Monday, July 29, 2019

The Squad Harpies Barbarians

In an essay on ruins, Fr. Rutler quotes a passage from Hilaire Belloc which I think describes the women now leading the Democrat Party in Congress.

The Barbarian hopes – and that is the mark of him -- that he can have his cake and eat it too. He will consume what civilization has slowly produced after generations of selection and effort, but he will not be at pains to replace such goods, nor indeed has he a comprehension of the virtue that has brought them into being. Discipline seems to him irrational, on which account he is ever marveling that civilization should have offended him with priests and soldiers… In a word, the Barbarian is discoverable everywhere in this, that he cannot make: that he can befog and destroy but that he cannot sustain; and of every Barbarian in the decline or peril of every civilization exactly that has been true.
The masculine pronoun is used in the classical literary sense, albeit Belloc probably never imagined that the Barbarian might be a she-creature.


Grim said...

Barbarians were never so bad. Tacitus spoke well of the virtues of the folk in Germania, and it was the barbarians and not the Romans who built the ships that could sail the North Atlantic.

I don't know what to call those four, aside from socialists -- communists -- but 'barbarian' is too good a word.

Dad29 said...

I think Belloc means to define "barbarian" rather than to recall the ancient tribes.

IOW, he's saying "THIS is a barbarian...."

Grim said...

I'm sure you're right. Philosophers are usually considered free to define their own terms, and they certainly feel free to do it -- even if the words have well-established meanings in common use.

Do you know the origin of the word "barbarian," by the way?

Dad29 said...

Has nothing to do with Stanwyk.........drat.