Human Paleopsychology

MensNewsDaily  Column 13

 
   
Kent G. Bailey.  Decline of the Warrior Male: Is Ann Coulter the Last of the "Real Men" on the Intellectual Right?  MND, June 11, 2006
 
      In a widely discussed article in the prestigious journal Behavioral and Brain Sciences (1995), the late Linda Mealy addressed the issue of what makes a sociopath versus a psychopath.  She argued that there are two basic types of sociopathy- the primary type which is genetically-based, extremely dangerous, and almost impossible to treat (the psychopath) and the secondary type which can emerge in most highly masculine males when under stress or provocation (the "sociopath" in common terms).  That is, there is a small number of persistently dangerous psychopaths out there motivated by their own inner demons (e. g., the monstrous Jerry Inman who brutally raped and murdered Clemson student Tiffany Sauers), and a substantially large number of sociopaths ready to be set off under elicitative conditions such as natural disasters, social breakdown, group conflict and war, and even a soccer match that goes the wrong way.
 
     I was one of 30 or so discussants of the Mealy article, and my emphasis was on the "warrior hawk" aspects of primary and secondary sociopathy.  In my view, most of the world is populated by peaceful "doves" who can go about their daily tasks of eating well and living well, producing and rearing offspring, producing and maintaining a particular culture, and enjoying a modicum of liberty and freedom when- and only when- their particular warrior class ("hawks") provides protection against the tribe down the river or against some foreign power threatening to invade.  If the Ogboos over the mountain have a core group of six warrior hawks and your tribe has merely two or even none, then do not plan on a good night's sleep until the balance of power slips in your favor.
 
     The warrior hawk is typically male, large and muscular, prone to recklessness and excess, fearless and brave by nature, easily aroused to fighting and combat, and is extremely loyal to band and tribe.  In light of Harvey Mansfield's new book on Manliness, he is not very "sensitive" or empathic and is manly to the core.  Moreover, he is great defender of cultural order and propriety but not a very good practitioner.  While these warriors are away on the hunt or on what Harvard anthropologist Richard Wrangham calls the "lethal raid" against neighboring groups, they are lionized and worshipped by the home tribe much as our star athletes are today.  But when they come home their presence is problematic...they become what I called "warriors without portfolio" in the Mealy article.  They may bully, force themselves on females, fight among themselves, and simply be a threat to life and limb to everyone around them.  They may compromise the freedom and liberty of others, but without them there is no freedom and liberty.  They are all that stands between you and the warrior hawks of a strange and foreign entity that at minimum will subvert and alter your way of life, or, at maximum, will destroy you and your group altogether.  
 
     In my various commentaries in MND (see archives), I have argued that traditional American life, Christianity, and conservative ways of thinking were given up with little or no fight in the cultural revolution of the sixties as the warrior hawks of the left marched unopposed into the universities, law schools, the news and entertainment media, the churches, and every other important nook and cranny of our culture.  The fact that these new brand of "warriors" were skinny nerds and dweebs with high IQs who could not whip my granny in a fistfight makes their complete and total victory even more puzzling.  When the traditional American wears T-shirts that say "my country is for the taking" or "we whipped Hitler and there is no fight left in us" or "occupation of mind, body, and soul is really not that bad when you get used to it" can we blame the intellectual termites for invading our grand mansion of democracy? 
 
     The attack was not the problem, but the failure to mount any kind of defense.  Now we are trying to defend marriage, the church, the borders, and what is left of our culture, but we will never again fully recover what was lost.  All we can do now is negotiate with the invader and hope it will be generous in victory...e. g., "you can keep marriage but the recently ratified Treaty of New York requires that you accept civil unions as the law of the land."  Could anyone living in the fifties even imagine such an assault on tradition? 
 
     Where on earth was the intellectual right while all of this was going on?  Where was our core of warrior hawks that was ready to march against the Marxist, communist, socialist, and "liberal" invaders?  Were we so paralyzed by "white guilt" (see Shelby Steele's new book) that we allowed the radical left to shape our behavior through the clever use of words and concepts that all revolve around the notion that Christians of European descent are racist and sexist bigots to the core and deserve to be relegated to the margins of society.  With the clever phrase "sir have you no shame" the personally flawed warrior hawk Tailgunner Joe was transformed into the personification of evil and, indeed, was hounded to his death at age 48.  Seeing that a mere five words could annihilate its relentless foe and simultaneously stop the anti-communism movement in its tracks was exhilarating to the radical left and set the stage for their attack on traditional society
 
      The great and definitive victory over McCarthy set into motion a kind of linguistic sweepstakes where radicals on the left competed with one another for the most indignant, the most colorful, and most inflammatory verbal attacks on the majority that their devious minds could manufacture.  It started with accusations of Commie baiting, then racism, then sexism, then homophobia, then right wing Christianity, and now we epitomize evil "nativism" for trying to stave off an alien influx that will re-define the majority and transform our country forever.  The radical left has a well-stocked armory of conceptual firebombs that it routinely tosses at the majority with impunity. 
 
     How, then, does the intellectual right routinely respond to one personal attack after another?  It prostrates itself, it tearfully apologizes, and it resigns from one important and powerful governmental position to another, and it begs forgiveness from the radical termites that rule the country.  Trent Lott comes to mind here.  It has been a shameful performance for the past 50 years.  The intellectual right has been so out-maneuvered in the war of words and concepts that one can only feel pity and contempt.
 
    The intellectual left has one firebomb after another that it uses to maintain the occupation of minds and souls, but what does the intellectual right have to fight back?  What great and innovative ideas, what commanding rhetorical flourishes, and what logical arguments do we have to preserve what was once ours?  None...not even conceptual and rhetorical popguns to set against their firebombs.  They have white guilt, racism, mean-spiritedness, Afrocentrism, multiculturalism, diversity, affirmative action, feminism, intolerance, and so on, ad infinitum, but aside from Falwellian Christian traditionalism, we are defenseless in the war of ideas, concepts, words and phrases. 
 
    And then into this swamp of defeatism rode the skinny, blonde, acerbic, irreverent (to the occupying forces), intellectually brilliant, verbal and conceptual, unabashedly religious, and in-your-face warrior hawk that we have come to love and admire.  She knows what is going on, she knows who the enemy is, she resists the occupation with every cell of her body and- as her book sales will show- she speaks for the people of the heartland.  She knows that the intellectual elite of the New York city- blue state nexus are the true movers and shakers of the country and it is no surprise that the most violent and hysterical response to her new book Godless has come almost entirely from...guess where.  Matt Lauer, Chris Matthews, Keith Olbermann, Mike Barnicle, Hilary, Chucky, and the rest of the Manhattan elite are simply beside themselves and their hatred and vituperation know no bounds.  She has done the unthinkable...she has resisted the occupation...she has played their own game even better than they...and she has cleverly set them back on their heels.
 
     Like all members of the warrior class, Ann Coulter may be brutal and harsh in the din of battle and her attacks on the opposition are not always pretty.  Yet, who else is willing to call the termites of the left exactly what they are- slanderous, treasonous, and godless radicals who are committed to the goal of  first subverting and then re-defining American culture in the Marxist image.   Aside from a precious few on the religious right, Ann is the only "real man" in the fight for our side, and the least the rest of us can do is provide moral and spiritual support and leave the criticism to the opposing side.
 
 Kent Bailey is professor emeritus of clinical psychology.  His major focus is on how ancient evolutionary processes affect current human affairs.   His major monograph is Human Paleopsychology: Applications to Aggression and Pathological Processes.   Lawrence Erlbaum, 1987.
  
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