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Books In Brief

Chronicles: A Magazine of American Culture
August 12, 2022

A book review by Paul Gottfried of
Give Speech A Chance: Heretical Essays on
What You Can’t Say or Even Think
by Harley Price

FGF Books (2022, hardcover, 326 pages)

Give Speech a Chance

Harley Price’s Give Speech a Chance: Heretical Essays on What You Can’t Say or Even Think is a dazzling collection of mordant essays on the aberrant Zeitgeist by a medievalist from the University of Toronto.

Attend the Book Launch for Give Speech a Chance Friday, September 23, 2022 beginning with lunch at 11:30 a.m.

No disrespect is intended to the estimable figure to whom this volume is dedicated, the late Joe Sobran, to suggest that Price may be refuting the praise that he bestows on his hero when he assures us that “none will approach his brilliance, eloquence, or wit.” At least this reader discerns in Price’s argumentative verve, elegant self-expression, and defenses of Catholic moral teachings ample evidence of Joe’s special talents.

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It is hard to imagine a more worthy successor to Sobran than Price. Whether he is engaging victimology, atheism, abortion, sex education, universities, conservatives trying to “turn back the clock,” or any one of his many other themes, he presents his “heretical” views from the Right trenchantly and in language that I can only envy.

Paul Gottfried’s speech title at the book launching of Give Speech A Chance will be “Dealing Humorously with the Woke Enemy.”

It is highly doubtful that Conservatism, Inc. will review Price’s book. It is too devastating in how it goes after the cultural Left without ascribing good intentions to the enemy. It is not the stuff that could possibly leads to “dialogues” with the people who “count.” Those who throw lightning bolts like Harley should also not expect advance contracts from commercial houses for respectfully responding to the Left. He does not play by the rules of the official opposition.

Give Speech a Chance a dazzling collection of mordant essays on the aberrant Zeitgeist.

Although it is hard to pick a favorite polemic from this treasure trove, as a political theorist I particularly relished Price’s remarks about “the human rights Stasi.” Although Joe Sobran once said something similar about the “human rights” industry, Price expresses the same criticism perhaps even more caustically:

It is hard to imagine a more worthy successor to Joe Sobran than Harley Price.

     “It tells you something that you’ll never hear white males, property owners, businessmen, the “rich,” or conservative Christians celebrating when some new civil rights legislation has just been passed. They know intuitively that, with the promulgation of each new entitlement or equity measure, their own rights and liberties are about to be further curtailed.”

Whether he is engaging victimology, atheism, abortion, sex education, universities, conservatives trying to “turn back the clock,” or any one of his many other themes, he presents his “heretical” views from the Right trenchantly and in language that I can only envy.

If we exclude multinationals and corporate executives as victims of the human rights scam, the rest of Price’s observation seems just about perfect.

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Paul Gottfried
Paul Gottfried

Paul Gottfried, Ph.D., a Guggenheim recipient, is editor-in chief of Chronicles magazine, and Chairman of the Board of the San Francisco Review of Books. He is the author of numerous articles and of 13 books, including Revisions and Dissents (2017); Fascism:The Career of a Concept (2015); War and Democracy (2012); Leo Strauss and the American Conservative Movement (2012); Encounters: My Life with Nixon, Marcuse, and Other Friends and Teachers (2009); Conservatism in America: Making Sense of the American Right (2007); The Strange Death of Marxism: The European Left in the New Millennium (2005); Multiculturalism and the Politics of Guilt: Towards A Secular Theocracy (2002); and After Liberalism: Mass Democracy in the Managerial State (1999).

For several decades, Dr. Gottfried was the Raffensperger professor of Humanities at Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania

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