January/February 2016: Evelyn Waugh Revisited
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Reading Evelyn Waugh’s collected journalism more than fifty years after he wrote it, one realizes how accurately he prophesied the long-range consequences of radical egalitarianism in all the departments of life.
Consider the disappearance of the word “gentleman”. A fight breaks out between two young men in their late twenties in the parking lot of a neighborhood bar in a depressed city. The police arrive, restore order, and ask questions. One of the combatants says, “I don’t know why the gentleman approached me. I don’t know him.”