On toxic virtue and the new digital samizdat, by Mark E. Jeftovic

Now, more than ever, real virtue is its own and only reward, but faux virtue is a bludgeon. From Mark E. Jeftovic at guerrilla-capitalism.com:

Despite the nobility of the underlying cause, eras of mass statue-tipping sometimes portend excessive mob justice.

“Few trials have been more ludicrous both as regarded the charges and the kind of evidence admitted. Convictions and impressions were solemnly listened to, real arguments accorded no weight whatsoever.

Brissot interrupted a witness by declaring that he had never uttered any such calumnies against Paris as were imputed to him.

‘But did your ever deny those calumnies?’ asked the president of the tribunal, as if that settled the question.”

— Ernest F. Henderson, Symbol and Satire in the French Revolution, 1922

There’s never been a more dangerous time to take issue with the mob. I thought we’d hit peak outrage sometime in 2019 and that it would taper off from there. I actually thought that by the time I’d put out my book, Unassailable, in January that I had missed the crescendo. But then coronavirus hit, and deplatformings were back with a vengeance and by April I thought it had gotten so bad I decided to make my book available for free in order to help heterodox voices get their messages out.

But I was remiss in not anticipating how much cancel-culture would ramp back up ahead of the 2020 election, fuelled by widespread angst over the lockdowns and then detonated by the murder of George Floyd. All hell is breaking loose and while there are much needed reforms occurring rapidly, at least amongst policing (mandatory body cam recordings banning of choke holds, a Senate bill to end no-knock warrants, pressure to end Qualified Immunity, and if we’re lucky, a final abolition of civil asset forfeiture), there is also a vast ideological overshoot which somehow reminds me of an intellectual analog of The Terrors phase of the French Revolution.

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