Authors, Academics Publish Open Letter Defending Free Speech & Condemning 'Cancel Culture'


J.K. Rowling, Bari Weiss, David Brooks, and Margaret Atwood are just a few of the authors and academics who recently signed an open letter defending free speech and denouncing "cancel culture."

“[T]his needed reckoning has also intensified a new set of moral attitudes and political commitments that tend to weaken our norms of open debate and toleration of differences in favor of ideological conformity,” the letter said.

“The free exchange of information and ideas, the lifeblood of a liberal society, is daily becoming more constricted,” the letter went on. “But it is now all too common to hear calls for swift and severe retribution in response to perceived transgressions of speech and thought.”

“The way to defeat bad ideas is by exposure, argument, and persuasion, not by trying to silence or wish them away," it continued, adding, “If we won’t defend the very thing on which our work depends, we shouldn’t expect the public or the state to defend it for us."

Rowling, the world-renowned author of the “Harry Potter” series, has come under fire recently for alleged "transphobic" comments on social media, in which she defended the scientific reality of biological sex.

She posted on Twitter that she was “very proud” to sign the letter.

Daniel Radcliffe, the actor who played the role of Harry Potter, publicly criticized Rowling’s comments on transgenderism.


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