Today’s highly interesting read (08/11/21): Mask bullies don’t want to persuade you — but to humiliate and rule you

The mask people | This Just In… From Franklin, WI

Today’s read is from Glenn Reynolds, a professor of law at the University of Tennessee. Here’s an excerpt:

As with so much that goes on in today’s society, and especially on social media, this sort of thing isn’t aimed at convincing those who disagree, but rather at garnering high-fives from people who agree and, ultimately, creating an ideological veneer for unquestioned elite rule.  

Lots of people want to feel that they’re important, and that they make a bigger impact on the world than the average person. (Spoiler: On average, they don’t). And lots of people — especially a particular sort of upper-middle-class person who thinks of himself as educated — want to believe that they’re smarter than most other people. Well, making a big impact on the world is hard.  Feeling like you’re making a big impact on the world is much easier.


Read the entire column here.

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