A new initiative described as a “Citizens Advice for the culture wars” has been “inundated” with calls following its launch this week, its founder has announced.
Counterweight is a new anti-woke helpline intended to “support people at work, school, and university who feel isolated and under threat from the imposition” of woke ideology.
Its founder, author Helen Pluckrose has told The Times newspaper that her small team are already helping 100 clients who have called on the organisation’s support.
“We’re very proud of the work we’ve been able to do”, Mrs Pluckrose told The Times. “For example, we’ve had charity workers get in touch who were concerned funds were being diverted from helping vulnerable people to being used for diversity training.”
Citing other examples, the Counterweight founder discussed individuals who were being threatened with discplinary action for refusing to undertake “unconscious bias” training and outraged parents who had learned their children were being forced to take anti-racism lessons.
In their statement of core values, the organisation describes itself as “a liberal humanist organisation that values individualism, universalism, viewpoint diversity and the free exchange of ideas. We defend scientific, reasoned, rigorous and empirical approaches to knowledge production and to justice and equality.”
Harvard psychology professor Steven Pinker heaped praise on the new group and took aim at woke ideologues who revel in ruining the lives of innocent people. He said:
“Critical social justice” has made life a living a hell for many innocent and thoughtful people (while accomplishing pretty much nothing in improving the lives of the disadvantaged and oppressed). Counterweight is a new organization that allows the targeted to defend themselves.Steven Pinker, Johnstone Family Professor of Psychology at Harvard University