Moral Panics Work: On the poisonous inability to diagnose bullshit

Source: In These Times
by Hamilton Nolan

“Congratulations to everyone who signed the Harper’s letter on the election of Glenn Youngkin as governor of Virginia. Truly, we may now say that your concerns are being heard in the public square. You will recall the momentary sensation caused by last summer’s ​’Letter on Justice and Open Debate,’ which was signed by a panoply of anti-cancel-culture warriors ranging from John McWhorter to Anne Applebaum to David Brooks. Its real point was not in the words, but in the signal it sent: An affirmation from the most rarefied cultural elites that all of the panic over the censorious Left that Fox News had been floating for months was, in fact, a real thing.” [editor’s note: The irony here is this “progressive” pundit admitting that Fox got it right, and then going on to “debunk” all that they did – SAT] [additional editor’s note: Nolan appears to “admit” no such nonsense – TLK] (11/03/21)