Umut Özkırımlı, the author of Cancelled: The Left Way Back from Woke, joins Amanda Vanstone to discuss the question: “What do evangelical Christians, far right Trump supporters and the woke Left have in common? They all burn books, and in fact they burn the same books. But book burning - or other forms of cancelling - is not simply an act of protest. It does not seek justice; it calls for retribution and revenge. And there is nothing progressive about this dogmatic and fanatical activism”.
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Umut Özkırımlı is a Senior Research Fellow at Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals, a professor at Blanquerna, Ramon Llull University, and a Senior Research Associate at CIDOB (Barcelona Centre for International Affairs). He is also the Academic Director of the Barcelona Summer School of the Mediterranean and the Middle East. He is the author of the acclaimed Theories of Nationalism: A Critical Introduction, currently in its third edition.
Amanda Vanstone presented ABC Radio National’s Counterpoint for a decade. She currently serves on the boards, councils and committees for various organisations. She hoards cookbooks and believes chatting about childhood recollections of food, sharing recipes and ideas is the greatest way to bridge ethnic, social and political boundaries. Sadly, she remains the longest serving female Cabinet minister since Federation.