28.12.04

BY THEIR FRUITS SHALL YE KNOW THEM. Michael Barone argues that "reactionary progressivism" is not an oxymoron. One flash point:
For younger women, the grievances of feminism must seem antique. They were told as they were brought up that they were under obligations to leave the workplace to raise their children and to subordinate their own happiness to their duty to others. On the contrary, they may have resented the absence in their daily lives of their working mothers or the divorce of parents who decided to seek happiness their own way.
A Constrained Vision, in a link-rich post, sees that same phenomenon influencing the music.
I think that one of the more novel and interesting parts is the chapter on how contemporary music reflects the emotional damage caused by family dysfunction. That chapter is excerpted in the current issue of Policy Review.
The root of the problem, however, might be in making it more difficult for people to get into difficult situations in the first place; the problem lies not with the divorces, but with the dubious grounds for the marriages that produced these angry kids.

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