"People have often been willing to give up personal identity and join into a collective. Historically, that propensity has usually been very bad news. Collectives tend to be mean, to designate official enemies, to be violent, and to discourage creative, rigorous thought. Fascists, communists, religious cults, criminal 'families' — there has been no end to the varieties of human collectives, but it seems to me that these examples have quite a lot in common. I wonder if some aspect of human nature evolved in the context of competing packs. We might be genetically wired to be vulnerable to the lure of the mob." ~ Jaron Lanier
He Men, G-Men and Low-T Men
Column by Tim Hartnett.
Exclusive to STR
In case you haven’t heard, men are not as manly as they used to be, and that’s not just because John Wayne is no longer with us. All over the Internet, ads and reports are spreading the news that testosterone levels are dropping at a rate that means we all might be shooting blanks in the not too distant future. The science explaining this trend is still vague. Steering clear of Oprah, quiche, cosmopolitans and daytime dramas won’t help, according to the experts, but we don’t know who’s paying them. It’s still best to avoid creampuffs and click away from LMN.
Whatever the facts are behind this mysterious development, it meshes brilliantly with the modern establishment agenda. Real men are far more resistant to the indoctrination campaigns that have become as commonplace in sizable businesses today as they ever were in despotisms east of the Rhine. The ruling caste is fed up with prolish thinking and knows that the shortest route to crushing peasant willpower starts at the testicles. Creativity is the inevitable threat to arbitrary power. Why else would the conformity campaign to reach elite academia begin in preschool? Originality can never be snuffed out early enough.
People with the cojones to challenge authority will pay in this new world order. Aaron Swartz is only one recently salient example. There is a multitude we never find out about who got whacked economically by the corporatocrats before bringing in Fed enforcers becomes necessary. The concentrations of wealth and government power have not been inversely proportional for over four decades now. It doesn’t take a column of differential equations to compute who is losing. The same FBI that tainted 21, 000 criminal cases with worthless lab reports found time to make a case against a man whose only goal was the spread of erudition. The danger he posed was against forces interested in suppressing the truth. Meanwhile, Bernie Madoff only got nailed after serving himself up on a platter.
The emasculation of the average American male is generally an affliction of the ruled. The constabulary has been beefing up for over a generation. There was once a time in the US when spirited teenagers taunted the police for kicks. It only took so much guts back then. Cops of the 20th Century were mostly bloated wheezers who were spent in 20 yards. Since then they’ve been doing their push-ups and can now get close enough to club, tase and cuff lippy kids. Respect for authority has become less optional by the day. No technical or martial gadget is out of the constabulary’s reach any more. The 1033 program promises them anything the military is done testing on Third Worlders.
It is still possible to take legal action against officers of the law who exceed their authority, but rarely is it likely to pay off. Few have the wherewithal to disobey the illegal demands of a knighted class of Americans that act with impunity. The serfdom routinely complies with unwarranted assaults, searches, seizures of personal property (such as cash, cameras and cellphones) and other indignities no free man would tolerate. That much was obvious before Nick Monahan wrote about the molestation of his pregnant wife in the clutches of the TSA a decade ago. Standing up for yourself is dangerous business in the presence of government employees these days.
Mobsters and gangbangers have sometimes been impressed by men who stood tall and even known to back off with overwhelming odds in their own favor. This kind of largesse is unheard of from a class as contemptuous of common citizens as any boyar ever was. Defending oneself against criminals is increasingly dicey; failing to submit to deranged gendarmerie is practically suicidal. Government and Wall Street are at war with American manhood that fails to qualify as an endangered species.
Baby boys are born into a craven 21st tribe where natural hormones must be licensed by the military, elite academia, the SEC, the police academy or by the Justice Department. The mission of these institutions is to extinguish any sense of fair play or concern for the weakest in society. Any one of them caught giving quarter to the recalcitrant is out on his, or even her, ear. It is perversion of mankind’s most natural strength and the creation of nothing less than a misanthropocracy.
The media does its part skewing the male image with a dazzling array of irrelevancies and distractions. Television and film identify manhood with mindless brutality, whoring, sports obsessions, cultural depravity, ignorance and fantasies of omniscience (see CSI, Criminal Minds, Law and Order et al for reference points). Honor and human decency are supposedly things that can only be managed by government and elite institutions. Don’t try being human at home, you haven’t been properly trained. Your betters care and will see that you don’t hurt yourself or others. All that is asked is absolute obedience; the tasers, truncheons and spyware are only necessary until all vestiges of testosterone lie between the legs of the nobility.