on Trump and tactics

Damon Linker explains in some detail the observation that occurred to me over the weekend after the rally for Trump was canceled in Chicago. This paragraph was particularly notable:

And why are people cheering on such behavior on social media?

Mostly, I suspect, because they are primarily concerned about their own moral stature — about staking out a position of political purity, about taking a dramatic and bold public stand against racism and the rise of a distinctively American form of fascism in our midst. Because they desperately want to do something to stop Trump and what he represents.

I might cavil at some parts of his diagnosis, but the compulsion to signal one’s virtue, even by violating other crucial virtues, is an intriguing characteristic of the social media spirit.

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