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    Buy This Book Immediately: “The Joy of Hate” Coming Soon!

    By kyle | November 9, 2012

    I don’t think Greg Gutfeld thought his book “The Joy of Hate” would have quite the resonance it does now when he wrote it, but now that we can really use a laugh it’s convenient that it launches next week. I’ll have more to say on it soon. Says Jonah Goldberg, who calls Gutfeld “really funny” and “absurdly smart” (both true):

    Gutfeld’s basic argument is that the Forces of Tolerance claim an exclusive monopoly on, well, tolerance. But they use tolerance as a cudgel, a means of enforcing political correctness and shaming heretics into silence. “The idea of tolerance—a seemingly innocuous concept—has now become something else entirely: a way to bludgeon people into shutting up, piping down, and apologizing, when the attacked are often the ones who hold the key to common sense,” Gutfeld writes. “They speak an unspeakable truth, and they get clobbered by the Truncheon of Tolerance. Tolerance has turned normal people into sheep/parrot hybrids, followers in word and deed—bloating and squawking at everyone in a psychological torment not experienced since Dave Matthews picked up a guitar.” In other words, behind the liberal double-standard conservatives so often complain about is a single standard: the left holds a monopoly on acceptable speech.

    Topics: Books | 3 Comments »

    3 Responses to “Buy This Book Immediately: “The Joy of Hate” Coming Soon!”

    1. Brian Moore Says:
      November 10th, 2012 at 1:22 am

      I totally dig both Gutfeld and your contention that he’s funny, but the quote isn’t quite “Exhibit A” material.

    2. Obama bin Biden Says:
      November 10th, 2012 at 1:25 am

      Gutfield is a smart and funny guy. I like watching him spar with that bloated Bolshevik, Bob Beckel.

    3. SK Says:
      November 11th, 2012 at 12:02 pm

      Agree with Brian Moore’s comment. I’m on my library’s waiting list to check out “Not Taco Bell Material” by Adam Carolla. Wish more people would listen to Gutfeld, Carolla, and Dennis Miller.