Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Philalethes #18 - Opposed to Woman Suffrage?

Women SHOULD have the right to vote.

When I was younger, before the “hormone-induced fog” (thanks, Warren Farrell) began to clear and I started to actually see the situation with some clarity, I would have said the same. Now I’m older, not so desperately in need of female approval, I can simply say what I see without having to be furious, which also clouds the vision.

Another common prediction by opponents of female suffrage was that it would destroy the family. Well? Isn’t that exactly what has happened? When women can look to the government for their needs — a government funded by involuntary contributions from working men — why should they bother to do the work of maintaining relationships with men? Why should they have any respect for men, if they can use and discard them at whim? As Warren Farrell made clear in The Myth of Male Power, the State is now every woman’s “husband.” Women are generally the majority in most human populations, so when women vote, they’ll get what they want. (It’ll be very interesting to see what happens in China in a few decades, with something like 20% more men than women. Sexual power far outweighs political power in any case.)

“The American Republic will endure, until politicians realize they can bribe the people with their own money.” (Alexis de Tocqueville) What about when politicians can bribe the “voters” with other people’s money? Then you have socialism, which ultimately self-destructs, like any “system” that separates freedom (or power) from responsibility.

Is it only coincidence that the century that saw the transfer of political power to women also saw the exponential growth of socialism all over the planet? Remember: while the prime value of the male is freedom, the prime value of the female is security. Women may say they want to be “free,” but what they really want is to be able to indulge their whims and fancies without being held responsible for the consequences. It’s not an accident that the #2 issue of feminism (right after voting) is abortion.

I suppose I’m not really an “MRA” … I’m not proposing that the “right to vote” be taken from women. I understand that women rule the world, and it’s what they seem to want. I’m merely commenting on what I see. I agree with the poster below: there’s really no way to “fight” it; we can only walk away. Let them change their own damned oil.

In a healthy political order, voting is not a “right”; it’s a privilege. For thousands of years, human cultures that lasted understood, if only unconsciously, that formal political decision-making power should be in the hands of those society members who understand that freedom requires responsibility — i.e. those with whom the buck stops. Children do not understand the connection of responsibility with freedom, which is why adults are responsible for children, and children traditionally have not been given political power. I hear that in Europe, it is now seriously being proposed that children should be given the vote. Not surprising, once power has been separated from responsibility. Politicians, of course, love the idea: more fools to rule.

Traditionally, men have been responsible for supporting their families, i.e. the women and children dependent on them, which is why men have had the power that rests on that responsibility. Now that women can use the power of the State, men are still assumed to bear that responsibility — have you been watching the “family court” travesty? — But no longer have any authority — or freedom. A “wallet” is not a man. Similarly, in the area of sexual encounter, men still bear all the responsibility, but women have all the freedom — thus the “bias in the system against men” that “infuriated” you. Think about it.
“The women’s suffrage movement is only the small edge of the wedge, if we allow women to vote it will mean the loss of social structure and the rise of every liberal cause under the sun. Women are well represented by their fathers, brothers, and husbands.” -- Winston Churchill
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