Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Weimerica Weekly - The Tragic Weimerican Male

This week's Weimerica Weekly is up at Social Matter. I use the character Bruno Clement from Michel Houellebecq's The Elementary Particles to discuss the tragedy of Western men. I highly recommend buying the book and reading it. It is a treasure not just for the long philosophical dialogues but the little observations on modern society. Houellebecq was ahead of his time.

3 comments:

Random Dude on the Internet said...

What is the solution?

Most of my male peers (late 20s/early 30s) aren't doing so hot and these are primarily white collar professionals. Very few are happily married with children. Some of them got married in their early and mid 20s (this is still very much common in the upper midwest) but got divorced and are now a little bitter but saddled with lots of debt from the divorce. Some of them are in long term relationships, usually 5-10 years but they dread the idea of getting married. Some of them are still doing the Tinder (now Bumble) hook up thing but are noticeably jaded and can't trust a woman for as far as they can throw them.

Then at the bottom are the MGTOW crowd who have either stopped dating or date infrequently. MGTOWs may be the traditional losers but many of them are now entering into their career stride, making good money but they are universally manchildren who will have a nice car and a nice condo or house but it's full of Star Wars crap or all of the latest PlayStation 4 games. A Friday night for them is Call of Duty, some episodes of Archer on Netflix, a few craft beers, and that's it for them. Maybe some friends come over but they have almost given up on dating entirely. These guys who have incomes to raise a family, even enough of an income where the wife can stay at home, but instead it's being spent on various manchild tchotchkes instead.

Yeah, things are all distorted and I really don't see much of a change on the horizon. I continue to remain very skeptical of the Trump White Baby Boom that I hear some people talk about.

Anonymous said...

It is a devastating and sobering book, you might add. Not light reading, but as honest as any ever written.

Laguna Beach Fogey said...

This book had quite an effect on me when it first came out.

Growing numbers of disengaged White men might make good recruits for the Mannerbund, paramilitaries, and Alt-Right war-bands.