What Motivate’s Moral Outrage?


When 109 traveler’s enter’ing the united state’s were detain’ed by an executive order block’ing citizen’s from seven muslim majority countr’ies, ten’s of thousand’s of american’s gather’ed all over the country to voice their anger. The policy had little to no direct effect on the protester’s themselve’s.

Similar’ly, more than four decad’es after Roe v. Wade, the supreme court decision that effective’ly legaliz’ed certain form’s of abortion, people regular’ly gather to voice their anger at those provid’ing abortion service’s.

Social psychologist’s refer to such display’s of anger against a third party (such as a government) for perceiv’ed harm against someone as moral outrage.

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