Daniel J. Flynn is taking heavy fire over at The American Spectator for his editorial post on the Martin-Zimmerman case, “Two Males, No Men.” Flynn’s thesis is that neither George Zimmerman nor Trayvon Martin exhibited the traits of responsible manhood in their deadly nighttime scuffle. Martin, in his personal life, knew no better than to try to establish himself as masculine through delinquency and street fighting. Zimmerman, for his part, was seeking a masculinity his passive father never modeled, struggling with cage-fighting classes and an aspiration to enter law enforcement. Flynn summarizes it this way (my interjections):
Civilizing men out of existence has come at great cost to civilization. Instead of men, we get feminine imitations lacking beauty. [Zimmerman] We get lost boys compensating by becoming barbarians. [Martin] We get Sanford, Florida, February 26, 2012.
Pace his critics – most of whom are off doing battle with red herrings – Flynn has got something here. That said, what he’s got is incomplete. Continue reading “Two men, no authority”