Previously, I set out how the hollowing out, the denigration of the private sphere, and in particular the flight made by women from said sphere has caused a massive expansion of the State.
Today I intend to burn some bridges, so to speak, and wag my finger, matriarch style at a few ne’er-do-wells.
I wag and point my finger at you: conservative man, many of whom, although not all (such as loyal readers of this website, the prophetic Peter Hitchens, the brilliant Geoff Dench and the classy Roger Scruton) are nothing more than a pack of cheese-eating surrender monkeys to the liberal/PC onslaught. Let me explain.
Although not as bad as libertarian man (heaven help us), conservative man has been pretty useless in the great battle against the big State takeover of the private sphere.
I say this after some careful consideration of the issues and fine balancing of the debate. Sadly, however, I have come to the conclusion that conservative man is about as effective as a packet of condoms in the ‘nearly new’ basket.
They are good at moaning and griping about high taxes, sure. There is plenty of think-tanking going about this, oodles of research, and deluges of blogs. Who wants to put their hand in their pocket to pay for another person’s irresponsibility? Nobody, so gripe away.
But what about all the other stuff – the huge amounts of middle class welfarism and in particular the liberal PC culture that we all agree is utter drivel? There is much complaint about it but very little action.
In particular, and here I lay down my indictment and set out my particulars of the offence, where were all these conservative men when the private sphere was being hollowed out? Down the pub? Tweeting? Climbing the greasy pole? They were not, and are not, manning the barricades.
We at The Conservative Woman have taken on the feminists. We have done what we could while not abandoning our own private sphere. We have taken on the Conservative Party as much as energy permits, but we all know that they are useless and there is no changing them. But conservative men, or what’s left of them, I feel have let us down, all things considered. I do, I really do. Like some blushing bride wearing a ridiculous meringue dress, I have been left high and dry at the altar.
Evidence for this charge? When was the last time you read a piece by a conservative commentator, blogger or think-tanker actually pointing out that much of what is done in the private sphere by women, is worthwhile, important, and necessary for a functioning society and also necessary if we are to push back the State?
And I don’t mean – ‘there you are little ladies, toddle on back to the kitchen sink and leave the important bits to us’- but some recognition that child raising is important business. Where is the serious analysis of the importance of the work that actually goes on at the ruddy kitchen sink? It is not there (the feminists tell us because it is not important).
Let’s take this recent piece by journalist James Delingpole (sorry James, not that you care).
Goodness, if I have read this piece once I have read it a thousand times. PC twaddle in the classroom – we cover much of this on our website.
The point about this piece is not that we can ever fight the liberals in the schools. The long march by the Left through the public institutions is pretty much complete. But they don’t get to march through the private sphere (yet), unless, of course, it has been abandoned.
So, not only has the squeezing of the private sphere pushed out activities like hands on caring of the young and old, leaving the taxpayer to pick up the bill, but it has also pushed out the transmission of conservative ideas and culture to the next generation. This is my point.
Conservative culture is dying and many conservative men have let it happen. There are few conservative champions, if you will, for the private sphere. Feminists bang on about the omnipresent patriarch. I wish! Where are all these patris? They are not there, I tell you.
An empty private sphere means no one is at home to transmit conservative ideas to the little blighters. Speaking in general terms, if you hand over your kids to the State for seven hours a day and also for few hours of ‘after school club’ why are we surprised when they turn out to be climate change enthusiasts or declare that they are now ‘pan-sexual’?
Why are we surprised if they start ‘calling you out’ at the dinner table for being a ‘climate denier’ on the rare nights you all actually have dinner together?
What I would like to hear from conservative man is, goodness maybe conservative mothers should spend some time in the private sphere with their children to try and counter some of this PC twaddle. Or, come to think of it, things really have become worse since the private sphere has been abandoned.
So in sum, it is not just the cash (taxpayer funded childcare) but the culture that counts.
Liberals don’t have to do this – they can rely on the entire education system, popular culture, and mainstream media (even the bloody Archers) to transmit their funky ideas. Conservative families do not have this luxury and they also have to spend time and energy in the private sphere attempting effectively to counter it.
But is anyone there now that all the mothers are out at work? The lights are on but no one is at home.