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October 13, 2009

Gresham’s law of culture

Theodore Dalrymple asks "What’s Wrong with Twinkling Buttocks?", observing "the bad drives out the good, unless the good is defended" (via The Steynian).

...the boundless prurience of the British press concerning the private lives of public figures, especially politicians, has an ideological aim: to subvert the very concept and deny the possibility of virtue, and therefore of the necessity for restraint. If every person who tries to defend virtue is revealed to have feet of clay (as which of us does not?) or to have indulged at some time in his life in the vice that is the opposite of the virtue he calls for, then virtue itself is exposed as nothing but hypocrisy: and we may therefore all behave exactly as we choose. The loss of the religious understanding of the human condition—that Man is a fallen creature for whom virtue is necessary but never fully attainable—is a loss, not a gain, in true sophistication. The secular substitute—the belief in the perfection of life on earth by the endless extension of a choice of pleasures—is not merely callow by comparison but much less realistic in its understanding of human nature.

My secular friends never understand the point - having never been taught it (explicitly) and having been taught by the Franfurt School to reject it (implicitly) - until I explain how and why Frodo failed in his quest. The light turns on.

Related (and with another hat tip to the increasingly indispensible Binky the Elf): It’s Only Anti-Social - In Britain, the seriousness of an offense depends on who the victim is.

The rule of law is fast evaporating in Britain; we are coming to live in a land of men, not of laws.

Gloss in the margin: That Mitchell and Webb Look and the Good Samaritan.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at October 13, 2009 08:12 AM


Close, but no "Heroin Christmas."

Posted by: agent bedhead [TypeKey Profile Page] at October 13, 2009 11:08 AM