Moral Grandstanding As A Threat to Free Expression

Justin Tosi, Brandon Warmke

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Moral grandstanding, or the use of moral talk for self-promotion, is a threat to free expression. When grandstanding is introduced in a public forum, several ideals of free expression are less likely to be realized. Popular views are less likely to be challenged, people are less free to entertain heterodox ideas, and the cost of changing one's mind goes up.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)170-189
Number of pages20
JournalSocial Philosophy and Policy
Issue number2
StatePublished - Dec 1 2020


  • Grandstanding
  • free speech
  • moralizing
  • prestige
  • shaming
  • social media
  • status seeking
  • virtue signaling


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