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New Threats to Freedom Hardcover – May 18, 2010
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the struggle against some of these overt dangers continues, some insidious new threats seem to have slipped past our intellectual defenses. These new threats are quietly eroding our hard-won freedoms, often unchallenged and, in some cases, widely accepted as beneficial.
In New Threats to Freedom, editor and author Adam Bellow has assembled an all-star line up 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.
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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This volume is not "luminous" in the dreamy buzzword sort of way, but quite illuminating if you're not given to cowering in the face of reality. Avoiding the trap of clinical coldness, these pieces radiate strong arguments against the cultural/political insanity of the moment and in favor of exerting a gritty muscular truth against the delusional madness that surrounds us and imagines it can have it's way.
But through all of the smoke of battle, life, charm, and wit still manage to wonderfully assert themselves. My favorite gems were "The Rise of Antireligious Orthodoxy" by Mark Helprin (who manages to open with yet another one of his engaging Hudson River boyhood memories) and Mark T. Michell's "Ingratitude and the Death of Freedom". All in all, I heartily recommend this riveting collection.
This book is a bit similar. I selected it because of the Christopher Hitchens essay, and he did not disappoint. I found much to agree with in the other essays, as well.
However, I did notice a bit of a rightward slant: Bruce Bawer, Christina Hoff Sommers, Michael Goodwin, Christine Rosen -- and the editor himself, Adam Bellow. None, of course, is Glenn Beck, and there's nothing wrong with right-libertarianism.
However, I think this book may be preaching to the choir. It might have been more useful to assemble a volume that spoke of the Bush administration as much as it did of the Obama administration, and that might have spoken more to the left-libertarians among us. They are less likely to be perusing this volume, I feel. Similarly, I see Republicans more than Democrats picking this one up. A different editorial approach might have made that less likely.
Still and all, a worthy volume.
Nonetheless, I see some value in the book, but that mostly in the reparte; that is, I enjoyed reading intelligently written essays but was glad that I was not in a room (classroom, dinner table) with any of them.
The book would have benefited a great deal from a more balanced perspective.
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While there were some points made in this book. This book is mainly a treatise of conservative and libertarian views. Read morePublished on December 14, 2011 by Lynn Ellingwood
This book is a collection of essays written by a selection of authors from the center-right. Each author looks at what he or she considers the new looming threats to freedom in the... Read morePublished on December 6, 2011 by Alice in Wondland
This book provoked me to anger and research. The research provoked me to think. These essays were created to provoke a feeling and with feeling comes doing. Read it. Read morePublished on April 18, 2011 by Jazz
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With a title like "NEW Threats to Freedom," I expected some outside-the-box thinking from the authors whose essays appear in this book. Read morePublished on February 22, 2011 by H. F. Gibbard
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NEW THREATS TO FREEDOM details a number of new threats to freedoms - threats often largely seen as beneficial to society. Read morePublished on January 16, 2011 by Midwest Book Review
This book contains 30 essays written by people of different political viewpoints. This is an enlightening book that people of all political backgrounds should appreciate. Read morePublished on January 9, 2011 by TosaTat