‘For it is better to make a beginning of a thing which has a chance of an end, than to get caught up in things which have no end, in perpetual struggle and exertion.’
There’s something more here. It would sound plain weird to say that someone has been ‘cancelled’ by the right. If I said to you ‘Owen Jones has been cancelled,’ you would immediately infer that he was being lambasted by fellow leftists, not – as he routinely is – by conservatives. In this way, the notion of ‘cancellation’ is an exemplary bit of ideology. It appears to be content-neutral – a purely procedural complaint about ‘intolerance’ and the failures of the ‘free marketplace of ideas’ – but in fact is substantively political. Cancellation is something the left does; when the right does it, it’s an exercise of free speech (‘triggering libs’).
Anne McClintock’s description of Liberalism as “the promise of social resolution through individual agency alone”