Reactions on the Nachrichten article published 02/22
Re: “Scientists must resist cancel culture”
Democratic freedom rests on the premise of an open and respectful debate. To say it with the (translated) words of Rosa Luxemburg: “Freedom is always the freedom of those who think differently!” The German Chemical Society (GDCh) firmly believes in this freedom. This must not be misunderstood as an approval of everything that has been said, but rather as the respect for the right of free speech, in alignment with the constitutions of most modern democratic societies.
In that spirit, please feel encouraged to share your factually substantiated opinion on the article by Krylov, Tanzman, Frenking, and Gill. Our hope is that this collection will provide a much better view on the key issues and will ultimately allow a sober analysis and respectful discussion on the basis of a very broad opinion poll.
Karsten Danielmeier, President of the GDCh Peter R. Schreiner, Deputy President of the GDCh Wolfram Koch, Executive Director of the GDCh
The article in the latest issue of "Nachrichten" on cancel culture is being discussed controversially. We welcome the open discussion and all opinions are heard or read. Here is a short statement from our editorial team. pic.twitter.com/ysB6oaSaGl
Several letters of support for the article “Scientists must resist cancel culture” by Krylov et al. reached the editors—among them one from Nobel laureate Arieh Warshel. A selection of these letters is published here.