The Rise of Social Justice Warrior Extremism Explained In One Sentence

As cultural attitudes regarding race, gender and sexuality have changed, social justice activism has become counter-intuitively more radical. Kristian Niemietz argues that this represents the “economics of political correctness,” meaning that the status earned from holding progressive opinions is diminished as those opinions are normalised and so progressive standards have to become ever more extreme for its advocates to maintain their status.

— Ben Sixsmith, The Social Justice Left and the Alt-Right: Our Divided New World

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