What do James Burke, from the old PBS series “Connections” and Jonathon Last of the Weekly Standard, have in common? They are both looking at the “trap” of technology that the entire modern world has found itself in:
Jonathon Last from the Weekly Standard has some good observations culled from Steve Sailer, Heartiste/Roissy, (and myself). Full article here. Take-aways: the Gender Gap and Hispanic Gap is less than the Marriage Gap. White Women are two thirds of Single Women. Obama took +16 for Single Men and +36 for Single Women. Most White women have the “life of Julia” where they have one kid, not married, at the mid-thirties and depend on the government for everything. Single voters increased by six points, while Hispanic voters increased only 1 point.
As I noted well, a long time ago, the marriage rate for Whites is declining. Last confirms that with this quote:
Teixera noted that 47 percent of all women are now unmarried, up from 38 percent in 1970. “Their current size in the voter pool—more than a quarter of eligible voters—is nearly the size of white evangelical Protestants, who are perhaps the GOP’s largest base group,” he writes. “And since the current growth rate of the population of unmarried women is relatively high (double that of married women), the proportion of unmarried women in the voting pool should continue to increase.” In the medium run, he’s almost certainly correct.
How did we get to an America where half of the adult population isn’t married and somewhere between 10 percent and 15 percent of the population don’t get married for the first time until they’re approaching retirement?
Last goes on to note the end of religion, and birth control, being the over-arching stories of single White women (and men too). Last notes studies predicting up to a quarter of East Asian women will remain single, and a third will remain childless.
Now, you might ask yourself, have women suddenly stopped liking sex? Or kids? Or is it just the revulsion of women against Beta Males, that accounts for the massive epidemic all across the West and Asia, of singleton rejection of marriage and kids? And is it the comparatively greater supply of Alpha males, among Black and Hispanic men, that accounts for greater fertility?
Women are not just baby machines. Fertility is a function of age in a woman. A woman having her first kid at age 20, is far more likely to have three kids (above replacement, population grows) than a woman at age 35 (one kid only, population halves constantly). Marriage is similar for women. Women are not just marriage machines either.
Few commentators think about what a woman gives up when she gets married, and what she gives up when she has a kid. Particularly at a young age, which is required to keep populations stable, let alone growing.
A woman who has a kid at age 20, is making a bet that she will want to keep on having kids with her current partner. And since Beta Male provision is devalued, both with free government support, welfare, TANF, WIC, SNAP, EBTs, and other acronyms, and reduced Beta Male earnings (comparable to their female peers anyway), the genetic value of having a Beta Male kid is devalued. Women, in times of plenty and little hardship or scarcity, tend to pick the most Alpha of Alpha males as the fathers of their kids. What woman wants a kid at age 20, when she could be out pursuing Alpha males? Maybe even having an illegitimate kid with him? Its not just the “Gold Digging” thing, indeed that generally does not apply. Women are NOT seeking to just have a kid by a rich guy. But rather, superior adapted genes from natural, dynamic Alpha males who intimidate other men and have charisma. Such men, charismatic, desired by other women (they can often be neer-do-well drug dealer/users, indie musicians, layabouts etc) are in short supply. Few women would drag themselves down with a kid by a boring Beta Male — their son might be a similarly boring Beta Male. How would that do for propagating a woman’s genes?
Marriage at an early age is similarly, a value-destroyer for women. Even if she divorces, she’s less valuable than a woman who never married, in snagging an Alpha, the goal of every woman. After all, there are few barriers to getting married. Even gays can marry. Even 16 year old girls can marry 50 year old men. If they want to. Marriage costs, almost nothing. Cohabitation versus marriage is merely a piece of paper, that costs very little to acquire.
Women just don’t want to get married. To BETA MALES. At least. True they dream of weddings. To Alpha Males. A great big party for them. But a lifetime marriage to a boring, faithful, dependable, ickily unsexy Beta Male? No way!
Steve Sailer has a post that in passing notes the percentage of unmarried births among Native Born White women, is 30%, even less than Asian native born at 31%, and far below Black (at 78%) and Hispanic (at 58%). While White women are very competitive with Asians, both have massive increase (among Native Born US) from social norms of just a few decades ago. Where both were more around 10%. [Data/Graph in Sailer’s post from Pew.]
We are a nation of Singles. Because White women don’t want to get married. Not to Beta Males, anyway. Or have their kids. Can you blame them?
Women want domination, by men. Sexiness and power (the two are basically identical, see General Petraeus). On average, NE Asian women will put up with more nerdiness among their men, but even they have their limits, as the epidemic of singleton and childlessness shows in Coastal China, South Korea, and Japan. Religious women will put up with Nerdiness among men, too, even though they don’t like it either, to be “saved” for religious reasons (instead of ding what they really want to do — pursue Alpha men and sex). On average, Black women seem to have an observable AVERAGE greater desire for dominance (paging Rihanna and Chris Brown to the courtesy phone). Even putting up with abuse (paging Ike and Tina Turner!) to get it.
Last tries to argue that somehow, Republicans can urge White women to “eat their vegetables” and get married to boring, Beta Male Kitchen Bitches. That’s like marketing Brussells Sprouts Ice Cream — in the US (Japan is another matter).
Black women led the way, but White and even Asian women are following, to a new pattern of reproduction. Gone is the Nuclear Family.
Let me repeat: the NUCLEAR FAMILY IS DEAD DEAD DEAD!
It just is.
Oh, a semblance of it will linger on. After the Fall of the Western Empire, the Roman Senate met in Rome for another one hundred and fifty years, debating … well nothing. Venice remains as a modern theme park for Renaissance art and architecture, ditto Florence. Neither are real cities in the way they were, rather Disneyland without Mickey Mouse. So you will have Mormons, and a few other “fringe” elements, those who were previously considered mainstream (i.e. America say, 1690-1987), retaining the Nuclear Family. The way the Colosseum and the Pantheon remain in Rome. But that is not the way most people will live their lives, in the West OR IN THE EAST EITHER.
There will be no real nuclear family. Women will have a kid, mostly in their mid thirties, by an Alpha who never is around. Male investment in society will be zero, moving to West African norms (and West African behavior). The State, will rule everything, and a cruel parody of Marx’s fantasy will take shape — “Red Princes” as in China, where nuclear families (founded on dynastic domination ala say, JFK Jr. type male status) of the controlling hereditary elite act as say, Pharoahs among an ignorant and debased populace, ever declining, ever weaker, ever less able technologically than the previous generation.
The global economy, will not ever recover to prior strength. The market economy will cease to exist as really ever part of life is run by a hereditary global elite. Everyone will be herded into Mega City One, which like that of Judge Dredd will be ever more dysfunctional and horrific. Meanwhile the countryside will be empty.
What does this have to do with “the Trigger Effect” where James Burke in “Connections” talks (from 1978!) about the technological trap that the human race finds itself in?
Simply this. It is NOT just technological networks that make humans dependent on technology, and have made us since the Egyptians and the Mesopotamians. Dependent on more and more technology, that gives us more and more power. And allows our population to grow and grow and grow. And become ever more wealthy, healthy, secure, and long-lived, each generation. [Mostly.]
It is that, with the advent of cheap contraception, the whole dependence on technological networks falls apart, disastrously.
The MEN, and it is always men (with a tiny few women and gay males) needed to keep the networks going, let alone constantly improve them, are not sexy. Not compared to what women really want, which is massive dominance. And you just can’t have massive male dominance in a society that grows ever more powerful, connected, healthy, wealthy, and long-lived.
That is WHY women HATE HATE HATE technology so much, and Hollywood like a faithful dog (or Beta Male supplicating) mirrors that hate to their key audience. Women HATE HATE HATE technology because it depends on, gives advantages to, and endlessly replicates boring, beta Male White guys. And boring Beta Male Asian guys (though less so than Whites in innovation, for cultural and ownership reasons*).
And the trap is further self-limiting, because women having independent agency have rejected massively the nuclear family, and even kids (with Beta Males) in favor of Alpha chasing. This leads to Beta Male withdrawal (we can already hear its roaring withdrawal, like a great sea vanishing) from society, angry bitterness, and a burn it all down mentality.
A society can only replicate itself, survive, if it can have kids. Today, given contraception, only sexy men (think Chris Brown, John Edwards, Charlie Sheen, Tiger Woods, Bill Clinton, General Petraeus, and Edward Cullen) need apply for the job of father. And these guys doing all the fathering means a social collapse. How likely is it for the metaphorical children of Charlie Sheen, or Chris Brown, or Tiger Woods to produce a new process for extracting bio-fuels? Or even more efficient fracking? We’ll be lucky if they can count to twenty, not using their toes and fingers. [Intelligence is as repulsive in men, for women, as it is enticing for men, in women. Intelligent men tend to be nerdy, obsessive, abstract oriented, not dominant, and lacking in verbal charisma and charm-dominance. Intelligent women tend to control their lady parts and not act on just any old urge to merge, so to speak, even when a dominant Alpha is around. Hence the gender divide on intelligence and attractiveness.]
The West and other advanced technological societies has had technology outstrip male sexiness. Hence the disastrous decline in population and nuclear family. Moreover, advanced technological societies depend on ever-better technology for dominance and power against mass quantity competitors seeking their land, resources, and yes, women.
All is not quite lost, but it will require artificial means, a way of making ordinary men as sexy as a natural Alpha. Time is running short however. As the success of NBC’s “Revolution” shows, many young women would rather kill technology and live in a land of brutal Alphas in a time and place where you die young, than live in comfort to old age surrounded by “Kitchen Bitches.” Better five minutes of Alpha than five years of Beta, as Heartiste/Roissy noted.
*Asian innovation is confined largely to Japan and South Korea, where ownership of ideas and property allows a financial incentive to innovate, as opposed to cheaply and shoddily copy things in the Princeling run China. It is noteworthy that the old social orders had to be destroyed by massive wars to allow lots of entrepreneurs to seize on ideas like a portable tape player, high-quality/low-cost cars for the masses, or compact discs.