Free to Be Vulgar

The good doctor regales us with the latest bit of nonsense coming out of France in City Journal. The City Journal‘s concise summary of the article: A French free-speech controversy also illustrates the decline of civility in an educated society.

Adolescence is the age neither of good taste nor of wisdom, which no doubt is why some politicians want to lower the voting age even further. After all, what many politicians most value in voters is gullibility.


When I was Mila’s age, I was a kind of village atheist, but it would never have occurred to me to express myself as she did. Rather, I would have tried to refute the ontological argument to anyone who offered it. Curiously enough, the widening and lengthening of education in the population since my youth seems to have gone hand in hand with a decline in the civility of discourse.     

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