V.S. Naipaul's 'Good torture' and 'Bad Torture'

Posted on August 12, 2018 By newsroom

The great writer V.S. Naipaul has died. He saw the world straight on, blinkers but with a pessimistic (and true) shade. From his Nobel prize speech:

 

Nearly thirty years ago I went to Argentina. It was at the time of the guerrilla crisis. People were waiting for the old dictator Perón to come back from exile. The country was full of hate. Peronists were waiting to settle old scores. One such man said to me, "There is good torture and bad torture." Good torture was what you did to the enemies of the people. Bad torture was what the enemies of the people did to you. People on the other side were saying the same thing. There was no true debate about anything. There was only passion and the borrowed political jargon of Europe. I wrote, "Where jargon turns living issues into abstractions, and where jargon ends by competing with jargon, people don't have causes. They only have enemies."

 


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