Category Archives: ideology (desire for)

Experiments only somewhat ethically superior to Mengele’s

Josef Mengele

How those who crave ideology seek fulfilment

Dalrymple writes that since the failure of Marxism, one of the strangest of the miscellany of sub-ideologies that have proliferated is that of strident transsexualism. In the space of the past few years,

a full-scale ideological movement has grown up that will not be satisfied until the rest of society accedes to its demands, which include the reform of language. The demands are kaleidoscopic, constantly changing, as the ideology twists in an attempt to overcome its contradictions.

This absurd ideology has

disastrous practical consequences in a society too lacking in moral confidence to oppose it (or any other sufficiently strident ideology).

Dalrymple points out that as a result of the supine acceptance of the ideology,

full-scale experiments are being conducted on children, such as the use of puberty-blocking drugs, by doctors without any clear idea of the long-term outcome — experiments only somewhat ethically superior to those of Dr Mengele, insofar as the children themselves agree to them or even demand them, though at an age at which one would not normally think of children as being able to make such far-reaching choices.

A very small pressure group, an insignificant proportion of the population,

has been able to create an atmosphere or climate in Western societies in which well-meaning, honest, and respectable people, including experts, are unwilling for fear of reprisal to express dissenting views about a matter of considerable symbolic if not numerical importance.

The will to power

seems to have infected people who once might have been content to live quietly, power itself now being the only goal worth aiming for in the absence of anything more elevated or elevating.

Pressure groups of this kind

do not so much seek to persuade us by the force of their arguments as irreversibly to change our mentalities. The freedom that many people desire is the freedom to limit other people’s freedom.

The proliferation of perverted sub-ideologies

A picture of hate: anti-hate-speech protester, Lewes literary festival, November 2017, in Dr (Mme) Dalrymple’s classic photograph

A million monomanias now

The totalitarian impulse, writes Dalrymple,

did not die with the Soviet Union.

Rather, it

fractured into many different monomanias.

The desire for ideology, he points out,

did not die with the failure of Marxism.

On the contrary,

the desire found its fulfilment in a variety of strange sub-ideologies. Future historians will surely find one of the strangest of these to be that of strident transsexualism.