12.2.19

THE EFFECT OF DENYING COHERENT BELIEFS.

Commentary's Christine Rosen nails it.
At the same moment the culture is bemoaning “the death of truth,” we are also being instructed that we must understand others and achieve empathy when they say things that may not be true—so long as what they are saying is “their truth.”

Perhaps conditioned by decades of personal memoirs, overwrought first-person essays, and reality television on the one hand, and identity politics on the other, citations of “my truth” are now taken as evidence of integrity when someone is questioned about his or her claims. Any challenge you might issue immediately becomes a challenge to that person’s identity, not merely a critique of his or her behavior. And if the person in question has a minority identity, or is a feminist, any challenge you might issue will likely instantly condemn you as a bigot.
Yes, that's the culture of malignant intolerance, and, yes, it is also the last refuge of scoundrels.

The best thing to do might be to tell your condemners to pound sand.

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