Wednesday, 7 January 2015

The effects of masculinisation on the Enriched World – by a liberal paper

The problems radical secularisation is gradually creating for most of the world have been noticed by the ultraconservative press for a long time, but it is surprising and striking to see the liberal (or supposedly ultra-liberal) New York Times publish an article ‘An Aging Europe in Decline’ by Arthur Brooks that suggests the very liberal nations of Europe and East Asia are likely to become much less significant in the future due to their extremely secular culture and consequent low to lowest-low fertility.

What Brooks shows is that a relatively brief halt in the relentless decline in fertility has long ended, and that Europe, like Japan since the 1990s, is likely to suffer a continuous economic decline as its aging population prevents investment for future generations. The most telling fact that Brooks finds is that fewer than half of all adult males are looking for work in Italy, which suggests simply that Italy’s welfare state – unaffordable with predicted old-age dependency ratios of one-to-one in 2050 – is basically making the youth not wish to work but simply to have as much leisure as possible.

They do not wish to ask whether they can do anything for society, but how much pleasure they can get. Governments, unable due to union power to lower wages to more economically and ecologically realistic levels – in fact Northern Europe’s wages and prices would in these terms be the lowest in the world rather than the highest – simply meet the demands of an extremely selfish youth. From this perspective, people are liabilities in the quest for more leisure because of the care they demand vis-à-vis machines that inherently lack emotional sensitivity. Thus, in Europe and east Asia both the young and the business community prefer machines to people on both financial and emotional grounds.

I can testify from forty years of wanting to get everything from a nation whose mineral resources allow it to actually give this that a life of welfare is pure narcissism, because the motives I gained were to do nothing but play and get what would give me the shortest-term pleasure but numerous long-term pains, from:
  1. a broken-down house and even badly-damaged books and machines
  2. little hope of obtaining useful employment
  3. obesity that costs me a lot in clothes and even bike repairs
This sense that Europe is becoming a “continent of leisure” actually can be applied to outsiders as well, as tourism becomes the economic bedrock with the virtual disappearance of agriculture and manufacturing due to scarcity of land and excessive regulation. Contrary to popular criticisms based upon climate change as a central issue, climate change is actually a further argument for less regulation at least in northern Europe. As some land formerly too cold becomes climatically less unviable, while land in the Mediterranean-climate zones become arid, northern Europe will not only be more comfortable but also more suitable for crop farming.

The fact that people prefer to move to Australia with:
  1. exceedingly bad environmental and transport policies
  2. the threat of climate change making its cities and farmlands into deserts as is already happening in Perth
  3. a limited welfare state, and
  4. poor quality of life especially on hot days
instead of to the environmentally and socially progressive Scandinavian nations or to Canada is proof big government has its flaws, and that these flaws can only be felt in the heart, not analysed logically. The Enriched World is now so defeminised and “de-empathised” that its populace views empathy, compassion and other deep feelings almost as evils because of the limits on personal freedom emotional rapport poses at a very deep philosophical level – both to radical individual freedom and equality.

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