The truly appalling thing about the witch-hunt sparked by the dishonest and mendacious *New Statesman* article was the way in which supposed conservatives competed against one another (in a very short time) to vilify a respected thinker and writer on the basis of wholly inadequate knowledge - very much like the media sh*tstorm of shallow hysteria about the "Native American Tribal Elder", the Black Hebrews and the Catholic schoolboys wearing MAGA ballcaps.