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Douglas Murray - The Madness Of Crowds: Gender, Race And Identity


Douglas Murray is a British author, journalist and political commentator. He is an associate editor of the British political and cultural magazine The Spectator, and also writes for The Times and The Wall Street Journal. In this episode of London Real, Brian Rose sits down with Douglas Murray to discuss his new book “The Madness of Crowds: Gender, Race and Identity”, which examines the twenty-first century’s most divisive issues: sexuality, gender, technology and race.

He reveals the astonishing new culture wars playing out in our workplaces, universities, schools and homes in the names of social justice, identity politics and “intersectionality”.

Douglas Murray stands as a thought-provoking figure in contemporary discourse. Known for his sharp intellect, eloquent writing, and willingness to engage with controversial topics, Murray has left an indelible mark on discussions ranging from politics and culture to identity and religion.

Born on July 16, 1979, in Berkshire, England, Douglas Kear Murray grew up in a family with a strong literary background. His father was a successful businessman and writer, fostering an environment that encouraged intellectual curiosity. Murray attended Eton College, a prestigious British boarding school, and later studied English at Magdalen College, Oxford.

Douglas Murray’s foray into journalism began at an early age. In the late 1990s, he contributed to various publications, showcasing his keen analytical skills and ability to articulate complex ideas. His work drew attention for its incisiveness and originality, setting the stage for a prolific career in the media.

Murray’s impact extends beyond journalism into the realm of book authorship. In 2000, he published his first book, “Bosie: A Biography of Lord Alfred Douglas,” a biography of Oscar Wilde’s lover. However, it was his later works that garnered widespread acclaim and established him as a significant voice in contemporary literature.

In “Neoconservatism: Why We Need It” (2005), Murray tackled the complexities of neoconservative thought, offering a nuanced exploration of its merits and pitfalls. His subsequent works, including “Bloody Sunday: Truth, Lies, and the Saville Inquiry” (2011) and “The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam” (2017), further solidified his reputation for fearlessly addressing controversial topics.“The Strange Death of Europe” in particular gained international attention for its critique of Europe’s response to immigration and the perceived erosion of Western identity. Murray argued that Europe’s reluctance to assert its cultural values had significant consequences for its future.

Douglas Murray has become a prominent cultural and political commentator, contributing to discussions on topics such as freedom of speech, political correctness, and the challenges posed by identity politics. His willingness to challenge prevailing orthodoxies and engage in difficult conversations has made him both a respected figure and a lightning rod for controversy.

Murray’s critique of political correctness and his defence of free speech have resonated with many who feel a growing discomfort with the limitations placed on open dialogue in modern society.

Douglas Murray’s intellectual journey from Eton to Oxford and into the heart of contemporary discourse reflects a commitment to exploring challenging ideas and confronting the complexities of the modern world. Whether through his books, articles, or public appearances, Murray continues to shape conversations on critical issues, leaving an impact that extends far beyond the pages of his works.

In a world hungry for nuanced analysis and courageous voices, Douglas Murray stands as a formidable intellect, challenging and inspiring audiences to engage with the ideas that shape our times.


00:00 | Trailer.
02:54 | Brian’s thoughts on the episode.
03:49 | Brian’s introduction.
04:16 | Why Douglas chose to follow writing The Strange Death of Europe with The Madness of Crowds.
07:55 | It is a time, for those of us who do not have wobbly hierarchies over us, to speak.
14:38 | Saint George the dragon slayer in retirement syndrome.
17:23 | Why he chose the four issues to focus on in the book.
21:24 | How and why tech companies and the media interpret the facts without most people realising.
30:49 | Are we ashamed of who we are or are we just bored?
32:53 | If public opinion is encouraged to swing wildly in one direction, when is the correction made?
42:04 | The weaponization of identity.
50:38 | Why the term, white, privileged male, bothers Douglas enormously.
1:00:17 | What Douglas thinks people need to do if they resonate with the points he raises in his book.
1:16:29 | We need to weigh up carefully some issues in the transgender group particularly involving children.
1:19:06 | What we should do about the dehumanising aspect of technological interaction.
1:20:16 | The counter revolution is underway and its really smart, they want to hear long form conversations.
1:28:30 | What we should do about the technology companies.
1:32:36 | How we approach the subject of forgiveness.
1:38:35 | How Douglas writes.
1:40:00 | What is his superpower.
1:44:24 | Christopher Hitchens and Roger Scruton were amongst those who influenced him.
1:47:25 | The best and worst days of his life.
1:50:43 | What scares him.
1:53:06 | What we would be surprised to learn about Douglas Murray.
1:54:56 | What keeps him awake at night.
1:55:29 | Is he hopeful of the future and the species.
1:55:36 | Advice to the 20 years old Douglas Murray.
1:56:52 | Success secrets.
1:57:50 | What he thinks of Boris Johnson.
1:59:48 | Will Douglas go into politics?
2:00:13 | Advice to the 20-year olds listening.
2:02:13 | Brian’s summing up.


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