Organizers Fail to Ban Chris Hedges From Speaking at Vancouver Conference
In response to his Truthdig column of March 8 on capitalism, the sex industry and the political left, organizers of an upcoming conference on exploitation and activism in Canada tried to remove the writer as keynote speaker.
Meghan Murphy writes at rabble.ca:
After publishing an unforgiving report on the sex industry and the left’s unwillingness to challenge what Hedges calls “the quintessential expression of global capitalism,” the bestselling author received an email from conference organizer, Stephen Collis.
… Collis was informed, apparently, by local sex work advocates, that the arguments Hedges highlights in his report are “not supported by most organizers and organizations in the [Downtown Eastside of Vancouver], who have found comments in the article offensive and prejudiced.”
While Collis may have heard from those who are opposed to the ideas put forth in Hedges’ report, which outlines a feminist critique of the sex industry, he had not yet heard from those groups and individuals who agree with Hedges’ assessment that the fight against prostitution is a “fight against a dehumanizing neoliberalism that begins, but will not end, with the subjugation of impoverished girls and women.”
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