July 9th, 2020

// Parler Praises Letter on Justice and Open Debate

Parler Praises Letter on Justice and Open Debate 

Free speech platform commends principle behind letter calling for open dialogue, end to cancel culture  

       
Washington, DC – Parler, the People-driven social platform, today applauded “A Letter on Justice and Open Debate.”  The piece, published on-line and set to appear in Harpers Magazine, is signed by 150 prominent, ideologically diverse writers, scholars, artists, and journalists. While applauding recent activism calling for criminal justice reform and inclusion, the letter criticizes cancel culture and an “intolerant attitude that has set in on all sides.”

Quoting the letter:

“The free exchange of information and ideas, the lifeblood of a liberal society, is daily becoming more constricted. …[C]ensoriousness is…spreading more widely in our culture: an intolerance of opposing views, a vogue for public shaming and ostracism, and the tendency to dissolve complex policy issues in a blinding moral certainty. We uphold the value of robust and even caustic counter-speech from all quarters. But it is now all too common to hear calls for swift and severe retribution in response to perceived transgressions of speech and thought

“The restriction of debate… invariably hurts those who lack power and makes everyone less capable of democratic participation. The way to defeat bad ideas is by exposure, argument, and persuasion, not by trying to silence or wish them away.”

Letter signatories include world-renowned author J.K. Rowling, trumpet virtuoso Winton Marsalis, speechwriter for George W. Bush, David Frum, conservative columnist David Brooks, and progressive luminary Noam Chomsky.

“Parler is thrilled to see so many thought leaders coming together to support Free Speech and push back against Cancel Culture,” said CEO John Matze. “Parler is fighting to keep a free and open Public Square where the exchange of ideas can thrive. This letter’s call for open debate is precisely why we founded Parler and reflects our core values.”

Said Parler Strategic Investor Jeffrey Wernick, “The principle of open debate celebrated in this letter is among the core ideals that join us together as Americans, and as free, self-sovereign people. Parler applauds the brave authors of this letter and stands with them in defense of Free Speech. We hope they will all join us in the Public Square and continue to put our shared principles into action.”

Parler was founded in 2018 and has over 2.5 million users. The platform is committed to free speech, does not mine or sell user data, and does not censor content based on politics or ideology. Parler continues to stand with the People and against Technofascism.

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