My normal policy when supping with the devil is to use a very long spoon, but on this occasion I heartily recommend you nip down to the crossroads and have a look at the current number one item – Welcome To The World Of The Zealots. I’m not sure who’s running the NZ C”S”C site these days, but if it’s still Terry Dunleavy, he gives this piece high praise:
Brilliant! A must-read!
And indeed it is, but not for the reasons that Terry assumes. Quite had me spluttering into my morning tea – with laughter. The author, a retired British professor of something or other called John Brignell (who pretty much defines “crank” for most purposes), deploys all his pet peeves – second-hand smoking, shonky epidemiology, climate change, left wing conspiracies, and employs his most purple prose to expose this madness to the world. Here’s a sample:
When the world thought that the New Right was in the ascendancy during the Reagan-Thatcher years, it was the New Left that was quietly gathering momentum. Like a snowball rolling down a hill it picked up mass as it went along. The membership was many and various (followers of Rachel Carson, Marxist academics, draft-dodgers, sputniks left homeless by the collapse of the Soviet Empire, idealistic youth etc.) They were characterised by the things that they hated (industry, capitalism, free markets, bourgeois complacency, open science etc.)
There’s more. Much more. The man has a fertile imagination. And the NZ C”S”C apparently espouses this world view. Oh dear.
The Small Faces (and Stanley Unwin) say it all much better than I ever could: