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Ace on The Mob

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:29 am

Ace on Jonathan Chait talking about political correctness.

The “speech” of a mob is emotionally abusive and personally intimidating — and it is hardwired into our brains to find it such, when directed at we ourselves.

On the other hand, we’re also hard-wired to really enjoy leading a mob against someone. It feels good. There is no denying that; I’ve felt damned good everytime I’ve joined up with a mob.

And it is precisely because it Feels So Good to engage in coordinated mob cruelty that thoughtful people must resist the lure and call out mobs where they see them.

I’ve tried that, Ace, and you know what? It’s a good way to get yourself mobbed.

5 Responses to “Ace on The Mob”

  1. I love it when Ace goes on his rants.

    Patterico (9c670f)

  2. the ewok missed the point, political correctness, is designed to preclude discussion,

    narciso (ee1f88)

  3. The Revolution took care of Robespierre.

    AZ Bob (34bb80)

  4. I like Dashiell Hammett’s approach: The only way I want to talk with a mob is from behind a machine gun.

    nk (dbc370)

  5. The French Revolution, the Maoist Cultural Revolution, and now this. I hope the flexibility of our democracy mitigates the bloodshed the mob always brings.

    Patricia (5fc097)

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