The Faith of the Smug, Urban Left

A Case Western Reserve University study defines “projection” as a defense mechanism in which an individual casts what he perceives to be his negative traits onto others. “A more rigorous understanding involves perceiving others as having traits that one inaccurately believes oneself not to have,” the study’s authors wrote. There is no better way to explain the collective unseemly antipathy expressed by the pop-cultural left toward the prayerful in the wake of mass violence.

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The Faith of the Smug, Urban Left

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The Jerusalem fissure.

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Backfire.

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Keep your powder dry.

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Narrative shaping.

As Jonah Goldberg observed, the ongoing reckoning with abusive men in positions of authority might have begun with the outing of Fox News Channel’s Bill O’Reilly and Roger Ailes. But it didn’t. The “national conversation” that followed the exposure of their abuses focused more on a perceived culture of aggressive masculinity and institutionalized exploitation in conservative circles. It is telling that it required the confirmation of decades-old “open secrets” involving a prominent movie producer and liberal political activist to get the ball rolling on this moment of national reconciliation.

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