A person of advanced views and reactionary feeling

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Virginia Woolf had a servant problem

It is very difficult, Dalrymple points out,

to align harmoniously one’s emotional responses with one’s intellectual standpoint.

  • fervent democrats often despise most people
  • nationalists are appalled by the stupidity and backwardness of their fellow-countrymen
  • Communists are avid for money and privilege
  • puritans lust for the flesh

Sometimes it seems, says Dalrymple,

as if only indifference to the fate of others is genuine.

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