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End of Discussion

How the Left's Outrage Industry Shuts Down Debate, Manipulates Voters, and Makes America Less Free (and Fun)
Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
Categories: Nonfiction, Politics
4.5 out of 5 stars (181 ratings)

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They want to shut you up. But don't let this be the End of Discussion.

In this fresh and provocative new audiobook, Mary Katharine Ham and Guy Benson, dynamic Fox News and Townhall Media duo, expose how the Left exploits fake outrage to silence their political opponents - in public, on social media, at work, and even in their own homes. End of Discussion encourages all Americans who value the open exchange of ideas to fight back against this strategic effort to make America less free, less feisty, and less fun.

Ham and Benson demonstrate just how dangerous the outrage industry - a coalition of mostly liberal blowhards and busybodies - is to democracy. This media frenzy is designed to disqualify opposing viewpoints on everything from health care to infrastructure to education by labeling them racist, sexist, and evil. They punish speech that makes them uncomfortable, demanding boycotts, firings, regulations, and other economic costs for the sin of disagreeing with them. Instead of engaging in discussion, they seek to win the debate by preventing it from happening.

And if you think this behavior is relegated to political fights or politicians, think again. A network of well-trained operatives, nonprofit groups, PR firms, universities, politicians, and "thought leaders" exists to foment outrage over your association with the "wrong" fried chicken joints, Internet browsers, breast cancer charities, pasta, children's toys, Halloween costumes, TV shows, schools, and even comedians' jokes.

With Ham and Benson's help, listeners can cut through the noise and find their voices again, fighting back against the rampant self-censorship and hair-trigger apologies that always make things worse, not better. With fresh reporting and insightful, occasionally tongue-in-cheek, analysis, End of Discussion is a timely handbook for anyone who wants to make sure debate doesn't meet an ugly death....

©2015 Mary Katharine Ham and Guy Benson (P)2015 Random House Audio

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This is ABRIDGED!

Where does End of Discussion rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is a good book, but it is clearly ABRIDGED!

What was one of the most memorable moments of End of Discussion?

I went back and listened three times because they referenced an earlier statement that I never heard. Did a bit of research and found that I didn't miss it...it was not included in the Audible version! That is supremely disappointing. I would not have purchased an abridged version. It is clearly being advertised as "unabridged" - it is not!

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I loved the book, but was extremely disappointed that it was falsely advertised as "unabridged" when it clearly was missing pages and pages of text.

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Home run

Superb and even handed, not preachy or prone to inane moralizing. Recommended highly for left and right!

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Balanced and well done!

Great book!!! Especially as it (as equally as possible) calls out both sides of the left-right cultural/social divide

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Solid points were made

I saw Ms. Hamm on Bill Maher's show, even a liberal like me can enjoy!

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Too much personal opinion, too little case study

I’m about half way through, so I’ll update if I see fit. These two have interesting ideas, but they fall short of expanding on them. The book reads as a one sided debate with nobody asking relevant questions, and therefore no strong defense of their ideas.
They skim the surface of several interesting cases, but it’s about 1 part case study for every 4 parts commentary, leaving the feeling that the case studies... perceivably the most important part of this book... take the back seat to commentary.
If you’re looking for well fleshed out take on different cases of outrage and it’s effect on the public, look elsewhere. This book will be good if you’re looking for a broad summary of what these two feel about said topic.

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Just watch some YouTube videos instead

Just sounds like a youtube video slamming the regressive left. Nothing technically wrong with that, but making a book out of it and charging people money....meh. And the narrators constantly doing sarcastic impersonations (a la Ana Kasparian) and trying to be internet-witty and overly using internet lingo (stuff like "so I have that going for me, which is nice") was cringe inducing. All I could think was Steve Buscemi in that scene where he's an obviously 47 year old man at a high school posing as a student, saying, "How do you do, fellow kids?"

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A ‘healthy’ dose of honesty and insightfulness

If you ever caught yourself wondering whether-or-not you should [God-forbid] express your thoughts or feelings on a given potentially ‘touchy’ issue, for fear of smothering ridicule, or public shaming, you simply must read/listen to this book. Written by two of the brightest young Conservative minds, in the country, “End of Discussion” absolutely nails it. It describes the genesis of ‘Intolerance’ and “Shutdown” tactics by the left, and places it directly at the feet of academia, and calls out the media-enabling societal manipulative thought police that is so painfully prevalent, and lays it open for all to recognize and examine. It’s fact-based, provocative and, above all, totally honest. Prepare to be enlightened.

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Entertaining and Enlightening

Guy Benson & Mary Katherine Ham have put together an amazing compilation of entertaining (if disturbing) examples of how the modern Left has effectively silenced debate on virtually every matter of political interest today. The authors, in reading this book themselves, bring their clever and humorous styles together to create a must-read political masterpiece.

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I would give the first chapters of the book a four and the last chapters a 2, so overall a three. The book was much better pointing Democratic outrages than Republican ones. That made it sound like one party had a monopoly on the practice. To their credit the authors admitted that they were predisposed in that direction but a little bit more balance would've been nice. I suppose it's hard to see hypocrisy in people you agree with.

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Excellent Collection Of Examples

You might need to take breaks from the content because the duplicitous acts of the left eat at your heart of liberty, justice, and freedom.