaponisation of identity, both accelerated by the new forms of social and news media.

Narrow sets of interests now dominate the agenda as society becomes more and more tribal - and, as Murray shows, the casualties are mounting.   

Readers of all political persuasions cannot afford to ignore Murray’s masterfully argued and fiercely provocative book, in which he seeks to inject some sense into the discussion around this generation’s most complicated issues. 

He ends with an impassioned call for free speech, shared common values and sanity in an age of mass hysteria.

©2019 Douglas Murray (P)2019 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

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"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 best-sellers and host of the Making Sense podcast)

"Whether one agrees with him or not, Douglas Murray is one of the most important public intellectuals today." (Bernard-Henri Lévy) 

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A Voice of Reason

An important book by the brilliant Douglas Murray. A particularly difficult subject well thought and well written. Bautifully read by the author.

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Sprachlich und inhaltlich brillant!

ein Genuss sowohl sprachlich, wie auch inhaltlich. Ein wichtiges Buch in der Zeit. Murray hat auch eine sehr angenehme Stimme.

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Brilliante Analyse

Murray analysiert glasklar und differenziert die ideologischen Strukturen ihre inhärenten Widersprüche, die einen Teil des Wahnsinns unserer Tage ausmachen.

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Ramblings of anti-SJW youtubers turned into a book

Douglas Murray raises a few good points that I hadn't thought through previously, but mostly the book consists of the same drivel you can listen to for hundreds of hours by anti-SJW YouTubers who complain about topics such as American college students complaining about Halloween costumes.

Murray fundamentally fails to show how big of a problem the things he talks about actually are. Even in old Monty Python sketches they used to make fun of the radical social science topics that are taught at universities, but is it any worse nowadays? Most probably it isn't, with the difference that in today's world we have much better access to all the nonsense happening on campuses around the world, thanks to social media. At multiple times he tediously reads transcripts of shouting matches of some YouTube videos - something that wasn't possible to do in the age of Monty Python.

At some times Murray struggles with very basic rules that I'd never expect someone to be confused by past the age of 6 or 7. A very boring part of the book is describing a music video of Nicki Minaj with the simple moral of "look, don't touch", which Murray either doesn't understand or tries to make a joke about and falling flat. At other times Murray portrays weird fringe theories about "autogynephilia" as though it should be taken seriously by us readers.

Even if you agree with the conclusions of the book (which I do) it is really not worth the read. In that case I'd suggest to check out some of the books which are cited in "madness of the crowds", such as the books by Steven Pinker instead. At least you'd learn something about the scope of the problems in our society that way.

It's a good book if you want to get angry at the world. If at heart you are a grumpy person who enjoys shouting out the window about kids on the lawn, then this book is just the thing for you.

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