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The Madness of Crowds

Gender, Race and Identity
Lu par : Douglas Murray
Durée : 11 h et 23 min
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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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  • 26/09/2019

An Urgent Read for Our Over-woke Times

An excellent and thoughtful critique of the pitfalls of social justice theory, identity politics, critical race theory, and intersectionality. Over the course of a decade, I've spent a lot of time in groups that would easily be described as "social justice groups", and I've experienced firsthand the sliding of these groups into unreasonableness and counterproductive behavior over the last few years. Douglas brings much-needed clarity to some of the most controversial social and political ideas of our time. I strongly recommend my fellow lefties give this a read and give Murray's analysis careful consideration. His performance on the audiobook is wonderful and entertaining.

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  • Adam
  • 25/09/2019

Brilliant and required listening for all people

This book is the answer to the questioning and baffled minds of our time. Douglas' incisive and insightful commentary on our current situation, especially as regards the breach we may feel within our identity-obsessed branch of political and societal 'debate', has arrived not a minute too soon. Full marks for this book. Buy and listen now.

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  • Nikolay Schitov
  • 19/09/2019

Foucauldian hell

This is a mad journey into Foucauldian-Marxist utopia that became reality. Brilliantly written book gives pleasure and concern in the same time.

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  • 25/09/2019

Genius socio-political observations

best socio-political academia in decades articulated brilliantly. possibly the most important critique of our times, with solutions suggested . if you dont find this thoroughly captivating of interest, then you probably are part of the problems described here ;)

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  • B Jones
  • 02/11/2019

Murray is the Messiah

The Madness of Crowds is the antidote to the poison we have collectively ingested as self-loathing Western Societies. Murray is slaying the last dragon of our time, and simultaneously delivering us from evil.

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  • Rachael Hoffman
  • 01/11/2019

An unflinching look at todays apparent societal reorganization

The author lays out a compelling case for the reader to question today’s prevailing orthodoxy in the social, political, and indeed moral/ethical spheres of existence. Replete with examples that, while perhaps not entirely mainstream, but certainly far more representative than would be hoped in today’s progressive world, Douglas Murray uncovers contradictions and inconsistencies that any thinking individual must consider once being made aware of them.
A worthwhile read.

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  • Ian Gribbin
  • 01/11/2019

Brilliant in every way

Murray makes his points pragmatically and with precision, concluding powerfully with short sound bites.

If his polemic isn’t already exquisite enough, it is topped off, conflated by his narration; delivered with the right amount of indignation and passion. Better than the book alone!

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  • 31/10/2019

Important contribution to the discussion

Murray's case is strong and both his reading and logic superb. He carefully lays out the logic ( and in some places, the lack thereof) of the current states of many of the so-called justice movements of our time. This is a must-read/listen for anyone wishing to engage in serious debate on the issues.

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  • phillip mcpeak
  • 30/10/2019

Absolutely amazing

A masterpiece. Well thought, well written, well played. A must read in todays culture of insanity.

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  • Kenny B.
  • 25/10/2019

A societal topic from a perspective seldom heard.

Mr. Murray delivers a strong argument to the mainstream narrative of identity politics by poking holes in it's perceived structure by revealing areas where legitimate dialogue is desperately needed but being ignored. I will definitely listen again.

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  • TH
  • 26/09/2019

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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  • Caruso
  • 18/10/2019

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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  • Nikodem Skrobisz
  • 21/10/2019

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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  • Anonymer Hörer
  • 05/10/2019

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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