Self-cancellation, Deplatforming, and Censorship

Source: Reason
by Nick Gillespie

“In an age of cancel culture, it’s perhaps fitting that the death of a free speech hero would receive little fanfare. So when the poet, publisher, and provocateur Lawrence Ferlinghetti shuffled off this mortal coil in February at the grand old age of 101, there were dutiful obituaries in The New York Times and elsewhere but the respects were hardly commensurate with the debt owed the man. By publishing Allen Ginsberg’s fuck-filled poem Howl in 1956, Ferlinghetti risked jail and financial ruin — and did as much as any single individual to end not just government censorship but a stultifyingly repressive American intellectual culture.” (for publication 10/21)

https://reason.com/2021/09/07/self-cancellation-deplatforming-and-censorship/