the pull of extremities

Looking at the Australian history wars, I couldn’t help but share this little bite:

Among the many types of public intellectuals, there is a curious category to which Windschuttle belongs: disillusioned former ultra-leftists who begin to move to the right and, because of a temperamental incapacity for moderation, are incapable of stopping until they reach an equivalent extreme.

Israeli historian Benny Morris comes to mind, and I certainly don’t think this phenomenon is limited to public intellectuals.

Just something to consider at a moment when a “temporal incapacity for moderation” seems epidemic. There’s a less populated middle ground to explore, and those who dwell in it shouldn’t have to fall casualty to those veering from one extreme towards the other.


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