No easy solutions but some good antidotes

Dalrock and Larry Kummer are discussing the breakdown of marriage and family. CR Wiley and Aaron Renn have good antidotes, though they’re not easy solutions. We don’t know all the answers or have the solutions to our current problems. We need to do our duty as a form of piety and slog through until the current order is replaced.

Getting married and raising a family is essential to being a man. It is what we were created for. Given the legal environment, I understand everyone’s hesitation. The truth is that most men will be happier and healthier in a marriage but we have to support our marriages with practices that strengthen it like fitness, alpha frame, and financial success as well as institutions like good churches that support men. All the other societal guardrails have been removed.

There are no easy answers or solutions. “Don’t get married” is also not an easy answer or solution. There are a lot of reasons not to marry but also a lot of reasons to marry.

I’ll give Sir John Glubb the outro:

An increase in the influence of women in public life has often been associated with national decline. The later Romans complained that, although Rome ruled the world, women ruled Rome. In the tenth century, a similar tendency was observable in the Arab Empire, the women demanding admission to the professions hitherto monopolised by men. ‘What,’ wrote the contemporary historian, Ibn Bessam, ‘have the professions of clerk, tax-collector or preacher to do with women? These occupations have always been limited to men alone.’ Many women practised law, while others obtained posts as university professors. There was an agitation for the appointment of female judges, which, however, does not appear to have succeeded.

Soon after this period, government and public order collapsed, and foreign invaders overran the country. The resulting increase in confusion and violence made it unsafe for women to move unescorted in the streets, with the result that this feminist movement collapsed. The disorders following the military takeover in 861, and the loss of the empire, had played havoc with the economy. At such a moment, it might have been expected that everyone would redouble their efforts to save the country from bankruptcy, but nothing of the kind occurred. Instead, at this moment of declining trade and financial stringency, the people of Baghdad introduced a five-day week.

– Sir John Glubb, the Fate of Empires, page 15

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