Quotation by Doris Lessing

What lies behind facts like these: that so recently one could not have said Scott was not perfect without earning at least sorrowful disapproval; that a year after the Gang of Four were perfect, they were villains; that in the fifties in the United States a nothing-man called McCarthy was able to intimidate and terrorise sane and sensible people, but that in the sixties young people summoned before similar committees simply laughed.
Doris Lessing (b. 1919), British novelist. Afterword, The Making of the Representative for Planet 8, p. 125, Knopf (1982).
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