Rights and Freedoms — Summary
Having read Free to Choose — A Personal Statement, by Milton and Rose Friedman*,
it makes me feel a bit embarrassed for not having seen the light much, much
sooner, although the suspicion of the recognition of the problem - the first
step for a successful problem solution - was always in my mind.
We would all do well if we were to take to heart what Milton and Rose Friedman said in their book. I got a lot out of reading their book -- which I did when I had time this summer as I was following the pole-testing crew around to monitor the work they did for the Bruderheim Rural Electrification Association.
Since then I often refer back to the book and re-read some of the passages I marked. Many things that I tried to come to terms with over the years were already summarized by the Friedmans many years ago, a quarter century past.
If there is an obvious flaw in the book, it is its assessments of the political trends of the '70s. Those are covered in Chapter 10, "The Tide is Turning", which contains the prediction (now proven to be wrong) that the growing dissatisfaction by people in the developed nations with the damages that growing liberalism had caused would bring an accelerating return to common sense and more conservative values. The proof the authors sought and found for that was a wave of return to more conservative governments in many nations.
That trend was nothing more than a small blip in the continuous and escalating consequences of the propaganda war for more consumerism, more liberalism and more rights and freedoms.
Liberalism and the rights and freedoms it promises are very powerful and deadly lures. The book's aim is to explain that and the damages those lures caused over the years.
What I consider the key argument of the book is in Chapter 4, "Created Equal", which covers equality, liberty, equality before God, equality of opportunity, equality of outcome, the consequences of egalitarian politics, and capitalism and equality.
My summary of that chapter, and that is what I reflected on in my previous comments on rights, is:
Affirmative action is the use of force to achieve equality of outcome.
The use of force to achieve equality destroys freedom.
All of society is without doubt being forced to pay for what feminism wanted to achieve for women, but that is by no means the only area where affirmative action is being put to work.
All along the major aim was and is that women were to be liberated from being enslaved to the patriarchy. The consequences of that are the escalating deconstruction of our families, growing child poverty, poverty and enslavement for men, and, most importantly
— because that demonstrates how ludicrous feminism's goal truly is, an enormous increase in the number of women (and "their" children) in poverty.
During the '50s and '60s there were virtually no women at all on skid row. Today they are a substantial and growing presence there (roughly ten percent of the skid row population in North America). Ironically, feminists and their fellow travelers use the rising number of women on skid row or in poverty as further proof that women deserve increasing concern about their victimhood and about society's continuing and even escalating oppression of and discrimination against women.
Let's wake up! The problem of escalating women's poverty was caused by nobody
but feminism — and nobody but feminism, as well as politicians and bureaucrats
who fell for the bill of goods that feminism sold them, must be blamed for that.
In addition, we must not forget that by now feminism controls and comprises the
bureaucracy. Therefore the aims of radical feminism and of the bureaucracy are
now one and the same. (If the term "radical feminism" (a.k.a. Marxist- or
socialist-feminism) is somewhat new to you, you need to expand your knowledge.
After all, radical feminism, the currently controlling faction of feminism,
governs just about everything that is happening in your life. See,
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best-known work was an exposé on Marxism and radical feminism.
Carey Roberts' best-known work, his exposé on Marxism and radical
feminism, is not necessarily easy to find, but
this link will help with that. (Some of the URLs for the article
series appear to keep changing. For that reason the identified link leads
to an Internet search for the series. The first or second link in the
return list will most likely lead you to the series.))
Nevertheless, although feminism
caused great harm to women and children, the damages to men and to the status of men are far greater yet.
Men lost not only the prestige they once had and the respect and appreciation that society once had for them. It is predominantly men who are being forced to pay for the damages to society that feminism brought about. Moreover, it is primarily men who pay for all of the tools, ways and means by which feminism systematically brings about the demise of men in our culture and thereby the gradual collapse of western civilization.
None of the aspects of the politics of sex are covered in "Free to Choose". Although the book correctly identifies that there is a price to be paid for any right that is created within society, it fails to identify that primarily men, by far, lost their freedom. Men have been sentenced to pay not only for the rights that feminism created for women in addition to all of the rights and privileges that women had all along. Men are now being forced as well to pay for all of the damages that feminism caused for men and for all of society.
Men are the losers in the war against our families. The winners are the people who comprise the increasingly totalitarian bureaucracy and its spin-off industries that quite clearly collude to destroy men and our society.
Milton and Rose Friedman state that a free society "does not prevent some people from arbitrarily suppressing others. It does not prevent some people from achieving positions of privilege, but so long as freedom is maintained, it prevents those positions of privilege from becoming institutionalized..." (Free to Choose, p. 139)
We failed to prevent positions of privilege from becoming institutionalized. Therefore we lost much of the freedom we once had and must now worry about how to cope in a society that is ostensibly becoming more and more liberal, but that in reality is becoming increasingly more and more totalitarian as we are being burdened with more and more obligations to pay for the rights of ever new classes of "victims".
Walter H. Schneider
Milton Friedman won the 1976 Nobel Prize for Economics
Table of Contents for Rights and Freedoms
Don't neglect to read also:
Men's News Daily
Whiplash vs. Trueheart:
The Politics of Melodrama
October 30, 2003
by Paul C. Robbins, Ph.D.
The plot was simple: Snidely Whiplash versus Tom Trueheart for the love of Tess. Tess was young and desirable, torn between Whiplash and Trueheart....
Snidely Whiplash wanted to ravage Tess and cared not a whit about her welfare....He wanted to do her in, and then Tom Trueheart came to Tess' rescue and did Snidely Whiplash in.
As Paul Robbins explains, such a story teaches morals, and the moral is that in today's society Joe Average is Snidely, feminists are Tess, and the politicians are Tom Trueheart or successfully pretend to be — not to gain "Tess'" love but
to gain her...I better not tell all of it and let you
read the rest
of the story.
An eye-opening read; give a copy to your friends. It explains the basic and extremely successful strategy used to ram women's "liberation" down everyone's throat. All men, their friends and our children are the losers, but women lose, too, the more they gain "victim" status.
There is absolutely nothing new about that sort of recent development.
The trend is nothing but a continuation of the chivalry by "men" of the
Victorian age (politicians, judges and lawyers) who did their best to give
women — in the name of liberating them from male oppression — more and more
privileges at the expense of common men. In that fashion
The Fraud of
Feminism (1913, by Belfort Bax) has been at work already for
hundreds of years to bring about
Legal Subjection of Men (1908, by Belfort Bax).
Note: The Internet Archive does not always produce results for those two
preceding links. However, the two pieces by Belfort Bax can be found and accessed
in other locations on the Net. You can use, for example,
MEN ARE THE WAY THEY ARE, Warren Farrell explains that men and women
are equally powerless but that men and boys are being indoctrinated to
admire women and to follow career paths that enable men to give women what
women want. For example:
What Are Boys Good For?
What does a teenage girl learn to give to a
boy? Let's look at a thirteen-page spread in Teen-the Christmas 1984
issue. Approximately seventy presents are mentioned, with an average price
of about thirty dollars (over two thousand dollars' [close to US$5,000 in
2007 dollars — F4L] worth of presents). Only one is for a male-pajamas
for a baby boy. As with Ms., no presents for boyfriends.
There are several teenage boys shown in the
pictures. One admires a girl while she admires herself in the mirror;
another is towing a girl's brand-new car. The same use of men as in
Is the girl in the Teen spread helping
the boy who has attached her car to a tow truck? No. She drapes herself over
the tow truck. And how does she learn to handle a stressful situation? The
caption explains: "If a stressful situation causes complexion concerns, keep
skin under control with Noxzema Acne 12. And pass the time in an
All twelve days of Christmas run the same
pattern: "Keep tabs on your weight," "File your nails ... ," "Massage your
hands," "Massage your feet," "Turn heads in your direction by keeping lips
lusciously lubricated .... " What does he get? Nothing is mentioned but her
beauty. What lessons does he learn? Admire and rescue. [Emphasis
by F4L] In Teen. In Ms.
Do teenage boys' magazines show a girl towing
his brand-new car, while he drapes himself over her tow truck and
worries about his acne? Hardly.
In men's magazines there are only a few gifts
for men to buy women. Remember the principle of the De Beers transfer. She
chooses the diamond and chooses among the men her beauty power can attract
to buy it. Which is why his ads are for how to become successful enough to
buy whatever she chooses; hers are to become beautiful enough to be able to
make the choice of both the gift and the man to buy the gift. Men's
magazines do not feature many gifts for women because men are expected to do
the buying after consulting the women, not the magazine, and to concentrate
their energies on making the money.
ARE THE WAY THEY ARE, By Warren Farrell, p 34-35
Once they become men (or perhaps even sooner), men
(or boys) begin to catch on. For example:
Why is changing a light bulb always a guy's job? Because women have more
important things to do - like making men feel useful and important by giving
them things to do, like changing light bulbs.
How many divorced men does it take to change a light bulb? None. They never
get the house anyway.
— Edmonton Journal,
2007 08 28, p. B2, Venting
edmontonjournal.com Online Extras - Venting)
It will take quite some time yet, however, before a majority of
society gets Warren Farrell's message expressed in the following.
One of the fascinating
parts about men is our tendency to subject ourselves to war, physical abuse,
and psychological abuse and call it "power." The ability to be totally out
of control while continuing to view ourselves as the ones with the power can
have certain advantages to a woman. As expressed in this poem:
He bought me
drinks all evening
in response to just a wink
Then accepted my invitation to
repair my kitchen sink
Then I brought him into beddy-bye
to get a little sex
Then couldn't help but smile
when he called it conquest!
ARE THE WAY THEY ARE, By Warren Farrell, p.
That story, translated into a joke that is far more ironic than
it is funny, goes like this:
An Irishman an Englishman and a Scotsman were sitting in a
bar in Sydney. The view was fantastic, the beer excellent, and the food
exceptional. "But" said the Scotsman, "I still prefer the pubs back home. Why,
in Glasgow there's a little bar called McTavish's. Now the landlord there
goes out of his way for the locals so much that when you buy 4 drinks he
will buy the 5th drink for you."
"Well," said the Englishman "at my local, the Red Lion, the barman there will
buy you your 3rd drink after you buy the first 2."
"Ahhh that's nothin'," said the Irishman, "Back home in Dublin there's Ryan's
Bar. Now the moment you set foot in the place they'll buy you a drink, then
another, all the drinks you like. Then when you've had enough drink they'll
take you upstairs and see that you get laid. All on the house."
The Englishman and Scotsman immediately pour scorn on the Irishman's claims.
He swears every word is true.
"Well," said the Englishman, "Did this actually happen to you?"
"Not myself personally, no" said the Irishman, "but it did happen to my
found at angryharry.com
Men's problem is that
women's "powerlessness" has been amply addressed throughout the history of
evolution, intensively so since the advent of radical feminism
[*], but that men's
powerlessness received little or no attention. Instead, men curry women's favors
by giving women gifts, even the gift of men's lives.
While in the past men were enticed to live up to the social duties
imposed upon them with promises that they would be paid back for that through
society paying them appreciation, honour and respect, today
— thanks to decades of feminist slandering of men, intended to "increase"
the social value of women — men are being vilified for being men, and not much else matters.
* If the term "radical feminism" (a.k.a.
Marxist- or socialist-feminism) is somewhat new to you, you need to expand
your knowledge. After all, radical feminism, the currently controlling
faction of feminism, governs just about everything that is happening in your
Carey Roberts column
Carey Roberts is an analyst and commentator on political correctness.
His best-known work was an exposé on Marxism and radical feminism.
Carey Roberts' best-known work, his exposé on Marxism and
radical feminism, is not necessarily easy to find, but
this link will help with that. (Some of the URLs for the article
series appear to keep changing. For that reason the identified link
leads to an Internet search for the series. The first or second link in
the return list will most likely lead you to the series.)
The White Rose
Thoughts are Free
Posted 2003 10 20
2003 11 04 (added Reference to The Politics of Melodrama)
2007 07 29 (added entry for WHY MEN ARE THE
WAY THEY ARE)