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Andrew (and a swelling host of readers): I asked for a politician who

“PROUDLY CLAIMED to be socially conservative but fiscally liberal.” All

suggestions so far have been apologetic about either the one thing or the

other (with the possible exception of De Gaulle, about whom I don’t know

enough). Ramesh: Surely one factor in the rise of prison rape–which I

feel sure was wellnigh unknown a generation ago–has been the striking down

of the very strong social taboo on male-male buggery. This taboo was

universal across all cultures, primitive and civilized, and even including

those that tolerated male-male erotic bonding, until the rise of the “gay

rights” movement in the modern West. I’m not saying that this is the only

factor, or even the major factor, but it must surely be **a** factor.

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