The new Cartesianism

It is doubtful, writes Dalrymple, that the gilets jaunes riots are

a manifestation of genuine anger. Instead, the anger may be simulated, as a pretext for young ideologues to smash, destroy, loot, and burn—always an illicit pleasure for the so inclined. The new Cartesian principle is not ‘I think, therefore I am’ but ‘I loot, therefore I’m oppressed‘, or at least on the side of the oppressed.

Genuinely angry people, he points out,

do not come equipped with balaclavas and gas masks; nor do they take selfies against a background of vehicles in flames.

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