No one would dare utter such a sentiment today, even if he thought it true. Walls and phones have ears (and now video cameras), and we live in fear not of the secret police, as did, say, the East Germans, but of the vastly enlarged ranks of the intelligentsia that obtain their sense of purpose from feeling outrage and can spread it round the world in an instant. Unlike our forebears, we hesitate to express ourselves. This fear undoubtedly does prevent some unworthy or even disgusting opinions from being expressed, but our need to be thought good by our peers, or at least not bad, is now far greater than our desire to be free.
Wednesday, October 23, 2019
What Seventy Years Have Wrought
Theodore Dalrymple examines three forgotten novels published in England in the year of his birth and reflects on the changes in his society.
Posted by Assistant Village Idiot at 7:42 PM