In its review last November of Theodore Dalrymple’s Our Culture, What’s Left Of It: The Mandarins and the Masses, the latest anthology of his brilliantly perceptive essays, Canada’s National Post wrote:
Elite opinion-makers (the “mandarins” in his subtitle) have created an easygoing culture that tolerates just about anything. It abandons traditional values without replacing them and then wakes up surprised to find that millions of young people don’t much care about the civilization that makes life bearable.
To focus on just a slice of that “easygoing culture that tolerates just about anything” in action, the Media Research Center catches a recent Washington Post article that’s astonishingly positive towards “Freegans”:
Out: the media showing homeless people scrounging for food in dumpster as an indictment of the economy under conservative presidents.
In: the media showing middle class young people scrounging for food in dumpsters as an indictment of capitalism