Commonwealth Policy Center

Cancel culture has found its latest victim: a band member of Mumford & Sons. Winston Marshall announced he is leaving the band because he refuses to “self-censor.” In March, he Tweeted his appreciation for a book that exposes the inner workings of Antifa, a far-left organization that uses violence to promote its cause. And as expected, the Twitter mob responded angrily and Marshall eventually deleted the tweet and apologized. He said he failed to see how commenting on a book “critical of the Far-Left could be interpreted as approval of the equally abhorrent Far-Right.” It’s become clear that too many on Twitter enjoy practicing their free-speech rights but don’t respect the right of others to share their opinions. Twitter isn’t normal American life, but neither is the idea that it’s ok to cancel a fellow American because of differing opinions.