moral idiocy

moral idiocy

[′mär·əl ′id·ē·ə·sē]
(psychology)
Inability to understand moral principles and values and to act in accordance with them, apparently without impairment of the reasoning and intellectual faculties.
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The fact that American universities are the new breeding ground for this moral idiocy is no surprise, since the academy has so often provided a home for repellent ideologies.
Given the moral idiocy that's infected politics, her theme couldn't feel more pertinent.
But Black Sunset is more antic than tragic: Despite the backdrop of devastated lives and moral idiocy, each day was a new caper.
One of Sanders' other appointments was equally dismal: Princeton University Professor Cornel West, who possesses that variety of moral idiocy unique to elite academic circles.
It was hard to say which was the more disappointing: the credulity that saw him buy (and try to sell) the transparent lies on which the invasion of Iraq were based, or the moral idiocy which saw him support torture, simply because it was "us" doing the torturing.
"That's My Boy is a shameless celebration of degenerate behavior, a work of relentless vulgarity and staggering moral idiocy. All in all, it could have been worse.
Such men were marked by 'extreme fear, sadism, moral idiocy or delusion'.
If we are to draw credibility by doing our work in the name of the enslaved and then seek to discharge our debt to their history by simply "giving them back their agency" as paid in the coin of a better history, some knowing laughter, and a few ironic asides about the moral idiocy and contradictory philosophy of slaveholders, then I think that we must admit we are practicing therapy rather than politics: we are using our work to make ourselves feel better and more righteous rather than to make the world better or more righteous.
It is time for pro-lifers to roll out their heavy artillery, and use the words of this universally respected writer to confound such pernicious moral idiocy.
By the time the Code was abandoned in the 1960s, the picture had changed; it had come to illustrate moral idiocy instead.
People are supposed to be representative - but they can't be official representatives (a businessman is good, a business woman, better, but the president of the Chamber of Commerce is out.) They should have some passing understanding of the issues - but they can't be activists (whenever I was engaged in these pursuits I used to want to hang out a sign "Only moral idiots need apply." Being trained in moral idiocy themselves, journalists suspect people who take action on their understanding of the world).
The religious extremists, who extracted money from the credulous to supply "Bibles and chaplains" to the contras, are now caught in a welter of bad money, moral idiocy and hypocritical recrimination.