The Military and Subsidized Masculinity

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I was talking to one of my friends on the phone the other night when he brought up that he was considering joining the military. Considering that I was in the military for a short period not too long ago, I guess it’s understandable that he would seek me out for a second opinion.

What was most interesting however were his reasons for wanting to join. He said that he “wanted to work for the government,” he currently does not have a job and not a lot of prospects, and most of all he “wants to do/see some real shit,” though he also clearly stated that he doesn’t want to really fight or kill anyone. I asked him what branch he was considering, and he was more or less indecisive and currently does not really know or care much at the moment. He also said that he wants to “be the real deal, like in Ranger school or Airborne.” He is also 32 years old and a very laid back guy.

I more or less tried to tell him that he doesn’t have to prove anything to anyone but himself, and that if all he cares about is receiving certain certifications or training (i.e. marksman, martial arts, etc.) that he can always do that on the side as a hobby or hobbies while securing himself in other ways.

This conversation, more than anything, did get me thinking about the military in general and going back over many of the reasons and motivations for joining in the first place. Most people on the surface try to play off the PC angle of “Patriotism” and “serving your country.” The truth, however, is that those things have more to do with the marketing than the product itself.

The fact of the matter is that most guys go into the military because they have little to no other choice or options.

The 3 most common reasons I observed for recruits going in were either:

1. To support their family.

2. To help pay for various/student loans

3. It beats working at McDonalds or any other entry level job.

I went into the military just a couple weeks after my 21st birthday, and I honestly thought that I would be one of the older guys there. Surprisingly, I was one of 3 guys under the age of 23 in my platoon and one of the youngest out of our entire company. We had a number of guys in their  30’s and 40’s and even one guy in his 60’s. The majority of men there were in the 23-28 age range though. Typically the guys in this demographic (particularly the younger ones) had one common thread among them; a need to somehow “prove themselves.”

Basically, what these men were looking for was a clear and concrete path from adolescence to maturity, from boyhood to manhood. As I have noted before, this is basically what the entire Manosphere is about, more or less.

That’s all fine and dandy on the surface, but when you really start to think about it and read between the lines, it starts to get a little disturbing. Considering that anything the government does or buys or pays for is done with tax dollars, taxes paid for by we the people, the military industrial complex, at least from the average person’s perspective, is really just a way of paying our young men into adulthood, of buying them masculinity in a way.

It of course goes beyond that, however. Spend a little time in any of the “neighborhoods” on a decent military base and everything screams of rigid, lifeless, and subsidized. It’s almost like a higher form of welfare.

I particularly want to stress the age demographic of the men going into here however. Using my time in the military as a proxy, the average age of men going into basic were about 23-28, with 25 being the median. The average male life expectancy in the U.S. is about 76.

These men’s lives are about 1/3 over and they’re still desperately reaching for some way out of their extended adolescence.

The way it used to be in this country, you could have a good job by 15-18, be a “pillar of the community” and at least somewhat respected or taken seriously, possibly get married and have children and bada-boom, you were a man and free to roam the earth as a full-fledged adult. Now we have hipsters and foodies, proudly displaying their “minimalist” lifestyles of welfare and coffee shops.

The friend I mentioned at the beginning of the article was 32 years old, that’s even farther down the line to be grasping for this kind of stuff.

We’ve become a nation of boys and bitches.

Speaking of bitches, do not deal with any woman who is/was in the military or is considering joining. These women are merely being honest about how manipulative and usury-like they are. Take heed of their display and run away, as they will use you just the same.

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Why Are Women Allowed to Vote?

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Though it is somewhat of a rhetorical question, I do genuinely wonder this from time to time.

I also thought that the only things people were entitled to were “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” Voting is more of a privilege, like driving. Why should people who do not seriously participate in or contribute to a nation be allowed to have a say in how it is run? I’m being serious.

Weren’t there prerequisites for voting, once upon a time? If standards are a sign of what we do or don’t care about, then we care more about teenagers maybe buying some alcohol or smoking a joint than who gets to determine the supposed powers that be.

Imagine what things would be like if only those who had homes could vote, like it used to be? The shell game would be a lot smaller, certainly. If that’s too much, then why not determine one’s voting eligibility by their employment, or the utility/necessity of their occupation? Why should I have to take a lifelong paper pusher or college student seriously when discussing matters larger than both they and I? These types of people are basically overgrown children.

Women are overgrown children.

Despite this we take them seriously, all in the name of the false God of “equality” and the real demon that is “political correctness.” Not that it’s a big deal anymore. Once women flooded the voting booth, the entire practice overflowed and was devalued, kind of like what they did to wages by flooding the workforce.

There I go again, mentioning women and “workforce” in the same sentence, making the mistake of implying that they’re somehow related, when (for the most part) they are not.

Sitting behind a counter is not real work. Shuffling papers in an air conditioned cubicle is not real work. Working as an HR representative is not real work. About the farthest most women go is nursing, which is fine, except that literally almost all of them do this, or “hospitality management” or something. Yes, some women become doctors, for a little while, at least until they get married or just get tired of it all, usually sometime within the first 10 years of practice.

Here we are, as a nation, throwing equal tons of hours, training, and of course money at aspiring medical students aiming to become doctors, both men and women. Yet half of these (the female half) will not give anywhere near the same level of return as the other half (the male half). Sure, if I need my prostate checked I’d rather have a lady doctor do it, but even that never occurs. It sure as hell didn’t occur during our examination in basic training. Where the hell are all of our tax dollars going again?

Women have no real stake in any of this, in anything. They’ll just do what they always do and follow behind the men like lost puppies and beg for scraps, and most of us men will see their cute puppy faces and fall for the sham again, and again, and again. They do little to help build or grow civilization (and actually harm it in many ways) and we continue to allow them to have such power. We deserve everything we get so long as we allow the charade to parade forth unhindered, willingly being led by our dicks into the abyss.

Boners are powerful, but they can be tempered.

The Validity of Higher Education and STEM Degrees

I came across this video whilst perusing YouTube, and with a title as interesting as “Students Ditching Technology Majors – Find Out Why” my curiosity was thoroughly piqued.

Unfortunately, the title is a bit misleading, and it does not actually delve too far into the reasons behind or why many students are dropping out of, if not outright ignoring, STEM degrees. There is some half-assed guessing and approximation, but none of it is particularly deep.

First off, lets point out the biggest elephant in the room; the young woman commentator in the video, Ana Kasparian. She is a young, white looking American female with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. Does she look like the kind of person that has ever had a real job? You know, the kind of job that actually contributes to a nation’s standard of living? Perhaps a job involving a trade, or heavy and dangerous equipment? An occupation involving less than ideal working conditions, possibly outside? Judging from the smooth skin, shiny hair, and being relatively youthful looking for a 27 year-old woman, it’s safe to assume no.

There wasn’t quite as much biographical info on the other host, John Iadarola, but it isn’t particularly important to the point I’m making.

This is important to note because it is no secret that women are now the significant majority of college students in the U.S. now, and as the majority their choices and actions are going to reflect the overall state of the sector.

A side note – I have yet to meet a woman at my own campus (or any campus, really) that was not pursuing something along the lines of Nursing, Hospitality Management (whatever the heck that is supposed to entail), Fashion or something similar. Interesting that women as a whole were so quick to leave the domestic sphere, where they would be taking care of their own children and families, and replace it with a job in the Hospitality/Nursing sector, where they now get to take care of other people’s children and families. The irony is too much sometimes.

It is honestly not even truly worth educating women in the STEM discipline regardless, as they tend to not work nearly as much or as long as their male counterparts, hence the reason why women, on average, earn less than men. Add in the heightened risk of a sexual harassment or discrimination case or the possibility of maternity leave, and things should be clear.

Going beyond that, there are the motivations many of these students and graduates and young people overall have for going to college in the first place. At first the hosts in the above video mention jobs, then laziness, then celebrity culture having everyone believing they can become the next big celebrity, etc. While all of these are good starting points, they fail to delve into the “meat” of the issue.

The above video goes a bit further into some of the reasons why STEM majors are needed, mostly citing neato catch phrases as “driving the economy” and “tomorrow’s innovators.” But that’s just it though; anyone who actually want’s to be a driver of the economy or an innovator will already be taking steps to do so, with or without a college degree.

The fact of the matter is that most of the people going to college (mostly women) have no real reason or motivation for being there.

Granted that you’ll never hear a feminist complain about the gender disparity in occupations such as plumbing, or HVAC, or oil rigging, etc. This brings us to yet another conclusion:

Another truth is that women do not want to work.

Many of the students and graduates are on auto-pilot, merely spinning their wheels to appear as if they are moving or maintaining/gaining status. It isn’t even laziness; their lives have been on a conveyor belt throughout their entire existence and a college degree is just the next logical (or most common) step. They aren’t lazy, they just don’t care, and I do not entirely blame them. Their parents, their families, their friends, their teachers, their nation, everyone told them it was either college, maybe the military, or being a deadbeat, and they listened.

Another common theme among many of these students is that they are primarily from broken families as well. With little hopes for getting a decent job, delayed adolescence via living with/off of their parents for far longer than is natural, and fewer hopes for having a happy or decent marriage, their malaise is understandable. It may be wrong, even unhealthy, but it is what it is.

As with any institution where the majority of men have decided to jump ship, the boat is sinking, and all that’s left is to listen to all the women and children scream as they head into the watery abyss.

Equality’s a bitch.