Champagne for my real friends, real pain for my sham friends

Many people have added “activist” to their resume last year, as the rich and famous tried to assuage the guilt induced by all their privilege. From Woke capitalism through to influencer culture, making sure everyone knew that you stood for the right things and condemned those who didn’t was the path to redemption. But like the Great Reset, many people will still maintain that cancel culture is all in the imagination of a few conservative snowflakes who can’t handle their bigotry being challenged. 

However, the growing number of those, great and small, who have lost livelihoods, been threatened by random trolls, de-platformed and disinvited, would beg to differ. The latest story of someone having their life upended takes vindictiveness to a new level. Mimi Groves’ classmate stashed away footage of her using a racial slur for four years, timing the release of it to ruin her application to the University of Tennessee. 

Glenn Greenwald left the Intercept, a publication he founded, claiming that he no longer felt able to write freely, particularly when it came to news about Hunter Biden. Greenwald recently appeared on an episode of Lockdown TV to discuss tech censorship. He is in no doubt that the Democratic Party and its allies on Wall Street and in Silicon Valley are likely to “use their influence to further shut down discourse they find unacceptable.” 

Yet, as he rightly asks, what qualification do tech giants have to arbitrate public discussions or pronounce verdicts on “highly complex questions such as how to manage a pandemic, or whether vaccines are safe and effective, or whether the balances of a lockdown are justified by their cost? ” Rather, Greenwald says, “These are incredibly complicated decisions that a society ought to be debating.”