Tom Hoffman at American Thinker writes about the wussy men of our day – the ones that glide along in their Gucci loafers, french cuffs, manicured nails and name brand gentleman’s wear. Tom observes that the days of manly men ended with the Boomer generation.
“The baby boom generation was the last to be taught the values of rugged individualism, risk-taking, courage, bravery, loyalty, and reverence for tradition. John Wayne epitomized the rugged individual who was committed to fighting “the bad guy,” but he was only one of a whole host of competing figures cut out of the same cloth. What happened?”
Edward Gibbon chronicles the increasing femininity of the Roman Empire in his six-volume work, The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. He catalogues the progressive decadence that rendered the once-proud republic into spoils for barbarian hordes. The consuls in the early republic, who were warrior-generals adhering to a strict code of honor, gradually gave way to the backroom emperors who were no more than brazen criminals and thugs. It is the same script in all noble human enterprise: The fabric which bred success is torn apart by the complacency of the successful. When warfare is demonized as violence and negotiation is raised to an art, the end is near. Today, we are there.”
Hoffman’s piece “When Masculine Virtues Go Out of Fashion” is worth a read, if for no other reason than to understand how histoire is being repeated. Don’t miss the comment section either.