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December 12, 2013

We have grown altogether too casual about the truth;

far too inclined to ascribe virtue to vice and enshrine vice as virtue.
The 20th century was perhaps the first time in human history when men felt entitled set aside the facts in order to serve the vanity of self-righteousness. Albert Camus, wondering how European civilization collapsed in a smoking ruin thought that perhaps it had not only lost the ability to distinguish between right and wrong, but actually exchanged their places. In the past even evil men knew they were evil; and in their depravity felt a sense of transgression. Today we shout our inversions from the housetops. Belmont Club -- The Honorable Mister Bad Guy

Posted by gerardvanderleun at December 12, 2013 5:06 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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What kind of guy thinks it’s a really important cause to disrupt a boat race to protest “elitism”? What sort of person thinks Australia is worse place to live than the subcontinent? Certainly a person who can afford to worry about such things. If he were in North Korea he’d be busy worrying about other things.

And that's just it, isn't it? From the '60s onward, moral superiority in such matters has been the sole province of the privileged. I've never met a poor kid like me, scuffling to get through, who was a radical. Never.

Posted by: Rob De Witt at December 13, 2013 11:51 AM

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