For those who haven’t read The New Vichy Syndrome, The New Humanist has published an excerpt from it, focusing on an argument that separates Dalrymple from many fellow conservatives: that “Westernisation is in fact far advanced among Muslims in Europe”. The argument relies in part on evidence Dalrymple obtained from perusing Islamic dating websites, which some reviewers have noted is an excellent idea. I love the closing paragraph:
The great majority of humanity everywhere is unwilling to risk much for philosophical principles. This means that there will remain outward adherence even by the fun-loving and humorous Muslims, who will never go to the trouble of exposing their scepticism or incipient unbelief. Why bother, when the alternative is an easy life, lived high in the regard of others? Hypocrisy and dissimilation are what keep social systems strong; it is intellectual honesty that destroys them.
Read it here