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Eve’s Seed: History and ‘Control of Reproduction’ Religion of Masculine Insecurity:

“What is history? The lie that everyone agrees on…” – Voltaire

In Eve’s Seed: Masculine Insecurity, Metaphor, and the Shaping of History, and Eve’s Seed: Biology, the Sexes and the Course of History, Robert McElvaine described it thus: “Karl Marx had it wrong. Class has, to be sure, been a major factor in history; but class itself is a derivative concept that is based on the ultimate causative power in history: sex. Marx‘s famous formulation must be revised: The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of struggles based on the division of our species into two sexes, jealousies emanating from this division, exaggerations of the differences between the sexes, misunderstandings about sexual reproductive power, and metaphors derived from sex. Together, these closely related matters constitute the most important, but largely neglected, set of motive forces in human history. Control — or the claim of control — over the means of reproduction has been even more fundamental to history than has control of the means of production

Robert McElvaine “throws down the gauntlet to academics and non-specialists alike, daring a radical rethinking of the basic ‘truths’ on which cultures have been constructed.” He argues that “there is nothing unique to Islam about male insistence on the subordination of and male control over women and their bodies.” McElvaine says misogynistic rulers may be religious fanatics, but their religion is not Islam, but Woody Allen‘s religion in his 2001 movie, The Curse of the Jade Scorpion: “insecure masculinity”.
» SQSwans: Reports: Robert McElvaine: Eve’s Seed: History and ‘Control of Reproduction’ Religion of Masculine Insecurity.


Paul Gill: Devon Arthurs and the Pathways to Extremism

“The mechanics of radicalization were broadly similar in all cases. With lone actors, they tend to jump around. They are often looking for something to give their lives meaning. Many are converts [who are] looking for identity and answers. Our studies on both jihadis and rightwingers, and also school shooters and such like, found very little difference in terms of … pathways. It’s like when your immune system is down. You can guess you’ll get sick, but what sickness you contract depends on what you are exposed to.” – Paul Gill, University College London Extremism expert.
– The Guardian: Pathway to extremism: what neo-Nazis and jihadis have in common.

“This guy [Devon Arthurs] has only changed the T-shirt [of] what his violence is about.” – Paul Gill.
– The Guardian: Pathway to extremism: what neo-Nazis and jihadis have in common.

Though it is almost impossible to create a typical terrorist profile, some research shows that ‘seekers’ who are looking for a particular form of brotherhood or cause that can give their lives meaning are particularly prone to radicalization. There is also evidence that a sudden destabilizing event – or even a minor incident that has a powerful emotional impact – can make an individual vulnerable.
– The Guardian: Pathway to extremism: what neo-Nazis and jihadis have in common.


JM Berger: GI Joe

The common causes of radicalization: One thing experts emphasize: There is no single pathway to radicalization, and there are many contributors to radicalization. But generally, radicalization takes root when someone has some sort of problem — whether about his own life, society at large, or something else entirely — and a radical ideology or group provides an answer to that problem. He may seek out that radical ideology himself, or a group will come to him.
J.M. Berger, an expert on terrorism and author of Jihad Joe: Americans Who Go to War in the Name of Islam, explained in a talk that sources of grievances can be broadly broken into two categories: personal issues and social issues.
For personal, he cited economic insecurity, loss of a loved one, exposure to violence, relocation, religious conversion, and some kinds of mental illness.
For social, he cited war and insurgency, rapidly changing demographics, swift changes in civil society or civil rights, watershed changes in communication technology, efforts to foment uncertainty by state actors, and economic upheaval.


Robin DiAngelo: White Fragility

What’s more, accusations of racism can cause white Americans to become incredibly defensive — to the point that they might reinforce white supremacy. Robin DiAngelo, who studies race at Westfield State University, described this phenomenon as “white fragility” ina groundbreaking 2011 paper: “White people in North America live in a social environment that protects and insulates them from race-based stress. This insulated environment of racial protection builds white expectations for racial comfort while at the same time lowering the ability to tolerate racial stress, leading to what I refer to as White Fragility. White Fragility is a state in which even a minimum amount of racial stress becomes intolerable, triggering a range of defensive moves. These moves include the outward display of emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt, and behaviors such as argumentation, silence, and leaving the stress-inducing situation. These behaviors, in turn, function to reinstate white racial equilibrium.”        Most Americans, white people included, want to think that they’re not capable of racism — particularly after the civil rights movement, overt racism is widely viewed as unacceptable in American society. Yet racism, obviously, still exists. And when some white people are confronted with that reality, whether it’s accusations of racism against them personally or more broadly, they immediately become very defensive — even hostile.
“Most of us live in racial segregation,” DiAngelo told me. “Our teachers are white. Our role models are white. Our heroes and heroines are white. That insulation is very rarely challenged.” She added, “So when that reality is questioned, we don’t tend to handle it very well.”


Donald Trump: Masculine Fragility & Posturing

But Trump is more than just a case study in male posturing and fragility; he’s a reflection of the culture that elevated and embraced him. As a society, how are we planting the roots of toxic masculinity, and how can we root it out? How do we force boys and men to perform manliness, and what are the consequences? What does the denigration of femininity — a genuine emotional component of every human being — do to men? Now, more than ever, is the time to grapple with these questions.
– Salon: The damage we do to boys and men that explains the Trump presidency.
» EoP Leg Sub: 20 Aug: EoP Re: The Damage we do to boys and men explains the Trump presidency.


Ancient Aryan Sustainable Agrarian Steppe Culture

Gimbutas noted the stable Aryan population, that a village founded in 8000 BC was still a village 4000BC. This also allowed them to sustainably farm the land. And live in peace. Nobody was ripping off others to feed the kids he sired. ….. Maternal nurturance took over from patriarchic exploitation to produce the most dynamic culture the world ever saw. – Day Brown: Proto-Indo European; SQSwans.
» EoP v WiP Neg: 20 Aug: EoP Re: The Damage we do to boys and men explains the Trump presidency.


Industrialization Castration of Healthy Self Sufficient Responsible Freedom Masculinity

Along comes oil that mechanizes and industrializes the landscape, takes all of these self employed men and the very notion of masculinity tied to all of that turns it upside down and makes men into managers and servants of machines. So within quick order the number of self employed in the United States completely changes and most American males become part of a work force, working with machines, quite often in states of servitude. Energy flows don’t just change your politics and families and character, but they also change gender roles.
– Andrew Nikiforuk: ExtraEnvironmentalist: Energy Slaves.
» EoP v WiP Neg: 20 Aug: EoP Re: The Damage we do to boys and men explains the Trump presidency.


Jacob David George – Seeing the Terrorist in the Mirror.

Once I started to draw a critical analysis on my actions and participation in war. When I looked in the mirror, I started to see a terrorist, because the things that I participated in over there surely brought the farmers terror when we landed in their fields, crushing thier crops. I remember running off a helicopter and looking into a man’s eyes and terror is what was looking back at me. It was as if a devil had just stumbled into his life. I grew up as a farmer and if I had seen a helicopter land on my dad’s chicken house and people run off with guns, I probably would have picked up a gun and fought back. Judging my actions and accepting that is really one of the things that liberated my soul. Being able to look in the mirror and say ‘Yes, there is no difference between me and the terrorists that we are fighting. Actually most of us are poor farmers killing poor farmers, while people in our nations starve.’ So I think it is really important for us to look at what terror really is: the instance or cause of intense fear or anxiety. Our actions are surely an example of terrorism to people outside of our borders, when it comes to violence. On September 11th, I think we, in this nation, had the opportunity to change the world, instead of reacting, if we had paused, and asked why and extended our arms instead of pointing our fingers, we could have changed how this world works. But we reacted in a very adolescent way, and we caused more terror and unfortunately now, many more have suffered from the terror that we now caused. And it almost seems as if terror perpetuates terror, and at some point we need to mature, as a nation and stop this cycle. – Jacob David George, reflecting on the war in Afghanistan as he prepares to return his medals to NATO leaders at the Chicago Summit. – 20 May 2012.
– Global Story: Jacob David George – Chicago NATO Summit.


Jacob David George: Farmers Killing Farmers: Returns Nato Medals

Jacob GeorgeJacob David George: Jacob, a 3-tour veteran of Afghanistan, came home and did his best to heal from the wounds of what he called “moral injury.”  Here you can listen to his music, read his poetry, and support our work to get it into the hands of veterans around the world at no cost to them. Popular Resistance: Last week “bicycle ridin, banjo pickin, peace rambling hillbilly from Ouachita Mountains of Arkansas” Jacob David George died as a result of moral injuries sustained in Afghanistan. Jacob joined the US Army before the attacks of 9/11. He served three tours of Afghanistan (2001, 2002, 2003/4) and came back a changed man. He said that after witnessing wholesale slaughter and picking through body parts he was affected by Post Traumatic Stress. He understood that to be profoundly affected by war was not a disorder. Jacob often talked about the moral component of PTS, the trauma caused by taking part in or witnessing events that are contrary to your very being. This is different to the PTSD of the military psychiatrist who is interested in events that put the individuals own life in danger. This is the opposite, it is trauma caused by harming others. Jacob advocated for healing rituals and ceremonies to come to terms with the trauma of war. He talked about the need to heal the soul as well as the brain. He described throwing his medals back to the US Government during the 2012 NATO protests in Chicago as the most therapeutic thing he had done. … In the USA 22 veterans kill themselves every day. In 2012 more UK soldiers and veterans killed themselves than were killed in Afghanistan. In the USA 30% of veterans have considered suicide. More veterans of the Falklands War have committed suicide than were killed in action. The suicide rate among veterans in the USA is double that of the civilian rate. These statements are controversial not because they overestimate the problem but because these figures do not include the veterans who drink themselves to death. The veterans who no longer care for their own well being and drive cars into trees or the veterans who die homeless on the streets. To admit the scale of the problem would be an admission that war is harmful to those who take part in it long after returning home.

Sustainable Options for Youth: Support the Troops Poem later turned into Lyrics:

“We just Need to support the troops” is what they tell me well,
This is from a troop so listen carefully,
What we Need are teachers who understand the history of this country,
What we Need is a decent living wage, so people ain’t cold and hungry,
What we Need is bicycle infrastructure spanning this beauteous nation.

What we Need are more trees and less play stations,
What we Need is a justice system that seeks the truth,
What we Need are more books and less boots,
What we Need is love for every woman and man,
From southern Louisiana to the mountains of Afghanistan.

Now, it’s true the troops need support,
The support to come home,
They need treatment and jobs and love for the soul,
See, war ain’t no good for the human condition,
I lost a piece of who I was on every single mission,
And I’m tellin’ you, don’t thank me for what I’ve done,
Give me a big hug and let me know we’re not gonna let this happen again,
Because we support the troops and we’re gonna bring these wars to an end.

Chicago NATO Summit: Global Story: Jacob David George Chicago NATO Summit.

Veteran Brothers Ride Till the End of Wars: Flux Rostrum: Veteran Brothers Ride till the End of Wars, Afghanistan Special Ops Report.

Human Cost of War: IVAW Testimony: Veterans for Peace: Human Cost of War IVAW Testimony: Jacob David George.

Minnesota Men’s Conference:  Minnesota Men’s Conference: Jacob David George, Minnesota Men’s Conference.

Remembering Jacob David George Aubrey James Shepherd: Aubrey Shepherd: Remembering Jacob David George.

Veterans Reject NATO Wars: The Alyona Show: Veterans Reject NATO Wars. People’s World: Iraq and Afghanistan veterans return medals at NATO Summit. Edward Durham: Iraq War Veteran throws his medals and stars, and explains why.
» IG: 17-01-26_syria-wadibaradavalley-reconoffer.

Global Story: Jacob David George Returns Medals at NATO Summit. The Alyona Show: Veterans reject NATO Wars. Jacob David George: Support the Troops End the Wars. Flux Rostrum: Jacob David George brothers ride to end Wars, Afghanistan Special Ops Report. Tarot1984: Vietnam Veterans Return Medals to Washington, Mark Santow: Vietnam Veterans Against War Dewey Canyon III. Years of Living Dangerously: Why I Care – Michael Hall. Daily Mail: Andreas Lubitz German Wings Kamikaze Pilot.
» IG: 17-03-19_whatawaytogo; 17-04-09_eoppowsub-earthfirst-biochemwarfare17-05-31_dtrump-kanyewest-katthygriffin-jdgeorge.


EoP: Economic System enabling Self Sufficient Responsible Freedom Healthy Masculinity.

Self confident masculinity or feminity – however the individual personally defines their conception of masculinity or feminity – starts with self honesty, and is nurtured by (i) relating to friends, family and/or colleagues who practice ego literate [ego-eco-literacy.tygae.org.za] aka responsible freedom [responsible-freedom.tygae.org.za] communication feedback to one another; and (ii) self confident self sufficient non-violently cooperative gender relations will be enhanced by an economic system [eop-nwo-sco.tygae.org.za] that provides a property ration to responsible freedom individuals which – with their and family or friends labour – can enable their self-sufficient honourable survival.
» EoP Leg Sub: 20 Aug: EoP Re: The Damage we do to boys and men explains the Trump presidency.