Friedrich Nietzsche was probably the first humorist to satirise self-righteousness in terms of pharmaceutically induced mental states. Moralin. Mixed in full strength for the European Left, and in various homeopathic concentrations for the Right and Centre. Dull conservatives have always preferred to take Umbrage, and are now doing so in ever greater numbers. The Swedes traditionally consume more Moralin per head of population than any other European country. This has allowed their great leaders to pocket the credit for their nation’s humanitarian generosity, while at the same time unloading all blame for the disastrous social results onto the Umbrage-takers. Now comes the turn of Germany’s Die Linke party to sniff the rapture of righteousness-without-responsibility.
SPIEGEL ONLINE : At their Congress, delegates of Die Linke [The Left Party] have voted by a large majority for a motion put forward by the party executive in favour of open borders for refugees. Yet the debate on this issue will continue.