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 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 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.
Contributors include: Anne Applebaum, Bruce Bawer, Peter Berkowitz, Max Borders, Richard A. Epstein, Jessica Gavora, Michael Goodwin, Daniel Hannan, Alexander Harrington, Mark Helprin, Christopher Hitchens, Robert D. Kaplan, James Kirchick, Greg Lukianoff, Barry C. Lynn, David Mamet, Katherine Mangu-Ward, Tara McKelvey, Mark T. Mitchell, Michael C. Moynihan, Chris Norwood, Glenn Harlan Reynolds, Naomi Schaefer Riley, Christine Rosen, Ron Rosenbaum, Stephen Schwartz, Lee Siegel, Christina Hoff Sommers, Shelby Steele, and Dennis Whittle.
New Threats to Freedom is the book that started the New Threats to Freedom Series, which you can learn more about at newthreatstofreedom.com.Back to Tabs
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Introduction • Where Have All the Grown-ups Gone? / ix
1. The Decline of American Press Freedom / 3
2. The Closing of the Liberal Mind / 14
3. The New Dogma of Fairness / 24
4. The Urge to Regulate / 35
5. The Isolation of Today’s Classical Liberal / 46
Richard A. Epstein
6. Single Women as a Threat to Freedom / 56
7. The Loss of the Freedom to Fail / 67
8. The European Union as a Threat to Freedom / 76
9. Bad Political Theatre / 87
10. The Rise of Antireligious Orthodoxy / 98
11. Multiculturalism and the Threat of Conformity / 110
12. The Tyranny of the News Cycle / 119
Robert D. Kaplan
13. Transnational Progressivism / 126
14. Students against Liberty? / 137
15. Belief in False Gods / 147
Barry C. Lynn
16. The Fairness Doctrine / 152
17. The War on Negative Liberty / 162
18. The Abandonment of Democracy Promotion / 171
19. Ingratitude and the Death of Freedom / 181
Mark T. Mitchell
20. The Anticapitalists / 189
Michael C. Moynihan
21. The Rise of Mass Dependency / 199
22. Liberty and Complacency / 211
Glenn Harlan Reynolds
23. Threats to Philanthropic Freedom / 220
Naomi Schaefer Riley
24. The New Behaviorists / 230
25. Cyber-Anonymity / 240
26. Shariah in the West / 248
27. Participatory Culture and the Assault on Democracy / 259
28. The U.N. Women’s Treaty as a Threat to Freedom / 268
Christina Hoff Sommers
29. The Illusion of Innocence / 280
30. Orthodoxy and Freedom in International Aid / 290
List of Contributors / 301Back to Tabs