Victimhood culture metastasizes

One of the most important papers for understanding the political climate we live in is “Microaggression and Moral Cultures” by Bradley Campbell and Jason Manning (The article made a splash–it was covered in The Atlantic, among other places–and we covered Jonathan Haidt’s reaction to it here at Difficult Run back in September of last year. You can download the full paper for free, however, and you should do that). In the article, Campbell and Manning explore three stages in the evolution of moral culture: Honor culture Dignity culture Victimhood culture The…

Let’s have a talk about “privilege”

“Check your privilege.” One simple phrase, yet it embodies so much arrogance and condescension. In a quest to see who can prove the most awareness and deepest expression of their white liberal guilt over things previous generations inflicted upon other groups, this catchphrase has become a shorthand insult to disqualify someone else from participating in the conversation, ostensibly because they were born in fortunate circumstances. It’s a sad, pithy, and petty approach, a “personal insult posing as social critique” as The Atlantic put it. It’s also ineffective at actually making…