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Lewis: A Sequel That Cancels Culture

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A few years ago, the media was abuzz with a phenomenon known as “cancellation culture.”Individuals and businesses are criticized and punished for what they say or do (on social media, with bad reviews, business boycotts, etc.). One of her most famous cancellations came when Roseanne Barr’s popular new show was canceled after it was deemed a racist comment. It was directed at a former Obama adviser.

Many celebrities have felt the wrath of cancellation culture. Or Harvey Weinstein There are other examples where the punishment seems overly harsh, even though they should “undo” for their actions. has become

Some of these retaliations seem harsh, but after all, we live in a free country. I can do it. You are also free to express your opinion on social media. Except for hate speech and incitement to violence, this is permitted by our law.

Recently, I feel like I’m watching the sequel to “Cancel Culture”, “Cancel Culture II”. The basic storyline is the same, after a company takes a stance on a particular topic, they are penalized. difference? In this case, the Punisher is not a group of individuals, but a government.

Republican Treasurer of West VirginiaFor example, States cancel/boycott Wells Fargo, JP Morgan Chase, Goldman Sachs, and other financial institutions by refusing to do business with them because they believe they are not investing enough in coal. The most famous example of Cancel Culture II is Florida, where Governor Ron DeSantis canceled the agreement. With Disney, simply because the company opposed DeSantis’ new “don’t say gay” law.

Republican actions dominate the news, but examples can also be found on the Democratic side.For example, earlier this year, Joe Biden signed an executive order Require trade union agreements in all major federal contracts. Regardless of your personal opinion on unions, it’s not fair for the government to mandate something the law doesn’t.

Cancel Culture II blew my mind. Living under a government that acts retaliatory or discriminatory against businesses and even citizens by simply exercising free will without breaking the law seems like something that could happen in Russia. , which is not the case here. Frankly, I’m shocked by the lack of uproar on this issue.

This has nothing to do with gay rights, coal, trade unions or climate change. The question is whether governments have the right to punish citizens and businesses for expressing opinions, choosing to invest, or criticizing the law. I say no. In fact, I’m surprised it’s not illegal.

Texas has passed what appears to be the most hypocritical set of laws ever.On the one hand, lawmakers passed the law Passed another law while calling on social media companies to treat all perspectives equally, including the unproven and extreme. Prohibition by local and state agencies from doing business with businesses that employ renewable energy. These legislators are talking in stride about the need for freedom of opinion. Then they oblige what that opinion should be. crazy.

American citizens have both freedom of opinion and freedom of choice, and it is the government’s job to protect these rights. Unlike individuals and businesses, governments should not be allowed to use their economic power to influence opinion or stifle legal action. Individuals and businesses have every right to express opinions, challenge the law, and make their own decisions. Government retaliation and actions that interfere with these freedoms must be prohibited unless they violate the law.

A Colorado native, Mark Lewis has had a long career in technology, including being the CEO of several technology companies. He retired from technology last year and is now writing thriller novels. Mark and his wife Lisa, and his two Australian Shepherds, Kismet and Cowboy, live in Edwards.