We need heretics. Many of the greatest ideas ever uttered were once damnable heresies. But where are the free thinkers today? From gender to climate change to Covid, intellectual conformity is being imposed with far too little pushback. Cancel culture dispenses with the dissenters, threats are used to silence mavericks. In this collection of original essays, Brendan O’Neill remakes the case for heresy – and commits a few heresies of his own along the way.
Woke has conquered the West. Identity politics, cancel culture and trans ideology reign. Censorship and public shaming are the price you pay for dissent. Where did woke come from? How did it conquer so many of our institutions? How can we fight back? These are the questions at the heart of How Woke Won, Joanna Williams’ brilliant new book, published by spiked in partnership with John Wilkes Publishing. It is your essential guide to our maddening times. Pre-order your copy now!
‘Clear thinking and gripping storytelling’ – Jonathan Haidt
‘A brave and lucid book’ – Robert Tombs
‘One of Britain’s sharpest writers on woke’ – Julia Hartley-Brewer