The smug style in American liberalism
This is one of the best articles I’ve read this year, and if you only read Salon and watch the Daily Show, you should peruse this next time you’re at your favorite Williamsburg fair-trade coffee shop.
The death of moral relativism(?)
Not certain this is accurate – having just graduated from college, I question the assumption that those who perpetuate the shame culture have thought critically enough to realize its incompatibility with moral relativism (I remember reading an article from the school newspaper shaming the University administration, but also claiming that freedom of speech was not a universal norm because the Constitution was written by white men who didn’t understand minority experiences). Still, worth the read if only to demonstrate that total moral relativism is out… ironically, of course, for reasons that conservatives have always pointed out (moral relativism precludes the ability to make judgements about gross injustices).