Tuesday, January 28, 2020


I feel like the main thing that has happened in the world in the last couple of years is the rise of shamelessness.  Social opprobrium is much more powerful than laws most of the time.  [The reason] we don't do things is not because there's a law against it, but because we'd be embarrassed or ashamed. ...  If [shame] stops being a tool, if people refuse to feel shame, either because they know their team will support them, or because they are narcissists, it really undermines the whole fabric of society in ways I didn't realize until we got to this place.

-- David Plotz, host of Slate's Political Gabfest, on the show's 19 April 2018 episode, as quoted by Dan Rodricks in "Rodricks: Expressing shame in an era of shamelessness", The Baltimore Sun, 24 April 2018

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