The Counterweight Team

Helen Pluckrose


Helen is Counterweight’s founder and programme leader. She  heads up the academic section of counterweight, producing and facilitating the production of accessible educational resources on Critical Social Justice scholarship by academics for a mostly non-academic readership.  Helen also takes on casework that involves students and academics or requires engaging with CSJ theories in depth. She advises employers seeking to implement liberal policies against discrimination in the workplace rather than CSJ ones and acts as a theoretical editor for various kinds of writers wanting to be sure they have criticised CSJ ideas fairly and accurately. Helen is a liberal humanist who mostly just wants people to value evidence-based epistemology and consistently liberal ethics.

Carrie Clark


Carrie is Counterweight’s project coordinator. She heads up the casework system using her background in citizens advice services to create resources and advice pathways to provide accessible and relevant advice for individuals experiencing common problems while developing customised action plans with individuals who have more complex or uncommon problems. She refers people to other team members or partner organisations as appropriate and trains incoming volunteer caseworkers in these methods. Carrie keeps herself abreast of all Counterweight projects as well as liaising with partner organisations and legal advisers in order to have a thorough overview of all the support available, coordinate projects and provide the most efficient and effective service for people in need of practical help. As a liberal humanist, Carrie is concerned about the corrosive impact of Critical Social Justice ideology on freedom of conscience and individual wellbeing.

Kevin Lowe


Kevin is Counterweight’s technology coordinator and head moderator of the Counterweight Discord server. Kevin is ardently opposed to much of the ideology coming out of the field of Critical Theory because of its common disregard for epistemic objectivity and scientific values, its embrace of equivocation fallacy, and its illiberal consequences. Kevin uses his background in information technology to support the staff at Counterweight.

Harriet Terrill


Harriet is Counterweight’s Media Content Manager. She is in charge of our exceptional volunteer content team, as well as Counterweight’s social accounts. Her role includes the planning, production, and distribution of educational resources. As a writer, musician, and content creator, Harriet wholeheartedly supports free speech, and has been concerned about the suppressive impact of Critical Social Justice ideology for some time. As such, she joined the Counterweight community when woke ideology began infiltrating her workplace. As we move forward, Harriet would like to develop alternative solutions to social justice issues.

Isobel Marston


Isobel is Counterweight’s Content Coordinator & Editor. She liaises with volunteer writers, edits articles, assists with content planning, and creates educational resources that help individuals to understand the many problems with Critical Social Justice. As a philosophy student with a passion for reason, evidence and objectivity, Isobel is concerned with the current social justice movement’s deviation from these values. She realises that there are still many ways our society could be improved, but firmly believes that the ability to progress is predicated upon open conversation, empathy, and an orientation towards evidence-based approaches.

Jennifer Friend


Jennifer Friend is a licensed clinical social worker in private practice in the Washington D.C. area. Jennifer has been concerned for several years about the negative impact of CRT and CSJ on mental health, individual liberty and freedom of speech. She began volunteering for Counterweight after a troubling experience with CRT in her workplace. Jennifer is a highly motivated opponent of CRT and CSJ and is committed to supporting people who have been harmed by this ideology. Jennifer provides individual listening sessions to Counterweight clients who are suffering distress due to encounters with CSJ/CRT. Jennifer also coordinates our volunteer listening team and facilitates groups for Counterweight clients, providing an opportunity for support connection and community building.

David Bernstein


David Bernstein is an unwavering advocate for the free exchange of ideas and intellectual honesty. He is an Affiliate at Counterweight, which opposes the imposition of critical social justice on people’s daily lives, and a founder of Viewpoint Worldwide, a consultancy dedicated to advancing viewpoint diversity in organizational settings. David has spent much of his career heading up major Jewish advocacy and pro-Israel organizations. He has written widely in such publications as the Washington Post, Areo, Education Week, and The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Jodi Shaw


After speaking out publicly about the racially hostile work environment of her former employer Smith College, Jodi continues to speak publicly about her experience with CRT training and policies in the workplace. A life-long liberal, Jodi is possessed by an unwavering belief in the individual humanity and uniqueness of each human being. She believes enforced adherence to Critical Social Justice undermines moral agency and our ability to connect meaningfully with each other as individuals, and that a supportive community of connected individuals is critical to social progress. In a past life, Jodi worked as a case manager in a women’s domestic violence shelter and pulled midnight shifts answering phones for the Portland Women’s Crisis Line. She holds an End-of-Life Doula Professional Certificate.