Wednesday, July 22, 2020

No Such Thing As Cancel Culture, Eh?

To those who insist, absurdly, that cancel culture does not exist and that the discourse has not been chilled by a fear of being called out for Wrongthink, I offer these new results from a Cato Institute national survey on political expression. Note: for those inclined to discount a survey from Cato, I'd say (1) that's narrow-minded and (2) I personally know Emily Ekins, the political scientist who conducted the survey and she is a top-notch and fair-mined researcher.

"A new Cato national survey finds that self‐​censorship is on the rise in the United States. Nearly two-thirds—62%—of Americans say the political climate these days prevents them from saying things they believe because others might find them offensive. The share of Americans who self‐​censor has risen several points since 2017 when 58% of Americans agreed with this statement.

These fears cross partisan lines. Majorities of Democrats (52%), independents (59%) and Republicans (77%) all agree they have political opinions they are afraid to share.

Strong liberals stand out, however, as the only political group who feel they can express themselves. Nearly 6 in 10 (58%) of staunch liberals feel they can say what they believe. However, centrist liberals feel differently. A slim majority (52%) of liberals feel they have to self‐​censor, as do 64% of moderates, and 77% of conservatives. This demonstrates that political expression is an issue that divides the Democratic coalition between centrist Democrats and their left flank."

https://www.cato.org/…/poll-62-americans-say-they-have-poli…

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2 comments:

  1. It's not about cancel culture. It is a changing of the guard.

    The majority opinion always sets the terms. So in the past, arguing for gay marriage would get you kicked off the TV or from your employment and people would call you names and you'd need to keep quiet if you thought of such transgressive things. Now it's reversed.

    It's not a new phenomenon. The people who are complaining are the 'new minorities'. They no longer set the terms of acceptable behavior and they are not happy, that's all. No one is stopping them from speaking, what bug them is that a lot of people are not agreeing with what they think.

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