Tag: Virtue Signaling

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We know it all. At least, we think we do. It doesn’t take long for most people to render an opinion on a topic, no matter how complex. Often we’ll latch onto the first impression presented to us – a shocking video, the latest news item circulating on social media, a provocative image. It makes […]

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The president of Dartmouth College must have had multiple letters written ahead of time that addressed different possible verdicts, because I’ve already received an email containing his letter about the Chauvin verdict. The letter is a disgrace (emphasis added): To the Dartmouth community, Preview Open

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Insidious or Inane?

 

Yesterday as I was preparing to fly out of Baltimore airport, I wandered past a coffee shop I hadn’t seen before: Green Beans Coffee Co. Since I imagined I must still be caffeine-deprived after two gigantic seder meals, delicious holiday lunches, and visiting with warm and generous people, I wanted just a simple cup of hot and tasty coffee.

As I approached the kiosk, I noticed that the person in front of me was filling out a form. I assumed she might be completing a job application.

She wasn’t.

A Geyser of Propaganda

 

Not content to let Amazon, Netflix, and Walmart beat it in the virtue-signaling Olympics, the health conglomerate to which my doctor belongs has invited all its victims patients to “join” the BLM movement. In an email sent today to unfortunate Ohioans, the hospital system urges us all to “confront the public health crisis of racism” by browsing articles and books from a linked reading list.

On this list are classics like Ta-Nehisi Coates’s “The Case for Reparations,” the NYT‘s 1619 Project, and Robin DiAngelo’s White Fragility. But the best of all is Ibram X. Kendi’s How to be an Antiracist, which recommends the following:

Oscar Attendees Virtue Signaling to Each Other

 

Kyle Smith just published an outstanding article about last night’s Academy Awards.  This outstanding article included the following outstanding paragraph:

“Booksmart” star Kaitlyn Dever made, according to The Hollywood Reporter, “a sustainable fashion statement at the Oscars in a custom-made ethical gown by Louis Vuitton, featuring eco-responsible silk satin that was embroidered with Swarovski crystals and beads.” Whatever that is. Phoenix has been wearing the same tuxedo all Oscar season, because no sacrifice is beyond this man. The last role he played before the Joker was Jesus, and he is a method actor. Maybe he thinks he’s here to save us all.

I’m becoming increasingly convinced that their increasingly absurd virtue signaling is not directed at us – their audience.  I think they’re virtue signaling to each other.

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Kate Gets Kicked to the Curb

 

I came across this story the other day at Powerline and I thought I’d write about it here at Ricochet. It’s a now all too familiar story, that of a dead white person being expunged from our culture for some real or perceived transgression against one of the pillars of today’s identity politics (those pillars being race and sex). And that most recent transgressor is singer Kate Smith (1907-1986), most well known for her version of Irving Berlin’s “God Bless America“. And what was Ms. Smith’s sin and the punishment therefor? First, the sin. It turns out that way back in 1931 she recorded the song “That’s Why Darkies Were Born”. It was a minor hit, reaching #12 on the Billboard chart. Here’s the song as performed by Ms. Smith;

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 A TV writer and a Musician are petitioning the Los Angeles city council to put all shelter dogs on a vegan, gluten-free diet. Because Progressive Virtue Signaling. A trained and experienced veterinarian says that this is a bad idea, but what does he know? Has he ever written an episode of Law & Order: Special […]

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Fenway Park along Yawkey Way The current principal owner of the Boston Red Sox, John Henry, has recently announced that he is “haunted” by the racist legacy of his predecessor Tom Yawkey and as such plans to re-name the Jersey Street extension outside Fenway Park that was re-named to honor the former owner in 1977. […]

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The Language of Flowers: Status-Signaling, Virtue-Signaling, Etc

 

Tulip by Quartl, Wikimedia Commons, Cropped

Anyone imagining that just any sort of flowers can be presented in the front of a house without status jeopardy would be wrong. Upper-middle-class flowers are rhododendrons, tiger lilies, amaryllis, columbine, clematis, and roses, except for bright-red ones. One way to learn which flowers are vulgar is to notice the varieties favored on Sunday-morning TV religious programs like Rex Humbard’s or Robert Schuller’s. There you will see primarily geraniums (red are lower than pink), poinsettias, and chrysanthemums, and you will know instantly, without even attending to the quality of the discourse, that you are looking at a high-prole setup. Other prole flowers include anything too vividly red, like red tulips. Declassed also are phlox, zinnias, salvia, gladioli, begonias, dahlias, fuchsias, and petunias. Members of the middle class will sometimes hope to mitigate the vulgarity of bright-red flowers by planting them in a rotting wheelbarrow or rowboat displayed on the front lawn, but seldom with success.

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A Chesterfield Observer headline poses a question troubling the conscience of good people everywhere: “Is it time to rename Jeff Davis Highway?” Oh hell yes, I say, especially for a highway that runs parallel to I-95 and surpasses that artery’s many endaring qualities by adding traffic lights. Here is my top ten list for a new […]

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https://www.blog.google/topics/journalism-news/new-machine-learning-app-reporting-hate-america/ I think it’s time for me to move on from Google. It takes a lot for me to avoid a company as I don’t usually care to boycott anything. But As Jake Chambers almost said “There are other email services than these.”  Preview Open

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The CEO’s who resigned from the President’s business councils are abdicating their duties to their corporations. They are putting a higher priority on signaling virtue to those who already agree with them than creating a better environment for their companies to succeed. The fine points of the President’s remarks about the riot in Charlottesville have […]

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Is that coffee you’re drinking fair-trade certified and ethically sourced? Is the microprocessor in your laptop manufactured by a company whose board is half comprised of women? Have the holes in your blue jeans been carefully frayed by Indonesians working in an air-conditioned surround? Vanity is an ugly vice; vanity with regard to one’s virtue […]

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At What Point Does Voting for Trump Become Virtue-Signaling?

 

Donald Trump NYWith the exception of his convention bounce, Trump has been behind Clinton from day one. His paths to victory are extremely narrow and the predictions markets have consistently favored a Clinton win. On a state-by-state basis, Trump’s chances look no better. It’s a little too early to say that he’s going to lose, but its likelihood is both high and rising.

So, barring some major change (which, again, I concede is still just possible) we’re rapidly approaching the date where we can say it’s over and Clinton’s won. And if we reach that point, a vote for Trump will simply be a matter of virtue-signaling — whether to yourself or others — one’s justified loathing for Hillary Clinton and will have precisely the same impact as voting for Gary Johnson or even Evan McMullin.

Now, one might say that it doesn’t matter and that we should still hold out hope even when the odds are gone … but that’s been one of the main complaints against NeverTrumpers for months.