Hi, Alexis. My goal here isn't to defend or damn cancel culture. I've done everything I intend to do to that end in a previous essay. My main point is that cancel culture is nothing new. Shaming on a mob-sized level is a global practice that has existed from the beginning of time and has given us at least one great American novel (The Scarlet Letter). Right now, the Republicans are trying to make it a main election-year issue when they are as guilty of contributing to cancel culture as anyone else - in fact, more so. The proof is in American history.