Theodore Dalrymple on political correctness and other stuff

“Political correctness is communist propaganda writ small. In my study of communist societies, I came to the conclusion that the purpose of communist propaganda was not to persuade or convince, nor to inform, but to humiliate; and therefore, the less it corresponded to reality the better.”

If that’s not one of the best things you’ve ever read then I demand an explanation.

I’ve been a big fan of Dr. D (Theodore Dalrymple/Anthony Daniels) for quite some while. You know how nothing unites people more than a shared hatred? I loved him anyway but I knew I really loved him when he wrote a whole glorious article about how awful D.H Lawrence is. I thought I was alone. I assumed I had to be wrong. Everyone told me Lawrence was a genius. (BTW, I disagree with what I take to be Dr. D’s censorious notions concerning the Lady Chatterley thing.) Dalrymple points out that Lawrence is actually just a really bad writer, with nothing remotely interesting to say. I was forced to read Sons and Lovers twice, and I am of a retaliative temperament. Gawd.