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Dan Kovalik & Mickey Huff: Cancel This Book

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Date:
Tuesday, July 13, 2021
Time:
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Event Type:
Speaker
Organizer/Author:
KPFA Radio 94.1 FM
Location Details:
Online webinar

KPFA Radio 94.1 FM with C-Span presents
Dan Kovalik & Mickey Huff

Cancel This Book: The Progressive Case Against Cancel Culture

In his new book, Cancel This Book, longtime activist and labor lawyer Dan Kovalik argues that cancel culture is entirely mean-spirited, a danger to progressive movement building, and serves only the interests of the extremely powerful. Getting people fired or socially ostracizing them because they ran afoul of the ever-changing language norms or made a simple mistake is a strategy that hands more power to bosses and authority figures. While It may make the accusers feel good, it is destructive," Kovalik insists. CANCEL THIS BOOK argues not just for an end to cancel culture, but for a renewed focus on solidarity, compassion, and civility, all of which are required to build the mass progressive movements that we need now more than ever. Like many on the left, Kovalik has watched with concern as works of classic literature have been summarily cut from curricula, individuals have been traumatized and pilloried, jobs lost, reputations destroyed.

"The liberal proponents of cancel culture," says Chris Hedges," have become the Grand Inquisitors of speech. They wallow in cloying self-righteousness while at the same time they refuse, either because of cowardice or ineptitude, to confront the real centers of power-the array of intelligence agencies that monitor us 24 hours a day, the rampant out-of-control militarism, Wall Street, Silicon Valley, and the bankrupt corporate media outlets. Proponents of cancel culture are part of the American burlesque of anti-politics masquerading as politics."

Dan Kovalik is the author of critically acclaimed The Plot to Scapegoat Russia, The Plot to Attack Iran, The Plot to Control the World, The Plot to Overthrow Venezuela, and No More War.

Mickey Huff is the current Director of Project Censored and president of the nonprofit Media Freedom Foundation.

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