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Why we should call time on “cancel culture”—and hold on to our friends

I have a friend who thinks crystals will heal you, and another who’d like to bring back corporal punishment. Arguing with views like this isn't just good for you—it's the essence of civilisation

Philip Hensher has defended the right to disapprove of his same-sex marriage. Photo: © BGARY DOAK/Alamy Stock Photo

How different are your friends? If you had to assemble a kind of sports team of difference, who would be in it? I’m not talking about racial or sexual diversity here—although let’s make those differences our base. More specifically, do you know any monks or fund managers? Anyone who works in TV or in a factory? Does anyone you know go hunting? Do you know any hunt saboteurs?

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