with Douglas Murray British writer and commentator, former director of the Centre for Social Cohesion, associate director of the Henry Jackson Society Bestselling author of Strange Death of Europe and Madness of Crowds: Race, Gender and Identity
Wednesday, July 1st 9 AM PACIFIC TIME **NOTE NEW AND UNUSUAL TIME**
Douglas Murray is one of the greatest thinkers and writers of our time, without a doubt. We’d read Douglas Murray’s Madness of Crowds in our AFA Book Discussion Group on February 19th, not long ago but in another era; then when this literal madness of crowds kicked off a few weeks ago, it seemed that he would be the perfect person to shed light on what’s going on and how to combat it. The book is brilliant, as is he. From the Amazon description:
We are living through a postmodern era in which the grand narratives of religion and political ideology have collapsed. In their place have emerged a crusading desire to right perceived wrongs and a weaponization of identity, both accelerated by the new forms of social and news media. Narrow sets of interests now dominate the agenda as society becomes more and more tribal–and, as Murray shows, the casualties are mounting.
The casualties are indeed mounting. And the entire book is an incisive and insightful examination of the various chasms, false narratives, and wide range of mechanisms of destroying culture that we’re in the throes of even as we speak.
I’d also noted in February that I “read” the book on Audible (offered for free at the moment!) – Murray himself is the reader and this is one of the rare times when I think the experience of listening to it truly enhances the work. When he reads passages of tremendous irony, with just the right inflection, it’s exquisite, like listening to music rather than reading it. And I’ve enjoyed listening to it again, and now a third time. I can’t recommend it highly enough.
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AFA’s Discussion on Victor Davis Hanson’s World War II Video series
Thursday July 2nd at 6 PM Pacific
Thursday night, July 2nd at 6 PM Pacific we’ll be hosting the online discussion based on video 3 of the “World War II” series. These Freedom Academy videos are lectures by Victor Davis Hanson and they are magnificent.
AFA has launched our “EVERY BUSINESS IS ESSENTIAL” initiative in response to the destruction of economic freedoms wrought by zealous bureaucrats. Read our press release here, the rationale here, and sign YOUR support for economic freedom here. Indeed, the current vandalism of businesses across the country and the race-based rioting emphasize the crucial nature of economic activity and how it’s tied to the flourishing of individuals and of our nation as a whole.
We are taking a stand for economic freedom by asking elected officials and those seeking election to sign a pledge that they take as a fundamental truth that all businesses are essential, and to oppose all efforts and legislation that might designate any business as non-essential.
In this way we hope to prevent any future cripplings of this great nation’s economy with arbitrary, personal, irrational choices about what is and isn’t essential, and to re-establish stability in the economic arena.
Never again should bureaucrats make decisions that kill economic freedom, that kill businesses; our aim is to support those who agree with this stance, and to root out those who don’t.
Please do sign your support, and help us advance this initiative with your donation. Every business is essential, and let’s make sure this kind of economic warfare never happens again
Hope to see you at any or all of these events.
Karen Siegemund President, American Freedom Alliance
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