Flat White

The misguided politics of virtue signalling

23 November 2017

7:35 AM

23 November 2017

7:35 AM

One of the most amusing ways of seeing how out of touch major parties and leading politicians are with the majority of the population is watching their virtue signalling go awry.

In the top tier of the velvet virtue signalling cake you have self-obsessed, blinkered, ignorant government elites. Currently, the majority of these shameful tiers lean to the left.

Then there is an unsavoury tier of business elites and organisations who live amidst the encouraging echoes of their own tier and above.

This is where politicians and virtue signalling organisations mingle. Back patting is the currency here, a chunky pay packet, shiny government funding and hope of lifelong membership – as long as you don’t look down.

They are unaware, and apparently uninterested, in the fact that the bulk of the cake; the most thriving, truthful and honest majority has nothing to do with them.

The fascinating thing about watching these ignoramuses virtue signal to each other is the transparency of whom they are signalling to.

The answer is, of course, themselves.

So dripping with sickly sweet narcissism are they they’ve forgotten they’re meant to be in touch with the masses, reflect and (gasp) care about popular opinion.


Take, this week, Royal Australian Air Force as one example of many.

On Monday they posted, “We choose to take a stand against violence against women…” in support of White Ribbon Day (looming).

Three, two, one – and that attempt at virtue signalling is fiercely ablaze.

Most liked comment? “And do you take a stand against violence against men?”

Followed by, “I missed your promotion of international men’s day…” (November 19).

Then, “Where’s the support for men who are stripped of their kids against their will by the family courts due to unsubstantiated claims from vindictive women…”

And, “You missed international men’s day… Let’s stamp out ALL domestic violence, including elder abuse and violence against children & men. I will buy a white ribbon when it means everyone stop being aggressive towards the people you should cherish.”

Another stand out, “This comments section really gives me hope. People dislike bigotry and the white ribbon are huge perpetrators of just that…”

Virtue signalling is rather awkward when you are signalling to your waving, smiling friends who line your increasingly untrusted echo chamber.

Your world may be solely your tier, but sadly your tier is not reality.

Amusing.

Rewarding.

The truth is coming…

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