Life-long liberal Kirsten Powers blasts the Left's forced march towards conformity in an exposé of the illiberal war on free speech. No longer champions of tolerance and free speech, the "illiberal Left" now viciously attacks and silences anyone with alternative points of view. Powers asks, "Whatever happened to free speech in America?"
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Audible, don't censor any words in a book about free speech! This recording censors several words as the author is lambasting censorship. I highly recommend this book, but I wish Audible would knock off the censorship to protect our "delicate" sensibilities. Please uncensor those parts of the book.
Surprising, quite informative.
The sad fact that its premise is so true.
Well, if nothing else, an audible voice.
The extent to which this silencing is taking place, and the hate speech used by the alleged opponents of it.
Again, it's sad that a book like this even had to be published- by a longtime progressive, no less. But this book definitely serves as a sign of the times.
Being a life long liberal gives Kirsten Powers a unique position when it comes to the activities to squelch free speech of the left. She supports her points with facts and logic that are not shrouded with any of her own political bias's.
Her outlining the attacks by the left on Fax News and the facts she present that dissect the attacks as baseless. While no news organization is perfect when you take time to watch the various networks operate, listen to their on-air personalities her points really clarify the nasty nature of the left's anti-Fox operations.
She is an outstanding narrator with a delivery that aligned well with the book's topic.
It was a great listen all around. Have recommended to several people with all kinds of political stripes!
Over the years I have read or watched Kirsten Powers numerous times. While I do not closely align with her politics I will always take the time to absorb her message and the logic she had used to from her thoughts. She is a consummate professional who conducts herself from facts, logic and the ability to look, listen and lear from others. "The Silencing" is a perfect example of how opinion columnist, news personalities and other who are within the media should operate with: facts, logic and respect for those who you may differ with.
The book is right on the money. Good research well thought though and well told. This is a truth we all know but is not spoken by most in the media. Kirsten is fast becoming my favorite journalist. I recommend this book.
I really liked the subject matter and the research was impeccable. The examples given are great. The book is well written and the narrator was superb. I will recommend this book to everyone I know. To tell the truth, I haven't been very fond of Kirsten Powers because of her debates on O'Riley and the dumb positions that she mostly takes, but the book has made me view her in a very different light.
This book is eye opening in many ways! The author clearly demonstrates how the "supposed" most open minded people are often the most judgmental.
Refreshing to hear a democrat writing a book based on facts and not about what feels good. Being a conservative I was hesitant to buy this book. I gained a lot of respect for Kirsten.
Great book. Fantastic narrator. So refreshing to have someone from the left acknowledge the bias that exists in media and academia.
A powerful indictment of how the left attempts to stifle debate and demonize those who they view as opponents. Powers uses facts and personal interviews to prove her point. Thank you for exposing this insidious culture.
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Kirsten Powers has done a great service by writing in excruciating detail about how certain members of the press and academia are stifling legitimate debate and argument by shaming, shouting down, and affixing heinous labels to those with whom they disagree. This approach is the absolute antithesis of free speech and the robust exchange of differing views on which our system was founded and without which it withers.
It is truly distressing that the two hives for this activity are academia and the press--two institutions who should be fully supportive of Evelyn Hall's statement (sometime attributed to Voltaire) that: "I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it."
Powers--a lifelong liberal--chronicles all of it. At the end of the book, one realizes that the reality of what has happened to our our public discourse (or lack of it) is much worse than the perception. Much like the proverbial frog in a pot of water that is slowly heated to a boil, society at large has largely ignored the damage that has taken place and has become numb to the actions of the thought police. It may be too late to fix this, but let's hope not.
We can all start by refusing to label people, engaging in meaningful discussions, and listening. I'm afraid that the modern world however--where "thoughts" are exchanged in 140 characters--does not lend itself to this. Maybe if we all speak up just one time in the next year against the labeling, the shaming, and the shouting down, we can turn things around.
Great book and excellent narration. I agree with others who are puzzled and a little troubled by the "bleeping" of certain words. Given the subject, it is difficult to imagine less enlightened production.
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