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”The historical background to this disturbing loss of moral confidence seems to me in large measure the collapse of the old Left, with all its faults, and the attendant ascendancy of the soft cultural Left. Thus American liberals feel vaguely uncertain about what exactly the ground is that they stand on when they say that they disapprove something. We’re easier with the problem of good and evil if it is unambiguously located in another time (or place); we’re more comfortable saying we don’t like witch dunking, or we don’t like the Gestapo. But we are not always quite clear how we should state our opposition to, e.g., female clitorectomies in East Africa — for the fear of giving cultural offense. And that hands huge hostages to those (normally but not always on the right) who, in a much cruder way, think they know exactly what’s right and wrong, false and real, and so on. And who are willing to say so in a self-assertive, confident way. The problem of ethical insecurity has kneecapped two generations of liberals.”

Tony Judt: Thinking the Twentieth Century

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