Thursday, July 09, 2020
"Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling, cognitive scientist Noam Chomsky and other figures signed a public letter on Tuesday warning about the "restriction of debate" in society. The open letter, which has gathered 150 signatures from activists and writers, warns that the "free exchange of information and ideas" is "daily becoming more constricted." The letter was published on the Harper's Magazine website and will be featured in the magazine's October issue.
The signatories say in the letter that the "needed reckoning" of racial and social justice has "also intensified a new set of moral attitudes and political commitments that tend to weaken our norms of open debate and toleration of differences in favor of ideological conformity."
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