I came across this sign in front of a Hyde Park house during my walk yesterday:
That pretty much covers all the bases, doesn’t it?
As I’ve said, I’m trying to be charitable towards those who don’t agree with me (but this person is also clearly a liberal), but I’m also peevish today. And I’m trying to figure out why someone put this sign in front of their house. There are several possible reasons:
a.) To warn those coming into the house about the ideology of the inhabitants.
b.) To protect the house from being damaged during possible demonstrations (this would hold only for the “Black Lives Matter” slogan.
c.) To change people’s minds by broadcasting your political views to the public.
d.) To show everyone that you’re a good, right-thinking human being
e.) A combination of the above.
And even being charitable, I keep coming back to d), a form of virtue signaling. For a) doesn’t make much sense, and neither does b), since there has been no demonstrating in this residential area. c) is possible, but is it really credible to think that posting such a sign would, say, change people’s minds about the “reality” of science or the value of water?
It seems to me that what this sign is saying is effectively this: “I am a good liberal and adhere to the liberal doctrine.” But what does that accomplish? I happen to agree with almost everything on that sign, but it’s one thing to have these beliefs, and another to signpost them in front of your house.
Prove me wrong.