The virus seems to be approaching its breakout phase. We could be looking at a full-scale epidemic here.
Zika? Ebola? Flu?
Nope. We don't have a great word for this sickness yet. "Iconoclasm" — i.e., the destruction of images and monuments that offend this mob or that — comes close, but the toppling of statues is just one acute symptom of the fever.
Indeed, the fight over Confederate statues is just a discrete and more understandable eruption of the larger trend. This stuff has been...