Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Hmm …

… From Taboo to Common Sense — Taki's Magazine. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

Today, the extremism of our culture’s demands for attestations of faith in equality and transparency is a mask for the movement back toward censorship and esotericism. We live in a society in which the fundamental truths—such as, that talents are distributed unequally by genetics—are increasingly considered unfit for public discussion, and careers as eminent as that of as James D. Watson, codiscoverer of the structure of DNA, are destroyed for letting slip a lack of fidelity to the reigning taboos.
I recall one of Plato's letters — to Dionysius of Syracuse, I think — in which he concludes by saying that, as to what he himself thinks, no one will ever know that, presumably because he keeps it to himself.

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