Guilt is a universal feeling, since none of us fallen creatures can live up to our own principles. But without a religion offering atonement and redemption, people must deal with their guilt in other ways, such as politics.
So says Alexander Riley in his Federalist article, How Secularism Fuels Campus Outrage, The Federalist. After recounting two incidents of college students who shut down a mildly conservative speaker, he reflects on the self-righteousness, the indignation, and sense of victimhood displayed by these privileged–yet “woke”–young adults. He then makes the connection to guilt: