Bullies

Bullies

How the Left's Culture of Fear and Intimidation Silences Americans

Book - 2013 | First Threshold Editions hardcover edition.
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"From the editor-at-large of Breitbart.com, a timely and compelling look at how liberals use bullying toward their opponents on today's top political issues. Bullying is an urgent topic on many minds and lips today. After the "It Gets Better" program was sanctioned by Obama himself, the left turned bullying into one of its most beloved pet issues. But what they seem to have missed is that their own modus operandi relies on exactly that: bullying. Bullying is the liberals' go-to tactic. They decry their opponents through fear, threat of force, and rhetorical intimidation on every major issue facing America. Anti-American bullies portray our country as a force for evil in the world, a great maw of global nastiness, chewing up portions of our population on behalf of their corporate overlords. Race bullies like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson incite riots ending in murder, trump up charges against innocent district attorneys, or threaten violence to small towns in Florida, while calling anyone who disagrees with them racists. And there's much, much more. These are the most despicable people in America. And what makes them even more vile is that as they bully their opponents, they claim to be victims. They call their opponents uncivil while engaging in some of the most vulgar tactics against anyone they disagree with. But no more. Political prodigy and editor-in-chief of Breitbart.com Ben Shapiro takes on these bullies and provides a compelling tour of the left's bullying tendencies on all of today's top political issues"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Threshold Editions, [2013]
Edition: First Threshold Editions hardcover edition.
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9781476709994
Branch Call Number: 320.513 SHA
Characteristics: 325 pages ;,24 cm

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Boych2018
May 12, 2019

In the Introduction Shapiro nicely frames how the left labels conservative views as “bullying” and then uses that stance to bully conservatives along with government, media, academia and non-profit power to entrench their cultural agenda – as opposed to the right where that level of invective and organization is not the norm. He calls on the right to no longer remain silent and to stand up to this technique.

This is the crux of the book. Everything else lays out examples of how the left attacks the right over race, sex, class, green issues, etc. and is vintage Shapiro. I enjoy Shapiro’s podcasts where his rapid and interesting delivery is both entertaining and informative but here it comes across as a long rant.

For sure read the introduction, for the rest, read if you’re interested in Shapiro’s recounting of political events. I’ve given this book a 4 star rating because the introductory message is on point but I only skimmed through some of the later sections.

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StarGladiator
Mar 22, 2018

Sadly, as a Real Leftist [a radical progressive/socialist] sometimes Shapiro, whom I don't overall agree with, makes sense as there are too many who claim to be leftists but really aren't. Case in point: Eli Sanders, associate editor of The Stranger [local Seattle, WA, USA paper], was on NPR sounding off - - most correctly, against Scott Lindsey from the Seattle Prosecutors' Office - - for using Facebook to do false news/shadow marketing, et cetera, durin our last local election. Editor Sanders correctly stated it was shadow marketing/fake news by Assistant Prosecutor Lindsey [son-in-law of former governor, Christine Gregoire, who brought 3 out of 4 ex-convicts to the Puget Sound region by signing a Interstate Compact on Adult Offenders] - - and therefore controlling real news, which indeed could also be levelled at Sanders' paper, The Stranger, which practices censorship by both the wholesale censoring and banning commenters who complain about said censorship from their online site - - thereby controlling real news comment and commentary!
So much for Free Speech in Seattle . . .

Bearddis Mar 02, 2016

Go look at the reviews for the rest of his books and you'll see why you probably need to read this one. Quite hilarious how the left only ever serves to prove criticism of them correct.

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Slys65ss
Jul 02, 2015

I've just discovered Ben Shapiro as an author and radio personality. His views are extremely relevant and his experience backs up what he says. This book is great example of what we're seeing every day when we turn on the news. Recommend.

DebAK Feb 24, 2015

I just LOVE the reviews by people who didn't even read the book, but can only resort to ad hominem attacks. Read and arrive to your own conclusions, don't let anyone, er, bully you into believing this is a bad book without reading it!

LRS1969 Feb 03, 2015

Garbage.

Ridiculous actually with the fact that THE BULLIES are not the Liberals, but the rightwing fundamentalist wingnuts who stoop to hate speech, scare tactics, and fascist propaganda!

Maybe was really meant as a joke?

The sad thing is that this author is a quite intelligent human being and absolutely should know better. I guess it is just - like his other books - prime examples of how propaganda and brainwashing can override intelligence and logical truths unless people stay eternally vigilant!

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naturalist
Sep 09, 2014

RationalWiki article on the author:
http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Ben_Shapiro
and,
“Ben Shapiro's Homophobia”
by John K Wilson, posted April 29, 2013, to Daily Kos
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/4/29/1205635/-Ben-Shapiro-s-Homophobia
and,
some of the author's finest moments, at Right Wing Watch
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/category/people/ben-shapiro

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David_Brons
Jan 19, 2014

The premise of this is completely laughable. According to this book conservatives are "bullied" by leftists.
I'm not a conservative myself but am willing to engage with conservative ideas. I thought conservatives preached self-reliance but this book encourages people to instead see themselves as victims.

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