How the Left's Culture of Fear and Intimidation Silences Americans

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From the editor-at-large of Breitbart.com comes a galvanizing and alarming look at the strategy and tactics of leftist thuggery. While President Obama and the left like to pretend that they oppose bullying with all their hearts and souls, the truth is far darker: the left is the greatest purveyor of bullying in modern American history. Bullying has morphed into the left's go-to tactic, as they attempt to quash their opponents through fear, threat of force, violence, and rhetorical intimidation on every major issue facing America today. Ben Shapiro uncovers the simple strategy used by liberals and their friends in the media: bully the living hell out of conservatives. Play the race card, the class card, the sexism card. Use any and every means at your disposal to demonize your opposition--to shut them up. Then pretend that such bullying is justified, because, after all, conservatives are the true bullies, and need to be taught a lesson for their intolerance. Hidden beneath the left's supposed hatred of bullying lies a passionate love of its vulgar tactics. The left has created a climate of fear wherein ordinary Americans must abandon their principles, back abhorrent causes, and remain silent. They believe America is a force for evil, that our military is composed of war criminals, and that patriotism is the deepest form of treason. They incite riots and threaten violence by playing the race card, then claim they're advocates for tolerance. Disagree with Obama? You must be a racist. They send out union thugs and Occupy Wall Street anarchists to destroy businesses and redistribute the wealth of earners and job creators. No target is off limits as liberal feminists declare war against stay-at-home moms, and gay activists out their enemies, destroy careers, and desecrate personal privacy. These are the most despicable people in America, bullying their opponents while claiming to be the victims. Shapiro takes on the leftist bullies, exposes their hypocrisy, and offers conservatives a reality check in the face of what has become the gravest threat to American liberty: the left's single-minded focus on ending political debate through bully tactics.
Publisher: 2013
ISBN: 9781476710013
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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May 12, 2019

In the Introduction Shapiro nicely frames how the left labels conservative views as “bullying” and then uses that stance to bully conservatives along with government, media, academia and non-profit power to entrench their cultural agenda – as opposed to the right where that level of invective and organization is not the norm. He calls on the right to no longer remain silent and to stand up to this technique.

This is the crux of the book. Everything else lays out examples of how the left attacks the right over race, sex, class, green issues, etc. and is vintage Shapiro. I enjoy Shapiro’s podcasts where his rapid and interesting delivery is both entertaining and informative but here it comes across as a long rant.

For sure read the introduction, for the rest, read if you’re interested in Shapiro’s recounting of political events. I’ve given this book a 4 star rating because the introductory message is on point but I only skimmed through some of the later sections.

Mar 22, 2018

Sadly, as a Real Leftist [a radical progressive/socialist] sometimes Shapiro, whom I don't overall agree with, makes sense as there are too many who claim to be leftists but really aren't. Case in point: Eli Sanders, associate editor of The Stranger [local Seattle, WA, USA paper], was on NPR sounding off - - most correctly, against Scott Lindsey from the Seattle Prosecutors' Office - - for using Facebook to do false news/shadow marketing, et cetera, durin our last local election. Editor Sanders correctly stated it was shadow marketing/fake news by Assistant Prosecutor Lindsey [son-in-law of former governor, Christine Gregoire, who brought 3 out of 4 ex-convicts to the Puget Sound region by signing a Interstate Compact on Adult Offenders] - - and therefore controlling real news, which indeed could also be levelled at Sanders' paper, The Stranger, which practices censorship by both the wholesale censoring and banning commenters who complain about said censorship from their online site - - thereby controlling real news comment and commentary!
So much for Free Speech in Seattle . . .

Bearddis Mar 02, 2016

Go look at the reviews for the rest of his books and you'll see why you probably need to read this one. Quite hilarious how the left only ever serves to prove criticism of them correct.

Jul 02, 2015

I've just discovered Ben Shapiro as an author and radio personality. His views are extremely relevant and his experience backs up what he says. This book is great example of what we're seeing every day when we turn on the news. Recommend.

DebAK Feb 24, 2015

I just LOVE the reviews by people who didn't even read the book, but can only resort to ad hominem attacks. Read and arrive to your own conclusions, don't let anyone, er, bully you into believing this is a bad book without reading it!

LRS1969 Feb 03, 2015


Ridiculous actually with the fact that THE BULLIES are not the Liberals, but the rightwing fundamentalist wingnuts who stoop to hate speech, scare tactics, and fascist propaganda!

Maybe was really meant as a joke?

The sad thing is that this author is a quite intelligent human being and absolutely should know better. I guess it is just - like his other books - prime examples of how propaganda and brainwashing can override intelligence and logical truths unless people stay eternally vigilant!

Sep 09, 2014

RationalWiki article on the author:
“Ben Shapiro's Homophobia”
by John K Wilson, posted April 29, 2013, to Daily Kos
some of the author's finest moments, at Right Wing Watch

Jan 19, 2014

The premise of this is completely laughable. According to this book conservatives are "bullied" by leftists.
I'm not a conservative myself but am willing to engage with conservative ideas. I thought conservatives preached self-reliance but this book encourages people to instead see themselves as victims.


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