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A terrible book The author did little research and sed anecdotal stories to form a sweeping opinion In the chapter on the metoo movement he tells stories of people wrongfully accused This is the exception not the reality The author thinks that all zillenials are entitled and weak This reminds me of Socrates believing that the next generation was the worse It isn t It s just different Don t be dissuaded from reading this book just because the author is a Libertarian He is very even handed and provides valuable criticism of the tactics Progress or Collapse used by far lest activists He has special criticism for intersectionality not so much that the concept is wrong but that it has beensed too vigorously on the left to the point that it has destroyed any chance of The New Goddess unity among various groups on the left Too deep a commitment to intersectionality has led many far left activists to even consider moderate left wing activists as the enemy In order for the left to meet with success Soave believes that much inclusiveness needs to be fostered so that for example feminists of all stripes ev I never heard of Robby Soaventil Arnold Kling mentioned Panic Attack in his Best of 2019 book list Soave covers similar ground to Douglas Murray s Madness of Crowds but there are a few key differences that make Soave s book better Firstly in addition to general trends in feminism trans and race activism Soave goes over a number of specific movements including Antifa Black Lives Matter BLM Alt Right and Socialist Party USA Secondly Soave succeeds in maintaining an enviably detached attitude throughout the book He neither sympathizes nor vilifies any of the activists but simply provides a libertarian leaning analysis of the ideologies that animate various groups Naturally as every good libertarian Soave is well versed in the Bill of Rights Constitutional amendments legal precedent and history of seminal court cases Throughout the book he draws on that knowledge often and deploys it ite effectively when looking at many issues including post 2011 Title IX enforcement speech codes on campus and hate speech debates Soave lays the groundwork by pointing out the key commonalities between far left and far right activism commitment to identitarianism hostility towards free speech distrust of the mainstream press and distrust of the elites He shows how every movement that he considered has these characteristics although the vectors of their expressions can differ For example for the identitarian left the elites are capitalists and the rich while for the far right the elites are typically the #jews But also ite often the object of critiue is the same For example both we don # But also The Buzzards That Circle the Throne (The Peacock King, uite often the object of critiue is the same For example both we don talk to the press Antifa and the Neo Nazis despise the CNNHe cleanly presents the anatomy of intersectionality the ideological workhorse of the progressive left The key tenets boil down to the assertion that only the oppressed can be the true arbiters of their own victimhood and the all or none commitment to the causes of all victimized groups This doctrinal foundation presents three fundamental practical problems Educational Problem I don t have time to educate you but I m also the sole arbiter of my victimhood Perfection Problem eg you can t be a good feministnless you also fight for racial and environmental justice and resist ineualities of sizeism and ageism and a Coalition Problem eg all or none commitment reuirement prevents somebody who is anti racist but doesn t care about abortion or The Monster in My Closet ueer issues from joining forces to push through meaningful reforms While some of the problems seem esoteric and can be charitably written off to internal suabbling Soave shows that identitarinism and intersectionality arencomfortable bedfellows and how the tensions in their dynamics can discredit and disarm their ostensible goals For example 2017 Women s March was criticized by intersectional left for being too inclusive and too cisgender centric A converse example is criminal justice reform the effort to attenuate mass incarceration war on drugs and police militarization The Sea Lion Festival used to have bipartisan support before 2015 but stalled ever since Why The easy answer is that Trump is to blame but Soaverges s to consider the possibility that emergence of BLM that heavily racialized all criminal justice issues have made the reform less likely Slogans like Liberalism is White Supremacy won t win you too like Liberalism is White Supremacy won t win you too allies on either side of the Congressional aisleAnother related theme of the book is how activism can create conditions that spread the very thing it claims to oppose For example Antifa is ite explicit in words and action about sing violence to fight real and perceived neo Nazis and that makes actual neo Nazi recruitment easier It is instructive that Antifa proudly cites the famous 1936 London anti Fascist protests Battle of Cable Street as their inspiration The sad irony is that in the months after the protests it is estimated that Oswald Mosley s British fascist party gained two thousand members. Since the 2016 election college campuses have erupted in violent protests demands for safe spaces and the silencing of views that activist groups find disagreeable Who are the leaders behind these protests and what do they want In Panic Attack libertarian journalist Robby Soave ,

Almost doubling its membershipThe above is just a #sampler of the themes the book covers many areas including rape on campus and its disparate impact racist # of the themes the book covers many areas including rape on campus and its disparate impact racist sexist incidents as themes the book covers many areas including rape on campus and its disparate impact racist and sexist incidents as as hoaxes longitudinal hate crime statistics trans desistance and autogynephilia debates Richard Spencer s popularity BLM s criticism of ACLU legal status of hate speech in US and Europe appeal of Bernie Sanders and Antonio Gramsci s critical theory to name a fewMuch ink has been spilled on all these subjects elsewhere but Soave s coverage is nusual in that he identifies the generative model that drives various illiberal movements of the last two decades and once you see the nderlying mechanism you can t nsee it movements of the last two decades and once you see the Spank! underlying mechanism you can tnsee it is even Saints and Misfits uniue is that his narrative is neither triggering nor depressing Recommended I received this for free in exchange for an honest reviewI don t think this wasite the right book for me not because it s a bad book but because I already knew everything the author was talking about I ve been following all the radical news since it started to effect the book community So I know just how passionate these kind of people are Now I will say that it also talks about the alt alright and discusses them as well What I loved was how he showed the older generations and how they went after things and how my generation does it today That was awesome While I don t agree with everything the author says it was pretty nifty seeing some of this stuff through another s eyes As long as those are eyes are still reasonable and not so far gone down the rabbit hole on either side I think of safety as the right of every person to leave their house or to leave wherever they live to walk this world and to feel safe and comfortable in their own skin in their own ways that they identify and to not fear violence not fear prejudice not fear discrimination to not fear being bothered or to not fear living My favorite ote Inaccurate poorly researched assumes facts not in evidenceThis book is a collection of assumptions that many millennials tout as fact that in reality are not Honest research should lead the author to recognize that basic premises discussed as factual are deeply flawed while cherry picked statistics skew the author s assertions toward a pre determined viewpointI can not recommend this volume as it is blatantly dishonest in its intent I wish all of my friends and family would read this book I especially wish those who continue to espouse the rhetoric of partisan politics either side would read this book then maybe the level of political discourse in this country would rise to the point people could actually have intelligent and reasonable conversations They might even nderstand why castigating those who don t think like them on social media is counter productive Robby Soave is a libertarian who attended the University of Michigan from 2006 2010 He is a terrific reporter and a talented writer This book is a well researched in depth look at millennial activism across the political spectrum and is presented in a respectful and interesting way It s closer to a 25 stars but I give him the extra 12 star credit for his Progressive safe space woke definitions No easy task There are parts I skim read with speed because they were 90% anecdotal through times I observed or read thoroughly about before like the Berkeley Campus free speech movement escapades of decades ago Or Martin Luther King Jr testimony and example criteria for base line civil rights activism as he practiced it Those past things that I have seen myself lived throughWhat I found the best parts of the book for my se were the intersectionality related chapters and the drawing of the activist landscape Including safe spaces context for the present young college age crowds in the USA and elsewhere That part was at least a 4 star window to the division they advance and the anger that is so apparent and visible I have described it here and elsewhere for many years as drinking water from their own self poisoned wells He at one point within Women s March and other prime activist s voices examples euates it to a snake eating its own tail Regardless it was anecdotal in largest portions too But not as filled with vast generalizations about society in general and voters in particular that he floats throughout the rest of the book And it did teach me a few things about why this is so endlessly dividing to society increasingly within emotion and in loyalty observable MORE every year And how that Berkeley campus could have gone from such champions of Free Speech to muzzling every other voice with resultant violence of worthy or not to have one Arriving currently to a state of function where every word or phrasing has to be apt or conscience or offensive or some not acceptable to hear kind of line judgment It s incredibly depressing as a book on the whole to hear these sounding miserable and angst radiating voices IMHO and also in some of the Trump information completely outdat. Nswers these estions by profiling young radicals from across the political spectrumMillennial activism has risen to new heights in the age of Trump Although Soave may not personally agree with their motivations and goals he takes their ideas seriously approaching his interviews. .
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Ed to the point of 180 wrong in classifications etc Many of the chapters of individual s stories interview are faulty of them in groups Antifa are not at all what they have told him about themselves on top of it And eventually admitting by sections and by individuals that they are bottom line anarchist and want all government violated pulled down actviolence destroyed It was pitiable that the victims of violence interviewed or reported in nearly all cases were other left sided or extremist factions of their own ilk or mere innocent passers by of no relationship at all to the politico event In Which They Were Killed Or Seriously Injured Some In which they were killed or seriously injured Some in cases most publicized members of the youth school papers or press I wouldn t suggest this read nless you are like me and don t fully get we over 65 come from another era of such ENORMOUSLY different necessary priorities why people of such youth and vigor not in any way having to growprovide their own food who have solid dependent shelter lodging and days filled with nothing exerting than lifting keys or notebooks would be so endlessly angry and mean spirited in general And so dismissive of the exact vast community and country system that made the life of their ideasand time restraints life possibleIt s depressive for eyes of Soave too He states he is a libertarian but in his judgments and inclusions IMHO he s not really Like the Progressive movement he also classifies anything with a policy program such as JFK would have had as far right It isn t And the research and classifications of politico position slant along a spectrum aren t p to a 3 star either Those are barely 2 starsIt also did help me She Weeps Each Time Youre Born understand from their eyes why there are so many hate crime hoaxes Some I had forgotten about that are decades old now This victimhood is a cred and seems to validate themselves to their anger justified I have read a number of social commentary books like thisThe Coddling of the American Mind Campus Rape Frenzy Unjustified etc and this one is a real standout First off the author is a libertarian so he is often at odds with the conservative positions taken in those books He also discusses excesses of the right as well as the left something those books don t do at all or skim over The result is a very balanced perspectiveThere are a few points he made that I found particularly interesting1 I had no idea UC Berkeley was a stronghold of free speech and open discourse back in the 60 s The author contrasts that with what it is nowite the opposite2 The author s point about the genesis of young people s need for safe spaces and protection from harmful thoughts may be at least partially dueif not to their parents and the media and it is not something they developed on their own The practices of parents that overshield their children with their perception that a child kidnapper lurks around every corner and now with school shootings The author Warheart (Sword of Truth, uses statistics to point out that child kidnappings and school shootings are both very very rare events But the media saturates coverage on these events driving the perception of heightened danger So given these things is it any wonder that college kids feel the need for protection 3 I really liked that the author differentiated between speech that is protected and speech that is not and cited relevant court casesMatal vs Tam and Brandenburg vs Ohio respectively I really like Samuel Alito s words in thenanimous finding on the formerSpeech that demeans on the basis of race ethnicity gender religion age disability or any other similar ground is hateful but the proudest boast of our free speech jurisprudence is that we protect the freedom the express the thought that we hate There s a lot of misunderstanding about what is and isn t free speech so I like that the author brought p bothThe book is well written and well cited Names dates places publications etc It s not just a bunch of invective in either direction We that sort of civil balanced discourse Pretty OKI would probably rather read a sociological study of young activists of various stripes than this sort of recap of news stories about them I think As a phenomenon I m morbidly interested in the polarization and radicalization of people at various ends of the political spectrum but I just wanted somehow Disclosure I know the author personally and have spent time at libertarian conferences with him since collegeAfter reading Jonathan Haidt s The Coddling of the American Mind I was really excited to hear that Robby was going to write further on that topic He has been in the trenches for a while and does a nice job of walking the reader through the current political radicals on both ends of the spectrumWhile Haidt s take was academic and theory based Soave s take is experience based He has been to the rallies and conferences and done interviews with manyIt s worth a read but I d recommend reading it in conjunction with Haidt s work to get a well rounded vie. With a mixture of respect and healthy skepticism The result is a faithful cross section of today's radical youth which will appeal to libertarians conservatives centrist liberals and anyone who is alarmed by the trampling of free speech and due process in the name of social justi.

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