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Letter to The Editor - We may ask whether a patriarchal and aristocratic political order may not in fact be better than liberal democracy
To The Australian Kevin Donnelly has provided a timely defence of manhood ("Why is masculinity under siege from all quarters?", 28/6). We need to consider Jordan Black's "virtuous masculinity" and explore further what that might be. Corruption of the political order is a major factor in the widespread phenomenon of diminution of male vitality. In a society ruled by financial interests opportunities for manly heroism are curbed, as elites do not want their position threatened. Following Plato, we may ask whether a patriarchal and aristocratic political order may not in fact be better than liberal democracy. And a difficulty for discussion is the wide range of different natures found among men and among women. Education that suits one sort of man (or woman) well may not suit another man (or woman) nearly as well. In this context "variety is the spice of life" is relevant.
Nigel Jackson, Belgrave, Vic