Qualified Stupidity

Contrary to what Justin Clemens believes (‘Correspondence’, October), the words of Alain Badiou quoted at the end of my article (‘The Cambodian Genocide’, September) are not hearsay – they are a recently published statement of the “prominent French philosopher”. In our democratic societies, Badiou and his Australian disciple are naturally free (thank God, and our good laws!) to celebrate the merits of Stalin, Mao and Enver Hohxa (and, by logical implication, even those of Pol Pot). Decent people, however, do also have the right to qualify such attitude for what it actually is: an ignoble stupidity.

Simon Leys
Canberra, ACT