For instance, society seems to have forgiven the comedian C.K. for his alleged episodes of sexual misconduct, while Peter Yarrow, the "Peter" in "Peter, Paul, and Mary," was not forgiven for his role in the single incident in which he was involved. Ronald Sullivan, the attorney who went to work on the defense team of Harvey Weinstein - and was then hounded from his job as a faculty dean at Harvard - is another one of Margulies' examples.
There is more to the politics of forgiveness than we may have thought. Political forgiveness depends on unstated and shifting value judgments that society makes without conscious awareness, including assessments about the person who seeks readmission, the person or group he wronged, the norm he violated, the harm he caused, etc. These are all political judgments. People have not given enough thought to the hidden politics of this universal experience. My goal is to get people to ponder the politics of forgiveness.