For our post-Covid relaunch we are excited to have locally based social commentator and author Joanna Williams discussing her new book: How Woke Won: The Elitist Movement That Threatens Democracy, Tolerance and Reason (John Wilkes / Spiked 2022).
Date: Tuesday 28th June, 7-9pm
Venue: The City Arms Tavern, Butchery Lane, Canterbury
Tickets: £5 on the door / please reserve if possible via Eventbrite.
Politics, academia & corporations now seem beholden to new orthodoxies around gender, race & identity. How Woke Won explores how we got here, and why what poses as a radical outlook is embraced by the privileged. Williams argues that those interested in a free, egalitarian & democratic society must tackle wokeness head-on.
Bring your thoughts on the phenomenon of 'woke'. In East Kent Salon style, the audience gets plenty of opportunity to contribute and question, as well as to listen.
Commendations for the book:
‘This book is the essential guide for our era of confusion and incoherence as moral revolutionaries tear down statues, institutions, and widely held values. With clear thinking and gripping storytelling, Williams explains how how a minority of the elites in Britain and America were able to intimidate the rest of the elites into silence or complicity, imposing a "revolution from above" that is anti-democratic and cruel. Anyone who wants to restore sanity, beauty, or simple humanity to our public life should read How Woke Won’. --Jonathan Haidt, author of The Righteous Mind, Co-author of The Coddling of the American Mind.
‘A brave and lucid book’ – Robert Tombs
‘One of Britain’s sharpest writers on woke’ – Julia Hartley-Brewer
‘A searing read’ – Paul Embery
Joanna Williams is a columnist for Spiked and writes regularly for the Spectator and The Times. She also regularly appears on the BBC, Sky News, talkRADIO and GB News. Williams taught at the University of Kent for over 10 years and has extensive experience in think-tanks. She is the founder and director of Cieo, a new think-tank for a new political era. Her previous books include Women vs Feminism (Emerald, 2017), Academic Freedom in an Age of Conformity (Palgrave, 2016) and Consuming Higher Education (Bloomsbury, 2012).