Cancel Culture Impoverishes Both the Heart and the Intellect

It’s hard to shake the feeling that part of what’s involved is a breakdown in personal charity.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE I t is trivially — yet essentially — true that all societies have prohibitions; after all, part of what constitutes a society is having prohibitions. But “cancel culture” seems more than just the support of social prohibitions, and the tendencies of this movement might reveal some more-troubling elements.

Because “cancel culture” is an emergent phenomenon, it is hard to create a comprehensive taxonomy of it, but its distinctive elements seem to involve some combination of the following: the destruction of art that either is problematic or whose creators have believed or said something problematic; rendering unemployable those who have believed or said


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