Category Archives: Social Devolution

Debased money, debased marriages

“When a government compulsorily overvalues one type of money and undervalues another, the undervalued money will leave the country or disappear from circulation into hoards, while the overvalued money will flood into circulation.” – Gresham’s law, Sir Thomas Gresham

When gasoline prices are rapidly approaching $5 per gallon, it is no secret that U.S. money does not buy what it used to. Even if we use the CPI-U, which significantly underestimates historical inflation, the value of a dollar in 2012 is approximately one-twenty fifth of a dollar in 1913, when the Federal Reserve was first given the responsibility of ensuring stable prices. How a relentless increase in prices is somehow equated with price stability remains a mystery to everyone not working for the Federal Reserve or seated in Congress; if this performance is considered successful, one can only wonder what would constitute failure.

The more casual formulation of Gresham’s law is “bad money chases out good.” This is what we have increasingly seen in the United States. While the devalued Federal Reserve dollar notes are of increasingly little value, they have nevertheless been increasingly replaced by credit dollars, which are of no intrinsic value whatsoever. In fact, there are now six credit dollars for every dollar that is deposited or in circulation, as Gresham’s law would lead one to expect. Credit money has chased out cash.

This monetary debasement is not the only devaluation that has taken place over the last century. Dalrock, an influential Christian writer on intersexual relations, noted the similarities between the monetary and the marital in an article titled “Debasing Marriage”:

Men looking to marry face the same kind of dilemma ancient merchants used to face. Feminists and their enablers have slowly shaved off the value of marriage for men. Marriage for men no longer means:

  • being the legally and socially recognized head of the household
  • an expectation of regular sex
  • legal rights to children
  • lifetime commitment

These changes began with the 19th Amendment and women’s suffrage in the early 20th century. Now, less than 100 years later, they have reached a critical point with the transformation of marriage from a private, religious ceremony recognizing the union of a man with a woman into a licensed, government-approved relationship between two or more individuals of either sex. Neither homogamy nor polygamy have yet been fully enshrined in what presently passes for law throughout the country, but the historical trend is perfectly clear. The only serious question is whether homogamy or polygamy will be the first anti-Western form of relationship to become broadly accepted throughout American society.

Advocates of homogamy often ask how government recognition of homosexual relationships will have any impact on normal marriages. Setting aside the specific answer, which is that the recognition of homogamy has already led to the elimination of the legal terms “husband,” “wife,” “father” and “mother” in some jurisdictions, the more problematic aspect is the way a modified form of Gresham’s law can be observed to apply to modern society.

Call it Dalrock’s law. When a government officially overvalues one type of relationship and undervalues another, the undervalued relationship will decline and become less societally influential, while the overvalued relationship will become more common and more influential.

The government overvaluation of homosexuality is why 4.4 percent of the characters on U.S. television are now sexually abnormal, more than double their actual percentage of the general population. The government devaluation of marital relationships is why marriage rates have been methodically declining across the West, why birth rates have fallen to sub-replacement levels, why the economic growth rates of the 1950s are, at present, demographically impossible and why social programs such as Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid are mathematically doomed.

The Romans did their best to halt both monetary and marital debasement. The Lex Iulia de Adulteriis Coercendis and the Lex Papia Poppaea laws introduced by the Emperor Augustus were both intended to strengthen marriage and raise the birthrate, and Rome survived in the West for another 467 years. Unfortunately for the West in general, and the U.S. in particular, our leaders appear determined to continue to debase marriage and reduce the birthrate, which will only speed up the ongoing process of societal decline and fall.

via World Net Daily

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Dude, Pass The Cheese Doodles

I can’t help it.  This was the latest “top search terms” that have led people to this blog.  So, in the interest of appropriate marketing efforts, I’ll ride that horse a tad longer.

I can’t imagine what really prompted that search, but based on the #1 Google result for those terms, I’d be rather surprised to learn they were really looking for anything that might be found here.  I couldn’t find the link to this site after reviewing more than 20 pages of search results, although those words were, in fact, printed here. Continue reading

Celebrating Radicalism

A good friend has recently graduated from, arguably, one of the most left-wing institutions in the country, Evergreen State College in Olympia Washington.  While this school clearly provides a number of unique educational opportunities, it seems that its real mission is to promote left-wing radicalism.

Aside from “classes” that actually teach the principles of community organizing and other forms of activism, there is a clear focus on progressive topics such as “social justice”, history deconstruction, power politics, enviro-politics, racial politics, gender politics, etc., etc., etc.  All told, this sort of nonsense takes up something like 40% to 50% of their current course catalog, well on the way to overtaking content that actually deals with the development of useful skills (not to mention the real world).  Continue reading

Quote of the Day

“If there are signs that we have become less concerned than we should be with virtue, there are also signs that many Americans are becoming restless under the tyrannies of egalitarianism and sick of the hedonistic individualism that has brought us to the suburbs of Gomorrah. But, for the immediate future, what we probably face is an increasingly vulgar, violent, chaotic, and politicized culture.”  –  Robert Bork, “Slouching Towards Gomorrah”, 1997

The Socialist Lifeboat Game: You Row While The Rest of Us Fish For Red Herring

Recently, yours truly has taken what, on extremely casual review,  might be characterized as “his usual hard-line stance” against the incessant whining produced by what I’ll, today, refer to as the “children of socialism”.  By outward appearance, of course, the “children” I’m talking about here happen to be actual adults; though, you’d never know it by talking with them.

Of course, I’m a only a little bit sympathetic to those who might, in a knee-jerk fashion, misconstrue the use of phrases such as “incessant whining” (or, perhaps even, “defect of character”) as a demonstration of a lack of compassion.  After all, that interpretation would require the reader to completely disregard the clearly stated objective of trying to develop an understanding of a critical social problem and, one might hope, useful, practical, rational, and moral responses to to that problem.

But that, naturally enough, is what the socialist discourse is all about.  This is a world, after all, that they generally describe as a single, fixed, and finite “pie”; a place of the “zero-sum” game of winners and losers villains and victims; and in which the average schlub (or “prole”) would have difficulty figuring out which foot to put his shoes on without the “help” of a knowledgable and compassionate elite. Continue reading

Extremism #1: Wolves In Sheep’s Clothing

Part 1 of a continuing series on extremism in the American political culture.

This idea has been on my mind for a while; more so lately as the 2010 mid-term elections rapidly approach.  Naturally, it is during these peaks in the election cycle when we seem to hear more frequent, apoplectic charges of extremism, mostly about those on the right.  (Example here: from the NY Times).

My initial motivation for this series of articles, however, was in response to a reading of Stuart Archer Cohen’s book, The Army of the Republic, a “near-future thriller” in which “a small group of activists…launch a campaign of assassinations and sabotage to force the government into allowing elections, but this triggers even more repression.” (From the Booklist review posted on Amazon at the above link.) Continue reading

The Greek Enigma: What We Caught, We Threw Away

What we caught we threw away; what we didn’t catch, we kept.

Legend says that the Greek poet Homer died of frustration at not being able to solve this riddle, posed by two fishermen on the island of Ios.  Before sharing the solution, we might consider the greater enigma that is Greece itself.

To begin, we might consider the rather ironic truth that, today, Greece may well be Europe’s Achilles Heel.  The reason, of course, is that among all the childish, imprudent, political culture that is modern Europe, Greece may be the most childish, the most imprudent. 

Naturally, they weren’t the only state willing to join the sovereign suicide pact we know as the European Union.  Perhaps, they rightly believed that they had the most to gain in the exchange.  The real truth, however, is that such arrangements – those that facilitate our worst instincts – always end badly. Continue reading