Are You Guilty of Virtue-Signaling?
MON. JANUARY 4, 2016
By Mark Judge
Virtue signaling is the popular modern habit of indicating that one has virtue merely by expressing disgust or favor for certain political ideas, cultural happenings, or even the weather. When a liberal goes on a tirade about how dumb and dangerous Senator and Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz isa tirade devoid of specific examples of Cruzs mendacitythat person is actually signaling to others that he or she is virtuous. It has very little to do with Cruzs actually personality or record.
Its noticeable how often virtue signalling consists of saying you hate things. It is camouflage. The emphasis on hate distracts from the fact you are really saying how good you are. If you were frank and said, I care about the environment more than most people do or I care about the poor more than others, your vanity and self-aggrandizement would be obvious. . . . Anger and outrage disguise your boastfulness.