Political Rhetoric (Extremism), 1940s

Method of avoiding bad PR by pandering to vigilante demands, after receiving threats of public mobbing, vilification, and/or of future violence.

Asking a dinner guest not to come isn’t a new phenomenon. The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) has catalogued over 200 “heckler’s vetoes” from 2000 to 2015, with a noticeable spike in the graph appearing around 2012. Speaker bans have been in place in California against communists since WWII.