Magazine August 12, 2019, Issue

Kevin Williamson’s Revolt against the Hivemind

The Twitter logo plastered on a billboard behind the American flag in New York City (Lucas Jackson/Reuters)
The Smallest Minority: Independent Thinking in the Age of Mob Politics, by Kevin D. Williamson (Gateway Editions, 256 pp., $28.99)

Kevin D. Williamson begins his new book with a warning to the reader: “The original sin of the American intellectual is his desire to be popular.” Williamson has no pretensions to popularity if that means servicing the powerful. If anyone picks up this book under the mistaken impression that it will flatter him or his political allies, he will be quickly disabused of that notion. In that sense, 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. 

The Smallest Minority is ostensibly a book

This article appears as “The Marketplace of Anti-Discourse” in the August 12, 2019, print edition of National Review.

Noah Rothman is the author of Unjust: Social Justice and the Unmaking of America, available on January 29 from Regnery Publishing.

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