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The term “cancel culture” has become unusually pervasive of late. It’s even reached the Vatican Diplomatic Corps, which includes representatives from the 183 countries accredited to the Holy See. There, Pope Francis said, “Cancel culture is invading many circles and public institutions. As a result, agendas are increasingly dictated by a mindset that rejects the natural foundations of humanity and the cultural roots that constitute the identity of many people.”
Today, cancel culture largely has been reduced to a label affixed to any call for someone or something to be publicly admonished, typically through social media and its aftermath. It is used by those along all poles of the political spectrum to point out the intolerance of the other side.
But cancel culture is just a symptom of a larger social disease that has been with us since Victorian times, then amped up in the United States as it became incorporated into our American value system. Put simply, the root of cancel culture is an individual’s or group’s need to censor.
The recent blockbuster movie “Elvis” reminds us that cancel culture has been a feature of American life for many decades. Many still remember how Elvis Presley’s records were banned from radio stations based on his on-stage gyrations. Ed Sullivan, too, famously canceled any below-the-waist view of Elvis on his popular Sunday night TV show. A national crisis among screaming teenage girls who were not exposed to Elvis’ swinging hips thus was averted, albeit temporarily.
The arrival of The Beatles didn’t change things much either. When John Lennon sarcastically commented at a news conference that his group was more popular than Jesus, their music was promptly removed by radio stations across the country, which also encouraged that Beatles records be destroyed immediately.
Remember disco music, which became the soundtrack of our lives in the 1970s? All that was needed by the cancel culture warriors of the day was the support of radio shock jock and anti-disco campaigner Steve Dahl, along with Major League Baseball, which organized a highly publicized promotion at Chicago’s Comiskey Park in 1979. There, between a Chicago White Sox-Detroit Tigers doubleheader, a crate filled with disco records was blown up by Dahl on the field. The crowd went wild — an actual riot followed among thousands in attendance shouting the new cancel culture mantra, “Disco Sucks.”
Similar stories are plentiful in many other areas of popular culture — comic books, movies, TV shows and stand-up comedy. And this is not a new phenomenon for any of these, either. Everything old seems new again.
Our current focus on “cancel culture” incorrectly emphasizes cancel instead of culture. Unless and until we come to grips with why some in our society want to impose censorship on others, the cycle is sure to repeat itself again and again, to our collective detriment.
Stuart N. Brotman is the author of “The First Amendment Lives On: Conversations Commemorating Hugh M. Hefner’s Legacy of Enduring Free Speech and Free Press Values.” He wrote this for InsideSources.com.
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As the author points out, there is nothing new about cancel culture. There is another way to express the mindset behind it: My lifestyle and values are the right and proper ones. They should be encouraged, rewarded, even subsidized. Others should, at most, be grudgingly tolerated but only if they have no effect on mine. Then, they should be prohibited and their practitioners punished.

So, the author is comparing the Beatles (John Lennon’s comment) and disco to pedophiles and men who drugged and raped women? Nothing at all to say about personal accountability?

I think Horse Rider is onto something here, but I would go further to explore the underlying mindset and its causes. One way or another, the instances cited by the author arise from moral discontents by some minority of citizens. These examples of moral indignation do not simply occur as random events. No, they arise for the most part from the attempts by the clerical class to establish moral imperatives for everyone and a demand for universal adherence enforced by threats of draconian penalties, including eternal damnation by an imagined supernatural entity of which there were at least 4,000 living at last count. It is organized religion which spurs on the unflattering human impulse to dominate.
This inclination from the Dark Ages has always been with us but has been subjected to an electrifying acceleration by recent events in our religio-political system. In recent years, a wide variety of unwholesome caprices have bubbled up to the surface and threaten to overwhelm our most valuable set of norms, as well as Constitutional imperatives. Thus, racism, anti-abortionist conduct, anti-democratic drives, and other such sentiments are catapulted to normality by the imposition of tainted jurisprudence and degenerate legislative behaviour which arise not only from religious demands for dominance but also from the terror of the dwindling white majority that our status as natural rulers will soon end due to purely demographic factors.
It is one of our great national tragedies that these base impulses have captured one of our formerly great political parties (the party of Lincoln) which now disgraces itself and us by its decline into the abyss religio-political excess and upper-class domination – an American form of the Taliban.
“You’re basically killing each other to see who’s got the better imaginary friend.”
— Blaise Pascal

I think Horse Rider is onto something here, but I would go further to explore the underlying mindset and its causes. One way or another, the instances cited by the author arise from moral discontents by some minority of citizens. These examples of moral indignation do not simply occur as random events. No, they arise for the most part from the attempts by the clerical class to establish moral imperatives for everyone and a demand for universal adherence enforced by threats of draconian penalties, including eternal damnation by an imagined supernatural entity of which there were at least 4,000 living at last count. It is organized religion which spurs on this unflattering human impulse to dominate.
This inclination from the Dark Ages has always been with us but has been subjected to an electrifying acceleration by recent events in our religio-political system. In recent years, a wide variety of unwholesome caprices have bubbled up to the surface and threaten to overwhelm our most valuable set of norms, as well as Constitutional imperatives. Thus, racism, anti-choice conduct, anti-democratic drives, and other such sentiments are catapulted into normality by the imposition of tainted jurisprudence and degenerate legislative behaviour which arise not only from religious demands for dominance but also from the terror of the dwindling white majority that our status as natural rulers will soon end due to purely demographic factors.
I was once asked what my religion was. I said that I was a Non-Delusional.

You know what? Some things just NEED to be cancelled: Racism. Misogyny. White supremacy (and it’s evil partner eugenics.) Corruption (both political and personal). And to those who continue to try to defend those things: Maybe YOU need to be cancelled, too.

I look on this slightly differently. Is allowing you to deliberately spread provably false information to be allowed? In other words, is screaming “FIRE” in a crowded building to be allowed if there is no fire? The old “boy crying wolf” story. Fox “Entertainment” went into a courtroom and defended themselves with the argument that they are not a “news” station and that no rational individual would believe their stories.
At what point does preventing the broadcast of false information become censorship?
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