If we want a happy new year we are going to have to work for it.
Consider a few titles from the book section on Amazon:
- The Party is Over
- It’s Even Worse Than It Looks
- Idiot America, How Stupid Became a Virtue in the Land of the Free
- Beyond Outrage
- Who Stole the American Dream?
George Packer published this in The New Yorker to describe The Party is Over:
Lofgren’s ideas are trenchant and far-reaching. . . . With the feel of a long-repressed confession and the authority of an insider’s testimony, like the anti-war views of a decorated infantry officer. . . he writes about how the Republican party took advantage of a profoundly ignorant electorate, an easily conned and distracted media, and a cowed Democratic Party to press the ideological struggle in spite of the deep unpopularity of many of its positions.
There are some potent criticisms in this short quotation. I am particularly struck by “an easily conned and distracted media.”
If you want to dive into the softening of the male spirit that leaves groups vulnerable to being “cowed” just Google “soft male,” or you can read The Rise of the Soft Man, a rather lengthy look at the subject.
Martin Daubney wrote about the decline of do-it-yourself projects because men lack the skills. He said in The Telegraph:
The result is that many modern men are more like our mothers than our fathers, while the opposite is true for women, who are increasingly wearing the trousers.
All of us who want a good 2016 would do well to declare our intentions to make it happen.