Is Cancel Culture a Threat to Free Speech, or a Form of It?

Is it acceptable to influence another person in order to change their thoughts or behavior? Is it acceptable to coerce another person to change their thoughts or behavior? Is it always easy to tell the difference between influence and coercion?

If someone is engaged in civil dialogue with another, almost all of us would say they’re merely trying to influence the other’s thinking, and there’s nothing wrong with that. If, on the other hand, someone is harassing and threatening another, we would probably say that’s unacceptable. In…