On The Privileged, The Productive, And The Dependent
A very interesting — and I believe accurate — set of observations by Stacy McCain:
How often have we noted the correlation between feminism and mental illness? Depression and anxiety seem to be nearly ubiquitous in the feminist movement. Self-harm and eating disorders are also common, and we occasionally encounter diagnoses of personality disorders as well. There is a clear pattern: Young women who view men as irresponsible and untrustworthy “f–kboys,” women whose emotional instability is serious enough to require psychiatric intervention — such are the unhappy women who find that feminism’s hostility to the existing social order offers a rationalization of their discontents.
Have they never read Eric Hoffer’s The True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements? Do they not recognize themselves as the frustrated misfits Hoffer described?
Those who see their lives as spoiled and wasted crave equality and fraternity more than they do freedom. If they clamor for freedom, it is but freedom to establish equality and uniformity. . . .
Those who clamor loudest for freedom are often the ones least likely to be happy in a free society. The frustrated, oppressed by their shortcomings, blame their failure on existing restraints. Actually their innermost desire is for an end to the ‘free for all.’ They want to eliminate free competition and the ruthless testing to which the individual is continually subjected in a free society.
So it is that the feminist movement attracts to its banner frustrated women “who see their lives as spoiled and wasted,” women who require a scapegoat to “blame [for] their failure” and who find in feminism’s anti-male ideology a ready-made excuse for their unhappiness. Yet for every miserable misfit grumbling about “masculinity . . . male aggression . . . male arrogance . . . male mediocrity” on the Internet, there are many more happy women going about their normal lives, without mental illness and without feminism. If we compared the objective circumstances of any two women, one self-identifying as feminist and the other rejecting the “feminist” label, what difference would distinguish them?
Are anti-feminist women on average more “privileged” than the militant man-haters? I seriously doubt it. In fact, I think generally the opposite is true: One does not commonly encounter working-class women reading Judith Butler and ranting about the gender binary and the heterosexual matrix. Whatever the normal woman’s complaints about her relationships with men, she does not construe her problems in terms of academic theory and political ideology.
Indeed, she does not. The Non-Feminist Woman tends to take Life as it comes, to not deny what it is, to not seek to impose abnormalities on it.
I would add, however, that there is a third group of women who, while they are not privileged or within the direct influence of the academics, are very susceptible to the Hysteric rantings of the Judith Butlers of this World: uneducated women who also lack Common Sense. These are women without any desire to do the Spiritual and physical work necessary to better themselves. Consequently, they tend to occupy low-skilled and low-paying jobs or to be denizens of the Welfare System.
Take several hours and scan the crime reports from localities across the country and you will notice an interesting pattern when it comes to crimes committed by Lesbians on Lesbians: they are either Privileged Feminists or, for lack of a better term, members of the Lower Class.
This situation mirrors American Society as a whole in that we can divide it’s members up into three general groups: the Privileged [or ‘Ruling Class’ or ‘Elites’], the Productive, and the Dependent [or ‘Sheeples’].
The third group of women I described above clearly are part of the Dependents. They and their non-Lesbian fellow Wards of the Privileged are often called ‘Low Information Voters’, meaning they are very, very susceptible to the cunning lies of the Elites — in fact, they want to be Subjects of a Ruling Class that handles all the dirty work of Life for them. These are also the people who worship Narcissists like Oprah or ‘Obama’, who care only to lose themselves in the frivolities and luxuries the Productive group provides through their creation of wealth, prosperity, and Freedom and Ordered Liberty.
The Privileged, with the help of the Dependent, have seized Power And Control in America. And that is one of the main reasons we find ourselves slipping into enslavement.
…the philosopher Alfred North Whitehead thought it self-evident that you would get a good government if you took power out of the hands of the acquisitive and gave it to the learned and the cultivated. At present, a child in kindergarten knows better than that
—Eric Hoffer, Before The Sabbath
The history of this country was made largely by people who wanted to be left alone. Those who could not thrive when left to themselves never felt at ease in America.
—Eric Hoffer, Reflections On The Human Condition