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It is thus clear and admirable that new generations have emerged who have realized that the old ways were `a confidence trick played on the poor and disadvantaged'. To these newer generations litter dropping is, commendably, not a `lapse in social behaviour' to be `corrected' but (presumably) an heroic act of defiance. The author expresses his agreement with Oscar Wilde, that the virtues of the poor were much to be regretted. 3 Clearly, something very profound and new had happened when the social-affairs intelligentsia turned its desacralizing and individualizing criticism on the family and crime.

They flounder around with figures they despise, and which they have therefore never taken the trouble to master. This is what has in recent years turned the political left into what it long accused the political right of being: the Stupid Party. 12 The individualizing and anti-positivistic social-affairs intelligentsia of the 1970s and 1980s, who perceived and evaluated him either as victim of oppression or rebellious hero, was notably well-disposed towards him. Simple analogies were drawn between colonialism and `internal colonialism'.

On what grounds do the orthodox social-affairs intellectuals, very many of them not having lived at that time, and even more of them not having lived in those neighbourhoods, prefer their own version of those people's lives to the version that those people have of their own? How do they account for the wide-spread and long-lasting appeal among ordinary working people, up to the 1960s, of `Home Sweet Home'? How do they account for the widespread and longlasting appeal among ordinary people, up to the 1960s, of Felicia Hemans' verses: The merry homes of England— Around their hearths at night, What gladsome looks of household love Meet in the ruddy light!

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