aggressive nonconformity

Steven Pinker has this to say about why ‘counter-culture’ dress and habits is so common amount the youth of the privilaged:

Aggressive nonconformity is an advertisement that one is so confident in one’s station or abilities that one can jeopardise the good will of others without ending up ostracized and destitute.

(‘How The Mind Works’, 1997, Penguin – p501 my edition)

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Pinker presents himself very much as The Reasonable Man. If his ideas are aggressively nonconformist, he does a good job of hiding it.

And, of course, the other reason for being aggressively nonconformist is that the mainstream either won’t accept you or you’d be unable to take part even if it did…

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