I very much agree about left-wing mobs not being any worse than right-wing mobs. They’re both quite easy to stir up and seem to me to be equally prone to the below-the-belt tactics you reference in this piece.

I also agree that mobs aren’t inherently immoral, but I do believe that they frequently exhibit inherently immoral characteristics. Some people will find that to be a distinction without a difference, but I don’t see it that way. Mobs can assemble for all the right (or moral) reasons but consistently behave in immoral ways (which they almost always do).

The example that always riles me up is the suicide of August Ames. Every time one of these mobs congregates and takes action, no one ever bothers to concern themselves with the potential harms that might follow. And when those harms are realized, very few participants, if any at all, have the integrity and courage to take responsibility for themselves. IOW, mobs are typically a lot less enthusiastic about holding themselves accountable than they are about holding their targets accountable, as shown by the story of August Ames. The fact that these mobs continue to operate without any consideration for the psychological well-being of their targets seems to indicate an inborn moral defect within the mob itself.

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