Moralism without Morality
In recent weeks the media has treated the antiwar protesters as one of two things: either as a harmless group of mainstream folks angry about American bellicosity, or as the second coming of the communists. In fact, it's both simpler and more complex than that: The protesters are not anarchists or soccer moms--at least, they are not merely anarchists or soccer moms. First and foremost, they are Resenters.
Resentment as a source of human action and thought has been around as long as the human race, of course, but we often overlook its impact as a modern social force. It is also in its own way more dangerous that a grand political vision like communism, because rather than presenting an alternate moral vision--even if that vision is warped and evil--resentment is an attack on the idea of morality itself.
Read the entire article on the Breakpoint website.