We often wonder how once reasonable people end up abandoning their principles and support obvious dictators and despots who are only concerned for their own gain.
Anne Applebaum’s article* in ‘The Atlantic’ suggested common reasons. She used historical situations to explain why the US Republicans have supported Trump, despite what is obvious to most of the world – that Trump is shaping the US into a dictatorship, despite the apparent democratic processes and institutions that exist there. As this process is also occurring in a large number of countries (eg China, Russia, Venezuela, Hungary, Poland, Philippines), it’s worth looking at why individuals might do this.Read More »
As #MeToo rumbles through society and radicalism infects disaffected young men, it seems clear that, while women are asserting themselves, many men are feeling increasingly emasculated. The old make roles of family breadwinner, provider of strength and protection, being unemotional, putting up with/sacrificing one’s life for the family are going or gone. #MeToo is a reaction to unequal power – physical power, sexual power, aggression. Men have more of these.
As horizons expand for women, they are seen to be contracting for men. Why will men accept equality, when men want to be aggressive, have the power to be aggressive? If we want social equality, how can we breed out, train out or control these innate male characteristics? What role does a man have when a woman is better educated, can earn as much, can hire strength, buy protection and live alone – with or without children, with or without a man, let alone a husband?Read More »