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Ethics on the Rocks

The world is in the midst of a culture war in which both the left and the right are abandoning long-standing norms and principles that had previously been taken for granted. While the paranoid right descends into violent depravity, the "woke" left is responding in ways that only make the situation worse.

LJUBLJANA – Ethical progress produces a beneficial form of dogmatism. A normal, healthy society does not debate whether rape and torture are acceptable, because the public “dogmatically” accepts that they are beyond the pale. By the same token, a society whose leaders speak of “legitimate rape” – as a former Republican congressman in the United States once did – or of tolerable torture is exhibiting clear signs of ethical decay, and previously unimaginable acts can quickly become possible.