The sense that we in the West, our entire culture of freedom and individual rights, are under mortal threat is not an uncommon theme. Adding to this is an article, a long article, from Camille Paglia:
‘What you’re seeing is how a civilization commits suicide,’ says Camille Paglia. . . . The military is out of fashion, Americans undervalue manual labor, schools neuter male students, opinion makers deny the biological differences between men and women, and sexiness is dead.
And why does all this matter?
‘The entire elite class now, in finance, in politics and so on, none of them have military service—hardly anyone, there are a few. But there is no prestige attached to it anymore. That is a recipe for disaster,’ she says. ‘These people don’t think in military ways, so there’s this illusion out there that people are basically nice, people are basically kind, if we’re just nice and benevolent to everyone they’ll be nice too. They literally don’t have any sense of evil or criminality.’
Perhaps a slow news day, but going to the movies yesterday which started with a trailer for Nelson Mandela, the movie and then watched a film as some English man becomes best mates with the chap who tortured him in a Japanese prisoner of war camp – and let me not forget the man who the Americans have elected president – you really do wonder whether we have what it takes to survive as a culture.