Polar Opposite

In Philip Roth’s I Married a Communist, a kid gets mesmerized by the freedom we the which the leftist crowd expresses itself:

In his conversation, as in his brother’s, there was no invisible line of propriety observed and there were no conventional taboos. . . There was something marvelously bracing about it, a different and dangerous world, demanding, straightforward, aggressive, freed from the need to please.

Things have really changed, eh? Today’s leftism isn’t just different. It’s the exact opposite. It’s all about simpering, limited propriety.

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