We’ve still to wake up from the nightmare of the Swinging Sixties

The Swinging Sixties: the decade people became more liberated – or the beginning of a night-mare? (R. Powell/Daily Express/Getty Images)
The Swinging Sixties: the decade people became more liberated – or the beginning of a night-mare? (R. Powell/Daily Express/Getty Images)

Every day our age seems to be getting madder and madder, in defiance of the notion that man is a rational creature and of the even more risible Whiggish narrative that we’re on a path of continual progress.

I’ll give you some examples: the murder of women’s sport by the transgender agenda; the rejection of nuclear power in favour of renewables; HS2; the possible prosecution of the Bloody Sunday paratroopers; the articles celebrating Shamima Begum as a victim; the idea that only gay actors should play gay characters; the government’s wilful rejection of the biggest popular mandate in British history.

I could go on, as I’m sure could you, but I won’t because it’s too depressing. Instead, I want to tell you about a marvellous book, now celebrating its 50th anniversary but still hugely fresh, perceptive and readable, which will help you put all these horrors into perspective and teach you to be more philosophical: Christopher Booker’s 1969 classic The Neophiliacs.

Read the rest in the Spectator.

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