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The New Thought Police: Inside the Left's Assault on Free Speech and Free Minds Hardcover – October 23, 2001

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Prima Lifestyles; 1st edition (October 23, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761534040
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761534044
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.8 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (164 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,293,336 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


"A powerful dindictment of the progressive witch hunt from a muscular new voice in the camp of liberty."
David Horowitz, president of the Center for the Study of Popular Culture
"Tammy Bruce is a brilliant feminist, activist, and iconoclast. Anything she says is worth thinking about."
Andrea Dworkin, author of Intercourse
"The title says it all. Ms. Bruce bravely takes on liberal 'victicrats' who steal our liberties while condescendingly assuring us that 'it's for our own good.'"
Larry Elder, host of The Larry Elder Show and author of The Ten Things You Can't Say in America
"Tammy Bruce has identified an issue—suppression of free speech—that strikes at the heart of American Democracy. Every American of every ideological persuasion should read of her experience and heed her concerns."
Ward Connerly, author of Creating Equal and founder and chairman of the American Civil Rights Institute

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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. From rigid speech codes on college campuses to the knee-jerk use of such labels as "racist," "sexist," and "homophobe" in an attempt to socially ostracize people with opposing viewpoints, speaking one's mind today has become increasingly dangerous.
Until now.
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. After spending several years as a prominent civil-rights activist and in leadership positions at NOW?an organization she currently decries as a foot soldier in the war against free speech?Ms. Bruce has experienced first-hand the campaigns from the Left against our fundamental freedom of expression. Threats to silence radio and television hosts, book and newspaper burnings, expulsions of students for utterances offensive to select groups?all are common practices in a long line of attacks on people whose opinions do not conform with the agendas championed by national feminist, racial, and gay organizations. Ms. Bruce leaves no sacred cow of the Left untouched, and you'll be surprised to find how what you see, hear, say, and think has been influenced by the bullies on the Left.
Provocative and persuasive, The New Thought Police is a clarion call to anyone interested in preserving liberty.

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They want someone they can control and that will help them control others.
Howard Myers
In her recent book, "The New Thought Police," Ms. Tammy Bruce has disturbed the liberal bats in the deepest recesses of their caves.
Wallace Honley
This book is thought-provoking, fair to all sides, deep, and very analytical.
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158 of 169 people found the following review helpful By Roger Pipe on November 15, 2001
Format: Hardcover
As someone who used to listen to Tammy Bruce every weekend when she had her show on KFI in Los Angeles, (I actually emailed her regularly and often got nice responses.) I was happy to hear she had written a book. It was the way I heard about it that surprised me. While flipping the dials, I heard Dr. Laura talking about this great new book. I can't say that I ever would have figured that Tammy's most vocal supporter would be Dr. Laura. This support may explain why the book was sold out at eight stores I visited the week it was released. (Thank goodness I had Amazon.)
There have been plenty of books written about Political Correctness and those who would control our speech. What makes Bruce's' book different is that she is not a right wing thundercloud shouting down the opposition. As a lifelong feminist and President of LA N.O.W for nearly a decade, she has a long history as a champion for `liberal' causes and has been an outspoken advocate for traditionally `left leaning' issues. In spite this lengthy pedigree, or perhaps because she actually believes in her causes, Bruce is appalled by the tactics of the left and the new "thought police" who carry out the marching orders.
"The New Thought Police" is an easy read. I finished it in less than a day without much effort. The reason for Dr. Laura's strong support is quite clear early on when Bruce devotes an entire chapter to the criticism and threats faced by Dr. Laura after her comments angered the `gay establishment.' A lesbian herself, Bruce may disagree with Dr. Laura, but is quick to point out that the propaganda used against her national TV show was filled with lies. As Bruce points out here and throughout the book, the left has adopted the policies that used to be used against them. (In this case, passing out hateful fliers in Dr.
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104 of 112 people found the following review helpful By Eugene A Jewett on December 3, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Tammy Bruce is a Classical Liberal, one who extols the true virtues of an American culture that has brought a rising tide of wealth to all of its people. In this new book she speaks out against the heavily laden dogma of the Socialist Left that hides behind the labels of NOW, the NAACP, and multiculturalism, the avatar of academic political correctness. She avers that these groups have sought to hoodwink the public while turning America's universities into a bastion of intellectual thought suppression worthy of East Germany under Soviet occupation.
As a true Liberal she voices her support for individualism versus the Groupthink multiculturalism so popular in Hollywood, the media and academia. Her thoughts emanating from her experiences as catalogued in this book are given additional and sustained gravitas due to her credentials as a pro-choice, lesbian feminist who was president of the National Organization of Women from 1990-1996.
The book is a quick read, but the thoughts she outlines are the result of intense and calculated consideration. She correctly sees through all the popular ruses of the Socialist Left which are right out of the Leninist-Stalinist playbook. She points out how a very small number of people (5 or 6) were able to orchestrate the campaign to remove Dr. Laura Schlessinger from the airwaves. She deplores the smears and lies of Molly Yard, Patricia Ireland and Ellie Smeal of NOW who, along with their minions, practice a form of assault on free speech and free thought while abetted by the same culprits, the major media, academia and Hollywood. She relates how these women have even attempted to silence her.
As a true feminist she comes down hard on Jesse Jackson and Bill Clinton with obvious good reason.
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88 of 97 people found the following review helpful By "perribear" on October 23, 2001
Format: Hardcover
You've got to read this book. I live in Chicago and first heard about Tammy Bruce during the O.J. Simpson trial in Los Angeles. I'm not a feminist but I really appreciated her zeal about making sure domestic violence wasn't overshadowed by Simpson's "dream team" talk of racism. With this book I have found out why I liked her in the first place--she cuts through all the nonsense about social issues put out by the left, like multiculturalism and hate crimes. And, as a Dr. Laura fan, I was thrilled to see a chapter devoted to the true story behind the gay groups attacks on her. I've been waiting for someone to stand up for Dr. Laura. Bruce does a great job exposing the gay groups real agenda.
In general, that's what makes this book so good--Bruce comes from the inside and has some pretty surprising stories about what the Left "establishment" as she terms it, is really like. But be prepared--this book is not just a political attack--I reads more like a manifesto about true progressive politics and radical individualism, their importance and how we can improve our lives by trusting ourselves and our intentions as Americans. At the same time, it was fun, had great humor, real life stories and all the while educated me politically. What a dream.
I also particularly liked her chapter about what it was really like in NOW, and their double-standards. Probably the most surprising thing she reveals is that NOW took money from the Clinton administration during the Jones and Lewinsky scandals (which finally made clear to me why they were so hypocritical about sexual harassment when it came to Bubba).
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