22 March 2014

Our balkanized minds.

No man was more sensitive than [Stefan] Zweig to the destructive effects upon individual liberty of the demands of large or strident collectivities. He would have viewed with horror the cacophony of monomanias—sexual, racial, social, egalitarian—that marks the intellectual life of our societies, each monomaniac demanding legislative restriction on the freedom of others in the name of a supposed greater, collective good. His work was a prolonged (though muted and polite) protest at the balkanization of our minds and sympathies.
"A Neglected Genius." By Theodore Dalrymple, City Journal, Winter 2004.

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