Demonic by Ann Coulter
How the Liberal Mob Is Endangering America

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...this book provides ample material for civil conversation aimed at getting Americans to discuss issues instead of shouting slogans.
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Synopsis

The demon is a mob, and the mob is demonic. The Democratic Party activates mobs, depends on mobs, coddles mobs, publicizes and celebrates mobs—it is the mob. Sweeping in its scope and relentless in its argument, Demonic explains the peculiarities of liberals as standard groupthink behavior. To understand mobs is to understand liberals.
 
In her most provocative book to date, Ann Coulter argues that liberals exhibit all the psychological characteristics of a mob, for instance:
 
Liberal Groupthink: “The same mob mentality that leads otherwise law-abiding people to hurl rocks at cops also leads otherwise intelligent people to refuse to believe anything they haven’t heard on NPR.”

Liberal Schemes: “No matter how mad the plan is—Fraternité, the ‘New Soviet Man,’ the Master Race, the Great Leap Forward, the Cultural Revolution, Building a New Society, ObamaCare—a mob will believe it.”

Liberal Enemies: “Instead of ‘counterrevolutionaries,’ liberals’ opponents are called ‘haters,’ ‘those who seek to divide us,’ ‘tea baggers,’ and ‘right-wing hate groups.’ Meanwhile, conservatives call liberals ‘liberals’—and that makes them testy.”

Liberal Justice: “In the world of the liberal, as in the world of Robespierre, there are no crimes, only criminals.”

Liberal Violence: “If Charles Manson’s followers hadn’t killed Roman Polanski’s wife, Sharon Tate, Clinton would have pardoned him, too, and he’d probably be teaching at Northwestern University.”
 
Citing the father of mob psychology, Gustave Le Bon, Coulter catalogs the Left’s mob behaviors: the creation of messiahs, the fear of scientific innovation, the mythmaking, the preference for images over words, the lack of morals, and the casual embrace of contradictory ideas.

Coulter traces the history of the liberal mob to the French Revolution and Robespierre’s revolutionaries (delineating a clear distinction from America’s founding fathers), who simply proclaimed that they were exercising the “general will” before slaughtering their fellow citizens “for the good of mankind.”

Similarly, as Coulter demonstrates, liberal mobs, from student radicals to white-trash racists to anti-war and pro-ObamaCare fanatics today, have consistently used violence to implement their idea of the “general will.”

This is not the American tradition; it is the tradition of Stalin, of Hitler, of the guillotine—and the tradition of the American Left.

As the heirs of the French Revolution, Democrats have a history that consists of pandering to mobs, time and again, while Republicans, heirs to the American Revolution, have regularly stood for peaceable order.

Hoping to muddy this horrifying truth, liberals slanderously accuse conservatives of their own crimes—assassination plots, conspiracy theorizing, political violence, embrace of the Ku Klux Klan. Coulter shows that the truth is the opposite: Political violence—mob violence—is always a Democratic affair.

Surveying two centuries of mob movements, Coulter demonstrates that the mob is always destructive. And yet, she argues, beginning with the civil rights movement in the sixties, Americans have lost their natural, inherited aversion to mobs. Indeed, most Americans have no idea what they are even dealing with.
           
Only by recognizing the mobs and their demonic nature can America begin to defend itself. 


From the Hardcover edition.
 

About Ann Coulter

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ANN COULTER is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Guilty, If Democrats Had Any Brains, They'd Be Republicans, Godless, How to Talk to a Liberal (If You Must), Treason, Slander, and High Crimes and Misdemeanors. She is the legal correspondent for Human Events and a syndicated columnist for Universal Press Syndicate. A graduate of Cornell University and University of Michigan Law School, she clerked for the Honorable Pasco Bowman II of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, worked for the Senate Judiciary Committee, and served as a litigator with the Center for Individual Rights, a public interest law firm dedicated to the defense of individual rights, with particular emphasis on freedom of speech, civil rights, and the free exercise of religion. A frequent guest on many TV shows, she was named one of the top 100 public intellectuals by federal judge Richard Posner in 2001. Her weekly column can be read at anncoulter.com.From the Hardcover edition.
 
Published June 7, 2011 by Crown Forum. 370 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction
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All: 10 | Positive: 9 | Negative: 1

Blog Critics

Excellent
on Jul 11 2011

You can love her, or you can hate her, but either way, Ann Coulter always makes a compelling argument for the side of modern Conservatism.

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Examiner

Excellent
on Jul 22 2011

Coulter makes an art form of turning the joke on the silly fools who try to best her.

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NY Journal of Books

Below average
on Jun 07 2011

Various committed Tea Party and conservatives...ought to take note and stay far away from the garbage that is Demonic.

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Washington Times

Good
on Oct 04 2011

...this book provides ample material for civil conversation aimed at getting Americans to discuss issues instead of shouting slogans.

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Zimbio

Excellent
on Jun 10 2011

In her most provocative book to date, Ann Coulter argues that liberals exhibit all the psychological characteristics of a mob...

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Huntington News

Good
on Jul 08 2011

Coulter is undoubtedly preaching to the choir, but liberals and "progressives" should read the book too, if only to see what the enemy is saying about them!

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Foreign Affairs

Good

...a fiery and often ad hominem polemic against all things liberal, provides important clues about what the “Fox nation” is thinking and feeling as the political season heats up.

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Patriot Update

Excellent
on Nov 29 2011

In her usual sarcastic, biting-humor way Coulter manages to sum everything up in perfectly classic summations.

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The Constitution Club

Excellent
on Jun 10 2011

...Ms. Coulter’s work is always on the radar, but not always as easily digested and appreciated as Demonic proved to be.

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The Western Center For Journalism

Excellent
on Jun 13 2011

Ann Coulter’s chilling two-chapter recapitulation of the French Revolution is worth well more than the price of her new book...

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