The disaster brought about by ideological libertinism

The moral cowardice of the intellectual and political élites, writes Dalrymple,

is responsible for the continuing social disaster that has overtaken Britain, a disaster whose full social and economic consequences have yet to be seen. 

A sharp economic downturn 

would expose how far the policies of successive governments, all in the direction of libertinism, have atomised British society, so that all social solidarity within families and communities, so protective in times of hardship, has been destroyed. 

The élites

cannot even acknowledge what has happened, however obvious it is, for to do so would be to admit their past responsibility for it, and that would make them feel bad. Better that millions should live in wretchedness and squalor than that they should feel bad about themselves—another aspect of the frivolity of evil. 

Moreover, 

if members of the élite acknowledged the social disaster brought about by their ideological libertinism, they might feel called upon to place restraints upon their own behaviour, for you cannot long demand of others what you balk at doing yourself.

  

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