The Rise of the Moral Narcissists

I Know Best:  How Moral Narcissism Is Destroying Our Republic, If It Hasn't Already, by Roger L. Simon, New York: Encounter Books, June 14, 2016 (296 pages, $25.99, Hardback)  Why do few people change their political views "even in the face of literally earthshaking world events" like 9/11?  Roger Simon's answer to that question is "moral narcissism."  His book explains the nature and consequences of this malady that was largely spawned by members of the "Least Great Generation" – folks, including the author (1943), born during or shortly before World War Two.  These are radical wannabes that include John Lennon (1940), Tom Hayden (1939), Abbie Hoffman (1936), and Gloria Steinem (1934).     An illustration of moral narcissism not employed by Simon is the Seinfeld character Elaine – a woman whose sense of moral worth is derived from opinions that coincide with fashionable progressivism...(Read Full Article)

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