Editor’s Note: The following book review appears in the Spring 2020 issue of Eikon.
Douglas Murray. The Madness of Crowds: Gender, Race, and Identity. London: Bloomsbury, 2019.
The Madness of Crowds: Gender, Race, and Identity begins with a quote from G. K. Chesterton: “The special mark of the modern world is not that it is sceptical, but that it is dogmatic without knowing it.” As epigraphs go, it’s a fine choice. Yet perhaps a better one would be this: “A man was meant to be doubtful about himself, but undoubting about the truth; this has been exactly reversed.” The Madness of Crowds faithfully and forcefully documents the chaos that reigns when an entire generation of elites embraces this inversion.
Douglas Murray dives headlong into the contemporary “social justice” orthodoxy that already seemingly owns the whole of Western higher education and much of our politics. Though not a conservative — he’s an irreligious English journalist who also happens…