Oh, what a tangled web they weave.
We're going through a fascinating time in our cultural history.
On the one hand, we have the extreme right convinced that there's some weird Marxist conspiracy taking place with a view to destroying traditional values. On the other, we have the far left who admit that they want to destroy traditional values on the grounds that they are racist, homophobic and hurt their feelings.
But the so called 'liberal' classes - who are anything but liberal - have a habit of eating themselves.
This week saw a perfect example of the moral confusion and hypocrisy of some of the former clerics of the new correctness. Up until, oh, about three weeks ago, JK Rowling was one of the most right-on luvvies you could ever expect to encounter.
The Harry Potter author was reliably quick to denounce the things which were fashionable to denounce and support those things that were fashionable to support.
Then she made the mistake of dipping her toes into the murky pool of transgender issues. Whoops!
The current transgender trend is an interesting one - it has seen famous feminists such as Germaine Greer condemned and no-platformed by younger feminists because, like Rowling, Greer is of the opinion that men are men and women are women.
You can agree or disagree with that statement but Greer has been placed on history's naughty step and Rowling isn't far behind.
This week, however, Rowling and 151 other authors, journalists and academics signed a letter condemning this new 'cancel culture' which has wreaked havoc.
According to the likes of JK, Salman Rushdie, Margaret Atwood and Martin Amis: "The free exchange of information and ideas, the lifeblood of a liberal society, is daily becoming more constricted."
It's hard to disagree, although Rowling's contribution is a masterclass of hypocrisy - after all, she was happy to lead a Twitter campaign against Kevin Myers a few years ago.
But her point is righteous, even if her motivation may be suspect. We have become a much more intolerant society than we were a few years ago.
There was a time when liberals faced castigation from conservatives but the boot has gone on to the other foot and now we have the screaming-meemies of the Left demanding that they're never exposed to views they don't like.
Interestingly, Rowling has even been accused of 'hate speech' for saying that only women can have periods but ultimately 'hate speech' is just speech that some people hate hearing.
What we're witnessing isn't an old- school gender war, it's a generational one. It seems that those over 40 still believe in things such as biological sex, while younger people are keen to assert their moral purity by stridently proclaiming that everyone can be whatever they want to be. And they don't like to be challenged.
I recently pointed out in this column that we're in serious danger of heading into book-burning territory. Lo and behold! The new Red Guard of social media have been busy posting pictures of themselves burning Harry Potter books, although in an encouraging sight, one environmentally conscious would-be censor decided to compost her books instead.
That, I'm sure you'll agree, is real progress.
There is something rather bizarre about Salman Rushdie, who spent decades in hiding now being worried about eejits on Twitter. But that is an indication of just how rotten and toxic things have become.
Thousands of former Harry Potter fans have said that they'll never open the pages again - but what's the point of that?
The idea that art should be judged purely on the artist is something that belongs in communist dictatorships, not a free society.
For several years, one of my gigs as a reporter was to go down to wherever the new Harry Potter book was being launched. While not a big fan (I was more into His Dark Materials) there was something undeniably magical about standing on Grafton Street at midnight, while hundreds of kids dressed as their favourite Potter character eagerly awaited the latest book.
There was excitement and innocence in the air, yet now people who admit they still like her are denounced as transphobes.
These are scary times, people.
The baying mob has the scent of blood in its nostrils and the problem with mobs is that they are never satisfied.
That Rowling used to be one of the mob leaders and now finds herself in their target line is proof of that.
Also, the problem with mobs is that they never think they are wrong and they are bloodthirsty in their eagerness to ruin the life of any thought criminal.
Quite a few Irish commentators have had a go at Rowling for not singing from the prescribed hymn sheet.
But they should be careful.
After all, as we have seen this week, when you encourage the mob, and play a part in the pile-ons, don't be too surprised when the mob decides to turn on you.
Because sooner or later, they will.