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Put simply, Murray questions assumptions. I learned a lot. For example, after 40 years of having close gay friends, you’d think (and I would have thought) that I’d have nothing new to learn. Wrong! I found his entire line of inquiry refreshingly honest and informative.
His arguments concerning the “trans” phenomenon would be particularly helpful for any parent faced with a child claiming to be “in the wrong body” - read it and beware. All is not as it might appear.
A marvellous read - highly recommended!
If I had to select one section of "The Madness of Crowds" that intrigued me more than any other, it is the one entitled Interlude – The Marxist Foundations in which Murray gives us a snapshot of what is happening in our universities today. At one time seats of learning and debate, some faculties now are anything but with academic standards dropping and the shouting down of anyone who has a view that differs from the madding crowd. He also highlights some of the nonsense that emanates from academics you would expect to know better. Here is a classic example from Judith Baker, American philosopher and gender theorist: "The move from a structuralist account social relations in relatively homologous ways to a view of hegemony in which power relations are subject to repetition, convergence, and rearticulation brought the question of temporality into the thinking of structure, and marked a shift from a form of Althuserian theory that takes structural tonalities as theoretical objects to one in which the insights into the contingent possibility of structure inaugurate a renewed conception of hegemony as bound up with the contingent sites and strategies of the rearticulation of power." Got it? All in all, "The Madness of Crowds" is a timely reminder of an ever-changing world in which we should stop for a moment and ask ourselves the question – where are we heading?
Chapters are well laid out and easy to follow making the points they set out to make. You dont have to agree with the conclusions of the author, but you can't honestly deny the validity of the case he makes. Well worth a read.
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It reminded me of the old adage ‘What does the slave most want?’ When many shout ‘Freedom’, the real answer is ‘To Be the MASTER’.
In his chapter on Gay, he distinguishes between those that wanted to be accepted into society on an equal footing, and those who wanted to change the culture. That is, to engage in social engineering and even in being considered, not just different, but ‘better’ than their heterosexual counterparts.
Likewise, in his chapter on women, he demonstrates the contradiction inherent in current feminist thinking. Namely, being considered desirable and sexy, whilst also being seen as the victim of the male patriarchy. If women are powerless and victims of toxic masculinity, are they not also wielding a sexual power over men? Once again, Murray returns to the theme that many feminists see women as ‘better than men’ and quotes Christine Lagarde’s assertion ‘if it had been Lehman Sisters rather than Lehman Brothers, the world might look a lot different today’.
This is sending out confusing and contradictory messages, making people deranged as they cannot grasp the new rules of engagement. Yesterday’s accepted norms have been replaced by today’s, as if yesterday’s never existed. The only way this is possible is by denial of what was, in a cult-like chant of ‘what is today is what always was and always shall be’. A madness of crowds in relation to truth and facts where truth is subjective and facts are disregarded.
Relationships become ever more difficult, as social mores change by the day. This is in keeping with Marxist ideology, which thrives on contractions or ‘the dialectic’. The old joke of ‘if it weren’t for double standards, the left would have no standards at all’ came to mind. That is, reason has given way to a naïve ideologically-driven maelstrom, which few know how to navigate and even less know what the destination will look like.
Douglas Murray is considered ‘the wrong sort of gay’ because of his conservative opinion. Germaine Greer is no longer a ‘feminist’ because she does not simply accept that a Trans man is the same as a woman. Kanye West is not black because he likes Trump etc, etc.
In his gentle-yet-controversial style, Douglas Murray points out the divisive narratives that threaten-more reasonable dialogue. This puts individuals in impossible situations. Either, dare to say your individual truth and risk being shunned by the group, or join in with whatever groupthink is the flavour of today and betray your own real thoughts.
So, what’s really going on? ‘The Madness of Crowds’ gets to the heart of the matter right at the beginning. It is all about replacing traditional religions with a new religion, a new metaphysics. This religion comes with a set of rules that divides the world into the ‘privileged’ and the ‘oppressed’. The aim is to restructure the world into some sort of Utopia where all social injustices are made good. If this all sounds too good to be true, it is because it is. In the perpetual race for victimhood status, the intersectional groups will end up turning on one another. There is also a growing backlash from the majority groups and this has been seen both in the UK and the USA.
Douglas Murray ends with a plea that we depoliticise our lives. That we ‘retain an interest in politics but not to rely on it as a source of meaning’. I guess that means returning to an age where love, not power, determined our relationships with one another.
But, if like me, you are disillusioned with the current state of identity politics and are looking for a thoughtful analysis to provide some insights, this aint it.
The sections of the book are Gay , Women, Race and Trans. Murray patiently dissects the inconsistencies , contradictions , harmful outcomes and bizarre injustices which are a consequence of the woke revolution now dominating the western world.
His central theme is that many of the causes which were manifestly unjustly treated in former times have now been substantially resolved , but the today's advocates will not settle for the new parities and continue to make ever excessive demands which are changing once noble objectives into grotesque distortions.
The tone of the book is calm and accommodating and Murray necessarily pulls his punches to some extent although he does not weaken his arguments by doing so.
Needless to say this is a book for the converted , but if you are weary of being shouted at by 'activists' who believe that they exist on a higher moral plane than you then this book will provide a couple of hours of decent therapy.
A brilliant guide to understanding the post-truth world of intersectionality and legal fiat. He gives us some hope that we can overcome the madness that is destroying our post-everything society.
Just one egregious example : to fail to highlight the grossly abusive the bahaviour of men like Harvey Weinstein when discussing the Me Too movement shows the paucity of both serious analysis and simple humanity which characterizes this tendentious and unilluminating tome. An extreme , distorted and grossly overrated piece of neopopulist rhetoric.
After watching Douglas Murray’s many debates on YouTube I’ve always admired his ability to calmly and cogently dismantle the left’s arguments like cheap flat pack furniture. After addressing the Issue of immigration, identity and Islam in ‘The Strange Death if Europe’, he doesn’t disappoint this time by addressing cultural Marxism and identity politics issues in, ‘The Madness if Crowds’.
It’s no surprise that someone writing for the Guardian described this book as a “right wing diatribe” since it comprehensively dissects everything they hold dear, slither by slither. What else would a publication who argues that homosexuals are oppressed in the U.K. but remains silent on issue of them being executed in Iran think?
Anyone who has enjoyed Douglas Murray’s books and wish there were more should read ‘Neoconservatism and Why we Need It’ which is a hugely underrated book. If, like most of us, you’ve been wondering how and why political correctness seems to be ascending to new heights on what seems like a daily basis then this is a book for you.
Edit: this book is even more relevant in light of the recent BLM ‘largely peaceful protests’. If you’re wondering why the BLM movement doesn’t seem to actually be anything about black lives this is the book for you.
Gender race and identity are the key concerns and each is taken in turn, while gradually and convincingly allowing what underlies so many of these new and often strident attitudes to emerge as the new social philosophy, a set of fanatically held beliefs as uncompromising as Boris Johnson.
Other reviews have identified the key arguments that Murray presents. There is no gain in rehearsing them here. What is at stake is a perversion of liberalism, one that is not only at its most extreme comically absurd – no movement can surely be so immune to humour as victim, identity politics – but far more disturbingly is so often menacing in its bigotry and in such conduct as public shaming. As Murray tellingly points out new dogmas are replacing the old. A notable example that he uses is the increasing insistence the having sex with other males is by no means enough to earn recognition as a gay; it is only by subscribing to a political mandate that is consistent with the right to one’s sexual identity. Probably the most worrying area is that which involves transsexuality and most particularly its perils for the young - often the very young. Murray devotes a good deal of space to the medical processes that children have been and are being subjected to. That these may be relatively few makes the issue no less alarming. But on a much wider front children are through the educational system being actively encouraged to question their gender. For many of us this is frightening.
There is nothing over-dramatic in Murray’s style. He maintains throughout a measured tone, but at the same time we are left in no doubt at the end of the book, that through agencies such as social media, the public education system and the media, that behind the sanctified words of “sexist”,” homophobic”, “misogynist”, “racist” et al, there lies bigotry, hypocrisy, unresolvable paradoxes and the sanctimonious.
This is a scholarly book, though it is not that lucidly written. Nonetheless, what it has to say is as important as any other issue that we face.
He also illustrates how fighting is the cultural Marxist objective, rather than resolution. He ask why intersex or motherhood is not addressed by those who fight about 'transgenderism' or feminism.
Finally he ask why cultural Marxists do not demand scientific studies to reveal answers , preferring 'politically correct' ones, some examples of this are very revealing.
Tested the Google searches for 'black couples', 'asian couples', 'white couples', and European art, and got the same results as he did: White and European are full of non-white and non-European , the search engines are distorted for political correctness, and cannot be trusted. 30,000 people are employed at Google to give you fake, 'correct your thoughts.
I am just sorry I spent money on it.
After reading Murrays brilliant Book, The Strange Death of Europe, I really was not prepared for the disappointment I felt reading The Madness of Crowds. It seems egocentric and not well argued, which was such a surprise, because I have heard countless interviews and talks by Murray and I did consider mig self a fan.
The fact that he just dismisses "mansplaining" as an issue at all, shows that even great men can be wrong.
Most women have been "mansplained" most of their lives from they were little girls dealing with boys, as teenagers and as grown women, so it must be a topic Murray knows nothing about, or have completely ignored in his self-obsession.
As a Jungian analyst I have delt with countless well educated women, who has told me how they have been forced to work dubble hard, to be even recognized as capacities. And how often has women not heard from their men, that it might be their hormones speaking, when there was an argument?
The book is generalizing, what is not really generalized in the degree Murray is postulating.
"Simply brilliant. Reading it to the end, I felt as though I'd just drawn my first full breath in years. At a moment of collective madness, there is nothing more refreshing - or, indeed, provocative - than sanity".
This is exactly my feeling as well after reading "The Madness of Crowds". Douglas Murray manages to analyze and draw very well supported lessons from the world of 2019 and he puts everything into perspective that makes so much sense that it is not without sadness that you ask yourself why you don't have the same discussion in media and politics? Just the question if we are really in the worst of times right now or if we are pushed into believing this is one that you need to ask yourself.
Recommended reading for everyone who wants to understand the times we are living in.