Cancellation Is a Real Fear

Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) speaks to reporters before a vote on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., January 1, 2021. (Joshua Roberts/Reuters)
Can we rebuild conventions that allow people who disagree passionately about important matters to work together productively?

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE I t’s good for a laugh. And lots of people are snickering at Josh Hawley’s essay in the New York Post. “Senator Josh Hawley claims to have been silenced; he makes the claim from the front page of the New York Post.”

In my reading of events, Hawley has merited the pushback from his critics. (We’ll get to that in a minute.) But it would be wrong to start writing off concerns about “cancellation” just because they can be put to cynical use. I would bet millions of people are starting to worry about cancellation as a tool of political control and

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