‘Victimhood is now a source of power’

Sep 27, 2021 by

from spiked:

Wendy Kaminer on free speech, feminism and today’s climate of intolerance.

We live in deeply censorious and illiberal times. Few events have illustrated this more clearly than the response to the Harper’s cancel-culture letter. When a group of public figures – including major authors like JK Rowling, Margaret Atwood and Salman Rushdie – wrote an open letter expressing their despair at a growing culture of intolerance that is stifling debate, there was an immediate backlash, complete with demands to ‘cancel’ the signatories.

Wendy Kaminer was one of the signatories to the letter. She is a veteran free-speech campaigner, former national board member of the ACLU, and a spiked columnist. Kaminer joined spiked’s Brendan O’Neill for the latest episode of his podcast, The Brendan O’Neill Show. What follows is an edited extract from their conversation. Listen to the full episode here.

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