The Rise of the New Puritans: Fighting Back Against Progressives' War on Fun (Hardcover)
“Puritanism: The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.”
The Left used to be the party of the hippies and the free spirits. Now it’s home to woke scolds and humorless idealogues. The New Puritans can judge a person’s moral character by their clothes, Netflix queue, fast food favorites, the sports they watch, and the company they keep. No choice is neutral, no sphere is private.
Not since the Puritans has a political movement wanted so much power over your thoughts, hobbies, and preferences every minute of your day. In the process, they are sucking the joy out of life.
In The Rise of the New Puritans, Noah Rothman explains how, in pursuit of a better world, progressives are ruining the very things which make life worth living. They’ve created a society full of verbal trip wires and digital witch hunts. Football? Too violent. Fusion food? Appropriation. The nuclear family? Oppressive.
Witty, deeply researched, and thorough, The Rise of the New Puritans encourages us to spurn a movement whose primary goal has become limiting happiness. It uncovers the historical roots of the left’s war on fun and reminds us of the freedom and personal fulfillment at the heart of the American experiment.
About the Author
Noah Rothman is the associate editor of Commentary Magazine, author of Unjust, and an MSNBC/NBC News contributor.
“The new Puritans are here, and they’re coming for your lifestyle, your freedoms, and your fun. In this book, Noah Rothman–one of the best authors in the country today–lays out the case for just why the censorious Left is winning the day, and why the future of the country relies on rejecting their tyrannical vision for tomorrow.” — Ben Shapiro, author and host of The Ben Shapiro Show
“Living through a political and cultural realignment is fascinating, bewildering, and maddening. Noah Rothman nails these disparate thoughts to the page in his new book. He sets the reader up for finding a place to sit when the music stops on this current cycle of change and the inevitable ones that will come next. The Rise of the New Puritans does not scold; rather, it is a book that lifts up the best of our American independent spirit and reinforces the love we have for our country.” — Dana Perino, White House press secretary to President George W. Bush
“The best book I’ve read on the absurdity and futility of the woke movement. Rothman brilliantly and methodically exposes the vapidity of these New Puritans with too-nuts-to-be-true examples of those they target—from poets, knitters, and bird-watchers to chefs and home decorators. No one is safe in these modern-day witch trials until we realize the secret to dismantling them: mockery. Absolutely brilliant, utterly engrossing. You will laugh out loud and shout these stories from the rooftops as Rothman reminds us that sanctimonious cults of misery have historically short shelf lives.” — Megyn Kelly, author, journalist, and host of The Megyn Kelly Show
“Republicans long ago mastered the art of moral preening in the public square. In The Rise of the New Puritans, Noah Rothman vividly describes how today’s progressive movement is fueled by a utopian drive to enforce ideological conformity across America. Combined with rising illiberalism on the Far Right, this new Puritanism threatens to undermine some of liberal democracy’s most cherished values. Read Noah Rothman’s book to better understand why.” — Joe Scarborough, host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe
“Mixing sharp, pithy political analysis with old-fashioned reporting, Noah Rothman reveals how progressivism has sucked the excitement out of American life and tainted our politics. Rothman’s a brilliant thinker with a detective’s eye for both detail and motive. And this time he’s gone rogue taking on the Joy Police themselves. This dismantling of the Left’s censorship and hysteria is a must-read.” — Jonah Goldberg, author, syndicated columnist, and editor-in-chief of The Dispatch
“Noah Rothman skewers the people who, to paraphrase H. L. Mencken, have a haunting fear that someone, somewhere, might be having a good time—or, more to the point, transgressing against their petty and inane quasi-religious orthodoxies. Rothman is a first-rate writer and thinker who expertly dissects this blight on our public life and points the way to a better, less censorious American future.” — Rich Lowry, editor-in-chief of National Review
“You hold in your hands a mirror on our collective recent history, and it’s pretty awful to gaze upon. Once more into the breach then with Rothman, who is a leading light of the rising generation of public intellectuals filling in the ranks of the exhausted and the exiled after more than two dozen years of constant, relentless boiling politics of rage. Freedom and fun are worth defending, and Rothman has done this for us.” — Hugh Hewitt, author, columnist, and host of The Hugh Hewitt Show
“In chronicling the madness of woke excess, Rothman puts his finger on what makes its practitioners so deeply alienating: It’s not merely that they’re wrong about most things, though they are. It’s that they’re relentlessly, exhaustingly joyless, self-righteous, and devoid of grace. We can either ridicule and fight them or live under their capricious misery. Rothman takes sides—and names.” — Guy Benson, Fox News Channel contributor and host of The Guy Benson Show