The Silencing: How the Left is Killing Free Speech

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Simon and Schuster, May 11, 2015 - Political Science - 304 pages
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Lifelong liberal Kirsten Powers blasts the Left's forced march towards conformity in an exposť of the illiberal war on free speech. No longer champions of tolerance and free speech, the "illiberal Left" now viciously attacks and silences anyone with alternative points of view. Powers asks, "What ever happened to free speech in America?"

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Kirsten Powers writes a thought provoking and interesting case. I have watched Kirsten Powers on Fox News numerous times. I don't always agree with her politics, but she is a skilled and fair-minded commentator. So it can't have been easy to call out her colleagues on their attempts to kill the First Amendment. I could go on about how important the freedom of speech is in a democratic society, and the First Amendment is the cornerstone of all of the freedoms we enjoy in our republic.
Kirsten Powers covers how the liberal left attempts to delegitimize their opponents and shut down debates they don't want to have. They have attempted to destroy careers and lives of those who disagree with them. The descriptions bring to mind a chilling vision of George Orwell's 1984, where wrong thinking was a capital offense. Rather than directing attacks using facts, questioning the validity of statistics used and suggesting alternative data collection strategies, what she calls the illiberal left resorts to character assassination and questioning the moral character of those who disagree.
I find myself angered and saddened as two important halves of American culture pull further apart. In the end, it will go down in history as progressives receiving yet another lesson in unintended consequences.


TWO Delegitimizing Dissent
THREE Illiberal Intolerance and Intimidation
Shutting Down Debate
Free Speech for Me but Not for Thee
SIX The War on Fox News
SEVEN Muddy Media Waters
EIGHT Illiberal Feminist Thought Police
NINE Feminists against Facts Fairness and the Rule of

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