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Thinking Hard About Hunting

onhuntingI myself am a hunter. But Matthew Scully’s recent dissent on hunting reminded me just how juvenile some politically correct folks are. For one thing, it doesn’t necessarily follow that, simply because Al Gore or Barbra Streisand despises something, that something is worthy of commendation. It often works out that way, I know, but it is unbecoming of a rational creature to let the Gores and Streisands of the world define virtue, even negatively.

Second, Mr. Scully’s essay was only partly an attack on hunting. Its deeper objection was to what he called the “smug insensibility” of “the Imperial Self, armed and dangerous,” of “man the all-conquering consumer facing the universe with limitless entitlements.” Hunting-bear hunting in particular- seemed to Mr. Scully to exemplify that “distinctively modern mix of sentimentality and ruthlessness” that has given us the yuppie, with his