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August 21, 2009

The enforcement apparatus of romanticism

Theodore Dalrymple on England, a country hosting one third of the world's surveillance CCTVs (via the Steynian).

Rather than admit that all its policies have conduced to the development of psychopathy as a pronounced social trait, and therefore reverse them, the government wants to install CCTV cameras in bedrooms, kitchens and bathrooms: with what one might call the enforcement apparatus of romanticism, of the view that the greatest freedom which a man can enjoy is the freedom from consequences. But consequences are like nature: though you toss them out with a pitchfork, yet they return.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at August 21, 2009 08:44 AM