At PJ Media, I ponder the idiotic human attraction to “bad boys” and their rebellious behavior:
But why is this destructive and often sociopathic behavior so appealing to so many people? I learned yesterday, for instance, that Charles Manson, the 80-year-old psychotic who has been in prison for decades with a swastika etched into his own forehead, is to marry a not-unattractive 26-year-old frequent visitor of his. I really do give up. Like much about human psychology, the what is very easy to ascertain, but the why eludes us. We all know that many people find rebelliousness, and even criminality, attractive. And we all know that the standard reason given is that it’s sexy to break the rules. So we are stuck in a circular argument that tells us that it’s sexy to be rebellious because rebelliousness is sexy. We are still not any closer to understanding why certain criminals are more sexually marketable than the quiet solid-state physicist or the hard-working janitor.
Read the whole thing here.
I can already see some discontent brewing in the comments section. I dared to utter a criticism of the United States, namely that we produce a lot of horrendous celebrities and pop-culture output that other countries dislike intensely. These kinds of observations are unacceptable to some people. Any level of self-reflection or self-criticism is treason, you know, because, uh, Vladimir Putin.
I hereby propose Wargas’s First Law of Political Commentary: Critics always zoom in on the least important line of any given article.