From Kim Strassel - one of the preeminent political columnists writing today and a member of the Wall Street Journal editorial board - comes an insightful, alarming look at how the Left, once the champion of civil liberties, is today orchestrating a coordinated campaign to bully Americans out of free speech.
For nearly 40 years, Washington and much of the American public have held up disclosure and campaign finance laws as ideals and the path to cleaner and freer elections. This book will show, through firsthand accounts, how both have been hijacked by the Left as weapons against free speech and free association, becoming the most powerful tools of those intent on silencing their political opposition. The Intimidation Game provides a chilling exposé of political scare tactics and overreach, including:
How Citizens United set off a wave of liberal harassment against conservative politicians
The targeting of Tea Party groups by the IRS
How Wisconsin prosecutors, state AGs, and a Democratic Congress shut down political activists and businesses
The politicization by the Obama administration of a host of government agencies, including the FEC, the FCC, and the SEC
Timed to arrive at the height of the 2016 presidential season, The Intimidation Game will shine a much-needed light on how liberal governance and the Democratic machine bullies the political process.
"Public shaming encouraged by leading political figures. Pre-dawn police raids. Federal agencies targeting groups and individuals because of their political views. It's hard to believe these things are happening - and taking place with increasing frequency - in the United States. But they are. And in this searing indictment of the systematic attempt of the political left to shut down political debates they cannot win - Kimberly Strassel provides the often-horrifying details. The Intimidation Game is a shocking and assiduously well-reported chronicle of the illiberal tactics of the new progressives - and a must-read for anyone who wants to understand American politics today." (Stephen Hayes)
"An eye-opening lesson in the law of unintended consequences: where 'a vast new disclosure regime' intended to curb corruption has spawned a corruption all its own." (Kirkus Reviews)
"Progressives' objective is to extend government's regulatory reach ever-deeper into society's dynamics. Strassel reveals how fast and how far this project has been expanded to include an especially sinister objective: Empowering government to control political campaign speech - speech about the government's composition and behavior. Her frightening reports come from many fronts in this war on America's open society. This book is a fire bell in a darkening night." (George F. Will)
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