Nothing historical is frozen in time;
nothing in history is immune to change;
nothing in history is beyond reason, beyond understanding, beyond analysis and influence. Politicians can say all the nonsense they wish and do what they want, and so can professional demagogues.
But for intellectuals, artists and free citizens, there must always be room for dissent, for alternative views, for ways and possibilities to challenge the tyranny of the majority and, most importantly, to advance human enlightenment and liberty.
Edward W. Said, Le Monde Diplomatique, Oct 2001
He could not be more spot on if he wanted