Thursday, May 1, 2014

The economics of political correctness

The economics of political correctness | Institute of Economic Affairs: "Moral superiority is a prime example of a positional good, because we cannot all be morally superior to each other. Once you have successfully exorcised a word or an opinion, how do you differentiate yourself from others now? You need new things to be outraged about, new ways of asserting your imagined moral superiority."

The comments reference people whose politics I generally don't like, but the article includes a link to Spiked, a magazine I like even when I disagree, so things seem to be working the way free speech is supposed to work: there's no echo chamber there.