On Liberty returns, for season 2, with Janet Albrechtsen.
In her latest column for The Australian, she warns us to be on our guard against “a new generation of self-appointed cultural dietitians” who are determined to tell us what cultural fare we can and can’t consume.
Albrechtsen writes that “intolerance delivers a triple whammy. First, it hinders our ability to sift the good ideas from the bad ones. Second, by shutting down robust debates, cancel culture will create unhinged, self-professed martyrs who thrive in online echo chambers, nurturing their hatred and bigotry far away from logical argument. And finally, the practitioners of cancel culture will stoke deep resentments that can easily be exploited by leaders who may not be defenders of a truly liberal democracy.”