With each passing week, we hear about another story about “cancel culture.” Each case is seemingly crazier than the last. But what is “cancel culture?” At what point do we cross over from boycotts and criticism to “cancel culture?”

Heartland’s Donald Kendal, Jim Lakely, and Justin Haskins are joined by Isaac Orr in episode 251 of the In The Tank Podcast. With each passing week, we hear about another story about “cancel culture.” Each case is seemingly crazier than the last. But what is “cancel culture?” At what point do we cross over from boycotts and criticism to “cancel culture?”

OPENING CHIT CHAT
Shellenberger episode. The reaction Shellenberger has gotten on Twitter, etc.

CANCEL CULTURE
Can we define “cancel culture?” Do we all participate in “cancel culture?” Where is the line? Etc.

Reason – Cancel Culture Is Out of Control
https://reason.com/2020/07/08/cancel-culture-is-out-of-control/

The Hill – JK Rowling, Noam Chomsky sign letter waring of ‘restriction of debate’
https://thehill.com/blogs/in-the-know/in-the-know/506314-jk-rowling-noam-chomsky-sign-letter-warning-of-restriction-of

Cato Institute – The Witch Hunts of the Left Revive Soviet Ghosts
https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/witch-hunts-left-revive-soviet-ghosts

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  1. Aaron Miller Member
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    Well, that was depressing. 

    To collate your points, cancel culture is organized destruction. It proceeds by intimidation, rather than by persuasion. It seeks to ruin persons, to silence dissent, to bankrupt companies, and to erase historical testaments, rather than to discourage consumers from purchase and support. 

    In the Internet age, it is essentially a scarlet letter — permanent ostracism without opportunity for mercy and forgiveness. 

    There can be conservative businesses and institutions. But they must be expressly, strictly conservative both in hiring and in operations. And they cannot rely on leftists for finances in any way. Otherwise, they might prosper but will not remain conservative for long. 

    It might be tolerable — as a last resort — if conservative companies must rely on conservative advertisers, conservative distributors, and so on. But if banks and creditors move to censor conservatives, then civil society will be over. 

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