A nation of obsessed enragés cannot be free

Screen Shot 2015-09-14 at 09.07.23The empire of Marxism, writes Dalrymple, has declined into

petty Balkan obsessions, each anxious to impose its own orthodoxy by the same methods of intimidation. An increasing number of subjects are off-limits to the wary; pressure groups long ago realised that you don’t have to go in for the crudity of Islamic fatwa and the Charlie Hebdo killings to exclude unwanted commentary.

Who after the dismissal of Professor Sir Timothy Hunt

by the cowards and poltroons of University College, London, terrorised as they were by the National Union of Harridans, would dare to repeat his sentiments in public, even as a joke? If a Nobel prize doesn’t protect a man from a witch-hunt, what hope is there for the rest of us?

Freedom of expression and opinion is

a habit of the heart and a discipline, a willing suspension of outrage towards those with whom we disagree, however strongly. I say (including to myself because, alas, it is often necessary to do so), control your rage.

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