THE “BIG MAN” SYNDROME

“….this martial resurgence (of urban violence, etc.) has to do with the slow disintegration of the ‘little platoons’ in religious and civic life that once imposed discipline and order in local communities. Which, in turn, explains the longing in some quarters for a Big Man to re-establish order in their stead.”

Philip S. Gorski. Professor of Sociology and Religious Studies, Yale University

From: The Long, Withdrawing Roar: From Culture Wars to Culture Clashes

The Hedgehog Review/ University of Virginia/ Summer, 2021

Critical Reflections on Contemporary Culture

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