All corners of the Political Twitter exploded a few days back when Harper’s Weekly ran a letter, signed by a cohort of academics, writers, artists, etc., nominally in support of free speech and against what has come to be known as “cancel culture” (though the letter doesn’t use that term, I think just about everyone can agree that it was written with that in mind).

Now, one might think that a letter in favor of free speech is at worst benign, and more likely a positive gesture. And that would be true, if not for our ability to understand context…


I most often write about politics and policy from a perspective somewhat shy of socialism.

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