Tuesday, July 28, 2020

What Cancel Culture Has In Common With Medieval Outlawry – Reason.com

Cancel culture has often been compared to Sen. Joseph McCarthy's (R–Wisc.) hunt for communists in the 1950s. That's not a bad parallel, so far as it goes. But I think a more useful analog is found in more distant history: Cancellation is remarkably similar in spirit to the outlawry of medieval England.

via reason.com


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The great thing to remember how little of medieval law was ever applied - rather like modern Italian law. You know all those vile and violent punishments for breaking the King's hunting laws? There's no known instance of their being applied. So I have read in a book by the leading British landscape historian.

Posted by: dearieme | Jul 29, 2020 11:36:34 AM

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