MARRIAGE AND GOVERNMENT-NOTHING FOR SOMETHING
Organization, rules, guidelines. Structure is necessary in our daily lives. You just can’t have a bunch of modern primates running around bumping into one another, screeching at each other over the last remaining banana. To an outsider, it might seem “unfair” that the lead ape gets the banana, but it is a way of peacefully resolving conflict. Man is a social animal and his survival depends on cooperation. Cooperation is ensured by force and by reward. The carrot and the stick. When it works, this system of ensuring the group works together to help one another works great. When the reward/coercion ratio breaks down, when there is only one or the other but not both, this is a sure sign that the basic rules governing the social group are broken. And if they are not fixed, chaos will follow.
For a long time throughout history, this basic rule has been repeatedly broken. Slavery is a good example. All punishment without reward only worked for so long. If nothing else, the resources devoted to continually suppression of dissent approached the labor gained. When done right, when slavery had a system of offering hope, it lasted for quite a time. The institution of slavery meet its end recently only because of the Industrial Revolution and using coal as a fuel source. Coal provided more energy to machines than food provided energy to human labor. People didn’t suddenly just wake up and decide to be nice to their fellow man. It was economics, pure and simple. Sure, their were plenty of decent people who advocated the end of slavery, just on moral grounds. But it wouldn’t have been allowed to happen without money being a factor.
Marriage and government are two institutions that provide a security blanket in return for sacrifice. If done right, both parties benefit and believe themselves to have gotten the better part of the bargain. By himself, a regular male would run around chasing anything in a skirt, attempting to impregnate every possible female. As a survival trait, this works out pretty good. Social structures can adapt to encompass any situation. If the male population drops, polygamy is a practical way to ensure the same amount of children are born. If too many males perish in war, the remaining females can become impregnated. If the population is even, the norm today, the return of regular sexual activity ( even during pregnancy or after menopause ) ensures the male stays in the family unit and is the provider/protector. Today, in affluent western societies, we see the complete abandonment of this marriage contract. Females have become “liberated” and want to get revenge for centuries of sexual servitude. What they fail to see is that there is no free lunch.
Every favorable social institution has a give and take. A quid pro quo. Something for something. In order to stay the length of time necessary to rear youngsters, a male must, in effect, be bribed to stay. In return the female has a stable family and is provided for. Today’s females want the benefits without the obligation. Even without children, as in old age, the arrangement ensures a division of labor beneficial to both parties. Government is the same way. In exchange for regular plunder, the dominant protection racket gives protection so normal life goes on. People know that as a fact of life, someone is always going to be pointing a gun to their head for money or goods. It is far more favorable to give a regular ten to twenty percent on a regular basis instead of 100% whenever a bandit wanders by. In exchange for not working very hard, the government protects against the other bandits taking that 100%. Every harvest, a fraction is given as a bribe for protection. If a merchant, each sale is taxed a small amount. Yes, this is immoral. There should be no cost on an individual laboring. But reality is that there will always be thieves, so better to bribe a protection racket than lose everything. The problem arises when either party gets too greedy. If the people expect too much in services for too little tax, the government goes bankrupt. If the government taxes too much without providing services, eventually it loses power when the people revolt.
Unfortunately, very few leaders ever seem to grasp this simple truth. You would think they had schools for this. In the US they usually recruit from law firms, so not one in a thousand can see any common sense. Chinese leaders are mostly trained engineers, so perhaps they have a better grasp on cause and effect. It can’t be too hard to see this. If I can figure it out on a High School education you might think those going to Ivy League schools had a clue. Perhaps it is just a side effect of “divide and conquer”. What better way to turn society against each other than to instill an entitlement thought process into everyone. Everyone is so busy being greedy, unable to see the need to contribute and only being concerned with something for nothing that this is how everyone thinks nowadays. Of course the big boys that plunder everyone stay in power longer. But in the end the social fabric is torn beyond repair.
So forget about Peak Oil or viral infections spread at the speed of jet travel. Or de-Industrialization of our economy. Or global warming. One of the basic reasons for western civilization being in the middle of a collapse is the ruination of the family unit due to women’s lib and government on the fast track to economic Depression due to a runaway welfare state. These factors, which I can’t see too many people being able to deny, are guaranteed to end our civilization as we know it. Collapse due to breech of contract.
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