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by Christopher Chantrill
December 23, 2014 at 12:00 am
I HAVE A QUESTION, what with all the wars on women and rape cultures and Jackiegates and all. Do women want to be responsible individuals and live in the culture of responsible individualism that occupies the center ground of our modern culture?
Because if you do, dear ladies, I am here to say that it is time for you to make that absolutely clear to the world.
Let us rehearse this in the style of Karl Marx: It is high time that women should openly, in the face of the whole world, publish their views, their aims, their tendencies, and meet this nursery tale of the victimhood of womankind with a manifesto of free and responsible womanhood itself.
You ladies must tell the world that you want to be responsible individual women with all the glorious attendant risks and possibilities and you are not going to allow the liberal feminists to speak and act in your name.
Otherwise the liberals will fly you up a box canyon just like they did with the white working class.
Last week I descanted on the white working class that must finally start on the road to responsible individualism. I pointed up the poverty of the liberal idea that there are two kinds of people: “expressive” individuals, or liberals, and “utilitarian” individuals, people who just do what they are told.
I said that the liberal world view completely left out the guy in the middle, the responsible individual, which is odd because the rise of the responsible individual, in my telling, is the real story of the last three thousand years.
But responsible individualism never gets its way without ferocious opposition, because, as Theodore Dalrymple says of Islamism: “if material progress has not been rapid, which is to say, not as rapid as hoped or expected, wickedness and sin must be the explanation, so that the removal of the wicked and sinful is the logical solution.”
The feminists are just the same. Women not in heaven in 2014? It must be the wicked and sinful patriarchy and rape culture that’s to blame. But think of the contradiction: On the one hand women deserve to live in expressive individualist heaven; on the other hand they are helpless victims that cannot think straight without the help of feminist minders and activists.
I’m not the only one that sees a contradiction. Harvey Mansfield has 5,000 words for you on “The Contradiction that Rules Feminism” if you are up for it.
Fortunately, Megan McArdle clears away the contradictions in a shorter piece on the UVA Jackiegate fiasco. She writes that the current flim-flam over “affirmative consent” and “rape culture” misses the point. There is no getting around individual women doing the hard work of enforcing “no means no” wherever and whenever needed, whether in the bedroom or the boardroom or anywhere else. When feminists want to make things easier for women they are turning the clock back “by deciding what [women] wanted, and punishing anyone who wanted anything else.”
There is no free in freedom. Freedom is hard and it means responsibility; otherwise it isn’t freedom.
Let’s get longshoreman Eric Hoffer to help with his essay “The Readiness to Work” from The Ordeal of Change. Either the rulers set us to work, he writes, as has been the rule down the ages, or the workers ourselves take on that responsibility. But when we take on that responsibility we take on a heavy burden. “An autonomous existence is heavily burdened and beset with fears, and can be endured only when bolstered by confidence and self-esteem.” We humans have developed a culture to bear the burden of freedom and overcome our fears. I call it the culture of responsible individualism.
Karl Marx and his epigones had a different idea. The working class ought to be able to bounce right from rural idiocy to liberation in the city in one simple step. It was the fault of the wicked and sinful bourgeoisie if it couldn’t.
Same thing with women’s liberation. Women ought to be able to step immediately into liberation from the age of patriarchy and if there were any problems it had to be the fault of wicking and sinful frat boys. So government was needed to force the patriarchy to change.
But if the government gets involved telling people what to do, then we are starting back to the good old days when the workers were slaves and the rulers put the slaves to work.
Against this folly is the long line of women who set out and explored a path of genuine responsible individualism for women. And if you ask me, the patron saint of the movement is the extraordinary mid-Victorian, daughter of an estate steward, the woman we know as the writer George Eliot.
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[W]hen I asked a liberal longtime editor I know with a mainstream [publishing] house for a candid, shorthand version of the assumptions she and her colleagues make about conservatives, she didn't hesitate. Racist, sexist, homophobic, anti-choice fascists, she offered, smiling but meaning it.
Harry Stein, I Can't Believe I'm Sitting Next to a Republican
[T]he way to achieve a system of determining admission to the public schools on a nonracial basis,
Brown II, 349 U. S., at 300–301, is to stop assigning students on a racial basis. The way to stop
discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race.
Roberts, C.J., Parents Involved in Community Schools vs. Seattle School District
[T]he Liberal, and still more the subspecies Radical... more than any other in these latter days seems under the impression that so long as he has a good end in view he is warranted in exercising over men all the coercion he is able[.]
Herbert Spencer, The Man Versus the State
[To make] of each individual member of the army a soldier who, in character, capability, and knowledge, is self-reliant, self-confident, dedicated, and joyful in taking responsibility [verantwortungsfreudig] as a man and a soldier. — Gen. Hans von Seeckt
MacGregor Knox, Williamson Murray, ed., The dynamics of military revolution, 1300-2050
[The Axial Age] highlights the conception of a responsible self... [that] promise[s] man for the first time that he can understand the fundamental structure of reality and through salvation participate actively in it.
Robert N Bellah, "Religious Evolution", American Sociological Review, Vol. 29, No. 3.
[In the] higher Christian churches... they saunter through the liturgy like Mohawks along a string of scaffolding who have long since forgotten their danger. If God were to blast such a service to bits, the congregation would be, I believe, genuinely shocked. But in the low churches you expect it every minute.
Annie Dillard, Holy the Firm
[Every] sacrifice is an act of impurity that pays for a prior act of greater impurity... without its participants having to suffer the full consequences incurred by its predecessor. The punishment is commuted in a process that strangely combines and finesses the deep contradiction between justice and mercy.
Frederick Turner, Beauty: The Value of Values
Within Pentecostalism the injurious hierarchies of the wider world are abrogated and replaced by a single hierarchy of faith, grace, and the empowerments of the spirit... where groups gather on rafts to take them through the turbulence of the great journey from extensive rural networks to the mega-city and the nuclear family...
David Martin, On Secularization
What distinguishes true Conservatism from the rest, and from the Blair project, is the belief in more personal freedom and more market freedom, along with less state intervention... The true Third Way is the Holy Grail of Tory politics today - compassion and community without compulsion.
Minette Marrin, The Daily Telegraph
These emerge out of long-standing moral notions of freedom, benevolence, and the affirmation of ordinary life... I have been sketching a schematic map... [of] the moral sources [of these notions]... the original theistic grounding for these standards... a naturalism of disengaged reason, which in our day takes scientistic forms, and a third family of views which finds its sources in Romantic expressivism, or in one of the modernist successor visions.
Charles Taylor, Sources of the Self
There was nothing new about the Frankish drive to the east... [let] us recall that the continuance of their rule depended upon regular, successful, predatory warfare.
Richard Fletcher, The Barbarian Conversion
The Union publishes an exact return of the amount of its taxes; I can get copies of the budgets of the four and twenty component states; but who can tell me what the citizens spend in the administration of county and township?
Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America