by Mark Steyn

Julie Burchill, my old boss at The Modern Review many years ago, has a bracing column in this week’s Speccie on the difference between the left she grew up with and the left today:

While working-class left-wing political activism was always about fighting the powerful, treating people how you would wish to be treated and believing that we’re all basically the same, modern, non-working-class left-wing politics is about… other stuff. Class guilt, sexual kinks, personal prejudice and repressed lust for power.

That’s why, as Kathy Shaidle observes here, the concept of free speech is no longer widely accepted…

That said, a faint flicker of the media’s sense of self-interest can be discerned at the Virginia Supreme Court, where, in one of his many other cases, serial litigant Michael E Mann is fighting the release of emails from his time at the University of Virginia. The mainstream press has noticed where all this is heading if Mann wins.

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