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The Failure of Virtue Signaling

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the staff of the Ridgewood blog 

Ridgewood NJ, Virtue signaling, spelled virtue signaling in the United States, is the conspicuous expression of moral values.[1] The term was first used in signaling theory, to describe any behavior that could be used to signal virtue—especially piety among the religious,[2] but more recently support of progressive political norms and social justice.

The real idea is that you are better or morally superior and Virtue-signalers aren’t in any way in doubt about their own virtue. What they really want to do is signal how depraved others are. In the NY Post columnist F.H. Buckley more aptly called it , “Vice signaling is a defense mechanism, meant to displace liberal guilt. There was a moment, shortly after the 2016 election, when liberals realized that ordinary Americans had turned against them, and that they had reason to do so.”

The reality is that “No Hate” signs seem to sow more division and promote an anti community . Often used by the most “Hateful” people pitting neighbor against neighbor ,squelching free speech and even worse free thought in an ever increasing mindless obedient conformity . 

8 thoughts on “The Failure of Virtue Signaling

  1. Interesting how this initative comes out at Christmas time.
    Looks like another attempt to dilute Christmas…

  2. Great post, PJ.

    Those truly guilty of virtue signaling in today’s society tend to be hardcore worshippers of creation–i.e.: mankind (indelibly stained by original sin), or worse: the natural world around us (all parts of which Genesis lists beneath mankind in the divine “pecking order”). In so doing, they end up giving the Creator short shrift. Ironically, this constitutes a critical lack of piety.

  3. These signs are seen on the lawn of Jan Philips, formerly of CRAB. She is definitely holier than thou,thou, and thou. She spews hatred from from her sneaky little mouth, nasty posts, and passive aggressive commentary . I woukd not put one of these signs on my lawn for tat reason alone. But the article gives me more reasons not to.

  4. Conspicuous morality.

  5. There are new signs around town now. Same idea. Trying to make everyone else feel somehow inferior.

  6. Also Siobhan Crank Winograde has a sign.

  7. Regarding the “hate” signs…

    Some people decorate their lawns with a Nativity scene.
    Other people decorate their lawns with a Menorah.
    and so on.
    Let these people decorate their lawns with the symbols of their religion.

  8. These signs scream TDS (Trump Derangement Syndrome).

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