Detestable petit-bourgeois attitudes

Screen Shot 2014-02-17 at 13.01.06For more than 150 years, bourgeois respectability has been under concerted and rarely contradicted literary and intellectual attack, Dalrymple writes. The striving for respectability of the petite bourgeoisie is viewed as

not merely dull, but hypocritical and immoral. Better outright egotism than such hypocrisy, for at least egotism is sincere. Do what you like because, underneath a veneer of righteousness, that is what everyone does anyway. Riches being extracted solely by exploitation of the poor, the morality of the rich is only a smokescreen for their depredations. Besides, morality is a bore: it cramps one’s style.

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