How is it that moral relativists–those who don’t believe in moral absolutes, who think morality is a cultural or individual construction, who reject traditional morality–are nevertheless so moralistic? Moral relativists today are so judgmental, so pre-occupied with virtue signaling, so unforgiving, so self-righteous? How can that be?
Well, a friend and former colleague of mine, Mark Mitchell offers an answer in his new book Power and Purity: The Unholy Marriage That Spawned America’s Social Justice Warriors. He argues that what we are seeing among the “woke” in academia, politics, and social media is the unstable coming together of two ultimately incompatible worldviews and strains of thought: That of Nietzsche and that of the Puritans.