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Why The Culture Wars Are More Important Than the Economy

People are concentrating on the slogan “It’s the economy, stupid!” again, but they fail to see why the economy’s troubles are based on the assault on masculinity, which radical feminists started decades ago.

First of all, if we postulate an Obama win on Tuesday, forgive us: in either case, the simple rise of such a character to such a height does not inspire confidence in America’s future.

Let us state emphatically: Obama is not a symbol of American masculinity. Whether or not you believe the unproven rumors about his bisexuality, few people would say they see a classic image of the American male. Look at the agitprop images that the Obama campaign itself has produced: they are shadows from New York and San Francisco art galleries, full of the atmosphere of the ambiguous “metrosexual.”

But what can you expect? For decades, boys and men have been assaulted in the culture wars for being themselves: this has been chronicled nicely in various books, famously by Hoff-Sommers in her book “The War Against Boys” a few years ago. But earlier critics noticed a change in the attitude on things masculine: poet Robert Bly outlined his fears in “Iron John” nearly 20 years ago.

Semiotics is a branch of Social Studies where the scholar observes smaller signs and signals in a society to determine trends. As a teacher I have noticed the emptiness of playgrounds, the rise of soccer, the decline of baseball, the appearance of hyper-protective helicopter parents hovering and micromanaging their children’s lives to prevent anything bad from happening. I note the complete absence of a 1930’s-1950’s style childhood, even a remnant, where kids are alone by themselves blocks away from home and parents.

“The Little Rascals” with Spanky and Our Gang are impossible today.

Baseball is one of the most difficult games: it takes patience and much practice to hit a baseball, but it is also very dangerous. Soccer takes skill, but not nearly as much, and the soccer ball is nice and soft in comparison to a baseball.

Baseball is a higher risk sport: the only risks our boys are taking are on video screens, or with parents on the soccer sidelines with cellphones ready to call the emergency room.

What does this have to do with the Economy?

Capitalism Americn-style takes patience, not the drug-addled instant gratification pushed in our I-must-feel-good-always society. Capitalism American-style needs RISK-TAKERS: but our boys – and girls – are protected from taking risks more and more, and so what are they learning? Taking risks – within limits of course – is bad!

In short: The helicopter parent – the result of the diminished role of the male and the rise of a so-called empowered female who pushes security and avoidance of conflict – is a long-term enemy of the basic ideas behind American society.

Obama is their perfect candidate: I hope America does not vote to become a secure, risk-avoiding country like France. That we are so close to doing so, I fear, is more than just an aberration.