How Bad Is Cancel Culture?

I have an ongoing email correspondence with a good old friend (who’s also an old good friend) who doesn’t think things are as bad as I do. I respect this friend’s views. He’s sort of liberal but basically non-ideological and non-partisan and reads more widely than most. I will refrain from naming him so as not to endanger his relationships with his liberal, i.e, not so open-minded, friends.

In any event, since it’s impossible to comprehend how bad cancel culture has become without reading widely on conservative sites, I thought it might be useful to collect a few of the sorts of examples of cancel culture and spreading general nuttiness that unfortunately pop up every day. I don’t see how one could see this sort of stuff day after day and not think we have a real problem.

Here are a few from the last few days.

This sort of behavior may have become the new normal, but it’s not normal.

The End Of Civil Rights?

I have a new essay on Minding The Campus:

“Systemic Racism,” “Equity,” and the End of Civil Rights. It’s something of a follow-up to:


Cancel Culture, Eugene Debs, And Free Speech

I have a new essay at City Journal discussing the confrontation between America’s greatest socialist (sorry Bernie) and cancel culture. Of course back then “cancel culture” had not yet been given its fancy name. Then it was just called repression,.

Glenn Loury, Shelby Steele: Calling A Spade A Spade

Two unusually  powerful articles have appeared in the past day or so — Glenn Loury’s “Unspeakable Truths about Racial Inequality in America” and Shelby Steele’s “How Equality Lost to ‘Equity.’” They are almost eerily similar not only in their impressive eloquence but in the arguments they make. Since it would do a disservice to each […]

Inequitable Choices?

The Chronicle of Higher Education publishes a newsletter, Race on Campus, devoted to discussing “What national conversations about racial equity and inclusion mean for you and your institution. This week’s issue features a conversation with Fatima Stanford, director of diversity for the Nutrition Obesity Research Center at Harvard, co-author of a recent article in the New […]


According to a report on Law.Com’s Corporate Counsel, “Coca-Cola is demanding that at least 30% of the lawyers on its new cases be diverse, and half of that team must be Black.” Wait, there’s more: The company’s law firms also have to provide quarterly reports on the diversity of teams working on Coca-Cola’s matters and […]


If you wonder what I think about “equity” (as well as what I think you should think), please take a look at my essay that was just posted at Minding The Campus.

Yet More Unity

Is This A Coincidence, Or Maybe Tribute To Systemic Antiracism?

Facebook Censorship?

A “Reverse Canceling” And Its Critics

UVa’s Off-Center Miller Center

If Democrats Win In Georgia, Racial Equality Loses

Befuddled Biden’s “Return To Normalcy” Besmirched, Befouled, Betrayed By Execrable Becerra Appointment

Surprise! Americans (Even Californians) Oppose Discrimination

The Democrats’ Double Standard On Faith

A Few Progressive Contradictions