BiMonthly Review of Law Books
Attacks on political correctness have grown both plentiful and rather tiresome. Such tomes occasionally score valid ideological points, but one grows weary of the bitter repetitiveness of it all. The New Thought Police might seem to offer a little novelty to the litany. Bruce is undeniably bright, impassioned, and edgy. Her book, however, is decidedly a mixed bag. The best parts center on her controversial role as a feminist spokeswoman during the O.J. Simpson murder trial. Bruce cogently emphasized that the case was a tragic paradigm of domestic violence rather than a racist conspiracy against a black cultural icon.
Bruce’s anger is both the strength and the failing of The New Thought Police. Her indignation propels the book’s intensity, but goads her into mudslinging that sounds all too familiar. The writing, moreover, ranges from the witty and incisive to the annoying jejune. All in all, The New Thought Police resembles a keen from a wounded heart rather than a serious analysis of legal and cultural issues.
John W. Teeter, Jr., The New Thought Police: Inside the Left’s Assault on Free Speech and Free Minds (book review), 13 Bimonthly Rev. L. Books 15 (2002).