"The cruelty is the point." What does it mean? (user search)
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« on: May 04, 2021, 03:22:07 PM »

Popular online talking point, usually but not exclusively used by social justice activists in reference to conservatives.

My impression is that it's one of those phrases used more for cadence than for communicating, but maybe someone here can tell me more about what it means and how it became popular.

My earliest reference point is this 2018 essay from Adam Serwer in The Atlantic, which argues that Trump supporters enjoy his cruelty because they find community in shared acts of bullying. There is a comparison to smiles in lynching photos. He makes additional observations about the popularity of the phrase nearly a year later in this interview.

I'm not sure that I understand the argument, because it seems to indicate that the cruelty is not the point and that the outgroups targeted by Trumpist bullying are almost incidental to the act of bonding through outwardly-focused aggression. Whatever the case, the phrase makes a clear and powerful demarcation between Us and Them and that seems like the basis of its appeal.
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« Reply #1 on: May 06, 2021, 07:46:55 AM »

I appreciate the thoughtful response from Scott, but everything from Frodo's post onward may as well be Pavlov's dogs salivating at the ringing of a bell. It's a Facebook-tier exchange of partisan cliches.

I'm locking this thread and probably avoiding the Political Debate board for a while. My expectations had been higher.
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