Cancel culture is an outgrowth of the idea that the articulation of certain views or phrases causes literal harm and therefore must be silenced. I can’t understand that thought process at all. It can only end in state-policed speech and systematic punishment of wrongthink.
This idea is so far from my natural inclinations that I have a hard time fathoming it. I could name all sorts of views that I think are evil, but I cannot imagine trying to cope with that by demanding that people who articulate those views be anathematized.
I think people who advocate legal abortion are defending the killing of human beings. That’s about as evil an idea as I could imagine. But never in a million years would it occur to me to respond to that by demanding those people be silenced or fired or otherwise punished.
Conservative opposition to cancel culture is rooted in respect for free speech and faith in the individual’s ability to sort out right from wrong. But it also demonstrates confidence. If you’re silencing opponents, you probably don’t think your views will withstand much scrutiny.
At the end of the day, I guess I just can’t fathom having so little faith in or respect for people that you think authorities must remove Dr. Seuss from the shelves or cancel episodes of TV shows or censure Chris Pratt because their wrongthink might infect people’s brains.
Cancel culture’s instinct to punish wrongthink is bad enough, but what I really hate is the idea behind it, the disrespect for human freedom and human intelligence, as if it’s the job of the state or some wise subset of the elite to save all of us from falling victim to Bad Ideas

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