I've long admired Kirsten Powers as a thoughtful, eloquent voice of reason from the left. She has the courage to vigorously defend her point of view and, unlike most pundits from the left and right of the political spectrum, the integrity to refuse to defend the indefensible. Her new book,The Silencing: How the Left is Killing Free Speech, should be required reading for all thinking persons regardless of ideology and is all the more compelling for having been written (and buttressed with facts rather than broad assertions) by a person of unquestionably Liberal credentials and sufficient courage to challenge the hypocrisy of those who only drape themselves in the borrowed clothing of an ideology they betray, preaching tolerance while silencing all who disagree by any means necessary.
Although I do not share her political philosophy, I find it far more interesting and enlightening to listen to (or read) what she has to say than almost all other commentators with whom I happen to agree. Too many conservatives will applaud the book for all the wrong reasons, and too many (if not most all) liberals will lambast it for all the wrong reasons as well. Because the well documented arguments she makes in defense of Liberalism and in condemnation of what she calls the illiberal left are irrefutable, they are sure to engender ad hominem attacks against her. These, which are as predictable as night following day, will only serve to prove her point. Highly recommended.