The function of masculine values in an age of peace
Absolutely brilliant and necessary. Thank you.
For those who have not read it, Benenson's book (which I too found through Arnold Kling) is an amazing, slept-on eye-opener, however poorly titled ("Warriors and Worriers: The Survival of the Sexes"). Great required reading for anyone who is either a man or a woman. It has revolutionized my perspective on daily life.
I have to think there are enough lovers of truth out there to spurn the current garbage culture that seeks untruth in so many ways. Improving reality requires starting with reality in the first place.
Really liked this essay, I have only one objection and that is that Nietzsche's idea for an aristocracy of the intellect was written in The Gay Science but I do remember in Weltgeist's series on Beyond Good And Evil thar he goes back on it for being ascetic. This is just a thought of mine reading that passage, I haven't read Nietzsche directly, I just want to see what you think about it
And it’s not just the “university”---It’s the “narrowversity” too, like West Point and Annapolis.
GOOD LUCK fighting our wars with the “worrier mentality” and The Feminine Mystique
I think there's a critical element missing in your theory - namely, absent anything traditionally considered religious or spiritual, your project is by its own terms doomed to failure. Nietzsche, however great a thinker he might have been, spent his last years as an insane invalid and left behind no children. Absent the felt belief in some form of personal immortality, there really isn't a terribly convincing reason to feel like being of any use to humanity at all beyond what is immediately useful to you in your own lifetime.
In a way, masculine aggression *is* being channeled into different avenues, it's just being done in an astonishingly foolish, naive way. Look at the West Coast cities. In San Francisco, the police were effectively canceled because they were representatives of traditional oppressive masculinity. This was expected to usher in a peaceful, just, egalitarian utopia. Instead, this just opened the city up to be dominated by different groups of men: smash-and-grab gangs and increasingly aggressive homeless camps.
So, all the more reason to thoughtfully design new ways for men to thrive. Masculine aggression can't be wished away, it has to be dealt with directly.
Our current social model is the end point of Western civilisation. The security provided by global hegemony has resulted in communitarianism - it is not just women, it is the inevitable result of democracy in an age of plenty.
Western hegemony is coming to an end. There should probably be war and disaster. If this does not happen we will have a brief period of 50 to 100 years before the oligarchy who control the machines, or perhaps the machines themselves, realise that most of us are unnecessary.