5. Rampant SexismPosted: September 3, 2008 | |
The world is changing and not even the Born Again Christians have been able to stem the tide of changing sex roles. The steady decline in the standard of living have made the two salary household a necessity. As Born Again Churches have to bow to this necessity, so does the Libertarian movement. This does not mean that Libertarians have abandoned sexism. Sexism is alive and well and living in the Libertarian movement today. Only it is a sexism more in tune with today’s world than the ancient sexism in the Nazi Party… or is it?
Fascism has an element of hypocrisy which cannot be disguised. While pretending to be progressive, fascism promotes reactionary principles. Mussolini’s Corporationism pretended women’s suffrage while pandering to the Catholic Church and its misogynistic teachings. German fascism outright admitted that women were for producing more soldiers. Libertarians have to be a lot more subtle.
Libertarian sexism can be found in the works of Robert A. Heinlein. The late Heinlein was a political reactionary of the Goldwater school. This gave him much in common with Karl Hess. Hess was a professional Pubic Relations agent who had been Barry Goldwater’s speech writer. Hess was one of the fathers of the Libertarian Movement. Heinlein’s stories dovetailed perfectly with Hess’s “New Left” which rehabilitated Heinlein from a dangerous reactionary to a shining progressive.
Heinlein’s characterizations defined Libertarian sex roles. His men were tall, strong, shot straight, and never asked the government for anything. In his earlier works, his women all wanted to have babies. Then, in the early 1960s, Heinlein complicated his female characterization with Stranger in a Strange Land. In that book, women could have multiple sex partners, but did so to satisfy a Martian cult leader. Later works removed the religious angle but maintained the basic sexism. Homosexuality was mentioned but rarely portrayed. Women ran their own businesses, but only to maintain their true role as baby machines.
Confusing political progressivism with sexual progressivism is the hallmark of Libertarian sexism. It is also the hallmark of Libertarian class distinctions. It is perfectly acceptable to screw like mad minks if you can afford to raise the babies. If you cannot, then reproduction and sex itself is closed to you. Wealth becomes an important part of the Libertarian sexual identity. The main difference between European fascism and Libertarianism is the outright classism. You are not fully a man or a woman unless you are wealthy.
Gays and Lesbians are granted equal rights with the same lack of interest that Libertarians give junkies. Libertarians do not accept gays and lesbians as true equals, and place them within the same lower class as poor people who cannot afford to raise children according to Libertarian standards, or drug addicts. This is not to say that there are no gay or lesbian libertarians, but that gays and lesbians are not welcome into Libertarian society as full members. Traditional ideas of sexual morality are maintained in Libertarian society. The difference is that straight men have even more rights than anyone else.
An excellent example of this would be The Church of All Worlds. CAW identifies itself as a Libertarian church based on the works of Robert A. Heinlein. CAW encourages promiscuity amongst its members. Indeed, they discriminate against members who prefer to maintain an exclusive relationship. Homosexuality amongst male CAW members simply does not happen. I have only heard of one male CAW member who identified as bisexual. Bisexuality amongst females is encouraged as it is a turn on for the men. Men certainly do not put on little sex shows for the women. Full lesbians are not welcome amongst CAW. After all, men have no power over lesbians. I will be mentioning CAW again in the section about religion and fascism.
So that pretty much describes sex roles amongst Libertarians. Men are straight-jacketed into traditional stereotypes, while women are now the mutual property of the men, and their sexual freedoms stop where the male sex fantasies end. When you stop and think of it, Libertarians have a lot in common with Joseph Smith’s Mormon movement in the 19th Century. Women are still seen as baby machines for the state. The main difference is that now women have to earn half the salaries and remain second class citizens and sex objects.