Gilder's delusions

jones/bhandari djones at uclink.berkeley.edu
Mon Oct 30 23:34:06 MST 1995


Gilder's delusions are this nation's spectacles.  

My first post on the MMM ('the cult of the male')pointed out the link
between Farrakhan and the 'independent' right as I quoted from Gilder's Men
and Marriage, critically reviewed by the way in a helpful comparative study
of Britain and the US by Pamela Abbott and Claire Wallace, *The Family and
the New Right* (London: Pluto, 1991). 

 By independent right, I mean those working from powerful institutions
which are able to foist upon the public the vilest propaganda without any
sort of peer review.  The independence of these right-wing thinkers was for
example underlined and lamented in the *American Economic Review's*
critical piece on the *Bell Curve*. 

Murray's earlier shit was discredited in many reviews; at any rate, Clinton
only recently suggested that Murray was indeed correct--in other words,
Clinton showed all the potential of  a social-fascist.  This speaks to my
point that Murray and Gilder need to be taken seriously, no matter how
vacuous one finds their analysis.   

Gilder of course concludes today's WSJ article with the most resounding
applause for the MMM, that wet dream of the fascist elements in the US
ruling class and even some 'Marxists' on this list.   

I won't reproduce the last two paragraphs; I trust that those who are
interested will obtain it.  

What are the political implications of Gilder's 'delusions' in the context
of today's economy?  I don't think it is simply to cut AFDC and any job
training for women, so as to force them to become dependent upon men and
restore the patriarchal family through which boys are to be socialized as
hard-working proletarians. Of course, undercutting women's independence may
 not lead them into marriage, and it won't establish men as economically
powerful enough to become patriarchs.  The "Leave it to Beaver" family,
then a fantasy, is even more of one now. 

So the real agenda now is both to round up the boys into boot-camps in
which they are to receive this patriarchal socialization (see James Q
Wilson) and to commence the sterilization of women on the grounds that it
is a "menace to society" to allow them to have children without fathers. 
Tellingly, Charles Murray has openly supported full abortion rights for the
so-called underclass.  In other words, the agenda is quickly moving from
neglect to further and deeper coercion, and the NOI is being set up to play
a very important role in this.

For the threat of sterilization, see the disturbing book by UC Berkeley
sociologist Troy Duster, *The Backdoor to Eugenics*. Routledge. 

Rakesh  






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