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The New Thought Police: Inside the Left's Assault on Free Speech and Free Minds

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Stop the Left from Policing Your Mind
Our freedom to speak our minds is under attack. Like the Thought Police of George Orwell's 1984, powerful special interest groups on the Left are mounting a withering assault on our rights in the name of "social equality." Liberty has been turned on its ear as the rights of the few restrict the freedom of everyone. In The New Thought Police, author Tammy Bruce, a self-described lesbian feminist activist, cuts through the deluge of ...
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Overview

Stop the Left from Policing Your Mind
Our freedom to speak our minds is under attack. Like the Thought Police of George Orwell's 1984, powerful special interest groups on the Left are mounting a withering assault on our rights in the name of "social equality." Liberty has been turned on its ear as the rights of the few restrict the freedom of everyone. In The New Thought Police, author Tammy Bruce, a self-described lesbian feminist activist, cuts through the deluge of politically correct speech and thought codes to expose the dangerous rise of Left-wing McCarthyism. Provocative and persuasive, this book is a clarion call to anyone interested in preserving liberty.
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Editorial Reviews

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Praise for The New Thought Police:
"A strong book" — John Leo, U.S. News & World Report
"This book is an inside job—wickedly satisfying and full of priceless opinions." — Norah Vincent, syndicated columnist
"How many liberal lesbian writers have been praised by conservatives? Tammy Bruce may be the only one." — Thomas Sowell, nationally syndicated columnist
"A passionate and entertaining diatribe." National Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761563730
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/28/2003
  • Edition description: First
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 990,704
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.21 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Tammy Bruce has appeared on The O'Reilly Factor, Hannity & Colmes, Today, The G. Gordon Liddy Show, and The Larry Elder Show, among numerous other television and radio programs, and she has been written about in the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, U.S. News & World Report, Human Events, and elsewhere. A regular columnist for NewsMax.com and FrontPageMagazine.com and a frequent writer for The Advocate, she lives in Los Angeles.
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From Chapter One of The New Thought Police
My years as a feminist activist taught me many things, including the fact that the essential ingredients in the milieu of social change—freedom of expression and personal liberty—have suffered extraordinary damage in the name of "social equality" or "feminism" or "civil rights." Agendas cloaked in these respected labels of have turned people away from the heart of these ideals and, in some cases, actually reversed social progress for everyone, including women, people of color, and others who have an investment in the quality of life.
There is enormous irony in the fact that it is those on the left—the supposed protectors of all things culturally important—who are exacting severe social punishments on anyone who espouses an idea or opinion that challenges that status quo or may be deemed "offensive" to some special interest group.
There is, however, a method to the madness of those who have chosen to protect us from ourselves.
You see, there is nothing in the theory of feminism or civil rights that requires people to stop thinking their own thoughts. On the contrary, civil rights are reliant on individual freedom. The spiral down and away from individual liberty can be traced directly to the rejection of the rights of one for the rights of the many. This group-rights mentality is nothing new; it is steeped in the "progressive" concept that the individual must submit to what is best for everyone else. This idea stems not from the ideal of civil rights but from the well of socialism, the foundational model of the far Left. Once we accept group theory, it not only becomes easier to reject individual rights (like freedom of expression) but actually becomes essential that we do so.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
1 Beyond 1984: The Rise of the New Thought Police 1
2 Groupthink: The Politics of "Hate" 35
3 Pot. Kettle. Black. The Hypocrisy of the Gay Establishment 57
4 The Misery Merchants: How the Black Civil-Rights Establishment Has Betrayed the Dream 87
5 Not NOW: The Selling-Out of the Feminist Establishment 117
6 Multiculturalism: Thought Police in Costume 145
7 Control the Image and Control the Culture: The Thought Police in News and Entertainment 173
8 The Thought Police in Academia: Indoctrinating the Next Generation 207
9 Protest and Freedom: An Activist's Diary 239
Notes 269
Suggested Reading List 281
Index 285
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2004

    lively and thought-provoking

    It is refreshing to hear a liberal talk about the problems of how the media and academia are subverting freedom of thought and freedom of speech. Maybe more people who have been hoodwinked into thinking that they are supposed to agree with the media and with teachers because they are 'liberals' will learn that, though they may be liberals, the media and the teachers are not. Tammy Bruce calls them 'the Left' and clearly distinguishes them from liberals. I wish conservatives would learn to do the same instead of lumping everyone who disagrees with them into the category of 'left-liberal' or just plain 'liberal.' There are books with more detail, like Who Stole Feminism? and The Shadow University, which everyone should read next; and for a comprehensive picture of what's going on and how it got that way, read the novel (by a liberal) The Rape of Alma Mater. But this book is a good place to start.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2003

    This Book Rocked My World!!!!

    I invite everyone to read this book. It will be worth your time. Ms. Bruce has changed my life and has taught me so many crucial lessons. She clearly exposes many things that most of society hasn't yet been able to see. Because of this book, I have realized areas where I myself had been brainwashed and I have become much more patriotic as a result!!! Again, what a wonderful wonderful book! If every college freshman had to read this our country would be so much better off immediately!!! Give it a chance!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2013

    Speaking as someone raised by Democrats. As I was reading this m

    Speaking as someone raised by Democrats. As I was reading this my first reaction was "So, I'm not crazy".

    This book's author is a Lesbian and the former head of the L.A. branch of N.O.W., so no one can call her conservative.

    Tammy points out, from her own experiences as an activist, what the National Organizations are doing.
    She points out, quite accurately, how "Political Correctness" is all but Identical to 1984's "Thought Crimes".
    What she calls "Misery Merchant" exist only to keep the pain of Race, Sex, and History alive - to as she puts it "Rub Salt in the Wounds"

    From her own experiences she tells how the National Activists for Civil Rights and Women care more about their alliances than about achieving anything. How the Left is financed and controlled by corporations, same as the right. How their allegiance to the Democrats is so strong that they seek to minimize Republican Members.

    This points out quite clearly that the National Liberals have no plan for advancing what their 50's and 60's counterparts achieved, and how they can't afford to. The National Activists exist only because of Racism and Sexism. They can never allow those to cease to exist, and they can never allow the pain to heal.

    Tammy speaks of how for the last few decades there has been intense assaults on Civil Rights and Women's Rights in the name of Civil Liberty and Women's Liberty. That is insane, and it's very real.

    As someone raised by Democrats, I can say "This book is Truely Liberating"

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2009

    Thought Police a Reality in our Nation Today

    A lesson in being aware of how our thoughts could be manipulated by the main stream media. Tammy Bruce encourages each of us to do our own homework & make our own conclusions. She gives great encouragement to those that want to stand firm in their convictions.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2003

    Required reading

    This should be required reading for all high school and college students. Ms Bruce has great insight into our culture and the motivations of those who would force political correctness on society. Written by a former insider of the women's lib movement, the author is a credible source of education with lots to teach. A great source of conversation for the next few months after reading it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2003

    Hits the nail on the head

    As a gay conservative, I can only say that this book has made me feel like there is FINALLY someone who is like me and can proclaim the truth without fear of retribution from the left.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2002

    Wake up, America!

    I've had this nagging feeling that my thoughts and speech have been increasingly controlled, and Ms. Bruce gives all the evidence that it has been...and it's scary! A very insightful book for all Americans.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2002

    Unbelievable, I agree with Tammy Bruce!

    I saw the spine of the book first and thought the title intriguing. I picked it up and saw that it was written by Tammy Bruce. I have rarely agreed with Ms. Bruce but took my chance and bought her book. I am glad I did. This book should be required reading on college campuses across the country. Ms. Bruce has written a serious and often amusing book on a problem that is slowing killing our society and rapidly trampling on our first amendment rights. Laced with person stories, Ms. Bruce comments on, and analyzes how, the Left is suppressing every American's right to free speech and free thought. Anyone concerned with the first amendment and the freedom of speech and thought should read this book. Outstanding!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2001

    Shocking, Informative, Eye Opening

    This book offers insight into a clandestine attack being waged on our first ammendment rights. I truly cannot understand why this book hasn't received more coverage and acclaim. A must read for anyone who values equality and free speech.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2002

    The Truth about the Left

    Mandatory reading for everyone who values free speech. Tammy and I do not agree on many of the Liberal social issues. But we do agree on the fundamental values upon which this nation was founded: individual freedoms and responsibilities. Very well written and insightful.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2001

    Chicken Soup For The Left

    I got this book because I am a progressive feminist, like Tammy Bruce and could not figure out, with a title like this, where she was coming from. Not only is it an enjoyable read (which surprised me) but I was astounded by how much I agreed with her.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2005

    An absolute must for everybody

    What a great book! I repeat. What I great book! Finally a book that says what any person with common sense is thinking but told by a liberal, which leaves out the argument that all conservatives are fascist and so on (you know, what liberals will say of anybody that doens't follow the line). I can only thank the author for giving priority to common sense instead of singing the mandatory song of the liberals. Read it, it's a must.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2002

    Excellant Book

    You have to give this lady credit for telling it like it is!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2002

    brillant!

    insightful and honest- a must read for those who value (and desire) freedom in America. Great work!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2002

    Must Read!!

    Every citizen of Earth needs to read this book! Especially anyone who votes in America, so they may see what a vote for a 'liberal' does to us.

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