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The Madness of Crowds: Gender, Race and Identity

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In the long-awaited follow-up to his 2016 best-seller The Strange Death of Europe, Douglas Murray interrogates the vicious new culture wars playing out in our media, universities, homes and perhaps the most violent place of all: online. The Madness of Crowds is a must-read polemic-a vociferous demand for a return to free speech in an age of mass hysteria and political corr ...more
Hardcover, 280 pages
Published September 17th 2019 by Bloomsbury Continuum
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Harry There is certainly what would be considered a conservative bias from a modern perspective. The book would seem very liberal if it were released twenty…moreThere is certainly what would be considered a conservative bias from a modern perspective. The book would seem very liberal if it were released twenty years ago. Expect to be challenged if you align with the extremes of modern social science. Expect your beliefs to be reaffirmed if you align with modern science.(less)
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Bradley
Dec 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Please use Google to look up White Couples. Look up White Inventors. Check out the pictures.

If the results doesn’t blow your mind, I don’t know what will.

I mean, this is real. Not a joke. It’s not even a search that is remotely racist or homophobic, and yet, look at this pendulum swing into madness.


I admit that reading this book made me laugh. Genuine laughter, mixed with incredulity and a reaffirmed firm conviction that people of any orientation, race, or political bent can be a jerk.

I love thi
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Mj Brodie
I've read Douglas Murray's work before and while I disagree with about 75% of his views on political and social issues, I decided to read his new book to get a different perspective, which I believe to be a valuable exercise we should all engage in from time to time. From the point of view of the left, we are living in hateful times where people of color and women face more threats to their existence than ever before. The outlook is bleak, especially in the aftermath of the election in 2016 and ...more
Darryl Greer
Mar 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Douglas Murray is a British conservative author, journalist and political commentator and is an associate editor of the British political and cultural magazine, The Spectator. In "The Madness of Crowds", published in 2019, he explores the world’s most divisive issues: sexuality, gender, technology and race, revealing astonishing culture wars playing out in the work place, universities, schools and homes in the name of social justice, identity politics and “intersectionality”. The book became a ( ...more
Graeme Newell
Nov 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audible
This is the smartest book I’ve read in a long time. I was drawn to this author because his vantage point seemed divergent from my own. I’m prone to overconfidence in my own beliefs so I’m always on the lookout for books that challenge my own cocksure worldview.

After reading just a few pages of this book it quickly became evident that Murray is one crazy smart man. I would characterize him as a smarter, less annoying version of Jordan Peterson.

While I disagree with quite a few of the points Murra
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Elliott Reid
Oct 19, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Andrew
Oct 09, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Not a lot of common sense to be found in what is supposedly a celebration of common sense. Even less empathy. A childish book written by someone unable to understand the perspectives of people with different life experiences.
Fi
Sep 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: social-science
Required reading for... everyone!
Declan Murray
Sep 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Murray has succeeded in identifying some of the key components of the current midlife crisis that sections of the left are undergoing relating to sexuality, gender, race and what he calls "Trans" .

He perfectly elucidates he creeping feeling that there is something very strange about hypersensitivity on these issues beginning at just the moment when they were beginning to fade in importance.

He also identifies some of the sources for the strange realities that coexist in western culture at the m
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Vagabond of Letters, DLitt
9.5/10

Sad I took so long to getting around to reading this because I thought it was kosher conservative. The book, while not Rightist but more classical liberal or 'common sense', is the best introduction and accessible analysis of the topics named n the subtitle yet written. The highest praise I can give the author is that he several times gave expressions to concepts swishing around inchoate in my own mind, and put things together in a way that I've tried, but failed, to do, either due to defe
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Rob
Dec 11, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Murray’s central premise seems to be that the gains of the twentieth century social equality campaigners have become a new form of orthodoxy which has over reached and has become something with which to attack and assault traditional values. There’s a significant refusal to accept that social structural inequalities continue to exist and that this is a casus belli, as if all the groups who needed to achieve equality have reached their endgame and can now go away and stop bothering everyone else. ...more
Ilana
As someone else commented: this is a brilliant antidote to our hysterical times. Douglas Murray brings a much-needed rational level-headedness to the current obsessions of our times, and how these came to be embraced by the many. Written by a neo-conservative gay man, this book dissects the more irrational sides of some of our most talked about political movements, as spearheaded by extremists. While I do not espouse the author's conservative agenda, I found he made his arguments convincingly, o ...more
Lyn
Sep 29, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Douglas Murray’s 2019 book The Madness of Crowds addresses some of the most stridently and aggressively fought issues of our day. In an age of “cancel culture” and of social justice advocacy, this is a surprisingly refreshing call for humility, forgiveness and open mindedness.

Separating his arguments into sections for race, gender, sexuality and finally the Trans movement, Murray takes time to analyze the social justice movements in each area and also highlights the similarities with each in ter
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Christopher Blosser
The Madness of Crowds is perhaps a little too reliant on lengthy anecdotes from current events, scene-by-scene (or blow-by-blow) transcriptions of televised traumas and social media skirmishes, such that those familiar with some of the incidents related my be tempted to skip over some pages. Nevertheless, I believe this stands is one of the best analyses of the functional incoherence of the phenomenon of intersectionality, with its competing oppressions [and/or] victimhood of race, sex and gende ...more
Richio
Sep 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book of Murray's I've read, following The Strange Death of Europe. Like that book, many people will condemn or praise this one based on their politics, quite often without reading it.

Murray is known as a conservative provocateur, particuarly for his live speaking, partly because he is so articulate and capable of delivering withering put downs in a cut glass accent. I think this overshadows the fact that's he's a very clear thinker and raises reasonable arguments. He may be a
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Jeanette
Do not begin to believe you are going to read this book with any tiny measure of joyful or entertainment factor involved. Because you won't. That aspect will be 1 star for many readers who get all the way through. Unless you enjoy suffering. But the intellectual aspects and prose skills are 4 or 5 star throughout.

I won't pretend I understand completely his verbose definitive proclivities. And I'm absolutely sure much of his determination for what I consider "homo sapiens" life structure optimal
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John Wiltshire
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I doubt many people reading this book would give it fewer than 5 stars. If you are interested in identity politics and its effects on society, then I would assume you'd find this the perfect dissection of that phenomenon. If you are the kind of person who reads, as I did this morning, that Portland has banned urinals in public toilets (presumably so as not to offend men-identifying women who have their self-identification rather challenged by not being able to pee standing up) and rant and rave ...more
Richard Block
Sep 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
SJW Inferno

Douglas Murray's supercilious, ultra posh voice enunciates every syllable of his latest polemic (on Audible) in which he pontificates on the destructive nature of modern debate on the issues of gender and race. The social warriors are demented, maintains the controlled Murray, whose polemic oozes sarcasm and contempt. The central thesis is this - just as we are winning the battle for gay rights, women's rights, and black rights, the post Marxist analysis that has escaped academia thru
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Tristram Shandy
Aug 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sociology, politics
“Der Asket macht aus der Tugend eine Not.“
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“Though this be madness, yet there’s method in’t.”

Whether you stick to Nietzsche’s dictum and think that recent developments are a good example of how especially virtuous people – those who are put, by themselves, by the way, above the common lot by the knowledge that Western culture is all evil – make virtue a matter of pain and self-hate, or whether you go with Shakespeare and think that even madness has its own laws – and that by fostering this spec
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Michael Shore
Oct 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I admire Murray's courage and willingness to take on such a host of hot-button issues in this brilliant volume. A refreshingly candid analysis and devastating take-down of the absolute insanity on the left. By far the best book I've read this year.
Jvm
Sep 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another Fantastic Book by Douglas Murray

Douglas Murray does it again. If you’ve been wondering what’s behind all of the recent hysteria about trans rights, ‘dead naming’ and ‘intersectionality’; or like James O Brian, you don’t know what identity politics is, this is the book for you.

After watching Douglas Murray’s many, many debates on YouTube I’ve always admired his ability to calmly and cogently dismantle the left’s arguments and after addressing the immigration, identity and Islam issue in,
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Benjamin Marcher
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
288 pages of pure and accurate facts. A perfect articulation of the mass hysteria exhibited by the upper 0.1% of our society.
Emil O. W. Kirkegaard
Pretty boring book. Basically just a series of comments on popular cases of insane SJW behavior.
Ned
Nov 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good book with an inadequate foundation

The author presents a number of good arguments and interesting perspectives, but never really justifies them or recognizes his own ultimately nihilistic perspective. His arguments are humanistic and bank on the fact that all "reasonable" people want the same things. Since he dismisses Christians as well meaning but quaint and faintly bigoted, he throws out the underpinnings for many of his assumptions, i. e. that people should care about harm to children,
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Sassa
Dec 24, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall, I give this book 3-1/2 stars. ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫
There is an honest but tough and frank debate concerning gender and race identity in “The Madness of Crowds.” It is full of difficult concepts and harsh language but these concepts should be faced. Murray makes us look at the madness we may be entering as groups face off against each other, groups that could otherwise enjoy common good. He makes us look at the destructive, sometimes irreversible, things we might do to ourselves and to children under
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Andrew
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I've always been interested in the way crowds behave...when large numbers of individuals forfeit that individuality to a potent force of unity & blind prejudice. I try to avoid crowds...I have never joined a protest march for example as I have never felt happy not retaining my own point-of-view...& my socio-political opinons will remain just that...opinions...my own induvidual opinions! I will never again express an opinion in public or on social media...as there are people out there who would w ...more
Anastasia
Dec 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, 5-stars
This is incredibly fascinating book. At first, every part of me was screaming against it. I thought how dare this man say these things. He knows nothing so how dare he write such brainwash. I think being so outraged pulled me in and it started to make sense. The author makes a lot of fair points about our society. And about crowd madness. Just because someone says so, doesn't mean it's actually so. And when do we take it too far. When are we so driven to protect equality or gender or race that w ...more
Melissa Riley
Jul 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent. Murray bravely and unashamedly puts his literary finger directly on many of the major issues facing our public discourse today. With specificity, he shines a bright light on the reasons public opinion rapidly considers certain opinions taboo that were once mainstream opinions (and scientific/common sense ones at that). A great read!
Letitia Todd Kim
Not as insightful or useful as it could have been. Rather than being an evidentiary or theoretically based critique of identitarianism, this book is largely a collection of anecdotes (most of which are already well known to anyone paying attention) interspersed with Murray’s measured opinions (again, most of which have already been expressed by others). While the identitarian movement is probably too new to have generated an expansive library of data, surely there are enough statistics to enable ...more
Chioma Chukwura
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The is so much hated in the world. Why can't we just get along with each other?

None issues have become issues.

I think it's because thing work in the west and they are used to an easy life, they have to complicate things for themselves.
M
May 24, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Challenging and brilliantly argued, eh?

The story goes something like this, and feel free to stop me if you’ve heard of this one before: sometime in the 20th century, everyone apparently stopped believing in anything, when hitherto they had believed in something. The Marxists had been having an identity crisis of their own thanks to the collapse of the socialist dream, and had been busy for the last decade or so inventing a new theory and practice of capitalism and how it might be overthrown, stu
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Douglas Kear Murray is a British neoconservative writer and commentator. He was the director of the Centre for Social Cohesion from 2007 until 2011, and is currently an associate director of the Henry Jackson Society.

Murray appears regularly in the British broadcast media, commentating on issues from a conservative standpoint, and he is often critical of Islamic fundamentalism. He writes for a num
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“If somebody has the competency to do something, and the desire to do something, then nothing about their race, sex or sexual orientation should hold them back. But minimizing difference is not the same as pretending difference does not exist. To assume that sex, sexuality and skin colour mean nothing would be ridiculous. But to assume that they mean everything will be fatal.” 20 likes
“As one of the consequences of the death of God, Friedrich Nietzsche foresaw that people could find themselves stuck in cycles of Christian theology with no way out. Specifically that people would inherit the concepts of guilt, sin and shame but would be without the means of redemption which the Christian religion also offered. Today we do seem to live in a world where actions can have consequences we could never have imagined, where guilt and shame are more at hand than ever, and where we have no means whatsoever of redemption.” 7 likes
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