Front cover of the madness of crowds by douglas murray
Front cover of the madness of crowds by douglas murray

Around 18 months ago I read Douglas Murray’s The Madness of Crowds. I originally intended to review the book, but I’m a very distractible person and instead managed to write a 3000+ word piece on a paragraph Judith Butler once wrote, which he quotes in the book. Oops. So this is my second attempt at writing a review of this book.

I should say up front that whereas I do not share Douglas Murray’s politics, I do have a level of respect for him as a thinker. …

Exactly what to call black people has been contested for the entirety of American history. Racial labels have changed with each passing generation, and people still using older terms are often considered at best racially insensitive and at worst outright racist.

The history of these racial labels doesn’t appear to be all that well known, and so I’m going to try and shed some light by giving an extended tour of the major terms. I’ll be covering where they came from, how they got popular, and, for the older terms, how they fell out of favour.

Note: I’ll only be…

I recently found myself in a situation on Facebook, where I was trying to explain to someone why All Lives Matter is not an acceptable term to use. It was not the first time I found myself in this situation, and so to save time and energy, I thought I’d write the full explanation here.

This explanation is written for a very specific audience: people who have heard the phrase All Lives Matter, are aware that others take issue with it, but do not believe that there is anything wrong with it.

Let’s start by laying out the reasoning why…

I’m reading Douglas Murray’s new book, The Madness of Crowds, at the moment. It’s essentially a softly spoken diatribe against the left and identity politics that owes a lot of its argumentation to Jordan Peterson. This should be no surprise given Murray was the moderator of Peterson’s stadium conversation with Sam Harris.

I was struck with a particular passage in the book, where Murray excoriates “purveyors of the ideologies of social justice and intersectionality” for being unreadable.

The example he gives is this quote:

The move from a structuralist account in which capital is understood to structure social relations in…

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So Moby’s in the news again. Everyone remembers Moby, right? From the 90s? You know, had that one song and then Eminem was mean to him? Those were simpler times. Back when everyone assumed men who weren’t being overtly racist or misogynistic, were definitely the good guys. Heck, that lasted well into the 00s, especially if they wore t-shirts saying they were feminists.

But then we learned. We learned that just because you sounded like a feminist and literally wrote the book on Modern Romance, that didn’t mean you treated women with dignity and/or as humans.

And so we get…

Alex Mason

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