Woke elite are delusional narcissists only interested in virtue ...

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Woke elite are delusional narcissists only interested in virtue signalling

Where are the demos for Hong Kong? Well, their fight just doesn’t float the boat of the morally blind social media generation

Allister Heath

What is wrong with our modern, holier-than thou establishment? Why is it so hypocritical, so superficial and yet so self-satisfied? It considers itself to be the most caring, moral and progressive generation ever, committed to combating injustice, stamping out racism and saving the planet, and yet it is unwilling to fight the truly difficult battles.

I’m not just referring to film stars who rail against climate change from their private jets. The insincerity and cowardice are endemic: the activists and the luvvies, the woke “thought-leaders” and charity bosses, the church authorities and public sector managers, the left-wing lawyers and on-trend bankers, the bien-pensant crowd and their millions of followers are in too many cases living a lie.

Time and again, either explicitly or implicitly, those with cultural power end up backing the powerful against the dispossessed, the elites against ordinary people, their self-interest dressed up as altruism, all the while congratulating themselves for being so, so good. The reality is that, unlike previous cohorts of reformers, they only care about taking on a small set of injustices: those that make them look virtuous, that don’t require any real effort or sacrifice...

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