Illegitimate iconoclasm

Angela Shanahan is of course entitled to cling to social tenets of the past, epitomised by her use of the hoary term “illegitimacy” to describe human birth (“Boomers to blame for young people’s failings”, 25/6). But she cannot meaningfully regard herself as an “iconoclast” simply because she is outnumbered by those who hold modern views, nor label the latter group an “elite” on the tautological grounds that one must hold those views to belong.

Like many of her conservative fellow-travellers, Shanahan seems unsure of whether it is she or her adversaries who are part of a minority whose views differ from the mainstream, and whether this is a good or bad thing. As she explicitly rejects the social sciences, she would be well-advised to abstain from attempting to practice them.

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