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Fatuous leftism

Some of the hostile responses to Andrew Anthony's book exemplified the very attitudes the author aimed to expose

By Bella Thomas   December 2007

You might think that political arguments stand or fall according to their intrinsic merit. Increasingly, however, there is a tendency to bring biography into the fray. Much of this reduces arguments to an emphasis on people’s origins, or their sex, or race. Politicians make much of their own story in their speeches, and all too often commentators make oblique use of an individual’s origins as if it were enough to trounce their argument. As if a person’s predictable class values were being unthinkingly acted out; as if an outlook could be explained by experience alone.

Echoing this, there is a…

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