New Threats to Freedom


New Threats to Freedom

In the twentieth century, free people faced a number of mortal threats,ranging from despotism, fascism,
and communism to the looming menace of global terrorism. While the struggle against some of these overt dangers continues, some insidious new threats seem to have slipped past our intellectual defenses. These often unchallenged threats are quietly eroding our hard-won freedoms and, in ...

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New Threats to Freedom

In the twentieth century, free people faced a number of mortal threats,ranging from despotism, fascism,
and communism to the looming menace of global terrorism. While the struggle against some of these overt dangers continues, some insidious new threats seem to have slipped past our intellectual defenses. These often unchallenged threats are quietly eroding our hard-won freedoms and, in some cases, are widely accepted as beneficial.

In New Threats to Freedom, editor and author Adam Bellow has assembled an all-star lineup of innovative thinkers to challenge these insidious new threats. Some leap into already raging debates on issues such as Sharia law in the West, the rise of transnationalism, and the regulatory state. Others turn their attention to less obvious threats, such as the dogma of fairness, the failed promises of the blogosphere, and the triumph of behavioral psychology.

These threats are very real and very urgent, yet this collection avoids projecting an air of doom and gloom. Rather, it provides a blueprint for intellectual resistance so that modern defenders of liberty may better understand their enemies, more effectively fight to preserve the meaning of freedom, and more surely carry its light to a new generation.

What are the new threats to freedom?

when has authority not claimed, when imposing trammels and curbs on liberty, that it does so for a wider good and a greater happiness?” —Christopher Hitchens

“The regulatory state amounts to a regressive tax that penalizes small independent producers and protects the status quo.” —Max Borders

“Europe tends to favor stability over democracy, America democracy over stability.” —Daniel Hannan

“The value of free expression is perceived to be at odds with goals that were considered ‘more important,’ like inclusiveness, diversity, nondiscrimination, and tolerance.” —Greg Lukianoff

“The masses cannot ultimately be free: only the individual can be.” —Robert D. Kaplan

“That old bugbear of postwar sociology—the mob-self—is now a reality. In a participatory/popularity culture, the freedom to think and act for ourselves becomes harder and harder to achieve.” —Lee Siegel

“As traditional marriage declines, the ranks of single women are growing, and increasingly these women are substituting the security of a husband with the security of the state.” —Jessica Gavora

“Ending the freedom to fail is a mean-spirited attack on the freedom to succeed.” —Michael Goodwin

“The only solution to the new threats to American press freedom lies in organized resistance.” —Katherine Mangu-Ward

“The new behaviorism isn’t interested in protecting people’s freedom to choose; on the contrary, its core principle is the idea that only by allowing an expert elite to limit choice can individuals learn to break their bad habits.” —Christine Rosen

“There’s a world of Travis Bickles out there, and they’re not driving cabs. They’re reading blogs.” —Ron Rosenbaum

“The first amendment ensures not that speech will be fair, but that it will be free. It cannot be both.” —David Mamet

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599473741
  • Publisher: Templeton Press
  • Publication date: 9/15/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Adam Bellow is vice president/executive editor at Harper-Collins. He has also been an executive editor at Doubleday (Random House) and was formerly editorial director of The Free Press (Simon & Schuster). His essays and articles have appeared in numerous publications. He is also the author of In Praise of Nepotism: A History of Family Enterprise from King David to George W. Bush (Anchor).

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Table of Contents

 • Where Have All the Grown-ups Gone?
Adam Bellow

1 The Decline of American Press Freedom Anne Applebaum

2 The Closing of the Liberal Mind Bruce Bawer

3 The New Dogma of Fairness Peter Berkowitz

4 The Urge to Regulate Max Borders

5 The Isolation of Today’s Classical Liberal Richard A. Epstein

6 Single Women as a Threat to Freedom Jessica Gavora

7 The Loss of the Freedom to Fail Michael Goodwin

8 The European Union as a Threat to Freedom Daniel Hannan

9 Bad Political Theatre Alexander Harrington

10 The Rise of Antireligious Orthodoxy Mark Helprin

11 Multiculturalism and the Threat of Conformity Christopher Hitchens

12 The Tyranny of the News Cycle Robert D. Kaplan

13 Transnational Progressivism James Kirchick

14 Students against Liberty?
Greg Lukianoff

15 Belief in False Gods Barry C. Lynn

16 The Fairness Doctrine David Mamet

17 The War on Negative Liberty Katherine Mangu-Ward

18 The Abandonment of Democracy Promotion Tara McKelvey

19 Ingratitude and the Death of Freedom Mark T. Mitchell

20 The Anticapitalists Michael C. Moynihan

21 The Rise of Mass Dependency Chris Norwood

22 Liberty and Complacency Glenn Harlan Reynolds

23 Threats to Philanthropic Freedom Naomi Schaefer Riley

24 The New Behaviorists Christine Rosen

25 Cyber-Anonymity Ron Rosenbaum

26 Shariah in the West Stephen Schwartz

27 Participatory Culture and the Assault on Democracy Lee Siegel

28 The U.N. Women’s Treaty as a Threat to Freedom Christina Hoff Sommers

29 The Illusion of Innocence Shelby Steele

30 Orthodoxy and Freedom in International Aid Dennis Whittle

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