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What Is Cancel Culture?

James A. Watkins is an entrepreneur, musician, and a writer with four non-fiction books and hundreds of magazine articles read by millions.

Corporate Cancel Culture

Corporate Cancel Culture

Cancel Culture Explained

Cancel Culture is a movement of Democrats to cleanse America of conservative ideas by eliminating conservative persons from the public square. It works through vicious bullying, public shaming, harassment, and intimidation to attack and demonize conservatives and suppress their right to free speech. Targets can range from children to the elderly, but the chief quarry is people with influence.

Cancel Culture campaigns deny conservatives the right to express themselves. They are publicly reviled, reputations ruined, fired by their employers, and blacklisted from the avenues by which one might make a living. The idea is to enforce total conformity with the ideology of the Democrats by eradicating all dissent. Political Correctness is the tool, and its users fancy themselves ‘Social Justice Warriors.’ But what they seek is not just.

Good people have been 'canceled' for quoting statistics and facts that are demonstrably true and stating opinions that are merely common sense. Any criticism of the communist, terrorist, racist hate group that calls itself 'Black Lives Matter' will surely get you canceled. To even point out that the Democrat's favorite riot slogan, "Hands Up! Don't Shoot!" is a complete and total lie that can result in being fired from a corporation.

Cancel Culture mobs presume the right to dictate what may be said, written, or thought. Astonishingly, people are canceled for things they may have said decades ago when today's leftist orthodoxy was considered sheer lunacy. There is no record of any Democrat being canceled by conservatives. It is a one-way street.

Cancel Culture

Cancel Culture

Why Cancel Others?

According to Politico, 40 percent of American voters have participated in Cancel Culture, and 55 percent of voters ages 18–34 say they had helped “cancel” someone. As George Packer puts it: “Commissars patrol the precincts of social media and punish thought criminals.” They are usually young people, fresh from indoctrination by our education system. “Intolerant of intellectual diversity,” as Noel S. Williams writes, they are “warped minds that wallow in constant outrage.”

These Social Justice Warriors are not about helping the downtrodden but seeking lives to destroy to satisfy their unquenchable craving for vengeance. Their fanatical, authoritarian, fascist worldview is based on Atheism and Marxism. The central claim they make is the right to prohibit anyone from being offended except for heterosexual Christian white males. Absurdly, they proclaim that words that offend ‘disadvantaged groups’ are 'violence' and merit severe punishment. The speakers of such utterances are declared beyond forgiveness, beyond redemption.

At bottom, Cancel Culture is motivated by diabolic hatred. If they had the power, they would not hesitate to send their own grandparents to a concentration camp or firing squad. As George Will described it: “Today’s cancel culture — erasing history, ending careers — is inflicted by people experiencing an orgy of positive feelings about themselves as they negate others.”

Cancel Culture Erases People

Cancel Culture Erases People

You can find the roots of Cancel Culture in Chairman Mao's Cultural Revolution in the 1960s. The goal was to cleanse China of anyone opposed to 'Mao Zedong Thought.' It was the youth whom Mao beckoned to seek and destroy the opponents of Marxist Atheism.

The victims would be humiliated in what became known as ‘struggle sessions.’ As Doug Bandow writes, it involved “Accomplished professionals sitting wearing dunce caps while being harangued by baying crowds. Demands for confessions of manifold ideological crimes. People fired, discredited, exiled, and impoverished by an ideologically crazy and politically manipulated mob. The normal, reasonable, professional, and sensible being sent to be reeducated.”

Cancel Culture is creating a ‘Social Credit System’ modeled on today's Communist China. Each citizen receives a Social Credit Score. Those with a low score – those who oppose Atheism and Communism – are barred from communications, social media, the Internet, public transportation, air travel, and gainful employment.

Communist China Cultural Revolution Struggle Sessions

Communist China Cultural Revolution Struggle Sessions

What is the Harm?

One problem is that the censored ideas are generally true, and the views not being censored are often false. Fine folks become terrified to speak the Truth, and some are forced to say what they know is wrong. Even 'liking' a post on Facebook or Twitter that challenges progressive sacred cows can result in you being 'canceled.'

To be ostracized thus is to be excluded in the name of inclusiveness. Ostracism is a form of social murder. Cancel Culture permeates our universities, and even controls science, to such an extent that research proving the validity of conservative views is concealed or shunned. Publishing it guarantees you’ll never work in this town again.

To be punished for Thought Crime is decidedly anti-American. But viewpoint discrimination is the only acceptable bigotry in our country. And the bigots are most often people who have never accomplished a thing themselves and are personally highly immoral. They are wicked themselves and have no achievements, which is why Cancel Culture is a form of extreme virtue signaling. They call anyone who disagrees with their poorly formed, poisonous, pernicious, illogical, insidious, evil worldview a racist, misogynist, or homophobe. That last word implies mental illness.

Cancel Culture Promotes Group Think

Cancel Culture Promotes Group Think

The Ultimate Purpose of Cancel Culture

The ultimate purpose of Cancel Culture is to destroy Christianity, Western Civilization, and America. One Cancel Culture group calls public use of the Holy Bible "A shocking and repulsive display of the most vile, exclusivist, fundamentalist Christian supremacy, dominance, triumphalism, and exceptionalism."

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Worldwide communism is the goal, as it has always been for Marxists. Only Atheism and Paganism will be allowed. What stands in the way of this New World Order of global totalitarianism is the Christian faith and America. That is why you see Democrat governors and mayors unconstitutionally banning church services - while allowing mosques, temples of Hinduism or Buddhism, Covens, abortion clinics, and liquor stores to remain open, not to mention praising and funding riots by anti-white racists.

What comes next will be to make wrong speech a criminal offense, with offenders sent to prison or reeducation camps. Democrats call words expressed that oppose their ideology 'hate speech.' To counter their sinister, wicked ideology will already get one kicked off a college campus or fired from a corporation. The end game is to cancel free speech, free exercise of religion, free association, and economic freedom. Democrats want conservatives banned from the Internet and public life and conservative ideas eliminated from politics. The Truth being told is the greatest fear of the Cancel Culture mob. This is a battle for the soul – for the existence – of America.


James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on January 27, 2021:

Fran Rooks ~ I appreciate your lovely laudations on my work. Decency should make a comeback as far as I am concerned. Thank you for reading my piece.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on January 27, 2021:

Doug West ~ Thank you for taking the time to read my words. I totally agree with you that Cancel Culture is dangerous and cancerous. Your gracious compliments are well received.

fran rooks from Toledo, Ohio on January 27, 2021:

James, Great article. I agree it is dangerous and a cancer.. I don't understand what is going on in politics or with decency anymore.

Doug West from Missouri on January 26, 2021:


Good article. I have been watching Cancel Culture grow over the last few years - scary! It is a dangerous movement and I hope it gets exposed for the cancer it is to our democracy.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on January 26, 2021:

Pamela Oglesby ~ Thank you for reading my piece. I am so glad to receive your lovely laudations on it. Let us pray.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on January 26, 2021:

KC McGee ~ I sincerely appreciate your visit and your comments. I totally agree with you that "We are now up against Marxism in this country. Marxist are now rooted in most if not all of the Democrat Party."

Well said!

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on January 26, 2021:

T ~ Thank you very much for taking the time to read my article on Cancel Culture. I appreciate your kind compliments on my work. I am well pleased to see a few comments. I thought the comments section had been eliminated, one of the reasons I had not published any articles lately.

I like the way you laid out the prescription: "to fight fire with dogged determination use of our God given freedoms to reveal the evil of it and you have done an excellent job of that."

And you are certainly right on target with this: "The truth shall set you free and freedom is not on the agenda of cancel culture!"

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on January 25, 2021:

I am sure not happy with where our country is at this time. This is an excellent article that explains cancel culture very well, James.

KC McGee from Where I belong on January 25, 2021:

I don't know why we don't call it what we as true Americans are now faced with in this country. We are now up against marxism in this country. Marxist are now rooted in most if not all of the Democrat Party. Why are we putting up with their Democrat marxist bull shit. Fight these marxist bastards.

T on January 25, 2021:

Well done! People need to wake up. We need to cancel cancel culture!

How do we do that?

The way of conservatives is not to fight fire with fire but to fight fire with dogged determination use of our God given freedoms to reveal the evil of it and you have done an excellent job of that.

The truth shall set you free and freedom is not on the agenda of cancel culture!

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