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With “cancel culture” political correctness has indeed gone mad

The opposite of intolerance used to be tolerance. But as ideology has given way to identity, it has become intolerance of intolerance instead. On platforms like Twitter, a posturing left exists in unwitting symbiosis with the angry right

By Eliane Glaser  

offensive gaffes are often the result of clumsy attempts to be right on: Rudd spoke of “coloured woman,” but while highlighting the abuse suffered by black women. Photo: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire/PA Images

Nostalgia is underrated. I remember when political debates were, well, political: about socialism versus liberalism, the state versus the individual, aspiration versus holding on to what you’ve got.

Now, as debate has moved online, ideology has given way to identity. The battle of ideas has become a fight for recognition. Agonism has been replaced by antagonism. A hyper-sensitivity has taken hold that manifests as aggression. These fights are about…

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