When Sociology Affirms An Unpopular Poet

The march of the left through the education system very early on removed the works of Rudyard Kipling from the curricula.

His works posed a threat.

The Gods of the Copybook Headings

AS I PASS through my incarnations in every age and race,
I make my proper prostrations to the Gods of the Market Place.
Peering through reverent fingers I watch them flourish and fall,
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings, I notice, outlast them all.

To be a Progressive one must be either ignorant of history and sociology, or so indoctrinated and blinkered as to find the repeating patterns irrelevant.

Here, then, is another threat to the Progressive cause:

Why Sexual Morality May be Far More Important than You Ever Thought


Professor Unwin was writing this towards the end of his life, as a macro study of the societies and civilizations he had researched in the preceding decades.  In so doing he provides the historical and sociological evidence behind what Kipling wrote.

[Kipling continued]

On the first Feminian Sandstones we were promised the Fuller Life
(Which started by loving our neighbour and ended by loving his wife)
Till our women had no more children and the men lost reason and faith,
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: “The Wages of Sin is Death.”

Durstan does an excellent job of relating the themes and elements of Unwin’s study, and I urge you to read his blog post in full.

The bottom line is not promising.

[Durstan continued]

  1. Effect of sexual constraints: Increased sexual constraints, either pre or post-nuptial, always led to increased flourishing of a culture. Conversely, increased sexual freedom always led to the collapse of a culture three generations later.

  2. Single most influential factor: Surprisingly, the data revealed that the single most important correlation with the flourishing of a culture was whether pre-nuptial chastity was required or not. It had a very significant effect either way.

  3. Highest flourishing of culture: The most powerful combination was pre-nuptial chastity coupled with “absolute monogamy”. Rationalist cultures that retained this combination for at least three generations exceeded all other cultures in every area, including literature, art, science, furniture, architecture, engineering, and agriculture. Only three out of the eighty-six cultures studied ever attained this level.

  4. Effect of abandoning prenuptial chastity: When strict prenuptial chastity was no longer the norm, absolute monogamy, deism, and rational thinking also disappeared within three generations.

  5. Total sexual freedom: If total sexual freedom was embraced by a culture, that culture collapsed within three generations to the lowest state of flourishing — which Unwin describes as “inert” and at a “dead level of conception” and is characterized by people who have little interest in much else other than their own wants and needs. At this level, the culture is usually conquered or taken over by another culture with greater social energy.

  6. Time lag: If there is a change in sexual constraints, either increased or decreased restraints, the full effect of that change is not realized until the third generation. (Note: I’ve added a clarifying footnote at the end of this article. See footnote #13)

The Millenials are the third generation following the “Sexual Revolution” of the 1960’s.

I hold out some hope in that I believe that we are a far less homogeneous society than most, and that what our media presents as “Popular Culture” is a projection of their own ethos which is far from universally supported amongst the “deplorables” of “flyover country.”

If the Progressives and their blue states and cities have doomed themselves:

[Kipling continued]

We moved as the Spirit listed. They never altered their pace,
Being neither cloud nor wind-borne like the Gods of the Market Place,
But they always caught up with our progress, and presently word would come
That a tribe had been wiped off its icefield, or the lights had gone out in Rome.

Then we shall have to preserve the ruins of Portland. Seattle, Minneapolis, and Chicago leaving them to join the ruins of Detroit as a monument to their inhabitants folly.  Then we shall build new. less dense, cities based on a more sound sociological foundations.

Hat Tip: Moira Greyland Peat via Dianna Deeley.

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