Thursday, February 4, 2010

 

Jay Nordlinger quotes Paul Johnson:
Before the advent of Political Correctness — the system of censorship which has settled over the English-speaking world like a dense cloud of phosgene gas — clever people were unashamed of being eccentric. This applied particularly to dons. I am reminded of this by browsing through a gigantic book, Magdalen College, Oxford: A History, edited by L.W.B. Brockliss. How lucky I was to go to that magical place when the people who ran it were still totally self-confident, and not afraid, as Belloc put it, ‘to shout the absolute across the hall’. [. . .]
Nordlinger adds, "And how sorry am I to have gone to college — and other schools — in this wretched Age of Political Correctness."