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Criticism as a Defence of Values – “Cultural Amnesia” – Clive James

October 4th, 2011 · No Comments · Campaigning, Criticism, Culture, Humanism, Philosophy, Politics

Critics are always remembered best for how they sound when on the attack. Schadenfreude lies deep in the human soul, and to read a tough review seems a harmless way of indulging it. But the only critical attacks that really count are written in defence of a value. It was because of his admiration for competent practitioners that Polgar assaulted the incompetent. He could be hilarious while doing so, but never for the sake of being funny. Lesser critics look for opportunities to pour on the scorn. Polgar would rather have avoided them. When forced to the issue, however, he left no man standing.

I tend to think the same applies to negative, political attacks. They only really count when they are pursued ‘in defence of a value’.

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