Moral panics ought to be just what the doctor ordered for an extreme moralist such as myself. I am indeed the moralistest, which makes hoes mad (and by hoes I mean Nietzscheans). So what's the problem with moral panics?
The problem is simply that they are a modern phenomenon. What I find more trustworthy than "cui bono" is, "did they have this before modernity?" Moral panics reflect a society built on flimsy foundations. A moral panic is, of course, not possible in a moral society.
Moral panics are, more specifically, a feature of post-Protestant societies. They grow in the dank sludge of societies that transition from raw Puritan psychopathy to high capitalism; in other words, they grow where homo economicus grows.
As with all things, the legacy left made a terrible miscalculation as regards this issue with its senseless economic reductionism. "It's all economic relations, dude" does not get to the bottom of any moral issue. Economics occupying the space of ethics IS the problem.
This opened the way for the next stage, the Chaotic left, to undermine the very concept of morality. Here at the end of history, we are not supposed to accept anything "uncritically", including morality as fact (regardless, that is, of definition).
So what does a moral panic look like in this maximally chaotic environment? Everything questioned, nothing answered. Moral panics running amok, completely outside the boundaries theoreticians tried to set for them. Pure pseudo-moral chaos.

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16 Jan
What is to be done? A short political screed.
The system has an impenetrable armour. You won't pierce it without a powerful weapon DESIGNED to destroy it FROM WITHIN. It is impregnable from the outside. You may bang away for centuries and make not a dent. Only from within can it be breached.
This armour consists a perfectly balanced network of narratives, among them human rights, the essential and unrepeatable uniqueness of individual lives, fairness as equality, and others, all held together by the idea of progress.
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