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…

Attack on Offense 2: The wrath of crybabies

“All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.” —from George Orwell’s “Animal Farm”. When a baby—or a toddler—wants something and they can not conjure the words to ask for it, they cry. When they are mad that something they desire is not readily available to them, they cry. When something they have is taken from them, they cry. When something in their surroundings assaults their senses, they cry. When they are told their behavior is wrong and are corrected, they cry. Crying is the first, best…