All the puffing and snorting from the GOP Establishment over Donald Trump's reasonable (and in all probability constitutional
) suggestion that we stop issuing visas to foreign Muslims brought H.M. Bateman to my mind.
Bateman was a cartoonist, floruit the 1920s. He is best remembered for his "The Man Who...." cartoons, in each of which some lone figure commits an offense against the social or sumptuary codes of upper-middle-class Britons.
The flushed, apoplectic faces and the popping monocles; or in other cases, the herd-mind laughter and humiliation . . . . Yep, we live by taboos.