If an American conservative and an English conservative were hanging off a bridge by their fingertips, and in classic trolley car fashion you could only save one of them, I’d likely save the Brit. Unless of course I happen to look down and see it was Dominic Cummings… an individual that might give me pause and probably a great deal of internal monologue as to what the ‘right’ course of action, in a complex ethical conundrum such as this, would be.
Mostly it’s just a consideration of eloquence and accent. I find an English conservative easier on the ears. Case in point Douglas Murray, whose magniloquence I very much like… and who is also likely to be, with his slight frame, much easier to haul over the railing and back onto the bridge than some of his compatriots. (although my deadlifts are steadily improving and some of those tubbier establishment types might be entering the realm of feasible viaduct extrication.
Empirically I only ever agree with about fifty percent of anything Douglas Murray prattles on about. But that fifty percent is usually vehement concurrence. (as you might expect it would be)
In any event, I am a big fan of dedications and the quotes that are sometimes injected between the contents page and the introduction. They (often) bring me an unreasonable sense of joy… for something so… preliminary.
The Madness of Crowds sports two such quotes that might frame the contents of this book,
an early twentieth century gem by the heavy weight wit, G.K Chesterton…
‘The special mark of the modern world is not that it is sceptical, but that it is dogmatic without knowing it’.
(A quote I love and wholeheartedly agree with, while pretending not to hold ANY dogmatic beliefs)
And a second quote from a more modern… eh… musical maven. (look at me alliterating)
‘Oh my gosh, look at her butt, oh my gosh, look at her butt, oh my gosh, look at her butt, look at her butt, look at her butt, look at, look, at her butt’
I find these two attributable sayings fantastically juxtaposed.
Hm. If Dominic Cummings and Nicki Minaj were hanging off a bridge by their fingertips… who would you save Joey?
*hey Siri, how much does Nicki Minaj weigh*
About 140lbs. (Joey does a quick recalculation into a ‘real’ measure of weight) So about 63kg. Which seems quite light.
Damn, this is a tough one.
I mean probably Nicki.
Dominic Cummings and Charles Manson?
This is a stupid game. I don’t want to play it anymore.
Just answer the question.
I don’t want to. You can’t make me say it.