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Righteous Anger


Also in yesterday’s papers: A political scientist named Burdett Loomis was quoted in an NYT article about “the high costs of rising incivility on Capitol Hill.” The article didn’t make a case that the costs were all that high, but never mind. What bothered me more was the Loomis quote: “There seems to be almost no shame. Everyone is just completely righteous now.” The distinction between “righteous” and “self-righteous” seems to be passing away. On the older understanding of that distinction, nobody would be worried that everyone on Capitol Hill is “completely righteous now.”


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