Social Conservatives to Young Men: Forward the Light Brigade! Charge for the Guns!

Bill Bennett recently caused a stir in the manosphere with his article on the failure of modern men. Grown up boys all over the internet squealed that they played video games all the time, and they were good men. Big Bad Bill Bennett wanted them to be like nasty old ’50s men-in-gray-flannel-suits. The fact is, Bill Bennett, hypocrite though he is, has a serious point.

The problem with Bennett’s position is not that if asks men to take responsibility. It’s that is lacks an analysis of how society has changed, and how we must change with it. The attitude is “hold the line” when maneuver and strategy are called for. Men are supposed to be like the light brigade:


tho’ the soldier knew
Some one had blunder’d.
Theirs not to make reply,
Theirs not to reason why,
Theirs but to do and die.

The trouble is that today when “someone blunders,” we’re more likely to get Verdun than the Charge of the Light Brigade. Weaponry has outpaced strategy, and Bill Bennett has no idea what to do about it.

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3 Responses to Social Conservatives to Young Men: Forward the Light Brigade! Charge for the Guns!

  1. Neither social conservatives nor does the manosphere have any good answers for men. As you point out, social conservatives shame but without understanding why men have become layabouts or how society has changed. The manosphere provides a good diagnosis, but has yet to organize itself into an effective agent for social change. I get the impression that many in the manosphere simply throw up their hands in exasperation, and decide on being lifelong bachelor cads. Understandable, certainly, but they are acting as a social solvent just as much as young women emulating the Sex in the City lifestyle, and are no better. For us there is no Augustus to impel good behavior through legislation, but that does not mean change is an impossible task. Changing divorce laws is an important first step, insofar as the changes will make divorce unappealing for women. The cultural battle will be trickier, as it will involve gaining a foothold in the media. But if the herd tells women that divorce is bad, they’ll be quick to follow. Perhaps an aspiring screenwriter and MRA is out there who could write a story about a women whose divorce works out for the absolute worst. [Agreed wholeheartedly. The trouble is, Augustus’ social laws failed. Even supreme political power is not sufficient for some kinds of social change.]

  2. dan says:

    it’s also about the avoidance of responsibility. at least a little bit.

  3. Helena says:

    Yeah, I really think the horse has bolted on this one. First, women (feminists) refused to be “shamed” into doing the right thing e.g. staying in their marriages, not cheating, etc, and now young males are saying “what’s good for the goose is good for the gander” and if society doesn’t hold women accountable for immorality, they sure as heck have no right to demand accountability from men. Basically, both sexes are behaving badly and narcissism/entitlement rules the day.

    Let’s not manipulate men in saving civilization on behalf of our irresponsible womenfolk – let’s congratulate them on an intelligent choice to “opt out” of broken institutions and women who can’t be relied on. I think men are tired of having their goodwill abused by society at large. I mean, why bother? Why bother putting your life and savings on the line for a system that’s toxic? If society wants good conduct, society will have to create incentives (cash payments?) for good conduct.

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