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.