By Jonathon Van Maren
Douglas Murray’s invigorating new book The Madness of Crowds: Gender, Race, and Identity, has just been released, and you can tell by the chapter titles alone—Gay, Women, Race, Trans—that he won’t be strolling through any minefields. He’ll be doing some salsa dancing, with today’s triggered progressives exploding in his wake.
I’ll have a longer synopsis of his book forthcoming (I received a review copy several weeks ago), but in the meantime, an excellent example of precisely the sort of thing Murray addresses in his book cropped up this week on BBC Radio, where Murray was discussing his new book. The issue of transgenderism, Murray noted, is in some ways “the most revealing, because it’s the one that demonstrates how bad we are at discussing, thinking, or even talking without weaponizing things against each other. We just had a really interesting one this past weekend. The pop singer, Sam Smith, came out as non-binary. He’d previously come out as gay, came out a bit later as gender-queer, and now says he’s non-binary, which means, among other things, that he wants plural pronouns used of him.”