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Is anyone actually in favor of “cancel culture?”

Nearly the entire conversation about the topic operates at least one level of meta away from the phenomenon itself. An institution somewhere fires an employee, or changes the name of a building, or stops selling a book, and the outrage fest is on. Is such and such an instance of “cancel culture”? If it is, should we be worried? Did this particular person or work deserve to be “canceled?” What can we do about it anyway?

I’ve read far too many words taking all sides of this debate except one: I’ve almost never heard a defense of “cancel culture” as such, by which I mean an argument that the best way to police expression is in a completely decentralized manner, with masses of self-appointed critics and a variety of institutions maneuvering to avoid their disfavor.



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