Monday, 9 February 2015

What could be more absurd than censorship on campus? Per Nick Cohen | Comment is free | The Guardian

Nick Cohen nails it in The Guardian:
'The intellectuals who excused Stalinist communism in the 1940s aren't so different from their grandchildren, who excuse radical Islam. Orwell was something of a "whoreophobe" himself and he warned his contemporaries: "Do remember that dishonesty and cowardice always have to be paid for. Don't imagine that for years on end you can make yourself the boot-licking propagandist of the Soviet regime, or any other regime, and then suddenly return to mental decency. Once a whore, always a whore."

Unless today's intellectuals want the same said of them they must end the censorship of debates that provoke no violence beyond the violently hurt feelings of the thin-skinned. They must prove the sincerity of their argument that religious reaction must be met with words, not arrests, by overcoming their cowardice and spitting out protests of their own.'

1 comment:

Ed P said...

Orwell's comment would look good on a T-shirt.
Is it a coincidence that Common Purpose and the Communist Party share initials? I don't think so.