“If you want to perform the greatest service for political liberty, all you have to do is turf all of your unsatisfying relationships. Parents, siblings, spouse, it doesn’t matter.” –Stefan Molyneux
I do not wish to dwell on matters Molyneuvian
, but I do want to make it plain what I am arguing about:
The father-led family is the sine qua non of human civilization as such. Hence, to be anti-family is necessarily to be anti-libertarian and anti-egoistic, both (among many other anti-values) as an inescapable consequence of being at war with the engine of human thriving.
Is Stefan Molyneux anti-family? Vide:
Do you think it extreme for me to say that almost all parents are horribly bad? Perhaps it is. However, if you look at the state of the world – the general blindness and the slow death of our liberties – the challenge you take on by disagreeing with me is this: if it’s not the parents, what is it?
Either the world is not sick, or parents are. Because, as my wife says, it all starts with the family. If you want to perform the greatest service for political liberty, all you have to do is turf all of your Continue reading
“After all, even if he’s spitting on you or flogging you with a riding crop, at least you’re doing things together. And what better proof could there be of his devotion than for him to spend hours and hours tying you up in knots?”
We live in a world of inversions, scorning every value we should cherish and praising – or pretending to praise – every moral abomination we have our noses rubbed into.
Our poor neglected 50 Shades of Grey wife is so desperate for her husband’s attention that she proposes to degrade and humiliate herself to get it. After all, even if he’s spitting on you or flogging you with a riding crop, at least you’re doing things together. And what better proof could there be of his devotion than for him to spend hours and hours tying you up in knots?
And pity her poor husband, too! He can’t get anything right: He’s completely inconsiderate all the time, especially if he can’t suss out how to be outrageously inconsiderate in the bedroom. And then who is it he is supposed to interact with, back in the kitchen, after he has called her every filthy name known Continue reading
Here are two complementary facts about the ontology of adult genetic Homo sapiens:
Men are seed-sprayers.
Women are egg-layers.
Men and women are functionally equivalent, in the sense that, away from our sex differences, we can all do pretty much the same stuff. We are intellectually equivalent, even if the vestigial effects of poverty, religion and tradition have cost humanity the full benefits of female mental prowess over the centuries. We are politically equivalent, obviously. There are biological differences that result from our sex differences — men tend to have better upper-body strength, women have better blood circulation at the core but poorer circulation in the extremities — but apart from those sex differences, we are an awful lot alike.
That much is not surprising. We are the same species after all, and the XY model is just the one-off variation on the XX prototype. Even men’s sex hardware, of which they can be very proud, is just women’s junk turned inside out. This is true of male mammals in general — except for the pride part.
But because males — male mammals, not just male Homo sapiens — are seed-sprayers, their reproduction strategy will be Continue reading
Yesterday’s Church of Splendor homily: We start with a discussion of the essential role of self-responsible fatherhood in the creation of Western Civilization. Then we relate that back to the anti-family praxis of ‘defoo’-ing – disassociating from your family-of-origin – advocated by talk-radio/social media impresario Stefan Molyneux.
I’m less interested in him than in his victims, but I could not possibly be more concerned about allegedly pro-liberty, pro-humanity doctrines that advocate the wholesale destruction of the family – the only respite in the storm, the only redoubt from the wars, the only fortress stout enough to stand against the void.
Given a rational choice, which he cannot have and will not have for many years, no baby would choose to writhe in his own waste. But this does not make changing his diaper any less an act of physical force – expressed with a forearm gently pressed to the baby’s chest if necessary.Photo by: Sellers Patton
This is me responding publicly to email in April of 2004. The topic: How can a philosophical libertarian reconcile himself to the coercion that is baked in the cake of parenthood? I’m posting this now because of discussions I’m having on Facebook
. As a matter of disclosure, while the game ain’t over ’til it’s over, my take is that I sucked as a father. I like the ideas I’m talking about here, but only Mister Married can make this work, and I wasn’t him when I should have been.
I clicked through your link and read your post “We will not rid the world of cannibals by eating them…” and I found your thoughts very interesting. I found absolutely nothing to object to among these assertions:
You do not have the right to hurt people.
You do not have the right to effect retribution.
You Continue reading
Even at its scrupulous best, a delegated self-defense is an illusion, as any father who has killed a burglar can tell you – and as the father who was not there to defend his family can never bear to tell you.
I am not apocalyptic. I see no efficacy in despair, in any case, but I am too much aware, too, of how much better things get, even as they seem always to be getting worse. We are preyed upon from every direction, but I can argue that we are outrunning our predators. And the simple fact that someone as radical as I am is able to communicate freely, with no restrictions, argues at least that our despoilers are too lazy to be consistently tyrannical.
And yet the nature of nature is that tragedy results not just from malice but from simple negligence. I hope I am wrong about the border crisis. I hope I am wrong that this is an intended genocide-by-epidemic, and I hope I am wrong about the epidemic regardless of the intentions of our lazy tyrants.
But if I am wrong in the instant matter, I am not wrong in the large: The essence of leadership, Continue reading
Pawns, meet the pawns.
I have three stories in my head today.
One is an inverse romantic comedy, call it a reconciliation-com. All I have so far are the establishing shots, him moving his too-much-stuff into a too-small apartment, her trying to spread her too-little-remaining-stuff around in the now-too-big space he has just left. The story is obvious, but it’s the details that make a rom-com fun, and getting back together is a fun story we should tell more often.
That’s a piece from yesterday’s homily at The Church of Splendor, inverting a cautionary tale, like The Breakup, as a comedy:
Story number two is another glimpse of the same idea, this time expressed as historical fiction about the early Hoplites, the freeholders who were all the order there was in the Hellas for hundreds of years. I don’t even like historical fiction, but I like this story – how fathers make the world safe for their wives and children, and thus for everyone. It tells us everything about who we are as people to this very day.
But the story that is straining my brain and drowning out the other two is this one:
A pandemic is the perfect death panel, if Continue reading