“Political correctness”, “identity politics” and “cancel culture” are nowadays predominantly used as weapons by conservatives to defend their privileges against emancipative new regulations. Criticizing such new regulations as restrictions on artistic freedom and freedom of expression is therefore mostly wrong. In fact, “political correctness,” “identity politics,” and “cancel culture” contribute to the inclusive realization of democracy.
In the current issue of the Journal for Human Rights, I argue for these theses and thus open the “Forum Artistic Freedom.” The other positions in the Forum, by Isolde Charim, Hanno Rauterberg, and Daniel Martin Feige, are also well worth reading.
In the article I show that it depends on which level political regulation of art takes place: non-state in the general art world, para-state in public broadcasting, or on the level of the state. Only when the state intervenes in ongoing debates with centralized legal, economic, and symbolic power it might constitute a case of problematic Cancel Culture - but this hardly ever happens.
Shorter is always possible…
Cite and download
- Feuilleton Article: More Cancel Culture Please! (Sächsische Zeitung), 8. January 2021
- New publication: Democratization through 'Cancel Culture'. On the relationship between freedom of art and emancipation, 3. December 2020
- CfP: 'Transformations of the Political. New Perspectives of Radical Theory of Democracy' - Panel at the DVPW Congress 2021, 5. February 2021
- CfP: Special Issue 'The Dissolution of the Liberal Consensus' of the Journal of Political Theory (ZPTh), 18. January 2021
- New publication: The crux of the nuclear family, 23. December 2020
- New Publication: 'Queer and Gay Theory' in the Foucault Handbook, 11. November 2020
- New Publication: Institutionalization of Freedom in Law. Foucault and the Post-Marxist Critique of Law, 12. October 2020
- Co-Publication at Theorieblog und Literaturwissenschaft in Berlin: Political Correctness as a Critique of Privilege (in German), 20. May 2020
- Podcast with Campusgrün Freiburg: 'Political Correctness' as Privilege Criticism, 25. April 2020
- ‘Political Correctness’ as Slave Morality? Towards a Political Theory of Privilege Critique, 9. March 2020
- Radio Interview about 'Political Correctness', 3. October 2019
- Soundbites Video of the lecture Slave Morality and ‘political correctness’, Salzburg, 19-09-26, 27. September 2019
- Paper at the IVR World Congress in Luzern about: Migration and Right-Wing Populism: Is the Liberal Rule of Law the Problem?, 2. July 2019
- Keynote at Annual Queer Meeting of the German Academic Merit Foundation, 3. June 2019
- AUDIO ONLINE: Slave Morality and 'Policital Correctness' - Left-Nietzschean Critique of a Right-Nietzschean Hegemonic Concept, 28. April 2019
- 26.4: Vortrag zu Sklavenmoral und 'Political Correctness' beim Jungen Forum Rechtsphilosophie, 17. April 2019
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