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Old 31st January 2009   #1
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Default ''When Hooligans Bach Down'' (article)

This post may initially seem to be a shade off-topic, but since this forum discusses the clash of beauty and modernity in general, it actually fits the theme.

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The City Journal is a notable publication focussing on cultural and social isues. Its best contributor is probably Dr. Theodore Dalrymple.

In his most recent article, Dalrymple makes a fascinating observation about an English locale that he recently visited:

Staying recently in a South Yorkshire town called Rotherham—described in one guidebook as “murky,” an inadequate word for the place—I was interested to read in the local newspaper how the proprietors of some stores are preventing hooligans from gathering outside to intimidate and rob customers. They play Bach over loudspeakers, and this disperses the youths in short order; they flee the way Count Dracula fled before holy water, garlic flowers, and crucifixes.

I find this anecdote about the beautiful music of Bach being able to repel punks and street scum quite encouraging. I can just picture the spiky-haired louts, with their grotesque piercings and disgusting tattoos, running scared of Bach's lovely tones. It speaks of the instrinsic power of Beauty, and how it functions as an antidote to the ugliness and degeneracy of the modern world. Dalrymple's holy-water comparison is highly apt.

As he further writes:

There is surely something deeply emblematic about the use of one of the great glories of Western civilization, the music of Bach, to prevent the young inheritors of that civilization from committing crimes.

Dalrymple's anecdote presents a remarkable case of the noblity of Old World culture challenging the depravity of the modern world. It is very much analogous to how plus-size models, as an embodiment of Classical beauty, clash with androgynous straight-size models, who embody modern decay.

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