I am with Margaret Atwood, Noam Chomsky, David Frum, Francis Fukuyama, Michael Ignatieff, Garry Kasparov, J.K. Rowling, Salman Rushdie and Fareed Zakaria (just a few of the names that I readily recognize) on this one.
“Cancel culture” is wrong. Seeking to find offense where no offense was intended is stupid. It fosters conflict, not understanding. It divides, it doesn’t unite us.
In short, “cancel culture” is not what intelligent people do. It is what mobs do.
And a mob, even when it acts in the name of the highest of ideals, is still a mob.
Ultimately, cancel culture does exactly that: It cancels culture.
The very culture that is our best defense against division. Against prejudice. Against populism.