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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Crown Publications; 1st Pbk Ed edition (26 Mar. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761563733
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761563730
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 1.8 x 20.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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Praise for "The New Thought Police:
"A strong book" -- John Leo, "U.S. News & World Report
"This book is an inside job--wickedly satisfying and full of priceless opinions." -- Norah Vincent, syndicated columnist
"How many liberal lesbian writers have been praised by conservatives? Tammy Bruce may be the only one." -- Thomas Sowell, nationally syndicated columnist
"A passionate and entertaining diatribe." -- "National Review

Praise for "The New Thought Police: "
"A strong book" -- John Leo, "U.S. News & World Report"
"This book is an inside job--wickedly satisfying and full of priceless opinions." -- Norah Vincent, syndicated columnist
"How many liberal lesbian writers have been praised by conservatives? Tammy Bruce may be the only one." -- Thomas Sowell, nationally syndicated columnist
"A passionate and entertaining diatribe." -- "National Review"

Praise for The New Thought Police:
-A strong book- -- John Leo, U.S. News & World Report
-This book is an inside job--wickedly satisfying and full of priceless opinions.- -- Norah Vincent, syndicated columnist
-How many liberal lesbian writers have been praised by conservatives? Tammy Bruce may be the only one.- -- Thomas Sowell, nationally syndicated columnist
-A passionate and entertaining diatribe.- -- National Review

From the Inside Flap

Stop the Left from Policing Your Mind
Our freedom to speak our minds is under attack. Like the Thought Police of George Orwell's 1984, powerful special interest groups on the Left are mounting a withering assault on our rights in the name of "social equality." Liberty has been turned on its ear as the rights of the few restrict the freedom of everyone. In "The New Thought Police, author Tammy Bruce, a self-described lesbian feminist activist, cuts through the deluge of politically correct speech and thought codes to expose the dangerous rise of Left-wing McCarthyism. Provocative and persuasive, this book is a clarion call to anyone interested in preserving liberty.

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Not long before 7/7 the government was planning to outlaw hatred of religious groups, a move based on the perception that the Muslim community - or should that be communities? - were victims of said hatred.
Presumably Salmon Rushdie's 'Satanic Verses' would be proscribed under such legislation?
Last year the BBC showed a documentary in which a member of the BNP stated the he would like to "machine gun" Moslems as they came out of the local mosque.
So we have two extremes: the Moslem fighting against the decadent West, and a member of the BNP who, presumably, has a rather higher opinion of Adolf Hitler than the rest of us.
This is the importance of this book: the argument that if an opinion is dangerous, it must be suppressed.
As the author rightly argues, the suppression of opinions is now a major plank in what passes for thinking on the left.
And nowhere is this more relevant than in the left's obsession with "multiculturalism".
People who are uncomfortable with this concept - probably a majority - know to keep quiet.
Diversity - pluralism - is a normal feature of an open society.
Multiculturalism, however, is something different. As the author puts it, it seeks " to shield non-European cultures from moral judgements. In the mind of today's multiculturalist, the cultural practices of minority groups are above reproach, no matter where they lead."
And we have seen where they sometimes lead on this side of the pond. There was the African boy whose body was found in the River Thames. His injuries - and death - were the result of witchcraft practices imported from Nigeria.
Many years ago, my next door neighbour sent his daughter back to a Middle Eastern country to an arranged marriage which she did not want.
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If you have ever thought that something isn't right, then read this.

I would normally run a mile from the idea of reading a liberal, feminist pro-choice author's book, you can imagine it being the usual anti-male rant.

But...it isn't. Actually it is very readable, very eye opening, and Tammy Bruce is the sort of feminist I could support quite happily.

Like Chuck D, Tammy is more pro-her cause that anti-everything else. She is pro-female, pro feminine empowerment, but not at the sake of demolishing men.

If Ann Coulter is the extreme Conservative, then Tammy Bruce is the voice of reason. She points out the obvious questions that we have all wanted to ask, but knew that we would be shouted down by the liberal extremists.

If you have questions start here, it is very easy to read.
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This is a surprising book. Written by a 'pro-choice', lesbian feminist activist, as she describes herself, the book is refreshingly honest. I never thought I'd find myself agreeing with the author, who is so different from me in almost every respect - well, we're both human! Should be read by anyone willing to have an open mind and prepared to confront one's prejudices. Very good - a real eye-opener!
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By Peter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 7 Nov. 2003
Format: Hardcover
Tammy Bruce explores the disturbing rise of the Thought Police that tries to silence individual opinion. They operate through the media, special-interest groups and the power elite that uses perpetual victimhood combined with speech and thought control to gain and hold power. This is even more destructive when it is done by the Left, the political wing that claims to be the protector of free speech and personal liberty.
The author writes from the belly of the beast, so to speak, as she was president of the LA chapter of the National Organisation for Women and experienced these activities at first hand. At the heart of Thought Police activity is the argument that certain types of speech and the expression of certain opinions hurt certain groups and as a result should be restricted. The explicit message comes in the form of politically correct speech codes while implicitly the message is to remain silent when the virtual assassination of those who oppose the Left's status quo takes place, as in the case of Dr. Laura Schlessinger.
Bruce shares her unique experiences on the inside of a social movement and dispels the myth that only the Left's prevailing opinions are valid. She encourages the reader to think for herself/himself and to bravely explore their own opinions and conclusions about significant and controversial social issues. The book is an appeal for reclaiming ourselves and our culture from the self-appointed Kommissars.
She deals with the evolution of political correctness and its speech codes, contrasting the difference between the Lockean ideal of classical liberalism and today's Left, while exposing the hidden socialist sympathies of feminists like Betty Friedan and others.
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As an expose of the power grab and suppression of freedom that lie behind Political Correctness, Multiculturalism, Feminism, Gay Rights, etc., this book is unsurpassed. It is an American book, but is nevertheless invaluable to us here in Britain, as some would argue that the aforementioned movements actually began in America before crossing the Atlantic. To quote a saying, when America sneezes, the rest of us catch a cold. To fully understand what is happening over here, you also need to understand what is happening over there - the arguments are essentially the same, and the threats to reason, common sense, freedom, and democracy are also the same.

Furthermore, this book is readable. There are several British-produced books on this subject, but most of them read as though they had been written by academics, for academics. They are consequently very dry and difficult to follow. Tammy Bruce on the other hand, writes in a simple style that is easy to understand, and she illustrates her arguments with many examples of left-wing activity in America that are forceful, and sometimes downright shocking. This is the first non-fiction book of which I have been able to say - I couldn't put it down.
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