Great response. I found the article unpersuasive for similar reasons. From the point of view of literary style alone, the author doesn’t concede any real ground to legitimate criticisms of the recent trends around “social justice” issues and the shrill way they are conducted — and hence doesn’t earn the reader’s trust, in my view. There is more at play here than cynical tactics — real values come into conflict in these debates, which cannot be easily brushed off. And it is clear that the use of fear to intimidate people is often built into the way advocates pursue these issues.