The wife sent me this OpEd by Andrew Yang:
Here is one of the biggest problems facing America: Boys and men across all regions and ethnic groups have been failing, both absolutely and relatively, for years. This is catastrophic for our country.
The data are clear. Boys are more than twice as likely as girls to be diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; are five times as likely to spend time in juvenile detention; and are less likely to finish high school.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t get better when boys become adults. Men now make up only 40.5 percent of college students. Male community college enrollment declined by 14.7 percent in 2020 alone, compared with 6.8 percent for women. Median wages for men have declined since 1990 in real terms. Roughly one-third of men are either unemployed or out of the workforce. More U.S. men ages 18 to 34 are now living with their parents than with romantic partners.
Many boys are thus often growing up raised by single mothers, the share more than doubling between 1980 and 2019, from 18 percent to 40 percent. A study from 2015 found that “as more boys grow up without their father in the home, and as women … are viewed as the more stable achievers, boys and girls alike [may] come to see males as having a lower achievement orientation. … College becomes something that many girls, but only some boys, do.”
On a cultural level, we must stop defining masculinity as necessarily toxic and start promoting positive masculinity. Strong, healthy, fulfilled men are more likely to treat women well.
Everything he said is correct and we need to fix it.
But I don’t think we will.
Remember the Obama Life of Julia ad?
Simply, everything done by a husband or father in Julia’s life was replaced by government.
Strong men protect and defend society. Weak men don’t.
The weakening of men allowed government agencies to step in and fill the role, with the added benefit that the weakened men were unlikely to rise up in armed resistance.
As Miguel often reminds us, qui Bono?
Men have been denigrated by society and are dropping out.
Women are less likely to find husbands and fathers to help raise children.
Women turn to drugs, alcohol, and consumerism to fill the void left by a lack of a husband and children.
When they do have children they are raised with the help of government programs.
The lack of skilled men encourages corporations to seek out workers overseas, lowering costs.
Everyday the most tinfoil hat conspiracy theories become evidently true.
I’m left to the conclusion that the destruction of men in Western society was a deliberate act to create a dependent serf class that is incapable of being independent and raising children without government and lacks the capability to mount a violent revolution against the system that crushed it.
If it wasn’t, explain to me how anything would be different.