And just as well try to give a quick summary of the sweeping elegaic paeans to a bygone age of high culture and noble virtues that is Reaction.But there is some content, and some of it is disconcerting.But if you do read it and accuse me of holding these ideas myself and get really angry, then you fail at reading comprehension forever.
Depending on how loudly you do it, people may picket your house, or throw things at you, or commit violence against you which is then excused by the judiciary because obviously they were provoked.The great thing about western liberal democracy is that it has a free marketplace of ideas. Noam Chomsky made a career of criticizing our society and became rich and famous and got a cushy professorship. If you “criticize” society by telling it to keep doing exactly what it’s doing only much much more so, society recognizes you as an ally and rewards you for being a “bold iconoclast” or “having brave and revolutionary new ideas” or whatever.So our advantage is that we admit our society’s imperfections, reward those who point them out, and so keep inching closer and closer to this ideal of perfect government. Suppose you went back to Stalinist Russia and you said “You know, people just don’t respect Comrade Stalin enough. It’s only when you tell them something they actually don’t want to hear that you get in trouble.– * – * – * – No One Expects The Spanish Inquisition, Especially Not In 21st Century America People in ancient societies thought their societies were obviously great.The imperial Chinese thought nothing could beat imperial China, the medieval Spaniards thought medieval Spain was a singularly impressive example of perfection, and Communist Soviets were pretty big on Soviet Communism.