Skip to comments.Never Trust Anyone Who Hasnít Been Punched in the Face
Posted on 12/14/2011 8:50:39 PM PST by Little Ray
Conservatives like to talk about the causes of Western Civilizations downfall: feminism, loose morality, drug abuse, Christianitys decline, reality TV. Blaming civilizations downfall on lardy hagfish such as Andrea Dworkin is like a doctor diagnosing senility by an old persons wrinkles. The fact that anyone listened to such a numskull is a symptom, not the cause, of a culture in decline. The cause of civilizational decline is dirt-simple: lack of contact with objective reality. The great banker-journalist (and founder of the original National Review) Walter Bagehot said it well almost 150 years ago:
History is strewn with the wrecks of nations which have gained a little progressiveness at the cost of a great deal of hard manliness, and have thus prepared themselves for destruction as soon as the movements of the world gave a chance for it.
Every great civilization reaches a point of prosperity where it is possible to live your entire life as a pacifist without any serious consequences. Many civilizations have come to the state of devolution represented by modern Berkeley folkways, from wife-swapping to vegetarianism. These ideas dont come from a hardscrabble existence in contact with natures elemental forces; they are the inevitable consequence of being an effete urban twit removed from meaningful contact with reality. The over-civilized will try to portray their decadence as something highly evolved and worthy of emulation because it can only exist in the hothouse of highly civilized urban centers, much like influenza epidemics. Somehow these twittering blockheads missed out on what the word evolution means. Evolution involves brutal and often violent natural selection, and these people have not been exposed to brutal evolutionary forces any more than a typical urban poodle.
Through human history, vigorous civilizations had various ways of dealing with the unfortunate human tendency toward being a weak ninny. The South Koreans (for my money, the hardest men in Asia today) have brutally tough military training as a rite of passage. Ive been told that the Soviet system had students picking potatoes during national holidays. The ancient Greeks used competitive sports and constant warfare. The Anglo-American working classes, the last large virtuous group of people left in these countries, use bullying, violent sports, fisticuffs, and hard living.
I think there is a certain worldview that comes from violent experience. Its something like manhood. You dont have to be the worlds greatest badass to be a man, but you have to be willing to throw down when the time is right.
A man who has been in a fight or played violent sports has experienced more of life and manhood than a man who hasnt. Fisticuffs, wrestling matches, knife fights, violent sport, duels with baseball bats, facing down guns, or getting crushed in the football fieldmen who have had these experiences are different from men who have not. Men who have trained for or experienced such encounters know about bravery and mental fortitude from firsthand experience. Men who have been tested physically know that inequality is a physical fact. Men who know how to deal out violence know that radical feminisms tenetsthat women and men are equalare a lie. We know that women are not the same as men: not physically, mentally, or in terms of moral character.
Men who have fought know how difficult it is to stand against the crowd and that civilization is fragile and important. A man who has experienced violence knows that, at its core, civilization is an agreement between men to behave well. That agreement can be broken at any moment; its part of manhood to be ready when it is. Men who have been in fights know about something that is rarely spoken of without snickering these days: honor. Men who have been in fights know that, on some level, words are just words: At some point, words must be backed up by deeds.
Above all, men who have been in fights know that there is nothing good or noble about being a victim. This is a concept the modern conservative movement, mostly run by wimps, has lost, probably irrevocably. Theyre forever tugging at my heartstrings, from No Child Left Behind to Israels plight to MLKs wonders to whining that the media doesnt play fair to the overwrought emotional appeals they use to justify dropping bombs on Muslims. The Republicans are even taking seriously a pure victim-candidate: Michelle Bachman. As far as can be told, shes a middle-American Barack Obama with boobs and a slightly loopier world view.
Modern civilized males dont get in fistfights. They dont play violent sports. They play video games and, at best, watch TV sports. Modern males are physical and emotional weaklings. The ideal male isnt John Wayne or James Bond or Jimmy Stewart anymore. Its some crying tit that goes to a therapist, a sort of agreeable lesbian with a dick who calls the police (whom he hates in theory) when there is trouble. The ideal modern male is the British shrimp who handed his pants over to the looter in south London.
How did we get here? Estrogens in the food supply? Cultural Marxisms corrosive influence? Small families? Some of the greatest badasses Ive known had many brothers to fight with growing up. When good men who will fight are all extinct, there is no more civilization. No lantern-jawed viragos are going to save you from the barbarian hordes. No mincing nancy boys with Harvard diplomas will stand up for the common decencies: Theyre a social construct, dontcha know. The conservative movement wont save you: Theyre chicken-hearted careerists petrified of offending a victim group.
Teddy Roosevelt, my ideal President, kept a lion and a bear as pets in the White House and took his daily exercise doing jiu-jitsu and boxing. He even lost vision in an eye in a friendly boxing match while he was president. Our last three glorious leaders are men who kept fluffy dogs and went jogging. I dont trust squirrelly girly-men in any context. When confronted with difficult decisions, they dont do whats right or tell the truththeyll do whats easy or politically expedient. Unlike the last three, Teddy Roosevelt never sent men to die in pointless wars, though he was more than happy to go himself or risk his neck wrestling with bears.
Im no great shakes: Im a shrimpy egghead in a suit who thinks about math all day. I dont train for fighting anymore, and my experiences with violence are fairly limited. Nonetheless, I judge people on these sorts of things. When I first meet a man, I dont care what kind of sheepskins or awards he has on his walls. I dont care if he is liberal or conservative. I want to know if they have my back in a fight. Thats really the only thing that matters.
So, who, in the current crop of candidates, would you trust to get your back?
I'm keep coming up with a complete blank.
I was raised by a father who’d punch me in the face or head for so much as a look. He taught me and my four brothers to box. I’ve played soccer , I took karate classes and I’ve been cold-cocked with a black-jack but didn’t go down(rule #1 in a street fight: don’t go down), I’ve been in plenty of fistfights. I know what this guys talking about.
This goes with my theory on free speech spoken from a barstool. You are free to say anything you want but it may have consequences.
Entertaining, but silly. Real men are tough, but have no need or desire to prove it. Inadequate men feel the need to prove toughness.
GW Bush was a jet fighter pilot who flew what may have been the most dangerous (to the pilots) fighter jet ever put into service by the USAF.
That may not be the point of the article.
“So, who, in the current crop of candidates, would you trust to get your back?
I’m keep coming up with a complete blank.”
Perry. Probably Huntsman - I am assessing the man here, not his policies. Newt if we were attempting the same objective. Could be wrong on any or all.
I admire Teddy in many ways, but the truth is he was basically a Progressive and really sent us down the path leading here.
I recently showed one of my daughters scars on my knuckles from fist fights as a younger man, my wife was so impressed she called in my youngest son (17) to see them too. Neither of them knew about the source of these scars.
I've had a revolver pointed at me at point blank range after I broke up a fight.(cocked, and held by a scared cop too cowardly to stop two thugs who were beating the crap out of a young man. WTF?)
Also had a confrontation with another gun (all these earlier in life...)
Today, I find the same attitude surfacing that I had early as a young man, "Don't Tread On Me". I feel the necessity to stay as physically strong as possible with these perilous times, two young daughters and a beautiful wife to protect and defend.
Thanks for posting the article.
They're forever tugging at my heartstrings, from No Child Left Behind to Israel's plight to MLK's wonders to whining that the media doesn't play fair to the overwrought emotional appeals they use to justify dropping bombs on Muslims. The Republicans are even taking seriously a pure victim-candidate: Michelle Bachman. As far as can be told, she's a middle-American Barack Obama with boobs and a slightly loopier world view... Teddy Roosevelt, my ideal President, kept a lion and a bear as pets in the White House and took his daily exercise doing jiu-jitsu and boxing. He even lost vision in an eye in a friendly boxing match while he was president. Our last three glorious leaders are men who kept fluffy dogs and went jogging.TR, his ideal President? TR was the main enabler for the "conservation" movement -- the iron grip on western states' resources by TR's tennis buddies -- despite his "trust buster" reputation. He's the Bully Progressive and founder of the Rockefeller wing of the Republican Party. And not surprisingly, he also handed the election to one of our most dangerous despotic prez, Woodrow "Kept Us Out of War" Wilson -- another Nobel Peace Prize winner.
What’s with the slap at Israel and defense of moslems? Those didn’t fit in with the rest of the article.
I think Mr. Locklin spent a lot of time needlessly typing away when he could have simply quoted CS Lewis:
Perry. He at least will defend his dog by shooting a coyote...
Not that it would give reason to trust me, but I was punched in the face at a fairly young age, right after the State forced busing into my school. The impact came out of nowhere, for no other reason that I gave a friendly wave to someone from the inner city.
In retrospect, while his reaction was totally inappropriate (he was suspended), he probably thought he was being mocked and took action. Standard assumptions taught him to be defensive (or rather offensive).
Ever since, I don’t look strangers in the face, or reach out to them in any way, without reserve. When the fellow walking down the sidewalk with pants drooping half down his ass turns around to stare as I approach from behind in my car, I look away and mutter to myself words that would cause Al Sharpton to take offense.
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