Two recent Ethics Alarms posts collided on Ann Althouse’s blog today. She wrote that she was listening to the audiobook “The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion,”by none other than Jonathan Haidt, who uttered the Ethics Quote Of The Month recently discussed here.
In his audiobook, Haidt said that this statement “captured the spirit and self-image of the modern American left”:
“I am a liberal, and liberalism is the politics of kindness. Liberals stand for tolerance, magnanimity, community spirit, the defense of the weak against the powerful, love of learning, freedom of belief, art and poetry, city life, the very things that make America worth dying for.”
Who authored this ringing declaration of liberal principles?
Garrison Keillor, that’s who.
Men who really believe in the politics of kindness, tolerance, magnanimity, community spirit, and the defense of the weak against the powerful don’t abuse power and position to coerce women to service their sexual needs. Kind people don’t sexually harass women, which is a form of bullying. Tolerant men do not regard women as their props and playthings, and if you are genuinely magnanimous, you don’t threaten women you have abused to keep them from reporting you.
Men who are dedicated to community spirit don’t create a hostile environment for others in the community, and damage that community by betraying its members’ trust. Men who believe that the weak should be protected from abuse and exploitation by the powerful do not use their own power to abuse and exploit colleagues who have less power than they do.
This is why the sexual harassment and abuse witch hunt is much more significant for the self-righteous of the Left, and frightening for them. So, so many of them have been advancing their popularity, support, power and influence by claiming values, motives and principles that they only preach for their own benefit. They are hypocrites, and worse, they are frauds and con artists.
The sexual harassers and abusers of the Right are disgusting for different reasons, and equally culpable and accountable. They do not, however, have quite the stench of phoniness and cynicism about them that radiates from Garrison Keillor.