Bruce Charlton is still upset

I last posted about Professor Charlton and the peculiar objects of his ire in December 2012, when he turned his critical eye on, of all things, weightlifting. The professor's bile is rising again, this time over the term "Dark Enlightenment," which is an increasingly popular self-descriptor for the reactionary Right. For Bruce Charlton though, the very use of such terminology is a betrayal, conjuring up images of corrupt, doomed Saruman, hopelessly in thrall to Mount Doom. "Don't say that word!"

Bruce Charlton is an academic, a formidable intellect and passionate conservative. He is kind enough to post my bluster from time to time, as he did here, on the recent spectacle of the English showing their bellies to Nigerian savages in their very streets, in front of their own Army's bases. Mangan and Sailer both link to him. But there is this frustrating tendency for conservatives, both the faux ones like John McCain and Lindsey Graham and the real ones like Professor Charlton to run over and piss on the slightest expression of any grim, contrarian resolve or masculine energy by anybody in the movement. One would hope, to the contrary, that we would use more colorful, "edgy" expression if we are to attract young people and have any future. Unfortunately, as commenter "C." notes, the problem is inherent to Bruce Charlton's own dour, aging Englishness:
I didn't say it at the time, but I think some of the topics that have caused the most controversy on this blog (weightlifting and tattoos come to mind) have caused controversy mainly because of cultural misunderstandings between England and America. With a few exceptions, there is no concept of healthy masculinity left in England, and there is in the US. Americans simply cannot grasp how bad things are in England in this regard.
Professor Charlton agrees with his commenter, by the way.

England just seems to be doing appallingly bad.

UPDATE: I am posting my comment to Bruce's recent post here, in the event he doesn't publish it:
Bruce - I'm having a really hard time squaring your arguments for robust, masculine Christianity with the fits you throw whenever somebody suggests men should lift weights, or when anybody in the conservative movement uses dark or grim terminology. You actually seem terrified of any expression of masculine energy in the conservative movement.

I think you sincerely believe that the great conflicts beginning to roil will be settled in a salon debate, at which the liberals will be rendered speechless in the face of impeccable conservative syllogisms, declare their policies a failure, and tearfully beg us to set things right.

What is shaping up is a war, and the Muslims and other restive, unassimilable minorities in the West have already begun the opening skirmishes.

You and I won't fight this war. We are too old. The young men who will do the fighting for our side will be the ones lifting weights and listening to loud, grim heavy metal music. They will favor lots of dark, violent imagery, like the Death-Head Hussars, the US Special Forces, the Levantine Phalange, Golden Dawn, and other military and paramilitary forces through history.

You better hope that's what's going on among young, conservative men, in any event.

A second update, Bruce's bizarre comment addressed to me on his site:
@Anti-Gnostic - I didn't publish your comment because you are tilting at windmills - you've got me almost completely wrong!

Have you had a look at my book Thought Prison (link at sidebar to the left). That should cure you of some of the mistaken notions you have about my opinions.

I would just add that to be anti-Leftist is *not* to be virtuous; although to be virtuous (nowadays) one *must* be anti-Leftist.

Incidentally, here's Bruce's Three Point Plan Of Action:
1. If we simply start-out from a different place - not this place - then things become straightforward.

2. If the people who start-out are different people - and not these people we see around us, certainly not them! - then we ought to be able to deal with these matters.

3. Different people, starting from a different place would certainly be useful - but even without these, victory could so easily be ours if only people wanted different things than people want.

I challenge anyone with an active Y-chromosome to come up with a more inchoate, effeminate non-action action plan.

England really is appalling.


alexis said…
Well, AG, writing about weightlifting may be earning you ire, but it convinced me of the importance of squats. Now if I can find a safe place to try those terrifying power cleans...

Per my update above, keep lifting brother, and teach yourself those cleans.

And always do full squats.
fnn said…
From Hungary on the English Question: