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One of the pressing, inescapable questions of our time is who gets to control meaning. And, more precisely, who gets to decide what can be said, what can’t be said and what, more intrusively, can be unsaid.

So while some apologies are accepted and some mistakes are tolerated, others are apparently unforgivable. This doesn’t just include the use of words that have become taboo, but also ideas that aren’t allowed to be even tentatively articulated — not even as part of an effort to think them through...

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