How the West fell: The broken American Family and Social Justice
A popular trope in the anti-SJW circles is the idea that your average Social Justice Warrior is the result of a super spoiled kid who had helicopter parents. You know, the sort that shower their children with praise and attention and so much support that they end up sheltered and unprepared for the real world.
While I certainly believe that this exists in some cases, I don’t believe that’s the common factor at work with the majority of SJWs. I actually argue in favor of the other direction: Wide-spread parental neglect.
People often forget history, so here’s your casual reminder: It’s only been normalized recently in some countries that two adults have to be employed in order to afford raising a family.
For America, all you have to do is go back to the 50s and earlier to see where our economic timeline hit a serious wrinkle. Prior to the 1950s, it was effectively an expectation that there would most often be someone at home keeping the house clean and tending to the children. Particularly in early and rural America, it was extremely common for the children to start working in their parent’s trade as soon as they were able to.
Women entering the workforce following the war and civil rights era contributed to a shift in how parents spent their time, and before the market adjusted it was a great trick for the Baby Boomer generation to have the husband working full time and the wife working part time to live very comfortably. But in the late 60s/early 70s, things shifted. Hard.
The problem with the economic models that the US government had been using to plan the economy (gird your freedom loins, that’s what the banking system is for!) stalled. It turns out, the golden age of capitalism had run out of gas and there was no magic solution for infinite economic growth. Hours were cut, people were laid off; the ripple effect became massive as manufacturing shut down and sometimes took whole towns with it.
The American economy shifted from industry, to office work; trading blue collars for white collars. And this transition, fueled by displaced workers, allowed the companies of the US to significantly underpay their workers for the amount of productivity they were yielding. Here, have a chart.
But with the Cold War in full swing, the US wasn’t about to admit any fault or wrong doing of capitalism. Instead, they abandoned Keynesian economics for Hayek’s model, further deregulating the economy and allowing companies to offer less benefits of employment than ever before.
Without much choice, Americans embraced their can-do spirit, and both parents began working full time in order to afford suburban comforts.
As trends continued, the two full-time working parent concept would become a necessity. The move was so smooth and the average citizen so naive to the arrangement, that no one seemed to bat an eye when the government was urged to expand welfare benefits for single parents.
With the erosion of the “homemaker” role in the American family, the number of so-called Latchkey Kids rose significantly; as well as the importance of after-school programs to take care of them. Indeed, the rise of the cartoon PSA and afternoon cartoon programming seem to be tied to the expectation of kids being home without guidance.
But it goes much further than that. The rise of the internet was a boon for kids with a ton of free time and not a lot of supervision, heralding the necessity for content filters as countless concerned parents reasoned they simply didn’t have the time to monitor their children’s computer usage. Much like violence in video games and movies, the parental responsibility of being a chaperone for mature subject matter was shifted into community standards and government regulations.
Social networking also had a tremendous success with youth before it blossomed into the strange pseudo-networking network for adults several have become. For many, the connections they were able to make on MySpace to Tumblr were the emotional and peer support they didn’t get from a full time parent or regular mentor. Meeting people in person that you had originally met online went from an eccentric early 90s movie plot to a standard practice.
We should have had some alarms go off when the first talk of “cyber bullying” sprung up. Much like video game violence, all you really have to do to stop it is turn away from your screen. That is, of course, unless you’re deeply emotionally invested in online interactions. And while I’m not saying it’s unhealthy to make good friends online, it’s definitely sick when teens start killing themselves because of nasty comments in IMs.
The interesting thing about this trend is that it’s even present in American media. The Cosby Show and Family Ties were some of the last of the close knit fictional families that ate at a dinner table and always had someone to talk to. As the 90s pushed forward, Full House, Married with Children, Roseanne, Home Improvement, and Family Matters show an increasingly alternative household filled with dysfunction and the kids having adventures and crisis by themselves.
Where’s Mom and Dad?
Something that stands out to me in my survey of American culture and how Social Justice came about is the utter lack of family behind the loudest bullhorns. From video game virtue signalers to protesters caught on camera, I simply never see parents or siblings standing in solidarity with the alleged victims of constant oppression.
No one flees their home and goes to their parents, no one has press conferences surrounded by friends and family. The little family interaction I hear about at all from the choir of cultists is when the well off ones have an “investment” from their family in a business venture. If anyone else were legitimately facing death threats and feared for their safety, wouldn’t they go home instead of rushing to twitter and tumblr?
I can understand where the “sheltered” trope comes from, because an incredible amount of people caught up in Social Justice seem to be fragile, but it’s impossible to shelter a child from everything! If it were a case of over-protective parenting then you should see some trace of social coping skills, even if all they have is running to their parents to fix it for them.
But most SJWs don’t do that. They don’t express weakness and appeal for support like well adjusted people do; when they consider something offensive, they lash out in an often immediate emotional retaliation. You see the same behavior in toddlers and chimps, they haven’t been taught how to interact with others properly.
This kind of petty retaliation and borderline sociopathic disregard for other people’s thoughts and feelings seems to stem directly from a poor upbringing of not being properly socialized as a child. Time and again, SJWs are caught online and on camera in person leveraging shameless bully tactics to silence their opponents. Conflict resolution is not a standard part of the US school curriculum, so the failure of these troubled individuals to understand what constitutes as acceptable behavior has to be laid squarely at the feet of the parents.
Y’know, if they were around.
Everyone is Special
From “Otherkin” to the infinite possibilities of “Gender Fluid” (that’s cum, right?), the label obsessed personas that SJWs develop online stems from a desperate need to be seen as special by someone. Their personal worth poorly validated by absentee parents, they seek to redefine reality around them where everyone has to address them by their chosen pronouns, orientation, spirit animal, and color coding.
It’s no surprise that Social Justice revolves around the comically sexist and racist notion of the Progressive Stack. Like the name “Social Justice”. it sounds great on paper, but once you look under the hood it becomes clear that it’s simply a justification for discrimination against certain people. It asserts, with no evidence, that men are always more privileged than women and whites are always more privileged than “people of color”.
Intelligent people should see through this quite quickly as there is no ‘white bank’ that gives people free money or ‘men’s present’ that boys get upon entering adulthood. It’s also plainly observable that applying this metric to other countries immediately falls apart as white people are only the majority in relatively few countries and some societies are rather matriarchal.
But Social Justice isn’t about reason or objective assessment of complicated socioeconomic issues, it’s about feeling special and demanding respect for your proclaimed specialty. Like the dish summary on a restaurant menu, SJWs trip over themselves to proudly display every little label and non-merit badge of self identification on all of their social media profiles. For everyone else, it’s a warning label “may contain nuts”.
But for all the crazy bells and whistles that Social Justice Warriors have kicked off by their crusade of indignation, I think the conclusion is clear.
They could all use a good bit of therapy.