There is a certain point when a normal house becomes haunted.
It is hard to say exactly when the change occurs, but when it does, things become strange and eerie. From the outside, the house seems to lose its air of respectability, and people sense something foreboding inside. They hear creaking noises. They claim to see strange things.
The house seems touched by the sinister. An atmosphere of dark mystery appears to envelop it. Evil seems to lurk inside. People wonder if a wicked deed from the past has not come back to haunt the present.
Although the building may still be structurally sound, no one wants to live in it. Once the haunted label sticks in minds, the home is written off. It is unmarketable.
When a Decadent Society Becomes Haunted
When a society becomes decadent, it can take on the appearance of a haunted house. At some point, personages and institutions that seemed normal before, even acclaimed, now look dark and eerie. Immoral acts long tolerated, celebrated even by the culture, now give off a horrible moral stench.
This can be seen in the recent exposés of high profile men, alleging sexual harassment and abuse in years or decades past.
Why is this news? Everyone knows the sexual revolution of the sixties ushered in a morally rotten culture. The sins of Hollywood stars and jet-set elites were never secrets but grist for the tabloid mills, and the reason for their multi-million success. In fact, these celebrities were acclaimed because many Americans saw their depraved behavior as the incarnation of their own sinful desires.
There is something different about this flood of scandals though. What is new about this “Weinsteinization” of all things rotten is that suddenly the house seems haunted. Its air of normalcy is gone. Its flashy veneer of success is being stripped away. Suspicions and dark mysteries now fill the public mind.
This Offensive’s Radical and Hypocritical Aspects
This revelation of dark mysteries is like a horror movie. Out of a musty closet suddenly appears a macabre dance of skeletons representing wicked deeds of the past. It is a ghastly spectacle that both shocks and mesmerizes. Each new accusation adds to the moral depravity now laid bare.
There is something even more bizarre about this whole scene. The sins themselves, the offenses against God, the violation of His moral law are not seen as a problem. The only problem is the domineering and forceful manner in which they were perpetrated. The unacceptable crime is the existence of an oppressor and an oppressed person. In itself, violating God’s law is not a problem as long as it is consensual.
Haters of Christian morals in the media are the loudest to denounce the immoral romps of those in their own ranks, but only when performed oppressively.
Hypocritically, there is no call for an end to the promiscuous culture that is the infernal music to which these skeletons dance. There is no call for moral conversion. The shrill demand is for a more liberated promiscuity, for immorality that is freer, more egalitarian, more consensual. The whole debate is framed as a male dominance narrative favoring a liberal agenda.
The Destructions of Institutions
The principal goal of the left’s new offensive in the Culture Wars is not to bring the accused to justice. In fact, many of these deeds are so long past that they are now beyond the law’s reach. More importantly, it is not the creation of a virtuous society, since no one is attacking the tabloid promiscuity culture—the hotbed of these moral pathologies.
The Left’s goal is instead to emasculate society. It wants to create a climate of intimidation, visceral fear among men in high positions. In this fevered context the smallest act or comment, true or false, can be media-judged and presented to the mobs as one more skeleton joining the macabre dance.
The very proliferation of accusations—so many of them curiously uninvestigated for decades—is a crucial element of this offensive. The cascade, the deluge of accusations helps build a climate of tension and alarm in which no one feels safe. This apprehension is especially acute in those who know they have not followed God’s commandments, and today, after fifty years of sexual revolution, they are legion.
This offensive must be seen as an effort to root out every last remnant of “patriarchy,” labeled as oppressive. The indefensible putrefaction of the present culture pervades all structures and institutions of society, business and culture. Thus, this offensive tars everything traditional as oppressive. In a haunted house, all things are turned creepy—even the un-creepy.