The Smallest Minority: Independent Thinking in the Age of Mob Politics
a book by Kevin D Williamson
(our site's book review)
The Amazon blurb says that "The most profane, hilarious, and insightful book I've read in quite a while." — BEN SHAPIRO
"Kevin Williamson's gonzo merger of polemic, autobiography, and batsh*t craziness is totally brilliant." — JOHN PODHORETZ, Commentary
"Ideological minorities – including the smallest minority, the individual – can get trampled by the unity stampede (as my friend Kevin Williamson masterfully elucidates in his new book, The Smallest Minority)." — JONAH GOLDBERG
Ideological minorities – including the smallest minority, the individual – can get trampled by the unity stampede as Kevin Williamson masterfully elucidates in his new book, The Smallest Minority
“The Smallest Minority is the perfect antidote to our heedless age of populist politics. It is a book unafraid to tell the people that they’re awful.” — NATIONAL REVIEW
Mob politics—the place where individualism goes to die
"Williamson is blistering and irreverent, stepping without doubt on more than a few toes—but, then again, that’s kind of the point." — THE NEW CRITERION
"Stylish, unrestrained, and straight from the mind of a pissed-off genius." — THE WASHINGTON FREE BEACON
Kevin Williamson is "shocking and brutal" (RUTH MARCUS, Washington Post), "a total jackass" (WILL SALETAN, Slate), and "totally reprehensible" (PAUL KRUGMAN, New York Times).
With electrifying honesty and spirit, Williamson takes a flamethrower to mob politics, the 'beast with many heads' that haunts social media and what currently passes for real life
Reader beware: Kevin D. Williamson—the lively, literary firebrand from National Review who was too hot for The Atlantic to handle—comes to bury democracy, not to praise it. With electrifying honesty and spirit, Williamson takes a flamethrower to mob politics, the “beast with many heads” that haunts social media and what currently passes for real life. It’s destroying our capacity for individualism and dragging us down “the Road to Smurfdom, the place where the deracinated demos of the Twitter age finds itself feeling small and blue.”
The Smallest Minority is by no means a memoir, though Williamson does reflect on that “tawdry little episode” with The Atlantic in which he became all-too-intimately acquainted with mob outrage and the forces of tribalism. It is a shame that The Atlantic lost some badly needed balance (Williamson) and ended up shaking in terror when a few loudmouths from the leftist mob cried their eyes out about encountering a prolifer. In spite of the fact we agree with these crybabies' prochoice position, that is NOT a reason to get the guy fired for exercising his free speech rights! This crap of "agree with the liberal narrative or we will ruin you" is the sickest cultural symptom we have seen in decades. If The Atlantic wishes to define itself as a cowardly leftist rag dedicated to publishing nothing but liberal propaganda, as opposed to balanced journalism, we will never read it again, and we hope others will follow our lead. The mainstream media has way too much liberal propaganda in it already without The Atlantic joining the sell-out parade.
Willy Loman was a failed salesman, who had to sell himself in order to sell products—but no one was buying either, like much of the experiences on social media, where there is similarly misplaced values of importance and popularity
Rather, this book is a dizzying tour through a world you’ll be horrified to recognize as your own. With biting appraisals of social media (“an economy of Willy Lomans),” political hustlers (“that certain kind of man or woman…who will kiss the collective ass of the mob”), journalists (“a contemptible union of neediness and arrogance”) and identity politics (“identity is more accessible than policy, which requires effort”), The Smallest Minority is a defiant, funny, and terrifyingly insightful book about what we human beings have done to ourselves.
Note: "'Death of a Salesman's Willy Loman is a symbolic representation of millions of white collar employees who outlived their corporate usefulness. He lives in a world with delusions about how popular, famous, influential and successful he is and about the prospects for the success of his sons. His wife not only allows these delusions, but also buys into them, somewhat. His misplaced values of importance and popularity are shaken to the core by his declining ability to leverage those self-perceived traits successfully as he grows older." (Source: Willy Loman, Wikipedia)
Memes (i.e., trollface) are the instrument of antidiscourse; the function of antidiscourse is to lower the status of rivals and enemies, usually online
Williamson tells us "Language is the instrument of discourse. Memes are the instrument of antidiscourse, i.e., communication designed and deployed to prevent the exchange of information and perspectives rather than to enable it, a weapon of mass intellectual destruction—the moron bomb. The function of discourse is to know other minds and to have them known to you; the function of antidiscourse is to lower the status of rivals and enemies. Antidiscourse is not a conversation about politics—it is politics; it is no more discourse than a 'BETO FOR PRESIDENT' yard sign is literature."
It doesn't take a genius to see that social media is teaching people to hate. The leftists are one of the largest hate groups in our nation's history. Their hate is so strong that they strongly FEEL that they need to ruin lives in order to express it, because their feelings tell them to. To them, the truth of any situation is unrelated to truth, it's related to how strongly they feel it. This is the new idiotic truth standard for liberal losers. This comes out of the misinformation our young are learning in their indoctrination factories, a.k.a. colleges, and woe unto the student who thinks for himself and doesn't buy this nonsense! They will browbeat him back into submission and conformity. The very last thing liberals want is students thinking for themselves, questioning authority, or failing to parrot the liberal narrative.
This misguided fellow has just learned that he is nothing but 'a victim of evil white people'—this is about the dumbest thing one could teach him if he is to ever find himself, feel good about himself, and succeed at school and at life!
Williamson tells us "The intellectual groundwork for the assault on the individual mind already has been done, and its products have been internalized by the fanatical and the mentally deficient and the rage-addicted and those who are intellectually and morally dominated by the rage-addicted. That having been accomplished, the obvious thing to do was to implement policies based on those ideas at the two most vulnerable and critical choke-points in American life: the university, of course, and, more important, the corporation."
The mercilessly Darwinian bump-and-grind of Instant Culture forces them to confront the fact of their own eternal insignificance, which is the fundamental truth that their common life has been organized around distracting them from themselves for the past forty years or so, getting them to chase shiny objects
Williamson tells us "The mob politics of our time is a political phenomenon, in partial aspect, but it is much more substantially a social phenomenon in which the most coddled, selfish, and pathetically puffed-up collections of Homo not quite sapiens in human history—the just-slightly-upper-middle-class consumer-voters of the twenty-first century capitalist world—are undergoing a kind of corporate nervous breakdown in public as the mercilessly Darwinian bump-and-grind of Instant Culture forces them to confront the fact of their own eternal insignificance, which is the fundamental truth that their common life has been organized around distracting them from themselves for the past forty years or so. The mob is less an instrument for its members to get their way in this or that quotidian political matter than it is an instrument for them to find their way in a much larger and more meaningful sense, in the endless human quest for connection and significance."
"Shallow pretenses of classical liberalism soon give way to outright barbarism and enforced ideological conformity. The end result: 'ochlocracy,' or mob rule, a phenomenon that Williamson teases out in its many social, psychological, and ethical dimensions. Williamson is blistering and irreverent, stepping without doubt on more than a few toes—but, then again, that’s kind of the point." (from The New Criterion book review)
"The most profane, hilarious, and insightful book I've read in quite a while: Kevin Williamson's new, brutal take on social media mobbing." (Ben Shapiro, founder of The Daily Wire and host of The Ben Shapiro Show)
Kevin D. Williamson is a reporter and columnist for the New York Post and National Review. His work has appeared everywhere from the Washington Post to Academic Questions to Playboy. He began his journalism career at the Bombay-based Indian Express Newspaper Group. He has served as the theater critic for The New Criterion and taught at The King's College, New York. He is also the author of The Politically Incorrect Guide to Socialism.
Torture from an inquisitor would ruin a person's life, combating heresy by cancelling the victim's life by burning him at the stake
The Smallest Minority: Independent Thinking in the Age of Mob Politics is somewhat a response to his being fired by the Atlantic magazine because of his pro-life views. His point is that we need a great deal more individualism, particularly in an era of mob politics fueled by social media. Think of this book as an overview of social media and the ways that they enable a mob to stamp out independent thinking and combat heresy. The Inquisition had similar goals, and failure to conform to social norms and adopt common ideas was seen as a sign of Satan's influence, while in 2020, failure to conform to social media's norms and adopt common liberal narrative ideas was seen as a reason to call the cancel culture to action to ruin the victim's life. Torture from an inquisitor would ruin a person's life as well, and often would combat heresy by cancelling the victim's life by burning him at the stake. Liberals cancelling a guy merely burn his life at the stake, but not his body.
Here one of the liberal elite walks by a guy who the cancel culture cancelled, ruining his life—the Democrats and liberals claiming to be compassionate is a farce; they are mean, hateful, racist and rage-filled, and they were the ones behind slavery and Jim Crow
Dubya tried to achieve manhood as he begs for Evangelical praise by going on a Crusade in Iraq. Dubya will be remembered in history as the moron who got the U.S. tangled up in a quagmire representing eternal war
"Passionate hatred can give meaning and purpose to an empty life" says Williamson. The lonely and forgotten try to find meaning by associating themselves with a crusade replete with grievances. Hence we get mass movements as well as Dubya trying to achieve manhood as he begs for Evangelical praise by going on a Crusade in Iraq. Dubya will be remembered in history as the moron who got the U.S. tangled up in a quagmire representing eternal war.
Williamson shows that most adults value conformity and solidarity over independence and individuality, and don't exactly like those who think and write independently
Williamson shows that most adults value conformity and solidarity over independence and individuality, and don't exactly like those who think and write independently. The so-called woke are so indoctrinated that they believe that independent thinking is bad, and what people need to do is memorize the liberal narrative and be ready to spew its "wisdom" (not!) at a moment's notice. Liberals value brainwashed robots that worship at the church of political correctness and hold no opinions that question the liberal narrative. It is utterly incredible that adult humans could have become so jaded and naive and authoritarian and degenerate in such a small amount of time.
Liberals value brainwashed robots that worship at the church of political correctness and hold no opinions that question the liberal narrative
Liberals value brainwashed robots that worship at the church of political correctness and hold no opinions that question the liberal narrative
From woke brands to twitter mobs, Williamson connects “new” troubling trends large and small to some very old problems, and exposes the lack of virtue in the virtue-signalling phonies that represent the liberal narrative today.
There is little independent thinking in the liberal mob of woke phony zombies and cancel culture cretins, there is merely conformity, parroting of the liberal narrative, and toeing the party line—it's a Stepford Wives epidemic!
Our subliterate culture is well on its way to giving up writing entirely, in favor of Instant Culture, sending memes to each other in social media until they become so intellectually retarded they have no use in society and therefore no jobs. At that point, after losing homes and computers and smart phones, they will be forced to send up smoke signals like our Native American ancestors used to do.
Our subliterate culture is well on its way to giving up writing entirely, and evolving into intellectual retards, and after losing homes and computers and smart phones since they are worthless, useless humans, they will be forced to send up smoke signals like our Native American ancestors used to do
The communication that happens on social media right now has more in common with dogs barking at one another than it does with actual political discourse. The Founders expected actual political discourse to actualize the mechanisms of democracy, and they would consider the tragic waste of time citizens devote to social media sniping to be precious air being let out of the democracy balloon until it lies there—limp and flaccid—like democracy based on feigned political discourse that is actually naught but a lot of sound and fury signifying nothing.
The Founders would consider the tragic waste of time citizens devote to social media sniping to be precious air being let out of the democracy balloon until it lies there—limp and flaccid—like democracy based on feigned political discourse that is actually naught but a lot of sound and fury signifying nothing—social media is closer to dogs barking at each other than to communication
Williamson looked at Erich Fromm's masterpiece Escape from Freedom, which discussed the ways that capitalist citizens traded the burden of individualism and freedom for the security of authoritarianism and being taken care of. The trade in the 20th century brought us demagoguery and fascism and Hitler and Nazis. The trade in the 21st century brought us Trump's demagoguery, Putin's strongman appeal and kleptocracy, and Xi's and Erdogan's and Duterte's strongman appeal.
Trump and Putin have strongman appeal, and Trump would love to have Putin in his wolfpack, but would Putin love to have Trump in his wolfpack?
Unfortunately, the trade in the 21st century also brought us the fascism and authoritarianism and conformity and identity politics and cancel culture and political correctness and hateful divisiveness of the "woke" and the trading of political discourse for social media hatefulness and conformity. There are no discussions, just virtue signalling. There is no debate, just cancelling of anyone not singing the praises of the liberal narrative. The left is trying to extinguish conservativism and assure the rude shock of 2016 (Republicans winning) NEVER happens again.
Anything would be better than rule by the Biden crime family so please don't vote for him!
Democrats and their friends in the media attempting to push Biden’s candidacy forward resemble nothing so much as the cast of the 1989 comedy Weekend at Bernie’s, hauling around their dead boss’s corpse and trying to pretend he’s still alive—Robert Stacy McCain in The American Spectator
Biden will not pose much of a challenge to Trump; Biden stumbles about everything, and he appears to be half asleep most of the time; he'll be wanting to sleep in between questions at the 2020 debates—the man is obviously SENILE!
Academia's politically correct (but horribly wrong) liberal narrative and the Left’s assault on Western Civilization needs to get answered. They are telling our young that the Founders are rotten, our country is rotten, whites and males are rotten, and values like patriotism and civic pride are rotten. What we should have instead, they say, is anti-Americanism, hate for victimizer whites and an open border that lets all aliens into the country where we give them free food, free santuary cities that will pay for their medical needs and give them the same rights as Americans, all of which is going to be very expensive but they will raise taxes on our U.S. citizens to pay for it. The result will be a huge stampede of migrants into the U.S. to get in on all the freebies. The left wants all these people to get the vote so they will be grateful to the left and vote Democratic and the Republicans will never win again. Ever. It's a sick plan, but liberals are pushing it anyway.
Our schools teach Marxist anti-Americanism and hate for our Founders, and that whites are victimizer and blacks are victims—why do you think blacks feel entitled to burn down our cities in their riots?
The Smallest Minority is a good book. Williamson takes a flamethrower to mob politics, the 'beast with many heads' that haunts social media and what currently passes for real life. The left doesn't like people of integrity exposing the ugliness of the liberal narrative and its mob politics of cancel culture, woke insanity, and anti-Americanism. But Williamson doesn't care. It had to be said. Kudos to Williamson!