Canadian editor Jonathan Kay talks to Coleman Hughes, Quillette columnist and Columbia University student, about being out of step with the prevailing orthodoxy at an Ivy League college, classical liberalism and playing in Rihanna’s backup band in 2016.
Editor’s note: The following excerpt is abridged from Chapter One of The Tyranny of Opinion: Conformity and the Future of Liberalism by Russell Blackford (Bloomsbury Academic, October 18 2018, 240 pages). I’m afraid. Like many people, I’m afraid to speak up and say exactly what I think.
In the past few weeks, we have been watching the fall out of what has been dubbed Sokal Squared, the effort by James Lindsay, Helen Pluckrose, and Peter Boghossian to expose the low standards and hateful ideology to which much of the humanities have been in thrall in recent decades.