Magazine September 7, 2020, Issue

Confessions of a Culture Squish

Downtown New York City, June 30, 2020 (Carlo Allegri/Reuters)

Maybe we’re just getting to the part of the calendar where the election subsumes all of our other collective miseries, but I have to say I’ve grown optimistic in the last few weeks that we’ve turned a corner on the cancel-culture stuff.

Identity-based arguments and assertions of victimhood will continue to be very powerful levers in very powerful institutions, and people will continue to lose their reputations and their livelihoods for holding views that were commonplace 15 years or 15 minutes ago. But the orgiastic, mob-driven phase, the great cleansing, seems to be abating, as a small but influential number of

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