The Values condemned in the 1960s-70s–as “moral oppressiveness”—were just plain common sense

Posted by Lech Dharma on February 23, 2012

The 1960s and 1970s were fertile ground for an epidemic of Liberalism in America. The civil rights movement paved the way for campus anti-War demonstrations, creeping Neo-Marxism, the FemiNazi Movement, and the “Free Love” Revolution. Many of those movements were part-and-parcel of the rampant use of mind-altering drugs by America’s “hip” culture.  Besides, it was cool to rage against the establishment machine. 

Decades later, the effect of these “Progressive” social movements on America’s cultural fabric is evident: an AIDS epidemic, social acceptance of promiscuity, rampant abortions, a decrease in marriages, a dramatic increase in illegitimate births, “gangsta” culture glorification, racial-identity politics—and a permanent poverty class.

Likewise, Hollyweird and the Liberal-controlled media continue to indoctrinate people into believing that traditional (i.e. Judeo-Christian) moral and family values are: oppressive (or even “fascist”); not socially “progressive”; and not nearly as “cool” as not conforming to them. (Just watch some MTV sometime)

It turns out—however—that those “oppressive” traditional moral and family values were also based in common-sense…as Andrew Klavan points out:

Klavan on the Culture: The Tyranny of Hip (excerpts)
February 20, 2012 – 7:00 am – by Andrew Klavan

“Desperately racing to catch up with the conservative sociologist Charles Murray whom they so despise, the leftist New York Times front-paged a story Saturday that basically bore out the central findings of Murray’s new book Coming Apart.

More than half of births to American women under 30 occur outside marriage. … The fastest growth in the last two decades has occurred among white women in their 20s. … One group still largely resists the trend: college graduates, who overwhelmingly marry before having children. That is turning family structure into a new class divide, with the economic and social rewards of marriage increasingly reserved for people with the most education.

The leftist Times adds:

The shift is affecting children’s lives. Researchers have consistently found that children born outside marriage face elevated risks of falling into poverty, failing in school or suffering emotional and behavioral problems.

In other words, educated people do better because they marry more. They’re also, according to Murray, more religious and industrious, which further improves their lives.

The leftist Times, of course — and many of Murray’s leftist reviewers — try to slant these findings to suggest poor people are somehow being made to suffer by society’s unfair privileging of the marriage state. We can soon expect to hear a good deal about how a more tolerant Europe does illegitimacy better. It is frustrating to know we will have to wait at least a decade before the Times and its leftist camp followers are proven — as they are always ultimately proven in these social matters — wrong yet again.

Those unwilling to wait that long can turn directly to Murray, who tends to go blithely about getting things right even as the left excoriates him. Murray understands that the debilitating shifts of poorer people away from marriage and religion are culturally induced and that the prescriptions to reverse them must be cultural as well. Among those fixes, as he said in a recent article in the paper of record (the Wall Street Journal):

The best thing that the new upper class can do… is to drop its condescending “non-judgmentalism.” Married, educated people who work hard and conscientiously raise their kids shouldn’t hesitate to voice their disapproval of those who defy these norms. When it comes to marriage and the work ethic, the new upper class must start preaching what it practices.

[…]  No one wants to turn into the old man waving his cane from the porch rocking chair shouting at the young folks to stop all their goldarned canoodling and quit parading around with their hoo-has and what-nots hanging out,  for the love of Mike.

And yet, the nation hungers for just such behavior. Witness the recent YouTube video of a father punishing his spoiled daughter for a snarky Facebook post, by plugging her laptop with a .45. The thing went viral to the tune of tens of millions of viewers. Why? Because it was wonderful to see someone finally step up and be Daddy…”

The problem we face in America today—thanks to hip culture—is that a lot more children may not even know who their Daddy is

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