Review of Kirsten Powers, “The Silencing: How the Left Is Killing Free Speech”

July 26, 2015

By Luther Spoehr at History News Network

Kirsten Powers’s The Silencing, written by a journalist often characterized as Fox News’ liberal-in-residence, is a mixed bag.  On the one hand, it piles up examples of contemporary intolerance like cordwood.  They come from politics, the media, and, perhaps most disturbingly, the university.  On the other hand, they are all chopped to the same length:  there is little nuance, little attempt to distinguish actual “silencing” from polemic, invective, and sheer noise.  Sometimes the stories are incomplete, with no mention of successful resistance to suppression...