The Bruges Group spearheaded the intellectual battle to win a vote to leave the European Union and, above all, against the emergence of a centralised EU state.

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Moralitis: A cultural virus

We look at the causes, symptoms and methods of prevention and treatment of ‘moralitis’, the societal virus that is causing political correctness and identity politics.

By Robert Oulds and Dr Niall McCrae
The body politic has become infected. Like the growth of bacteria in a Petri dish, the subversive tenets of cultural Marxism have spread as a pinking of the public discourse. The loss of rationality from public discourse and reckless abandoning of evidence in favour of politically correct moralistic mantras damages the civitas.

Diversity of ideas is strangely absent from the heterogeneity celebrated by the political and cultural establishment. Alongside the widely reported increase in food intolerances, society is  suffering from ‘ideallergy’, an intolerance of other people’s ideas.

In this monograph we present our thesis of a cultural virus. This manifests in a moral hegemony that subverts conventional social norms and quashes dissent. In this delusional condition, people may seem to be acting with autonomy, but the forces of conformity are such that their freedom is limited, and their utterances merely regurgitate group-think.

The process by which this has occurred is analogous to a virus.  It is an epidemic disease so powerful that it has a cytopathic effect on society, changing the cognition and behaviour of its hosts.

We begin by considering psychological and sociological perspectives on social and political attitudes. In the second half we present our putative cultural virus of ‘moralitis’. The causes, symptoms and prognosis are described, followed by methods of prevention and treatment.

The Virtue-signalling Cycle

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How political correctness spreads

The Authors

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Robert Oulds, MA, FRSA
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Niall McCrae PhD, MSc, RMN