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A Times and Sunday Times Book of the Year
Updated with a new afterword by the author
'Douglas Murray fights the good fight for freedom of speech ... A truthful look at today's most divisive issues' – Jordan B. Peterson
'[Murray's] latest book is beyond brilliant and should be read, must be read, by everyone' – Richard Dawkins
Are we living through the great derangement of our times?
In The Madness of Crowds Douglas Murray investigates the dangers of 'woke' culture and the rise of identity politics. In lively, razor-sharp prose he examines the most controversial issues of our moment: sexuality, gender, technology and race, with interludes on the Marxist foundations of 'wokeness', the impact of tech and how, in an increasingly online culture, we must relearn the ability to forgive.
One of the few writers who dares to counter the prevailing view and question the dramatic changes in our society – from gender reassignment for children to the impact of transgender rights on women – Murray's penetrating book, now published with a new afterword taking account of the book's reception and responding to the worldwide Black Lives Matter protests, clears a path of sanity through the fog of our modern predicament.
Chosen as a Waterstones Politics Paperback of the Year, 2018
The Strange Death of Europe is a highly personal account of a continent and culture caught in the act of suicide. Declining birth-rates, mass immigration and cultivated self-distrust and self-hatred have come together to make Europeans unable to argue for themselves and incapable of resisting their own comprehensive change as a society. This book is not only an analysis of demographic and political realities, but also an eyewitness account of a continent in self-destruct mode. It includes reporting from across the entire continent, from the places where migrants land to the places they end up, from the people who appear to welcome them in to the places which cannot accept them.
Told from this first-hand perspective, and backed with impressive research and evidence, the book addresses the disappointing failure of multiculturalism, Angela Merkel's U-turn on migration, the lack of repatriation and the Western fixation on guilt. Murray travels to Berlin, Paris, Scandinavia, Lampedusa and Greece to uncover the malaise at the very heart of the European culture, and to hear the stories of those who have arrived in Europe from far away. In each chapter he also takes a step back to look at the bigger issues which lie behind a continent's death-wish, answering the question of why anyone, let alone an entire civilisation, would do this to themselves? He ends with two visions of Europe – one hopeful, one pessimistic – which paint a picture of Europe in crisis and offer a choice as to what, if anything, we can do next.
WITH A NEW FOREWORD AND REVISED INTRODUCTION
'A superb biography ... full of compassion, perception' Roger Lewis, The Times
'I love this book. Douglas Murray is a genius' Rupert Everett
Lord Alfred Douglas, known as 'Bosie', son of the Marquess of Queensberry, was known as one of the most beautiful young men of his generation. Aged twenty-one he met and became the lover and subsequent obsession of Oscar Wilde.
Their relationship caused a scandal in 1895 when Wilde took Queensberry, Douglas's aggressive father, to court for libel. When the details of their relationship were aired in court, Wilde was convicted of gross indecency and later imprisoned.
Wilde's story is well known, but this is the first book to tell it fully from Douglas's perspective. Written, and originally published in 2000, with access to never-before-seen papers , Bosie explores the contradictions, tensions and turmoils of Douglas's life with Wilde and beyond as a poet, husband and father.
This compelling biography uncovers the life of one of the most notorious figures in literary history, and its course from gilded beautiful youth to semi-reclusive outcast, at the time of Douglas's death in 1945.
“If absolutely everybody in the world agrees on something – from the President of the United States to most film-stars, pop-stars, Popes, Bishops, atheists, writers, film-makers, brain-boxes and everyone else – then surely they must be right. Well, no. I think they are wrong. Wildly, terribly, embarrassingly and dangerously wrong, “ writes Murray.
ISLAMOPHILIA shows how so many of the celebrities above, have, at some point chosen to abandon any hope or wish to criticize Islam and instead decided to profess some degree of love for it. Love, that Murray points out in the book, is often irrational and certainly misguided: Murray is not afraid to name and shame, and the book’s tour includes Sebastian Faulks and Martin Amis, Boris Johnson, South Park, Tony Blair, Ridley Scott, David Cameron, Liam Neeson, Justin Bieber, Random House Publishers, the BBC, Richard Dawkins, the Prince of Wales and even George Bush. Yes, George Bush.
“They may have done this for a range of good and bad reasons. Some of them have to done it to save other people. Some of them have done it to save themselves. Some of them have done it because they are too stupid to do anything else and others because clever people can be really dumb at times.”
Murray goes on to detail the extraordinary strategic cultural efforts made in recent years to “rewrite the last few millennia of history, minimising and denigrating the impact of actual scientists and promoting the claims of Islamic proselytisers”. And he has fighting words for the version of history depicted by Ridley Scott and others in Hollywood.
Artists and writers have been caught off-guard, he alleges, “Having poked at empty hornets nests for so many years they have forgotten the courage required to do the necessary poking at full ones.”
He concludes, “Let’s be clear. For the record I don’t think everybody needs to spend their time being offensive about Islam. Not only is there no need to be offensive all the time, but most Muslims just want to get on with their lives as peacefully and successfully as everybody else. But there is an un-evenness in our societies that needs to be righted…to think that the answer to any criticism of Islam or Muslims is a delegitimizing of critics and an indulgence in self-pity is not to make an advance. It is to pave the way for self-harm. For all of us.
Where people are telling lies we should not be fearful to correct them. And where people are fearful – and genuine reasons to be so do keep coming along – people should remind themselves of something. Which is that just as bravery in one person instills bravery in others, so cowardice in one person has a tendency to be catching.”
Murray is the first person to make a sustained case for why neoconservatism is relevant to Britain. And neoconservatism, it is argued, is the future not just of the British Conservative party, but of any political party committed to the ideals of freedom at home and abroad.
This book calls for the introduction of neoconservative ideas into British politics, explaining why this is necessary and how it could be achieved.
The early chapters explain neoconservatism’s roots and forebears. A chapter on the Iraq war demonstrates the moral and political vacuum now gripping both ‘left’ and ‘right’ in Britain. Finally, Murray details what British neoconservatism should look like and why the need for it is so urgent.
"Conservatism is lost in crisis - Douglas Murray brilliantly defines the way out." WILLIAM SHAWCROSS
"At last! The Right's answer to Michael Moore" ANDREW ROBERTS
"Required reading for all conservatives". ROGER SCRUTON
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Born in 1979, Douglas Murray is a graduate of Magdalen College, Oxford. His first book, Bosie: A Biography of Lord Alfred Douglas, was published in 2000 by Hodder and Stoughton (UK) and Miramax Books (USA). Acclaimed on both sides of the Atlantic, the book became a bestseller, and was reissued in paperback in 2001 and 2002. While still at Oxford, Murray began reviewing for the Spectator. He has since written for many other publications, including the Observer and the New York Sun.
Since 2001, he has written widely in support of the US and UK-led wars of intervention. A columnist for, and formerly on the editorial staff of, the online magazine openDemocracy, he joined the Social Affairs Unit as a regular contributor in 2004. He frequently lectures and debates in public, on television and radio, in support of the war in Iraq, and of neoconservative foreign policy in general.
Throughout 2003 Murray attended the Saville Inquiry into the Bloody Sunday shootings, to observe the evidence of the military witnesses. His interest in Northern Ireland, and the Bloody Sunday Inquiry in particular, is the basis for a new book due to be published after Lord Saville issues his final report.
Murray has been interviewed and profiled in the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, Talk, the Guardian, the Scotsman, Vogue and many other publications.
He is also the author of a play, Nightfall, about the Swedish anti-Nazi hero Raoul Wallenberg.
This book is not only about a terrible event and it is not just about a process of justice. It is about the efforts of a group of people to arrive at truth and a country's effort—three decades on—at a painful and perhaps incomplete reconciliation.
Las masas se han vuelto locas. Basta con seguir las redes sociales o los medios de comunicación para ser testigos de la histeria colectiva en la que se ha convertido el debate político. Cada día alguien nuevo clama que algo le ha ofendido: un cartel que cosifica, una conferencia que debe ser censurada, una palabra que degrada. Vivimos en la tiranía de la corrección política, en un mundo sin género, ni razas ni sexo y en el que proliferan las personas que se confiesan víctimas de algo (el heteropatriarcado, la bifobia o el racismo). Ser víctima es ya una aspiración, una etiqueta que nos eleva moralmente y que nos ahorra tener que argumentar nada. Pero como nos recuerda Douglas Murray en este polémico libro que ha sido menospreciado por la izquierda biempensante y que se ha con - vertido en un fenómeno de ventas sin precedente en el Reino Unido: «La víctima no siempre tiene razón, no siempre tiene que caernos bien, no siempre merece elogio y, de hecho, no siempre es víctima». Con un estilo provocador y una estructura argumentativa sin fisuras, el autor trata de introducir algo de sentido común en el debate público, al tiempo que aboga con vehemencia por valores como la libertad de expresión y la serenidad actuales.
International bestselling author Douglas Murray asks: If the history of humankind is a history of slavery, conquest, prejudice, genocide, and exploitation, why are only Western nations taking the blame for it?
It’s become perfectly acceptable to celebrate the contributions of non-Western cultures, but discussing their flaws and crimes is called hate speech. It has become acceptable to discuss the flaws and crimes of Western culture, but celebrating their contributions is also called hate speech.
Some of this is a much-needed reckoning, a necessary step in moving forward together. However, some of it is part of a larger international attack on reason, democracy, science, progress, and the citizens of the West by dishonest scholars, hatemongers, hostile nations, and human rights abusers hoping to distract from their ongoing villainy.
In The War on the West, Douglas Murray shows how many well-meaning people have been lured into protests and polarization by lies and hypocrisy. If we must discard the ideas of Kant, Hume, and Mill for their opinions on race, shouldn’t we discard Marx for his far worse ones? If we are going to call the British slave trade genocide, shouldn’t we also focus on the Arab slave trade, which did more to end African races and for far longer? If we are to work hard to stamp out the embers of racism in America, shouldn’t we douse the roaring flames of it across the Middle East and Asia?
Murray carefully and methodically shows how far political discourse has strayed in Europe and America from its stated goals: justice and equality. Ranging from an incisive takedown of foolish arguments and activism to a clarion call for the defense of enlightenment values, this will be one of the most widely discussed books of the coming year.
Si può vivere, però, senza un criterio che orienti le nostre scelte? Senza nessun racconto che offra un perché alla vita? Poiché la natura aborre il vuoto, nella nostra epoca post-moderna si è fatta strada, secondo Murray, una nuova metafisica, una nuova religione: la «politica identitaria».
Una politica che «atomizza la società in diversi gruppi d’interesse in base al sesso (o genere), alla razza, alle preferenze sessuali e così via». E che invita costantemente a cercare «dentro noi stessi e negli altri tutte le istanze di identità e vulnerabilità» capaci di rivendicare un valore aggiunto, una superiorità morale che deve essere riconosciuta come un diritto indiscusso.
Questa religione “identitaria” non può, per Murray, che generare follia. Quella follia che spinge, ad esempio, a dichiarare che vi è «un’accresciuta conoscenza morale» derivante dal fatto di essere neri o donne o gay. O che, sempre sulla base di una supposta istanza di identità, concepisce l’idea di«dare farmaci ai bambini per impedire loro di entrare nella pubertà».
Come tutte le fedi prive di senno, questo credo è tutt’altro che privo di pericoli, poiché non soltanto capovolge nel suo opposto, in nuovi totalitarismi, le conquiste liberali dei diritti civili, in primo luogo quelli dei gay, ma può approntare un futuro di atomizzazione, rabbia e violenza sempre maggiori in cui «al razzismo si risponderà con il razzismo, alla denigrazione basata sul genere si risponderà con la denigrazione basata sul genere».
Nominato da Times e Sunday Times libro dell’anno, La pazzia delle folle ha riscosso, al suo apparire in Inghilterra, un grande successo di pubblico e di critica e generato un acceso dibattito sui media.
Douglas Murray kämpft den wichtigen Kampf um die Meinungsfreiheit. Ein wahrhaftiger Blick auf eines der spaltendsten Themen unserer Gegenwart.
Jordan B. Peterson
Das neue Buch von Murray ist überwältigend und sollte gelesen werden, MUSS gelesen werden - von jedem!
Douglas Murray, Autor des The Sunday Times #1-Bestsellers "Der Selbstmord Europas", widmet sich in seinem neuen Buch "Wahnsinn der Massen" den vielleicht polarisierendsten Themen unserer Zeit. Gleichberechtigung zwischen den Geschlechtern, zwischen Menschen unterschiedlicher Herkunft und sexueller Orientierung sind wichtige Errungenschaften unserer Gesellschaft. Doch in unserem Streben nach einer besseren Welt versetzen wir uns regelmäßig in eine Massenhysterie und schießen über das Ziel hinaus. Diese neuen Kulturkriege erleben die Menschen immer häufiger an ihren Arbeitsplätzen sowie den Universitäten und Schulen, oft im Namen der sozialen Gerechtigkeit oder Identitätspolitik.
In unserer postmodernen Zeit wird der Kampf im Namen religiöser und politischer Ideologien immer mehr durch das Streben nach individueller Aufmerksamkeit und Anerkennung ersetzt, so dass mitunter auch kleine Interessengruppen immer öfter die politische und gesellschaftliche Agenda dominieren. Murray zeigt, wie wir im Ringen um die Anerkennung jedes Einzelnen unsere Vernunft, unsere gemeinsamen Werte und letztlich unsere Menschlichkeit verlieren. Ein wichtiges Plädoyer für die Redefreiheit, für vernunftgeleitete Diskussionen und gegen den zuweilen aufkeimenden Wahnsinn in einem Zeitalter der Massenhysterie..