A Liberal Essay against the use of cancel culture

Yascha Mounk, founder of a new Liberal blog, Persuasion, uses George Orwell’s defense of P. G. Wodehouse to call on all to stop the madness.

His closing paragraph is telling: “The obligation to stand up for the wrongly accused—even or perhaps especially when they are imperfect—remains as important now as it has ever been. So I shall do my best to live up to the example Orwell set in much more perilous times. And I hope that you will, too.”

8 thoughts on “A Liberal Essay against the use of cancel culture

  1. I don’t think I have enough fingers and toes to count the number of times a post has accused me of supporting violence and looting because I defended the protesters.

    “So you are fine with looting and burning?” “It’s OK for Antifa, but not Bugaloo Bois”? Or words to that effect.

    This blog is not major social media, but the principal stated by Orwell is the same. Whether I am right or wrong about the protests, I am supporting the destruction of the US.

    But that is ok. We are a microcosm of society here (a micro, micro, mini “cosm” actually). And what we see daily is sometime reflected in the comments. And it would be dull as the proverbial dishwater if everyone agreed.


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    1. The willingness of those who focus solely on the violence and not the original reasons behind the protests is just their way to say the status quo is just fine because it works for them. The rest of the citizens be damned.

      Can’t wait to tell me dad I am part of a mini-cosm. Sounds kind of cool, like when he told me he was an official member of the Richard Head Society. (Yes he is a self-proclaimed, card carrying one.)


        1. It is actually a group of former baseball players, Broadway types and others who used to do fund raising for various charities around NYC. One of their events was an annual stick-ball game. The old man actually has a “Manhole Cover” plaque in his office from winning MVDH (Most Valuable Dick Head).

          But it could also be a fraternity at aforementioned college.


          1. That is hilarious.

            Stickball is a fond memory for me growing up in Brooklyn. Home plate and 2nd base were manhole covers and cars left and right were 1st and 3rd.

            Our schoolyard was also a favorite place to play. The brick wall was right behind home plate, and a strike zone was outlined and filled in with chalk. A disputed pitch was settled by just looking at the pink Spaulding ball for evidence of chalk.

            We played street hockey on roller skates (the one with a key) and the puck might be a roll of black electrical tape. I supplied that occasionally until my Dad needed it one time and pulled out this very distressed roll of tape.

            The streets still had traffic, too. It’s a wonder we are alive today.

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          2. “Our schoolyard was also a favorite place to play.”

            Where I grew up in PA, we used the schoolhouse for speedball. Hardball with a strike zone drawn on the wall.

            We also played wiffle ball in the street. Lived on at the end of a street with a turning circle that my driveway was in the middle of. Foul balls were a bitch because they would go over the hill on the first base side. Traffic was rarely an issue except for the occasional lost driver who came down our street by mistake.

            Don’t get me started on putting M-80’s in the shallow man hole covered hole…..

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