"The Left claims to believe in compassion & rehabilitation—& purports to represent the broad working class...The more it demands the destruction of individuals who committed offensive but symbolic acts, the more hollow these representations appear."
⁩ “American elite culture is regressing to a secular version of old puritanical norms, whereby sinners are branded for life & there are political points to be scored for casting them into hellfire...” Must-read piece⁩ by ⁦
New : asks, "Why Does Ralph Northam Deserve No Mercy?" Even if you think you know the answer, I'd ask to first consider the counterexample described in this paragraph
“American elite culture is regressing to a secular version of old puritanical norms, whereby sinners are branded for life & there are political points to be scored for casting them into hellfire...”
Not endorsing every aspect of this, but it's worth considering. has had some great insights lately.
Should an offensive photograph from 35 years ago permanently end one's career in politics? And what are the implications should this be the norm moving forward? An essay by
Great piece. Interesting contrast betwn Dems advocating 2nd chance for violent felons vs. permanent shunning over insensitive comments/actions fr 15, 20, 35 years ago, even when actions in yrs since evidence growth & they acknowledge error & apologize
This hypocrisy regarding the path to redemption was raised brilliantly by here: . See also his appearance on .
This should all go without saying. But Twitter is full of zealots who want to destroy this guy over tasteless, immature behaviour in a very different cultural climate 35 years ago. (Note that the Right is acting at least as badly as the Left in this case.)
"[American elite culture] is regressing to a secular version of old puritanical norms, whereby sinners are branded for life and there are political points to be scored for casting them into hellfire..."