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Putin’s complaints about ‘cancel culture’ ring hollow given Russia’s methods of ‘cancelling’ critics

Reading Time: 3 minutes First the Russian regime poisoned Alexei Navalny in 2020, after he urged Russians to rid themselves of Vladimir Putin and his corrupt cronies. In this video he branded his country “an insatiable toad”. After he survived the assassination attempt, he was jailed earlier this week on what his many supporters say were trumped up charges […]

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Culture Wars as a Cynical Strategy in the Face of a Lack of Economic and Social Policy

Reading Time: 4 minutes I have been arguing elsewhere with a good friend about identity politics and culture wars. I have written before about the culture wars narrative, in which cancel culture features so heavily. This discussion went something like this [excuse typos and grammar as lifted from Facebook and Messenger]: JP: Ok, business as usual here. This government […]

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The Left and Their Cancel Culture!

Reading Time: 3 minutes Goddamned lefties and their cancel culture, as the Boston Globe reports: As the debate over the teaching of critical race theory in the classroom intensifies across the country, the firing of a Tennessee teacher last month emerged as a flashpoint in the discussion over the weekend. Matthew Hawn, who had been a tenured teacher at the Sullivan […]

Posted inPolitics, Sex & Gender

Reflections on Dawkins and the AHA

Reading Time: 9 minutes The AHA have just rescinded an award they gave to Richard Dawkins in 1996. It seems like this episode has created something of a hubbub in the skeptical community – itself a bunch of people loosely associating with each other by hanging around on atheist websites like this. Herding cats, and all that. The background […]

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The Great Awokening: Cancel Culture & JK Rowling

Reading Time: < 1 minute Here is my conversation with David French on Unbelievable on the subject of cancel culture. I stress “conversation” because, although this was a debate, it was actually more like a good ole chat. I don’t think anyone won, not least because an hour is not enough time to get to grips with the subject, hence […]

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