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Thursday, April 28, 2005

Only Women Bleed

-Alice Cooper

And it's disturbing, but tonight I want to address Women's Suffrage, which is more or less a dead issue. Vox Day has mentioned it a few times, and he raises a valid question:

"Did women's suffrage enhance, degrade or make no difference to American liberties as laid out in the Bill of Rights?"

Let me start by saying I support women's sufferage. It's an interesting question, though, because from the liberal Rights Ethics position (the basis for Libertarianism and most of the Right Wing), the right to vote doesn't exist.

So, if it could be conclusively shown that women's sufferage led to authoritarianism, then the ethical solution would be to end women's suffrage. The unethical solution would be to seize power onesself once this occurs.

For various practical reasons, including my post from last night, I don't think this should be done. There is a proposition that decentralised power tends to reduce authoritarianism. This proposition is based on some theory and a fair amount of supporting evidence, but the evidence is useless for this particular analysis, because power has been in the hands of women very rarely.

*coughleopatra, cough*

Although increasing the franchise from monarch to oligarch to republic of white males increased the rights of the individual in several cases- Magna Carta, Rome, Athens, et cetera, women are fundamentally different.

Slight biological differences which ultimately make for key disagreements. Is it dishonorable to ask for directions?

I've kinda lost interest in this, actually, so I assume you have too. Key points:

1) Voting is not a right, but a contractual obligation the US has incurred.
2) Women tend to be more social, as a direct result of their methods of survival and finding a mate. Perhaps, left to their own devices, they would create a society based on a completely different ethical model where currency represents social status rather than material wealth, and the means of production are shared on the basis of status.

3) They didn't. So, good night.

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