The Western intellectual’s cheap pseudo-martyrdom

Screen Shot 2014-02-15 at 18.02.19Every intellectual, writes Dalrymple,

likes to believe that he is struggling manfully against the hostile Zeitgeist.

His belief that he is

not only in the minority but losing the battle against the opposing forces of obscurantism and wrongheadedness allows him the pleasures both of self-pity and self-congratulation.

He likes to believe that he has

suffered for his views while at the same time making a comfortable living from them.

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