The Temptations of Power

Over at Law & Liberty, Theodore Dalrymple contemplates the totalitarian temptations among intellectuals in our decadent, relativist, liberal Western countries.

The obvious incompatibility of all this with freedom should not blind us to its popularity with the now very large number of people who have been educated, or trained, in the various branches of resentment studies. Totalitarianism offers career prospects to those of apparatchik disposition and abilities, while appealing to the resentment of at least a portion of the population and its joy in the humiliation of those who were previously more fortunately placed than themselves.

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