This quote is supposed to confirm Thatcher as an anti-social radical individualist of the Ayn Rand distemper.
And if we desire to remove the distemper of sin, similarly it is necessary to seek out the root of all sin.
The French had coined a name for the distemper and called it folie d'Afrique.
No more then, than some slight Indisposition can reasonably and naturally be made of this Woman's distemper.
Finding him a man of reason, I entered into the bottom of his distemper.
Every day some circumstance arises which shows me the importance of having the distemper in youth.
Well, I hope just as I get fond of them they will not have the distemper and die!
In his distemper he was very sleepy till near his death, but when he did awake he was wont still to fall a praying.
They say when horses have distemper he takes the medicine himself, and then prays over the horses.
I had no idea of the distemper producing such a state as hers, till now.
1550s, from distemper (v.); in reference to a disease of dogs, from 1747.
distemper dis·tem·per (dĭs-těm'pər)
An infectious viral disease occurring in dogs, characterized by loss of appetite, a catarrhal discharge from the eyes and nose, vomiting, partial paralysis, and sometimes death.
A similar viral disease of cats characterized by fever, vomiting, diarrhea leading to dehydration, and sometimes death.
Any of various similar mammalian diseases.