In another new piece in the Spectator, Dalrymple decries English vulgarity in speech, dress and manners, which he calls “the ruling characteristic” of the country.
It is as if the English had adopted vulgarity as a totalitarian ideology, a communism of culture rather than of the economy. This vulgarity is insolent, militant and triumphant, will brook no competition and tolerate no dissent. It exercises a kind of subliminal terror to discourage any protest.
We Americans are certainly not perfect in this respect. Our attire seems to get more casual by the day, with sweatsuits and pajamas becoming common on airplanes, and our pop culture descends steadily toward the gutter. But I don’t think the vulgarity here has reached the militant level.
Hat tip to Michael P. and Christine C.