Ashis Ray. Music directors who fail to provide any direction in times of crisis, The Brexit Party is readying itself to oppose a bad deal with the EU, Site designed and built by Why should we expect BBC lifer Tim Davie to end BBC bias or high pay? Now it might get a few hundred. Receiving no explanation in response to inquiries about the book’s bizarre disappearance from the publisher’s website (at this time of writing it remains listed on Amazon, though noted as “currently unavailable”), Gilley believed, not unreasonably, that his book had been “cancelled” and requested a return of the rights. Articulate with cross-generational appeal: Graham Stewart wonders if this non-politician could take on the Scots Nats. As of this writing it has not done so, but rather maintained, however unconvincingly, that its removal of Gilley’s book from its website was merely for “review” purposes, and that the series was cancelled only because there were allegedly no other books yet submitted in it. A rival online petition collected more than four thousand signatures to vindicate Gilley’s scholarly reputation and called upon Rowman & Littlefield to apologize. Florida’s charms seem to be working to transform them. The post-Castro Cuban regime’s persistent authoritarianism and unresponsiveness to U.S. initiatives has left the Cuban-American community, including its youngest voting demographic, increasingly skeptical of normalization efforts. Trump won the state narrowly in 2016, a year when Hillary Clinton prevailed in the national popular vote but lost Florida by just over 100,000 votes. Paul du Quenoy. Florida has become increasingly important in presidential races. Gilley himself took to Twitter, where he compared Moufawad-Paul and his supporters to the Taliban, and to the Wall Street Journal, in which he published a lengthy op-ed bewailing his fate and calling for more freedom and diversity of opinion in his toxic profession. In today’s climate, work and scholars like Gilley are rapidly running out of welcoming homes. Find Paul du Quenoy's email address, contact information, LinkedIn, Twitter, other social media and more. interconnect/it, A conflict of worldviews: compulsory sex education, Giving straight white men all the best jobs isn’t always good news. This message may be routed through support staff. I also offered to adopt the rest of Gilley’s cancelled series, assuring him that I never have been and never will be moved by cancel culture or the revolting sensibilities that enable it. With legislative supermajorities in Albany, Democrats look poised to push the state even further leftward. Paul du Quenoy September 2, 2020 12:32 pm. Then there’s Florida’s all-important Hispanic vote. Rowman & Littlefield apparently obliged. Having read his op-ed, and subsequently encouraged by the Free Speech Union, I immediately stepped forward with an offer to publish his book as soon as Christmas Day, just as my company last year picked up and quickly published the intelligence researcher James Flynn’s book on free speech and universities after its original British publisher dropped it at the last minute for purported legal reasons. He holds a Ph.D. in history from Georgetown University. I’ve known a number of blueish transplants who’ve awakened to the idea that their lives will likely be happier in Florida’s low-tax, balanced-budget environment. Trumpian cheers went up when Florida was called for the president on Election Night, even as Joe Biden piled on an estimated popular vote majority of more than 4 million, with an apparent, but yet uncertified, Electoral College lead. He expanded his margin of victory from 1.3 percent to 3.2 percent, taking a majority rather than a plurality and winning 1 million more votes here than he did in 2016. Just days before this épopée, someone called Joshua Moufawad-Paul, a self-described Maoist and “contingent faculty member” who claims to teach philosophy on an adjunct basis at York University in Toronto, and who has published books with titles like The Communist Necessity, decided that Gilley’s work was not up to snuff and posted a Change.org petition calling on Rowman & Littlefield to eliminate what he called his “shameful” series. It never does, How the UK has been scared into submission, The only remaining options for the UK are lockdowns or doing nothing at all. Hello, groupthink, but hardly anyone has observed the grating and most colonial irony that a subject of Her Majesty the Queen effectively caused the cancellation of an American publication. He holds a PhD in History from Georgetown University. Transplants from northern states, whether the newly retired or of the young professional set, tend not to be colonists coming to impose alien progressive values on Floridians, it appears, but refugees seeking to escape them. The dead Kennedys: Joe blows it in Massachusetts. When a radicalized Democratic Party talked about “Democratic Socialism,” these voters heard “Fidel Castro” and “Nicolás Maduro” loud and clear—often from Spanish-language television ads—and became Republicans, or at least voted that way. Paul du Quenoy is a private investor and critic. Recent international developments doubtless play a role in Florida’s election outcome as well. The younger Bush edged out John Kerry more clearly in 2004, but Floridians went reliably blue for Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012. They’ve been joined in Florida by new Latino immigrant communities of Venezuelans and Nicaraguans, disgusted with what leftist governments have done to their former countries. No matter how 2020 plays out in the recounts, courts, House of Representatives, or streets, whoever gets the Republican nomination in 2024 can likely count Florida in his column. Could COVID give rise to a theocratic India? ... City Journal on Facebook City Journal on Twitter City Journal on YouTube City Journal on Instagram City Journal on Flipboard City Journal RSS. But hope and good fortune arrived. I never have been and never will be moved by cancel culture or the revolting sensibilities that enable it. Gilley himself hinted at a silver lining in his Wall Street Journal op-ed, confessing a “ghoulish satisfaction” in the vastly greater publicity the scandal would bestow upon an otherwise obscure book by an obscure college professor about an obscure colonial official. 4 October, 2020. Send a question or comment using the form below. Tellingly, Moufawad-Paul also noted that Rowman & Littlefield previously published a number of anti-colonial scholars and argued that no honest publisher could publish work that might disagree with theirs. On 30 September Rowman & Littlefield, once a respected American publisher, tersely tweeted that its scholarly imprint, Lexington Books, “has cancelled its planned book series ‘Problems of Anti-Colonialism’ effective immediately.”, No publisher ever returns the rights to any book unless something is seriously wrong. Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images. Paul du Quenoy. Try three issues of Britain’s newest magazine for £5. California governor Gavin Newsom fails to follow his own restrictive Covid-19 policies. As an investor with media interests that include a publishing company, I can assure the gentle reader that no publisher ever returns the rights to any book – especially not at the last minute and after months of preparation and publicity costs – unless something is seriously wrong. He holds a Ph.D. in history from Georgetown University. More detailed message would go here to provide context for the user and how to proceed. Articles by Paul du Quenoy on Muck Rack. Paul du Quenoy is a private investor and critic. He further accused Gilley of being unqualified to write about colonial history, though Moufawad-Paul himself appears to have no training of any kind in History, Africa, colonialism, the British Empire, or anything other relevant subject. Prior to the cancellation, a scholarly biography of this type might have attracted tens of readers or fewer. Historically, Florida has been a haven for retirees; that older demographic now skews toward Baby Boomers, who only recently turned 65 and depend upon or demand ever more out of Social Security, Medicare, and other federal entitlements that are the holiest of Democratic Party sacred cows. Defying most polls, the Sunshine State burned red for Donald Trump in this most unusual election year, entering his column with 51.2 percent of the vote, cast by nearly 5.7 million residents.