Depravity of the British

Screen Shot 2015-05-25 at 23.06.52Dalrymple discusses the hysteria over the Jimmy Savile affair. ‘The curious thing about the public moral outrage,’ he observes, is that

you would think it occurred in a land of sexual delicacy verging on prudery, a country in which children were carefully protected from knowledge of the facts of life and everything that surrounds those facts until a comparatively advanced and mature age. This is not the country that I recognise.

He explains that at the root of the frenzy is the guilt of the British over their failure to raise their children properly. (‘Children of the damned’ is the pithy and accurate heading at the Skeptical Doctor site.)

Child-rearing in Britain often seems a toxic combination of overindulgence and neglect…The factor that links much social pathology…is an absence of self-control….in Britain…parents fail to inculcate it; our popular culture, so-called, celebrates absence of self-control as almost the highest good, treats it either as ridiculous or as an enemy to be combatted, as a form of treason to the self. If you open almost any popular magazine you will see pictures of insolence, crudity and patent lack of self-control celebrated as if they were admirable, sophisticated and worthy of emulation. The late James Savile was an early proselytiser for this ‘culture’.

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