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On Men and Neocons

Physical education for neocons A neocon in high-school A friend emailed me an invitation to this: You are cordially invited to a book forum co-hosted by Hudson Institute and The Independent Women’s Forum for MANLINESS (Yale University Press, 2006) HARVEY C. MANSFIELD JR. William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Government, Harvard University Wednesday, March 15, 2006 3:45 P.M. Registration 4:00 P.M. Remarks by Author 5:00 P.M. Reception Why do men need to feel important? It’s their manliness. But is manliness obsolete? Is it even a virtue? This book invites—no, demands—a response from its readers. This is the first comprehensive study of manliness, a quality both bad and good, mostly male, often intolerant, irrational, and ambitious. Our “gender-neutral society” does not like it but cannot get rid of it. Drawing from science, literature, and philosophy, Mansfield examines the layers of manliness, from vulgar aggression, to assertive manliness, to manliness as virtue, and to philosophical m