A spectre is haunting Western democracies. No, it is not the surging pandemic, mass death or catastrophic unemployment. It is, if you believe Donald Trump and some of his critics, the end of free speech and the advent of “cancel culture”. 

Trump defined the new menace to civilisation in his Independence Day speech at Mount Rushmore, claiming that far-left fascists are “driving people from their jobs, shaming dissenters and demanding total submission from anyone who disagrees”...

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