Canceling the Cancel Culture Deniers
March 21, 2022 | Tags: education, free speech, New York Times, REASON
In the latest Reason Roundtable, editors Matt Welch, Peter Suderman, Katherine Mangu-Ward, and Nick Gillespie discuss a recent editorial in The New York Times and a wave of laws regulating school curriculums.
1:42: The New York Times' editorial on the state of free speech in America.
24:47: Lawmakers trying to ban certain content from being taught in schools.
31:56: Weekly listener question: Who do you think was the best postwar president? P.S. Is the Western the ultimate libertarian genre?
This week's links:
- "America Has A Free Speech Problem," by the New York Times editorial board
- "Self-Cancellation, Deplatforming, and Censorship," by Nick Gillespie
- Google Trends, "Cancel Culture"
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- Hey, New Yorkers! Are you sick and tired of cancel culture and thought police? Are you looking for live, unfettered conversations with maverick thinkers? Then come out on Monday, April 4, to see a live taping of The Reason Interview With Nick Gillespie featuring Columbia neuroscientist Carl Hart, author of Drug Use for Grown-Ups: Chasing Liberty in the Land of Fear. Doors open at 6 p.m. at Caveat Theater and Bar, 21-A Clinton Street in Manhattan's Lower East Side. Tickets cost $10. In an age when the drug war is being challenged like never before, Carl Hart is breaking bold new ground on how we think about drugs and individual freedom, even copping to his own recreational use of heroin. "I do not have a drug-use problem," he declares. "Never have…I pay my taxes, serve as a volunteer in my community…and contribute to the global community as an informed and engaged citizen." Reason's own Nick Gillespie will talk with him about that and his pathbreaking research on addiction, how he turned from an ardent supporter of the drug war to one of its leading critics, elitism within the legalization movement, and how he talks with his kids and students about responsible drug use. Go to reason.com/events for details.
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