"I have a soft spot for gritty old leftists. Don’t get me wrong: I’m fully aware of the horrors their beliefs and activities brought upon the world. It’s just that when I’ve met them in person, I’ve always found them likeable, even simpatico. Being right about politics is one thing; having personal qualities such as integrity, honor, and courage is another. These are, as we math geeks say, orthogonal variables. You can be dramatically wrong yet filled with admirable personal qualities. Contrariwise, you can be right (which is to say, Right) in your opinions while none the less being a repulsive creep," - the Derb.

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