Good on Senator Hawley pushing back on the publisher that caved to the mob by cancelling his book, ironically about the importance of free speech and the 1st Amendment.
Did the publisher, Simon & Schuster (S&S) have a contractual right to scrap his publication?
Do S&S get to make the legal call on ‘sedition’ as the reason for cancellation? If Hawley isn’t convicted of that crime, they would have no legal basis to make that call.
This is not the same as a Christian baker refusing to make a cake for a gay couple based on their religious beliefs.
S&S have clearly done it to make their intentions known they don’t want to become modern day kulaks in the cancel culture world.
This is a clear call against free speech. We hope that Hawley is successful his plight and a braver publisher picks up the ball and runs with a book that shouldn’t be incendiary.
This is not new.
In Australia, fringe mobs like Sleeping Giants and Mad F*cking Witches pretend to represent the mainstream and have had success intimidating corporates to capitulate despite often breaking secondary boycott rules in the process.
Time for more people to stand up to these corporate cowards. The irony is that the very people pushing cancel culture are the least likely candidates to consume the products they protest. So why do corporates wimp out without a fight?