My latest post, Market Failure, has already generated far more comments than any other post that I have written to date. While I always hope that my posts will generate some discussion, I never anticipated that level of response. So before I address any substantive issues, I want to thank everyone for their comments. Despite the nature of the subject matter and some of the personal nature of what was discussed, the overall level of debate and discussion was relatively civil and respectful. I appreciate this, both because it is easier for me as an administrator (who doesn’t want to have to wade into the comment section to set things aright) and because it maintain my blog’s reputation as one that is respectable.
In terms of substance, a lot was addressed in the comments, most of it not dealing directly with what I discussed initially. However, most of it did concern the general subject of my post, which was the overall failures of the Marriage Market. The rampant use of Pornography, men suffering from a Madonna/Whore complex and refusing to have sex with their wives, romance novels and some of the other topics discussed are ALL signs of a dysfunctional culture. At heart there is something fundamentally broken about the way that men and women relate to one another these days. It is my belief that the core, the foundation of any society lies in a dual mechanism of how power/resources are distributed between men and women and of what is expected by and from each of the respective sexes. If this core is corrupted, then everything else will become corrupted too. And I contend that this is what has occurred. There is a deep rot within the West, and that rot manifests itself in different ways in different parts of the West. In the US it might mean that men turn to pornography after being sexually frustrated by their wives, while in a nation like Cyprus it might mean that men view sex with their wives as something done for children only, and turn to prostitution to meet carnal desires. In either case, both behaviors are symptoms of a greater dysfunction between the sexes.
I am going to address some of the topics discussed in Part 2, as well as a few others which didn’t make it in part 1. Some subjects I will cover include pornography and its consequences, networking problems, the effects of Christian disunity, how promiscuity undercuts chaste women’s MMV and the female equivalent of porn, romance novels. Hopefully I will be done by Friday and will post it that evening, or Saturday morning. Until then, feel free to continue discussing the subjects in Part 1. Or, if you have suggestions for topics of consideration, mention them here.
Update: Bryce over at Anarcho Papist is also covering the subject of market failures from the perspective of institutional dissolution.