We’ve been hearing more and more about how cancel culture (i) exists and (ii) is evil. And my reaction is, paradoxically, to dispute both of those claims: I don’t think it really exists, and, if it does, it’s hard to characterise it as a bad thing. Or even as new.
I’ve written a paper from a Liberal Jewish perspective examining ‘cancel culture’ from Moses to the Mishnah to the present day. I quote the Talmud and the Canadian Supreme Court; I go on a glamorous [hypothetical] journey from Wolverhampton to Sussex to Lod.