Fans of Theodore Dalrymple
November 13, 2018
There has never a good time to be anti-communist
Dalrymple writes that those who early warned of the dangers of bolshevism
were regarded as lacking in compassion for the suffering of the masses under tsarism, as well as lacking the necessary imagination to build a better world.
Then came the phase of
denial of the crimes of communism, when to base one’s anti-communism on such phenomena as organised famine and the murder of millions was regarded as the malicious acceptance of ideologically-inspired lies and calumnies.
Unforgivable bad taste
When finally the catastrophic failure of communism could no longer be disguised, and all the supposed lies were acknowledged to have been true, to be anti-communist
became tasteless in a different way: it was harping on pointlessly about what everyone had always known to be the case.
Dalrymple points out that to be right at the wrong time
is far worse than having been wrong for decades on end. In the estimation of many intellectuals, to be right at the wrong time is the worst possible faux pas.
This article was posted: Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at 7:09 am