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Understanding Cancel Culture

Craig Biddle, Claire Fox, Razi Ginzberg

Presented at: London Ayn Rand Meetup ARC-UK

Date: Jul 20, 2020

The tribalism and the toxicity of the public sphere have given rise to a tendency known as ‘cancel culture’: people being publicly shamed for their views, or for things they said in the past. While some consider ‘cancel culture’ a sign of intolerant times and of intellectual shallowness, others see it as merely holding people accountable for their views and, thus, as an expression of free speech. In this meetup with Claire Fox and Craig Biddle, we will try to understand: what is ‘cancel culture’?

  • How, if in any way, is it different from previous forms of intolerance and intellectual shaming?
  • Is it a threat to free speech, or merely an affirmation of it?
  • How should one deal with reprehensible and immoral views and ideas?

freedom of speech

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