Sadistic Murderers Against Famine

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Necrophiliacs Against Infant Mortality

We are a hair’s breadth away from these, says Dalrymple, as he draws our attention to a state-subsidised enterprise called Fuck for Forest:

In a world in which rock stars can set themselves up, and actually have people accept them, as moral authorities, it is hardly surprising that pornography has become a charitable activity.

The cry of one of Fuck for Forest’s creators, Tommy Hol Ellingsen, is: ‘How far are you willing to go to save the planet?’ Dalrymple has this to say:

Hayek wrote that a social conscience might be but a mask for selfishness and licence: one’s personal conduct, after all, can scarcely compete in importance with the fate of the world. Ellingsen turns Hayek’s proposition inside out, complaining that his public sex act worried more people than did the destruction of the rainforest. Either one favours Ellingsen having sex in public, or one favours the destruction of the rainforest: no other possibility exists. By this rhetorical blackmail, it is possible to push back the frontiers of the permissible indefinitely, for once a man has declared himself to be doing something for the sake of a good cause, his actions are beyond criticism. The expression of the right opinions becomes the whole of virtue. The more general and more generous-sounding they are, the better the person uttering them. If his opinions are correct enough, he finds himself exonerated from the need to refrain from doing anything he wishes.

(2005)

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