I admit to being one of those Americans painstakingly disinterested in anything having to do with the "royal family."
Call me a Jeffersonian, a modernist, an arrogant American, if you will. I just think the entire premise of an ordained bloodline to rule over people is a bad idea in the 21st century. To paraphrase the geniuses at Monty Python, "supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses," not some farcical bequeathing of majesty predicated upon genetic pedigree.
That's why with as much as it's dominated the headlines recently, I remained spectacularly incapable of locating even the slightest shred of interest in the most recent Harry and Meghan drama – particularly when I found out it was being arbitrated by Oprah Winfrey.
Three exceedingly, no, absurdly wealthy people sitting in splendor as they discuss how oppressed and mistreated they are? Sorry, but the list of things I wouldn't rather be doing than watching that was registering somewhere in the neighborhood of absolute zero.
But then, scrolling my Twitter feed, I came across an observation about the whole saga that caught my eye. It came from an Israeli philosopher named Yoram Hazony:
Man, that's good.
It's tough to know, given his nationality, if Hazony grasps just how perfectly his indictment captures the essence of far too many young Americans today. But any basic perusal of social media, visit to a college campus, or public engagement of Gen-Z or Millennial voices reveals his prescience.
Take the recent exposé of America's elite prep academies by journalist Bari Weiss. She quotes a concerned whistleblower at a private Los Angeles prep-school who described the current zeitgeist this way:
"It teaches people who have so much to see themselves as victims. They think they are suffering oppression at one of the poshest schools in the country."
Just like the insanely wealthy Harry and Meghan, Weiss recounts the bewilderment of one Los Angeles mom whose son's black friend told them he was, "inherently oppressed" even though, "this kid is a multimillionaire."
The only thing that rivals the contempt young Americans have, generically speaking, for their foundations and heritage is their ignorance of it.
On the one hand, biblical illiteracy is staggeringly high among young people. The text that shaped the whole of Western Civilization is known to a rapidly declining portion of those who are now commandeering the reins of societal power.
Ask them what they know of this book that anchored Sir William Blackstone's "Commentaries on the Law," that Shakespeare alone referenced 1,200 times in his plays, that provided the pretext for Dr. King's seminal "Letter from a Birmingham Jail," and you'll likely get some claptrap about it providing the basis for a "misogynistic, patriarchal system of perpetual abuse."
The magnificent contributions of Western Civilization are equally criminal these days, all assumed to be the ill-gotten gain of white, Anglo-Saxon, Protestant men exploiting others while taking the lion-share of undeserved accolades. Newtonian physics are renamed so as to "decenter whiteness," and that's just the beginning.
This mindset disregards truth as subjective but mandates "latinx" and "womxn" as actual things.
It pretends to be "speaking truth to power," when it is itself the power, forbidding anyone to speak against it.
It bludgeons capitalism and wealth creation even as it demands reparation and debt forgiveness.
It purges Chaucer and Homer while developing fluency in the anti-intellectual incoherence of Ibram Kendi.
It eschews the brilliance of John Locke's natural rights thesis and Thomas Hobbes' social contract theory while embracing the philosophically poisonous declarations of "warrior-poet" Audre Lorde who counsels,
"Caring for myself is not self-indulgence.
It is self-preservation.
And that is an act of political warfare."
It gauges morality on the shallow basis of how many pronouns are listed in a Twitter bio, while dismissing out of hand Columbus as a rapist, Winthrop as a bigot, and Washington as a slave owner.
Ignorance and contempt.
Not that these manipulated young people are to blame themselves. We adults have passively allowed them to be overrun by the insanity to such a degree that they truly believe their gravitational drift towards resentment, fear, and victimhood is something far more profound and noble than the weak-minded conformity it is.