“We live in an age where victimhood is the new currency, victims a new kind of aristocracy, and pity a cardinal virtue.” – Jonah Goldberg

Victims. No one wants to be one… right? But paradoxically, as Jonah Goldberg points out in his newsletter, victims are the new heroes in our culture: “Having addictions, conditions, disorders, and issues is often a moral get-out-of-jail-free card.”

Heroism today starts with pity – and where there’s pity, respect and praise will follow. Take Bruce Jenner for example. Bruce has been a woman trapped inside a man’s body: pity. But he’s finally taken the step to liberate the ‘she’ inside the ‘he.’ Give him the Arthur Ashe Courage Award: praise and respect. Goldberg resents that we’re are expected to “celebrate” this sort of thing (and so do we). Read what he has to say in “Our Culture Makes a Virtue Out of Victimhood.”

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