NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE
here is a difference between Thomas Jefferson and a statue of Thomas Jefferson. That much should be obvious, but, to our addled cancel-culture warriors, it isn’t.
Cancel culture understands people, living or dead, in the flesh or in statuary, as moral placeholders. Its mental model of the moral universe is zero-sum, a fixed hierarchy of status and prestige carefully arranged by degree — it is a kind of moral Tetris game in which some blocks must be eliminated in order for the others to advance.
If you listen, the would-be cancelers will sometimes tell you exactly what they are thinking. Those who …