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The Smallest Minority

Independent Thinking in the Age of Mob Politics
Narrated by: Stephen Graybill
Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
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"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

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

"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 jack**s" (WILL SALETAN, Slate), and "totally reprehensible" (PAUL KRUGMAN, New York Times).

Listener 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.

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.

©2019 Kevin Williamson (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc,. all rights reserved.

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  • Sean
  • 19-09-2019

Brutally honest, accurate and relevant

The most detailed, nuanced and bitingly accurate description of the current American social and political landscape that one could, and should, choose to read.

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  • Nicholas England
  • 23-09-2019

Kevin D. Williamson at his best

If you enjoy Kevin D. Williamson's writing then this won't disappoint. He remains as insightful as ever and incredibly cutting to the ludicrousness of the culture he criticizes.

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  • J. J.
  • 22-09-2019

a scorcher

Unapologetically high-minded and vulgar. Also the best argument for "making satan great again" I've read.

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  • James
  • 17-04-2020

Excellent

Not normally in to snarky, vulgar and contemptuous. But, this one wraps them up in some good points. I've already recommended it to friends, relatives and (now) to you.

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  • Gayle
  • 03-03-2020

Well written and original

Thoughtful critique of the rationale behind outrage culture. Those in the center right and left will resonate with many of these themes, particularly the critique of corporate culture. Far right and left will disagree with much of what is said.

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  • kindle customer
  • 02-11-2019

Love Williamson's Writing, Less Keen on the Voice

A very enjoyable, thought provoking, well written book. While I think the voice actor did a good job, I don't think he would be my first choice.

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  • Justin Shoemaker
  • 15-10-2019

Great book, decent performance

Wonderful book. Kevin Williamson is brilliant. The rhetorical punch, humor, and eloquence to express the things I’ve often felt about democracy and felt guilty for. Erudite and hilariously irreverent indictment of the mob—the demos of democracy. A defense of the libertarian ideal against the often absurd tyranny of “majority rules,” in government or in culture. Performed well enough, but with some mistakes and oddly read sentences.

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  • nnoit
  • 23-10-2020

Worse book I ever heard

Terrible - meandering thoughts - unfocused - pretentious - could only listen to it for 20 minutes

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  • Harvey
  • 17-07-2020

A Rant from a Lazy Author

For a book intended to excoriate the part of today’s culture described as “masterbating monkeys flinging excrement,” Mr. Williamson sure strokes and throws more than his share. If you are concerned that you do not have enough background to fully appreciate whether the author’s conclusions are true, do not worry, you will not have any more information at the end of the book. All you will know is the author is angry. He is right; everyone else is wrong simply because he is right. This is also a highly insider book where the author assumes his readers have prior knowledge of his subject. Little illumination is offered, just a conservative rant. The book reeks of intellectual snobbery, and I’m not opposed to intellectual snobbery per se, but the pretense here is over the top. There are large sections of the book dedicated to Dante, Milton and Shakespeare, and the assumption is the listener is fully aware of myriad situations that draw Mr. Williamson’s ire. It is a shame that I was listening to this book instead of reading it because there were way too many words that I tried to look up that were used to show that he is smarter than the rest of us. It also is really boring in many parts because I could not follow it without all the insider knowledge. Various chapters were started with quotes from today or going back 100 years often quoting research or opinions of the day. Context is not set and there are evidently no contradictory facts to anything the author believes. Regardless, these are the starting points for more monologues. There is no quarter given to any who crosses him. For example, anyone supporting any form of campaign finance is only 100% interested in suppressing the free speech of those they oppose, in this case either the 1% or Republicans. He cannot contemplate that a single person would have any other reason to oppose all the money in politics. So why give the book a 2? While it is really hard to tell, I think that I generally agree with the premise and on rare occasions Mr. Williamson has interesting insights. If he did some research, presented facts, understood nuance, acknowledged counterarguments and made a case for his opinions, he might write a good book. Instead, this is someone personally aggrieved simply spouting for hours. This book is for you if you simply want to hear Mr. Williamson throw some crude insults at known liberals or the president at regular intervals. If you want to learn about similar topics, start with Jonah Goldberg’s Suicide of the West. Mr. Goldberg’s thesis is much broader but in the greater world the Venn diagram of the two has significant overlap and the latter is intended to teach and convince. Mr. Williamson did not put nearly as much thought or effort into his work.

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  • GrandmaNurseHeather
  • 08-02-2020

So monotone it's unbearable

Maybe I could read it without falling asleep but certainly can't listen to it. I would only recommend to serious scholars, and/or citizens totally involved in politics.