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irtue-sig­nal­ing” is a fa­vorite sport on the rich left. Base­ball, box­ing and foot­ball are for sissies. Virtue-sig­nal­ing is the cur­rent fad word for act­ing “holier than thou,” per­fected by cre­ative lib­er­als to pub­licly ex­press feel-good sen­ti­ments to ad­ver­tise a sig­naler’s moral cor­rect­ness.

Virtue-sig­nal­ing should not be confused with virtue, which is a godly trait much to be cul­ti­vated. Virtue is cul­ti­vated alone, in com­mu­nion with the di­vine and usu­ally prac­ticed anony­mously. Virtues­ig­nal­ing by def­i­ni­tion is prac­ticed in pub­lic. That’s where the ap­plause is.

Virtue-sig­nalers are of­ten self­ish in their good deeds, giv­ing no thought to how their sig­nal­ing may come at the ex­pense of oth­ers. Peo­ple for the Eth­i­cal Treat­ment of An­i­mals, or PETA, for ex­am­ple, sig­naled its virtue the other day in Idaho, where it is try­ing to change the name of streets it finds “dis­taste­ful.” One of them is the de­li­ciously named Chicken Din­ner Road, where for all PETA knows many chick­ens have felt pride swelling in their bo­soms on their way to a happy union with a pot of dumplings.

Usu­ally the sig­nal is about the pre­sumed virtue of some­thing big­ger than a pot of chicken and dumplings. A group of 18 self-de­scribed “ul­tra-mil­lion­aires

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