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The New Thought Police: Inside the Left's Assault on Free Speech and Free Minds

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Stop the Left from Policing Your Mind
Our freedom to speak our minds is under attack. Like the Thought Police of George Orwell's 1984, powerful special interest groups on the Left are mounting a withering assault on our rights in the name of "social equality." Liberty has been turned on its ear as the rights of the few restrict the freedom of everyone. In The New Thought Po
Paperback, 336 pages
Published January 28th 2003 by Three Rivers Press (first published 2001)
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Jan 26, 2008 rated it really liked it
I like books written by intellectually honest people who aren't afraid to call out BOTH sides on their BS.

Sep 14, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Not everything in this book is a lie or a misrepresentation. Just most everything, starting with the author's depiction of herself in the first few pages as a progressive liberal feminist—a self-portrayal that is belied by every single other thing written in the book or on its cover.

Bruce plays with the facts in an embarrassingly transparent way. Her main thesis—that "The American Left" is working as a bloc to stifle freedom of speech and bring about a totalitarian regime in the U.S.—is undermin
Apr 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
"Loaned to me by my Dad. The last one he loaned me "The Death of Common Sense" was very good, so I have high hopes. This one appears to be a conservative agenda, so it can make up for "Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them" echoing the liberal agenda. This stuff is all quite fun to read. :-)

This book has *one* extremely good premise - and it's on the cover: Beware the insidious tyranny of political correctness as violating political correctness in the interest of examination and learning opens
Mar 22, 2009 rated it really liked it
Tammy Bruce compares the left's close mindedness to George Orwell's thought police, as depicted in his book "1984". I liked this book, didn't LOVE it. I really like Tammy Bruce and I agreed with every point she made in the book. And she isn't some raving conservative, by the way. She describes herself as a conservative, lesbian, pro-choice feminist. She worked for the National Organization for Women (NOW) for a long time and uses some of her own experiences as examples in the book. As I read the ...more
Jan 30, 2011 rated it it was ok
I agree with Bruce that the leadership on the left has become very hypocritical and is doing more to take away our freedoms than the right ever did. But, I couldn't help feeling that she had an ax to grind after having been kicked out of NOW. Her rhetoric was just too vitriolic. And while she rants about the left's inability to accept and respect differing opinions, she seems to assume that socialism is inherently bad and anyone who subscribes to it must be bad; it's not just a different opinion ...more
Jul 18, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A lot like "The Death of Right and Wrong" by Miss Bruce, which I gave 5 stars, but part of it may be because what I read in "The Thought Police" seems so fundamental to me now, whereas the previous read was great because it was like Miss Bruce was saying everything that had been bottled up inside me without the words to express it. "The Death of Right and Wrong" will always be that book that got me paying better attention to how politics drives our culture.
Jul 06, 2008 added it
Tammy Bruce lays out how the left is slowly curtailing free speech for those they don't agree with, and does so in a very readable manner.
Craig Adamson
Jan 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Now there's something you don't read every day! A thoughtful, provocative expose on how the American culture is so easily manipulated by groups who have personal animosity towards Christians and the rule of law. The irony of this book is that it was written by a self-labeled lesbian who is both pro-child killing and pro-guns. if that irony weren't enough... the book was published in 2001.

Pretty much all the things that have been happening in regards to "social issues" such as the courts and pop
Darin Lee
Feb 06, 2008 rated it liked it
All In all a good read. The writing is somewhat haphazard in places. I am not a fan of alot of rhetoric and this book, while not loaded with it, does have some parts that I had to look past and judge by content rather than the authors word choices. I cannot say this book was of research quality. You would not find it helpful for a term paper as an example...but it is a good jumping off book to start you thinking and to start you asking questions about what you see going on around you.

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Ex Leftist Orwell Is Spinning
As 'a Brit' I found the gun-totting photo on Ms Bruce's web-site alienating; I dismissed the book expecting conservative hyperbole. I was wrong. Tammy has observed, from the inside of what has become the hypocritical, hidden agenda ridden, self-serving group politic/leftism. To add to her credence in criticising such, National Organization for Women and Jesse Jackson for eg. Tammy is female and gay (not black but 2 of 3's not bad!)
Colleen Garnett
Dec 14, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: political
Read it for an AP US Government book report in high school - loved it then. Would probably think a bit more critically of it now. The edition I read was actually the hardcover which came out in 2001, pre-9/11, which pretty much changes everything. It is still thought-provoking, but no longer current.
Aug 13, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: political
The author an open Lesbian and former womens right activist reveals many disturbing tactics used by the organizations she has personally dealt with and been a part of. I realize that some of the bad tactics could also be used by conservative groups, but it seems that for the most part it's how she says. I recommend this book to anyone interested in politics.
Sarah R
Jun 17, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This woman is entirely too conservative and intelligent to be a liberal as she claims. An extremely well-written book on the attempts of the Left to destroy independent thought on both sides of the aisle. She also attacks radical feminist, civil rights, and homosexual groups and shows up their bias and hypocrisy. Fantastic!
Jun 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Tammy Bruce's book is excellent. Her parallels with Nineteen Eighty-Four, Big Government society and Thinkpol are absolutely on the mark. She also tells her experience with the NAGS. A must read for anyone with an open mind.
Feb 02, 2008 rated it really liked it
A feminist, lesbian former big wig at the National Organization of Women -- and a huge conservative. Fun book with not so surprising insights about her experience with NOW and other traditional bastions of leftist thought.
Oct 08, 2008 rated it really liked it
Just because I read this book doesn't make me a right winger... read it for yourself.
Jul 01, 2008 rated it really liked it
Interesting 'insiders' look at what the 'thought police' are doing to America.
Oct 02, 2008 rated it liked it
You can't help but feel she is shouting at you.
Jun 08, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I enjoyed this book more then I thought I would. It is very thought provoking and makes you realize that free speech is under attack.
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“Group dynamics and the decision to sacrifice the individual for the group are the first steps in a march down the road to Thought Crimes (euphemistically termed Hate Crimes) and totalitarianism in its purest form.” 0 likes
“Wasn't the fight for women's rights based on our demand to be treated the same as everyone else? As we've seen regarding the gay, black and feminist establishment outside the academy's walls, demands for special treatment lead to the marginalization and patronization of the constituency at issue.” 0 likes
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