Did you know that Stanford accepted a kid into its freshman class whose application essay was nothing but the phrase “Black Lives Matter” repeated 100 times? This is the product of an elite culture that values virtue-signaling over reason: Schlichter:
But it is progressives’ total rejection of the norm of reason that is the real problem. It’s actually a wholesale rejection of the Enlightenment by those who babble loudest about being enlightened. Facts, evidence, logic – they have determined that these are horrendous obstacles to the imposition of their progressive dictatorship, and they are trying their best to stamp them out. In the place of offering Fact A and Fact B as the reasons to accept Conclusion C, they instead offer Hack Cliché A to lead to Pre-determined Conclusion B – as in “Be Silent and Obey Us.”
A conservative might argue, “Studies and experience show that the government giving free money to people tends to make them less likely to work and causes disintegrating family structures, leading to more poverty.” To which a progressive would respond, “You racist!”
Or a conservative might argue, “History has shown that military weakness and strategic indecision emboldens dictators.” To which a progressive would respond, “You racist!”
Or a conservative might argue, “Cheeseburgers are better with bacon because bacon is awesome.” To which a progressive would respond, “You racist! Plus I’m differently-abled due to lactose intolerance and also bacon offends our Muslim friends. So you’re ableist and Islamophobic too.”
Responding to reasoned points with personal attacks is not an argument. It’s throwing tantrum in the hope your opponent will simply grow frustrated and give up.
Goes a long way toward explaining why we can’t have honest, intelligent debate about policy. How can you have a reasoned debate with people who just want to attack the First Lady’s picture and get excited because one of Trump’s aides got taken off the National Security Council? How can you discuss logic and facts with people who just want to virtue-signal and chirp idiotic cliches like “building bridges not walls?“