The Silencing

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Hardcover  •  2015  •  $27.99
ISBN: 978-1-62157-370-8

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. While preaching tolerance and claiming to hold liberal values, the “illiberal left” works to delegitimize political and ideological opponents in ways that stifle freedom of expression, thought, and religious belief.

In The Silencing, Kirsten Powers, herself a proud liberal—but from a far more tolerant Jeffersonian tradition—exposes the illiberal left. In The Silencing, you’ll learn:

  • Why the illiberal left has become an Orwellian “big brother,” policing what it deems acceptable speech and opinions
  • How the illiberal left is obsessed with delegitimizing Fox News
  • How illiberal left pundits—even self-proclaimed “feminists” (and Powers names names)—engage in outrageously misogynistic and sexist dismissals of their female opponents
  • How illiberal colleges and universities limit freedom of expression to tightly regulated “free speech zones” and ban speakers (even liberals) with whom the illiberal left disagrees
  • How “truth” matters little to the illiberal left, for whom ideology is everything

How is it that liberalism, once associated with open-mindedness and reason, has become a vehicle for irrational prejudice, ideological conformity, and the marginalization and punishment of alternative opinions? Kirsten Powers chronicles this troubling trend in perhaps the most important—and chilling—political book of the year.

Praise for The Silencing:

“A searing and courageous indictment of the growing intolerance of the American left—written with passion and eloquence by one of the nation’s most principled, most fair-minded liberals. An important book on a subject many are simply too afraid to touch.”
—Charles Krauthammer, Pulitzer Prize–winning syndicated journalist, Fox News commentator, and author

“Tolerance and free expression are founding values of our republic and yet they’re under attack from the extreme wings of the American political spectrum. Shining a harsh light on the ‘illiberal left,’ Kirsten Powers exposes a grim campaign to silence speech. This is an important book.”
—Ron Fournier, senior political columnist and editorial director, National Journal

“A damning critique of the scandal of America’s deepening liberal illiberalism, The Silencing reminds me of the incontrovertible evidence of The Black Book of Communism and the courage of Edward R. Murrow and Joseph Welch’s stand against the smearing and bullying of McCarthyism. All true lovers of American freedom, whether conservative or liberal, will welcome this exposé and its clear call for a return to genuine liberalism.”
—Os Guinness, author, The Global Public Square

“In this examination of the multiplying attacks on freedom of speech, Kirsten Powers casts a cool eye on the damages done to politics, academia, and civic discourse by the aggressive assertion of a perverse new entitlement. It is the postulated right to pass through life without being disturbed, annoyed, offended, or discomposed by the expression of anyone else’s thoughts.”
—George F. Will, Pulitzer Prize–winner, columnist, author, and Fox News contributor

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