New enemies threaten the Enlightenment – @mattwridley

Matt Ridley has a thought-provoking and concerning column in today’s Times, arguing that these politically correct times of snow-flake students, timid academia and craven politicians threaten the foundations of western, Enlightenment thought.

He concludes:

… the spread of fundamentalist Islam, the growth of Hindu nationalism and Russian autocracy, the intolerance of dissent in western universities and the puritanical hectoring of social media give grounds for concern that the flowering of freedom in the past several centuries may come under threat. We have a fight on our hands.

Read the full column, here.


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