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The banality of tyranny revisited

I notice an unusual number of visits from academic servers and assume the intellectuals at the Battle of Ideas have been reading what I said about them, while disdaining to comment. So be it. I can understand the community around this blog must seem strange and hostile to visitors from such cosy, intellectually monochrome, worlds.

While I briefly have their attention, however, could I ask them to read this old post from four years ago? I was then still living in Russia (I left for China at the end of 2009). I think it's to the point and should give them more pause for thought, perhaps, than my crude hammering at them in the past few days.

It's vain and probably against netiquette to quote myself, but just by way of a teaser to persuade them to follow the link;

Next time you hear an appealing abstraction weighed against the interests of an individual or a family, please picture a man making barbed wire to imprison his uncle or my neat little secretary typing a death list. They served abstractions too.

I love and have faith in my fellow men, even the ones I believe have fallen into dangerous, wicked error. If I could save a few such influential people from repeating some of the worst mistakes in history, my life would not have been in vain. Here's hoping.


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They will do us good even if it kills us.


They are, at least, paving the way for those who would willingly and deliberately repeat those mistakes given half a chance. I'm not sure we can continue to place our trust in a political system designed to ensure this could never happen.


The left, Greens and such like believe they have the moral high ground and they are saving the world. They are not they are destroying it. It is not that I do not approve in many cases what they want to achieve but I do disapprove of how they are trying to achieve it. Apart from which they so often go that bit too far. To take the example of equality. I doubt no one has a problem with equal opportunity but they do have with equality in all things as that defies reality and is self defeating.

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