The Silencing: How the Left is Killing Free Speech
*A New York Times bestseller!*
Free speech and freedom of conscience have long been core American values. Yet a growing intolerance from the left side of the political spectrum is threatening Americans’ ability to freely express beliefs without fear of retaliation. USA Today columnist and Fox News contributor Kirsten Powers calls it “The Silencing.”
Powers chronicles this forced march toward conformity in an exposé of the illiberal tactics deployed to shut down debate on some of the most important issues of the day. How is it that liberalism, once associated with open-mindedness and reason, has become a vehicle for irrational prejudice, ideological conformity, and the marginalization of dissent? What is happening to free speech in America?
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I wish that I could afford to buy everyone a copy of this book. It is a sharp and penetrating analysis, with full documentation of a political movement in the USA that has been around from the ... Read full review
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.