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The Rediscovery of Men

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Published : November 28th, 2016
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This must account, at least in part, for the post-election hysteria among the social justice folk and their mentors at the Prog end of politics, especially those bent on suppressing or eliminating men. Of course, it’s only been the last year or so that their long-running animus became explicit, their writ against white men in particular. Before, it was all sub rosa, really just a byproduct of the campaign to uplift women, people-of-color, and the many theoretical gender categories vying for supremacy of the moral high ground. Hillary was expected to drive the final wooden stake through masculinity’s demonic heart… but something went wrong… and she was disarmed… and now this cheeto-headed monster in a red necktie is the president-elect. There must have been a clerical error.

Donald Trump was about as far from my sense of the male ideal as anything short of the Golem. His accomplishments in life — developing hotels that look like bowling trophies and producing moronic TV shows — seem as flimsy as the plastic golden heraldry plastered on his casinos. His knowledge of the world appears to be on the level of a fifth grader. He can barely string together two coherent sentences off-teleprompter. I was as astonished as anyone by the disclosure of his “grab them by the pussy” courtship advice to little Billy Bush. In my experience, it seemed a very poor strategy for scoring some action, to say the least. In a better world — perhaps even the America he imagines to have been great once — Donald Trump would be a kind of freak among men, a joke, a parody of masculinity.

But then consider the freak show that American culture has become in our time and it shouldn’t be surprising that a cartoon nation has ended up with a cartoon of a man as head-of-state. In fact, I doubt that there even is any remaining collective idea of what it means to be a man here in terms of the ancient virtues. Honor? Dignity? Patience? Prudence? Fuhgeddabowdit. The cultural memory of all that has been erased. The apotheosis of Trump may remind a few people of all that has been lost, but we’re starting from nearly zero in the recovery of it.

Consider also the caliber of the male persons who stepped into the arena last spring when the election spectacle kicked off. Only Bernie Sanders came close to representing honorable manhood — in the form of your irascible old “socialist” uncle from Brooklyn — while the rest of them acted like Elmer Fudd, Mighty Mouse, and Woody Woodpecker. And then when the primary elections ended, Bernie drove a wooden stake into his own heart in a bizarre act of political hara-kiri.

Hillary Clinton’s campaign was engineered from the get-go to complete the demolition of American manhood in what turned out to be a reckless miscalculation. “I’m with her (and against him).” Too much in recent American history has been against “him” and a great many of the hims out there began to notice that they were being squeezed out of the nation’s life like watermelon seeds. Most particularly, men were no longer considered necessary in whatever remained of the family unit. This went against the truth of the matter, of course, because nothing has been more harmful to everyday life than the absence of fathers. And this was connected to the secondary calamity of men losing their roles in the workplace — and the loss of self-respect connected with that. So the election awakened some sleeping notion that life was wildly out of balance in America. And being so out of balance, it swung wildly in the other direction.

The corrective to all this awaits a fiery passage through the coming tribulation that is about to start in the realm of money. You can be sure that many of the current popular assumptions about how the world works are about to change. It will present opportunities for men to start acting like men again — for instance, being on the side of the truth instead of reflexive mendacity.  Some real men could emerge from the smoldering rubble and begin a from-the-ground-up reassembly of the male spirit. Trump may end up being little more than a broken monument amid the rubble, a sort of golden calf the people constructed in desperation as they sought a way out of the wilderness.

But the blow-up in banking and finance could represent a final detonation of manhood, since so much testosterone is sequestered in the dark corners of Wall Street and the money centers like it. And when that happens men might be in disrepute for a thousand years.

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James Howard Kunstler has worked as a reporter and feature writer for a number of newspapers, and finally as a staff writer for Rolling Stone Magazine. In 1975, he dropped out to write books on a full-time basis. His nonfiction book, "The Long Emergency," describes the changes that American society faces in the 21st century. Discerning an imminent future of protracted socioeconomic crisis, Kunstler foresees the progressive dilapidation of subdivisions and strip malls, the depopulation of the American Southwest, and, amid a world at war over oil, military invasions of the West Coast; when the convulsion subsides, Americans will live in smaller places and eat locally grown food.
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i suspect that georgie S and his goons will crash the coin and try to starve our guts and spirits with fears we havnt felt perhaps ever. it will be no time to curl.
So Kunstler thinks Trump is not a "man," and that we need one for instance, "being on the side of the truth instead of reflexive mendacity."

But what Truth would fit Kunstler's description of a Man free of 'reflexive mendacity'? We know, at least, what it is not. It is not a man like Trump who by and large espouses Capitalism, the creation and retention of wealth created by individuals and relatively safe from Government confiscation - via our Constitution and Bill of Rights.

So what you will about those documents, but they have produce the greatest civilization and greatest well being of its citizens the world has ever known. I'm old enough to recall Russian Premier Khrushchev's visit to the United States in 1959. The old communist was literally dumbfounded by his visits to American supermarkets and the abundance there. Communism - State control of individual lives - cannot produce such abundance. Venezuela is the most recent failure of communism.

So if Trump is distasteful to Kunstler....who does make him salivate?

Someone closer to Khrushchev I suppose; someone with the power over individuals to force them out of their cars, kill every industry that burns oil, and, like a Pol Pot, herd people out into the country to live like nature intended off the fat of the land. Someone, I again suppose, with a garage full of 'reflexive mendacity'.

Those of you in doubt, please go back and read Kunstler's archived articles; read his weekly end of the world Peak Oil rants. He doesn't speak of Peak Oil anymore because, well, underground oil is very just takes a government allowing private capital to find it. And found it they have: a recent discovery in Texas is said to equal or surpass Middle East oil fields.

So, hopefully, we finally have a man in the White House who will unshackled the American Spirit. Nothing, of course, is guaranteed - but a new beginning is possible if the past mistakes of Liberals like Kunstler can be overcome.
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"Only Bernie Sanders came close to representing honorable manhood — in the form of your irascible old “socialist” uncle from Brooklyn "
Yeah Bernies a man because hes a socialist or because hes a fellow choosenite?
This guy voted for Obama twice !! TWICE !!! No credibility
He must not have benefited from the freebies Obama handed out and ignored his lies the first time so he doubled down the second time.

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and now bernie has a brand new house. i smelled that the fix was in when he said he was running against filthy hillery. then at the perfect moment he caved and gave it to her. just like she did with osama bama. control the message at all costs. and the message is "we want the middle class". no matter what it will cost. the rich always have theirs and the poor have their check. both beholden to government. but the middle class has most of the money and more than enough smarts. they are the target.
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So Kunstler thinks Trump is not a "man," and that we need one for instance, "being on the side of the truth instead of reflexive mendacity." But what Truth would fit Kunstler's description of a Man free of 'reflexive mendacity'? We know, at least, wha  Read more
Jim C. - 11/28/2016 at 11:08 PM GMT
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