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The Madness of Crowds: Gender, Race and Identity

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The challenging and brilliantly-argued new book from the bestselling author of The Strange Death of Europe.

In his devastating new book The Madness of Crowds, Douglas Murray examines the twenty-first 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
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published September 17th 2019 by Bloomsbury Continuum
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DAVE VANAUKEN It drags some hard and uncomfortable facts, events and results into the open, and largely states "seems to be something wrong here". If facing…moreIt drags some hard and uncomfortable facts, events and results into the open, and largely states "seems to be something wrong here". If facing difficult facts about ones point of view have you resort to screaming "stalin" or "hitler" in response, then some portions may seem biased. If listening to other points of view have you reflect, consider, and adjust where necessary then you will find well founded criticism that warrants thought and further consideration. Those two statements apply regardless of your current "camp" or leaning as it is not gentle to either.(less)
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Mj Brodie
Sep 27, 2019 rated it liked it
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
Filipp Miroshnichenko
Sep 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A book that attempts and manages to make sense of something that barely makes any sense at all deserves praise in and of itself. Yet, when the subject in question is as controversial and divisive as today's ineluctable pervasiveness of identity politics, addressing such a combustible phenomenon accords particular accolades to those who have the guts to dissect it. As is the case with his previous works, once again Murray displays the same courage, honesty and depth which have made him one of the ...more
Declan Murray
Sep 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
Sep 23, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed hearing what I consider to be Murray's compassionate skepticism of social justice ideology. In hindsight, I think it was a bit therapeutic to me to hear so much of a rational, liberal voice challenging what I often feel is an aggressive, ubiquitous orthodoxy. I appreciate what I see as Murray's mapping out of not only various areas of these hard-left, identity-based views but also partially where they came from, how they have changed and continue to change in people's minds, and what ...more
Fi Read with Fi
Sep 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: social-science
Required reading for... everyone!
Elliott Reid
Oct 19, 2019 rated it did not like it
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Sep 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 09, 2019 rated it did not like it
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.
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 ...more
Richard Block
Sep 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
Letitia Todd Kim
Sep 25, 2019 rated it liked it
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
Emil O. W. Kirkegaard
Pretty boring book. Basically just a series of comments on popular cases of insane SJW behavior.
Michael Shore
Oct 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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.
Graeme Newell
Nov 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
John Wiltshire
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
Benjamin Marcher
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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.
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,
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,
Sylvester Kuo
Oct 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: politics, history, glbt, humour
I loved Islamophilia but Neo-conservatism and Why We Need It left a bad taste in my mouth. I have not since ready any work by Murray again. After a friend recommendation, I picked up The Madness of Crowds and my, Murray had a way with words when he's trying to be funny.

The book focused on 4 major points in the insanity of Western civilisation: Sexual orientation, gender, race and trannies. I am well aware of the blackpill presented in this book but Murray made it fun to read, I particularly
Nov 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
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André Rio
Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A deep-dive into the countless contradictions of Identity Politics
Oct 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a somewhat difficult book to rate.
Style: The text is superb - it's well written, funny and logically constructed. Murray is really getting his arguments across with the use of easy-to-remember metaphors (e.g. The battering ram), and tons of anecdotes.

Content: I really agree with 70 % of Murrays arguments, but I find the leftover 30 % hard to agree with, especially the tendency to explain all of modern day social justice movements as a single overarching ideology founded on Marxist
Nov 06, 2019 marked it as no-thanks
This is why centrist views are so dangerous. They claim that free speech includes hatred. Fuck this book. Fuck this author.
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 own induvidual opinions! I will never again express an opinion in public or on social there are people out there who ...more
Jonny Thomson
Nov 28, 2019 rated it liked it
The general thrust of this book is that "Social Justice" as understood in our modern liberal society has gone too far. Murray believes that what were once very genuine civil and equal rights movements are now, having achieved most of their legitimate aims, now just looking for new targets and seeing enemies everywhere. They're St. George looking for more dragons to kill, they've 'mistook the barricades for home' and are basically tilting at windmills.

There actually is not insignificant pleasure
Oct 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Clear, sense-making words in a time of madness.
Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Disturbing and timely analysis of tribalism at its worst.
Nov 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
At the beginning of this book, Murray says he thinks of it as working in a similar way to the Python mine clearance system: basically, a device that traverses a minefield and clears a path through it by, detonating itself and at the same time triggering all the mines nearby. Judged by this stated objective, I'd have to say, it worked, because there no landmine unstood-on, no nettle ungrasped, no lightning unrodded.
The Madness of Crowds sets out to examine a concept known as intersectional theory
Sep 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
For the most part, this is a good book.

There are parts, especially at the beginning, that read like the author put in a lot of effort to cater to the sensibilities of a part of his audience.

For example, in the introduction, he says that a decade ago almost nobody was supportive of gay marriage. (Funny really, taking into account that the Civil Partnership Act was passed in 2004). I've no idea who was Mr. Murray hanging out with a decade ago, but me, a working-class kid from Balkans, barely knew
Fred Grün
Nov 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: politics, nonfiction
What I really like about Douglas Murray is how humane he is. Somehow, he manages to criticise everything without ever sounding bitter or resentful, only thoughtful and, at times, concerned. You can tell he genuinely cares about people, as opposed to caring about winning the great battle of ideologies. This book asks more questions than it offers answers, which is a good thing, for, as Murray points out, one of the problems of our time is people pushing narratives relying on countless unproved ...more
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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
“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.” 5 likes
“public life is now dense with people desperate to man the barricades long after the revolution is over. Either because they mistake the barricades for home, or because they have no other home to go to. In each case a demonstration of virtue demands an overstating of the problem, which then causes an amplification of the problem.” 3 likes
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