- The Washington Times - Monday, September 2, 2002

Winston's wisdom
"Thankfully, Churchill notes, there are limits to the standardization of human beings. These limits are indicated by the 'universal standardization,' which was the aim of Soviet Bolshevism. The Bolsheviks attempted by 'tyranny and by terror to establish the most complete form of mass life and collectivism of which history bears record.' Writing in 1925, Churchill argued that such a totalitarian enterprise was bound to fail.
"Advanced liberal societies can take comfort that they have escaped the clutches of totalitarianism. Still, 'the great emancipated nations seem to have become largely independent of famous guides and guardians.' The Hero, Commander, or Teacher, is largely a residue of 'bygone rugged ages.' Technologically-driven modern warfare apparently doesn't need them, and standardized opinion seems to make their insights obsolete. Yet there is 'restlessness' about. Modern men 'miss [their] giants.' He writes:
"'Can modern communities do without great men? Can they dispense with hero-worship? Can nations remain healthy, can all nations draw together, in a world whose brightest stars are film stars and whose gods are sitting in the gallery?'"
Daniel J. Mahoney, writing on "Taking Greatness Seriously," in the August issue of On Principle
Facts vs. feminism
"Stanford associate professor Carol Delaney has a four-letter word for people who brutalize children. The word is male.
"'No one is stating the obvious,' Delaney declared in a letter to the [San Francisco] Chronicle. Citing the graphic string of high-profile child abductions and murders in recent months, she added: 'These hideous crimes are being committed by men.'
"Delaney stopped short of saying what's probably on the minds of many cable news viewers these days. Males are violent because violence is masculine; females are the ones who suffer.
"The consensus for these beliefs runs deep in post-feminist America. We could just embrace them as self-evident truths and start from there, except for a niggling complication. The beliefs aren't supported by facts.
"A study by the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System found that approximately 879,000 children were victims of child maltreatment in 2000. Based on reports provided by U.S. child protective services agencies, 60 percent of perpetrators were females and 40 percent were males. The Department of Health and Human Services reached a similar conclusion for the prior year: 'Female parents were identified as the perpetrators of neglect and physical abuse for the highest percentage of child victims.'
"Powerful cultural prejudice works against recognizing abusive women as a widespread malaise."
Keith Thompson, writing on "Sharing the Blame for Child Abuse," Thursday in Men's News Daily at www.mensnewsdaily.com
Less than fabulous
"HBO'S 'Sex and the City' can be interesting and entertaining. But midway through the fifth season the show's vision of a modern girl-power paradise is beginning to unravel.
"In the first few seasons, 'Sex and the City' story lines revolved around Carrie, Samantha, Miranda, and Charlotte in their quest for Mr. Right.
"Fans and promoters of the show apotheosized this lifestyle and proclaimed that their behavior was another great leap in women's lib.
"While their friendships with each other have remained secure and comforting this season, their relationships with men are as sad and dyspeptic as ever. And their futures remain precarious. 'I think I am one bad date away from bitter,' Carrie recently remarked.
"The girls from 'Sex and the City' still haven't grown up. And their 'fabulous' lifestyle looks less attractive and exciting every week."
Rachel DiCarlo, writing on "The Misery of 'Sex,'" Friday in the Weekly Standard Online at www.weeklystandard.com

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