The recent mass shooting at a country music bar in California again raises an important question: are such shootings, at least some of them, an aspect of Fourth Generation war?
When the killing is done in the name of Islam or some other cause, the answer, obviously, is yes. But so far we know no motive for the California shooter. So where, if anywhere, does it fit into Fourth Generation war?
The answer, I think, may be that this and similar cases are men’s reply to the war on men being waged by feminism. When women get seriously angry, they talk. When men get seriously angry, they kill. And feminism’s war on men, which is being carried to ever-greater extremes, is making more and more men, especially young men, very angry.
The so-called “#MeToo” campaign is only the latest absurdity. Of course most women have been subject of sexual advances from men. It is hard-wired into human nature, and into the nature of most of the animal kingdom, that the male takes the initiative in sexual encounters. Most women expect and want men to do so. Remember the old saying, “Boys don’t make passes at girls who wear glasses”? It was understood by all that girls want boys to make passes. Pity the wallflower and the heart that is broken after the ball.
But feminism now decrees that any man taking the initiative risks being charged with that most heinous of all crimes, “sexual harassment”. Even if the woman welcomed his advances at the time, if she later changes her mind, he is guilty. He is presumed guilty until proven innocent and the woman’s word must be taken as true. The man who is convicted is thrown out of school, loses his job, and may find his whole career path closed to him–all on nothing more than a woman’s word. Of course men are getting angry.
There is another 4GW dimension that enters the picture here. As women move into a field, men lose interest in it. This has been evident in sports for a long time. But as feminism drives women into more and more previously male venues, men find those venues no longer attractive. The military is a case in point. Absurdly, women are now present even in combat units. Men have traditionally joined armed services in part to prove their manhood. How do they do that when they have to take orders from women and be terrified that the women around them, in whom they must show no sexual interest, may make the dreaded “sexual harassment” charge against them? Not surprisingly, the U.S. armed forces find it more and more difficult to recruit.
The Left is busy celebrating the large number of women elected to public office this November. But one effect of this may be to alienate men further from the political system. As I have pointed out many times, Fourth Generation war is above all a war for legitimacy. Will a woman-dominated politics still be legitimate in men’s eyes? Or will young men in particular respond by transferring their loyalty away from a state that has become a tool of female oppression to something else? Such transference of primary loyalty lies at the heart of 4GW.
Feminism’s war on men is part of a broader drive of cultural Marxism to the extreme. It seeks to outlaw more and more aspects of human nature. Men are to be subjected to women, native-born Americans to immigrants, whites to blacks, and straights to gays. This is Nietzsche’s “transvaluation of all values”, which the Frankfurt School made a central element of cultural Marxism.
But when human nature is forced into false channels, it rebels. As the last two elections have shown, native Americans are rebelling against being submerged in a sea of immigrants and whites are rebelling by raising their own racial consciousness. Few rebellions are likely to be more powerful than men’s rebellion against feminism, because few aspects of human nature are more powerful motivators than sex. It may turn out that the “gender war” is more than a metaphor. If so, it will take far more than gun control to prevent angry young men from killing.
Interested in what Fourth Generation war in America might look like? Read Thomas Hobbes’ new future history, Victoria.