The Virtue Signalling of Social Justice

virtue-signalI had somewhat decided to end my series on Social Justice Warriors with the last installment on the view of history used by social justice warriors. In a sense, I thought that I’d come full circle as I had covered both the methodology and ideology quite adequately, and once the history was covered to demonstrate how poor methodology applied to cherry picked examples are the engine of the movement, I could consider the series complete. However, then Nassim Nicholas Taleb tweeted out a question about virtue signalling, and I realized that this was a major gap in my series. Everyone engages in signalling, from the man who through posture and composure signals his status, to the woman who through her painted face and hourglass figure signal health and fertility.

However, the concept of signalling one’s virtue, is a relative new concept, first identified among the religious, where piety was the virtue most signaled, however much of human verbal and non-verbal communication is signalling on some level. Ranging from choices one makes in grooming, clothing, the manner in which one writes or speaks and many others. However, this differs somewhat from the signalling of virtue, as the former are honest signals, the latter may be argued to be dishonest signals.

Social Justice Warriors without virtue signalling are as hunters without weapons or a bank without money, it simply does not work. Virtue signaling to this community is not only a primary means of communicating status, and one’s allegiance to the group, it is also the means by which enemies are designated and then attacked. It forms the core of means, where I have previously covered motive and methodology. Virtue signalling has been a central element of many groups, from religious communes to atheist dictatorships, from Europe to the Americas and Africa, it is a central part of our communication as a species. Continue reading

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Rational to SJW translations Part 1

Orange-Translate-ButtonAs I was researching the Social Justice Chronicles I started to realize that there are some major barriers to communication between a normal, reasonably reasonable, fact oriented human being and a social justice warrior. To try and alleviate the communication barriers and ensure that a dialogue can be accomplished, with a minimal risk of the SJW needing either a safe-space, trigger warnings or alternatively if they are the acting out variant of SJW and have a high risk of storming stages, attacking speakers, chanting so that speakers can not be heard. This post is divided into 2 main sections, what an SJW is saying and what that actually means and what a normal person is saying and an SJW actually hears. Continue reading

The tactics of social justice

SJW tacticsTactics are the action-oriented counterpart of strategy, while a strategy is an overarching plan on how to achieve a goal, tactics is where thought is converted into actions that are needed to implement the strategy. In my analysis of the social justice phenomenon I came across some common tactics that have been used throughout history by movements that seek to achieve influence regardless of merit, fact and reason. A great example of this is the communist movement that grew out of Karl Marx’s works in the late 1800s. The history of communism is filled with idealism Continue reading