Cancel Culture is NOT Libertarian
I see a common refrain on this subreddit that “cancel culture” is simply the free market in action and therefore should have the full support of libertarians. That refrain is nonsense.
There is a big difference between “I dislike your speech and will therefore not purchase your product” and “I dislike your speech and therefore will attempt to prevent others from being able to purchase your product.” Libertarians do not support moral authoritarian busybodies.
Libertarians have ALWAYS opposed cancel culture.
When right wing family values groups would protest against depictions of gay characters in media, or when they would seek to have books “canceled” for being “anti Christian,” libertarians opposed them.
When the PMRC was campaigning against heavy metal music for its sexual, satanic, and violent imagery, libertarians opposed them.
When the Dixie Chicks, Bill Maher, and numerous other media personalities were being canceled for not being sufficiently patriotic in the wake of 9-11, libertarians opposed it.
This is not to say libertarians seek to make engaging in cancel culture illegal. Calling sponsors, advocating boycotts, etc. are all perfectly within the realm of free speech and should be protected. This appears to be the part people are getting tripped up on. But supporting someone having a right to do something, does not mean you agree with their position and what they are doing.
The tactics and ideology of cancel culture are very similar to book burners. Libertarians do not and have never supported book burning, even when the book burners are not acting on behalf of the government.
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