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The Madness of Crowds

Douglas Murray

The Madness of Crowds

by Douglas Murray

The Madness of Crowds

Douglas Murray

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In The Madness of Crowds, Douglas Murray offers a critique of today's social discourse in the West that thrives on public shaming and claims of victimhood.

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The Madness of Crowds

by Douglas Murray

The Madness of Crowds

Douglas Murray

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Does the modern world seem a little crazy to you? Douglas Murray has noticed, and he's come up with a hypothesis for what has made our society and media seem so fraught.

Douglas Murray is an author and political commentator who has written biographies of historical figures as well as columns for The National Review and The Wall Street Journal. A self-professed neoconservative, Murray is known for his controversial criticism of radical Islam and its perceived threat to traditional European values.

In his book The Madness of Crowds, Murray takes aim at social justice movements, arguing that they reflect the worst of humanity's irrational herd-like instincts. In Murray's view, traditional systems of value have been replaced by an elevation of victimhood.

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"One of the negatives of portraying life as this zero-sum game, between different groups vying for oppressed status, is that it robs us of time and energy for the conversations and thinking that we do need to do."

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