O equivalente reaça de um Boaventura Sousa Santos, que por sua vez é o equivalente area sudies de um JCEspada.
A mesma repetição pastosa de ideias estafadas, a mesma ladainha sobre a corrupção moral, a mesma fé em planos salvíficos (a milhões de quilómetros de distância dos pares Evola/ Gramsci ou Carlyle/ Debord):
From where did this British underclass come? “Human behavior cannot be explained without reference to the meaning and intentions people give to their acts and omission…This ingredient is to be found in the realm of ideas.” (Page ix) This, having been said, from where has this underclass gotten its characteristic postmodern ideas?
“…[M]ost of the social pathology exhibited by the underclass has its origin in ideas that have filtered down from the intelligentsia.” …”[T]heir ideas were adopted both literally and wholesale in the lowest and most vulnerable social class.” (Page x)
“The climate of moral, cultural, and intellectual relativism—a relativism that began as a mere fashionable plaything for intellectuals—has been successfully communicated to those least able to resist its devastating practical effects.” (Page xi – xii)
These rotten philosophical ideas, which have dominated the West from Kant to the present, produced the modern liberal, and it is the modern liberal who spawned the underclass, among other damages. Dr. Dalrymple elaborates at length about these ideas in later chapters.
(As an aside, it is impossible from this book to classify Dr. Dalrymple as “liberal,” “conservative,” or “libertarian” in the senses we use those terms in America. He is clearly a man devoted to reason, individualism, and freedom. Of interest, he states that his father was a Communist.)
Throughout the book, he delineates with great clarity how the British intellectuals have brought Britain into its current moribund state. He characterizes contemporary England as “the regime of zero intolerance,” of the irrational–the gift of modern liberals.
“…[I]f blame is to be apportioned, it is the intellectuals who deserve most of it. They should have known better but always preferred to avert their gaze. They considered the purity of their ideas to be more important than the actual consequences of their ideas.”
“Worse still, cultural relativism spreads all too easily. The tastes, conduct, and mores of the underclass are seeping up the social scale with astonishing rapidity…Where fashion in clothes, bodily adornment, and music are concerned, it is the underclass that increasingly sets the pace. Never before has there been so much downward cultural aspiration.” (Page xiv)