“Virtue Signaling”—A Useful Concept Reaches The Main Stream Thanks To Ann Coulter

Society is going to pay a heavy burden for these fleeting gestures of moral superiority.

John Derbyshire: Ann Coulter, in her interview with THE DAILY BEAST, used the term “virtue-signaling”–communication that you are a Good Person, not a Bad Person. For example: some limousine liberal who tells you about her really pleasant, HARD-WORKING, Guatemalan gardener, you smile sweetly and say: “Come on, Lucy, you’re just virtue signaling.” Google searching brings up usages on high-intellectual websites, but the term doesn’t seem to have escaped into more general use. I recommend it.


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