Free Speech vs. Cancel Culture: Reasons for Optimism

Free Speech vs. Cancel Culture: Reasons for Optimism


Jill Carlson, a CoinDesk columnist, is co-founder of the Open Money Initiative, a non-profit research organization working to guarantee the right to a free and open financial system. She is also an investor in early-stage startups with Slow Ventures. This op-ed is the second of two parts. See the first . 

Much has been made this summer of censorship. From to , we have many reasons to consider the line between free speech and unacceptable bigotry and bias. 

While many have welcomed this reconsideration, others have cried “cancel culture,” calling these moves a purge and comparing today’s society to that of “Fahrenheit 451.” 

It’s worth remembering that purges of cultures, knowledge and society are not particular to our time. For almost , civilizations around the world have engaged in destruction of their own and each others’ books, records and other forms of culture.

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