Tag: cancel culture
S. Fred Singer, Friend and Courageous Man of Science
The world-renowned astrophysicist Siegfried Fred Singer (1924–2020) passed away on April 6, 2020, at the age of 95. Fred was Emeritus Professor of Environmental Science at the University of Virginia, and since 1993 we were proud to have him as a dear friend and Research Fellow at the Independent Institute.
Cancel Culture as Collectivist Fragility
A conversation with Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the celebrated Somali-born writer and activist based in the United States, has convinced me that “cancel culture” is not just a fleeting academic perversion or a fad for silly Millennials, but the new ideology that threatens liberal democracies. Cancel culture also takes other names: identity politics, critical race...
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Goya Foods, Free Speech, and Pluralism
Angry that the CEO of Goya Foods praised Donald Trump as “an incredible builder,” the Left has organized a boycott of the company. Goya, of course, brands itself as providing “authentic Latino foods.” According to its website, “Goya Foods is the largest, Hispanic-owned food company in the United States.” CEO Robert Unanue was at...
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The Moderate Left Tries to Thwart a New Reign of Terror of Its Own Making
Moderate voices on the Left, fearful that the current cultural revolution has/will devolve into tyranny where opposing voices are forcibly silenced, have signed an open letter pleading with the radical Left. Signatories include Gloria Steinem (feminist and journalist), Garry Wills (historian), and J.K. Rowling (author of the Harry Potter books). Signed by 150 movers...
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