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The Garbage Generation

The Garbage Generation

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The Garbage GenerationDaniel AmneusI INTRODUCTION:
"Women," wrote Ramsey Clark in l970, in his celebrated book Crime in America, "arenot a threat to the public." But he also wrote, in discussing the male juvenile criminalswho are a threat to the public, that "three-fourths came from broken homes." That meansmostly female-headed homes. That means that while the single mothers of these criminalsdo not themselves commit crimes and go to prison, the socialization they give their children has an extraordinarily high correlation with the male crime of the nextgeneration. This socialization, in fact, is the "root cause of crime" which Clark wrote his book to explore. He had found the explanation he sought and he didn't know it. It wasconcealed by the generation-long time-lag between cause and effect and by the sex-switch between generations: like hemophilia, crime is manifested in males but carriedand transmitted by females--or rather by single females. Instead of seeing the trueconnection, Clark gave his readers this:If we are to deal meaningfully with crime, what must be seen is the dehumanizing effecton the individual of slums, racism, ignorance and violence, of corruption and impotenceto fulfill rights, of poverty and unemployment and idleness, of generations of malnutrition, of congenital brain damage and prenatal neglect, of sickness and disease, of  pollution, of decrepit, dirty, ugly, unsafe, overcrowded housing, of alcoholism andnarcotics addiction, of avarice, anxiety, fear, hatred, hopelessness and injustice. These arethe fountainheads of crime. Not so. If we are to deal meaningfully with crime, what must be seen is its relationshipwith the female-headed family. Most criminals come from female-headed families. Mostgang members come from female-headed families. Most addicts come from female-headed families. Most rapists come from female-headed families. Most educationalfailures come from female-headed families. Every presidential assassin before Hinckleycame from a female-headed family or one in which he had an impossibly bad relationshipwith his father. Most illegitimate births occur to females who themselves grew up infemale-headed families.
If we are to deal meaningfully with crime, what we must do is reduce the number of female-headed families; what we must do is prevent the divorce courts from expellinghalf of society's fathers from their homes; what we must do is terminate a welfare systemwhich displaces millions of men from the principal male role, that of family-provider.What we must do is make the father the head of the family.The female role, says Margaret Mead, is a biological fact; the male role is a socialcreation. This is the primary reality concerning human society. Motherhood has been thedominant feature of mammalian life since its beginning some two hundred million yearsago, most conspicuously since the great reptiles became extinct and the Age of Mammals began sixty-five million years ago. Fatherhood in the sense of major male participation inreproduction is only a few million years old. Fatherhood in the sense of male headship of families is only a few thousand years old.What is happening to our society is that it is discarding patriarchal sexual regulation andreverting to the primeval mammalian pattern of a reproductive unit consisting of themother and her offspring, the male putting in an appearance to perform his minusculesexual function and then disappearing or being hauled away to the sausage factory or  being reduced to the role of stud who can be discarded when his female tires of him."Men and women," rejoices feminist-anthropologist Helen Fisher, "are moving towardthe kind of roles they had on the grasslands of Africa millions of years ago....Humansociety is now discovering its ancient roots....The recent trend toward divorce andremarriage is another example of a throwback to earlier times....[T]he so-called newextended family [read: broken family] may actually have evolved millennia ago....At longlast, society is moving in a direction that should be highly compatible with our ancienthuman spirit....The 'traditional' role of women is a recent invention."Biologically speaking, it is indeed a recent invention, scarcely older than the civilizationwhich it made possible and which emerged coevally with it and created the wealth whichreconciled women to accepting it. But women's new economic independence is leadingthem to yearn for a return to the prehistoric mammalian arrangement. "[W]herever women are economically powerful," says Fisher, "divorce rates are high. You see it in theKung and you see it in the United States." Let's say, wherever women are economically powerful and there are no social guarantees to ensure male headship of families, divorcerates are high--such being the case among the Kung and the Americans. The Kung haveno social guarantees to ensure male headship of families because the Kung never emerged from the Stone Age. The Americans have no social guarantees to ensure maleheadship of families because there exists an elementary confusion in the heads of policymakers, lawmakers and judges, who imagine that the obvious strength of the biologicaltie between the mother and the infant (the "biological fact" Margaret Mead refers to)means that it requires their assistance. A biological fact does not require the services of the legal system. What does require these services is the weakest biological link in thefamily, the role of the father. It was the creation of this role--only a few thousand yearsago--which made patriarchal civilization possible. Prior to that, mankind had to muddlethrough the million years of the Stone Age with the female-headed reproductivearrangements of the ghetto, the barnyard and the rain forest.
ANNEX TO CHAPTER IThe Annex is an essential part of the argument of this book and logically belongs at this point in the text. To place it here, however, would be placing a stumbling block in front of the reader, asking him to plow through fifty pages of tedious documentation, filled withrepetitious overkill, proving the assertions made in Chapter I. Like the textual notes in anedition of Shakespeare, which nobody reads and which only one reader in hundredsconsults, it has to be in the book but it does not have to be read. It is enough that thereader should know that there exists (and can be consulted on pages 000-000) proof thatthe high-crime, low- achieving areas of society are those with the greatest numbers of families headed by women and that the low-crime, high-achieving groups in society arethose with stable, patriarchal families--that the feminist/sexual revolution and its attemptto impose a social organization based on female kinship is a failure and that it isnecessary to return to a social organization based on male kinship.
In the Matriarchal System the reproductive unit consists of the mother and her offspring,the father playing a marginal role, wandering into and out of the "family," subject todismissal at the mother's bidding. The central fact about this kind of family is itsnaturalness. Roman jurists spoke of maternity as a natural fact, "natura verum," and of  paternity as merely a matter of civil law. "In all but a few species," writes Sarah Hrdy,"females are permanent residents in social groups, males mere transients." This is thereproductive arrangement of all lower mammals. It has been the reproductivearrangement of the human race itself until recently. Its biological backup is awesome--what Margaret Mead meant by saying the female role is a "biological fact."It is the reproductive pattern which re-emerges in times of social catastrophe. When menare killed on battlefields or cast into prisons, female-headed families carry on. Whenthere is divorce, the mother takes custody of the children. When ghetto males sit oncurbsides and get stoned, ghetto females and children stay home and watch T.V. Thematriarchal family may result from catastrophe, but it may also result from doingnothing, from biological and social drifting. It is always on standby, always waiting toresurface and re-establish itself. It is what society lapses into when the upkeep andmaintenance of the patriarchal system is neglected. It is the pattern which is re-emergingat the present time under the aegis of the feminist/sexual revolution.It is the pattern found in surviving Stone Age societies. A l9th century German ship'sdoctor described the situation in the German African colony of Cameroon thus:

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