DECONSTRUCTIONISM IN A POST-MODERN WORLD: HOW THE HUMAN INFRASTRUCTURE WE’VE BUILT IN THE LAST CENTURY OR SO ARE ALL ON THE CHOPPING BLOCK.
North American society is a distinctly 20th century civilization. Europeans came to these shores in a permanent fashion in the early 17th century and edified civilizations which became Canada and the USA over a period of roughly two and a half centuries. In the latter half of the 19th century however, both of our nations began a very rapid coming-of-age process, some of which began in the 1840s, but which essentially took on the characteristics of a full-blown societal transformation with the American Civil War and Canadian Confederation.
Both these events locked our two countries into an irreversible process of continued industrialization, urbanization, and secularization as we moved towards the dawn of the 20th century. Along with substantial population growth from both natural increase and immigration, our two countries emerged in the twentieth century as two of the most prosperous places to live in the world, and in the case of the USA, it eventually was to become the dominant hegemonic military and economic power of this planet, supplanting Great Britain by virtue of its participation in WWII, and only recently slipping in its stature as a dominant economic force in the world with the emergence of such Asian powerhouses as Japan, and, recently, China.
This brings me to my main focus of this article. As North America has begun to wane in its influence on the world stage in the sphere of economic might, this has put pressure on our governments, which now find themselves cut off from their previously-abundant sources of fiscal fortitude in the forms of healthy population and economic growth. This has spurred our decision-makers to re-examine the whole notion of an entitlement-based society which most people on this continent had long-since begun to take for granted in the wake of the post WWII economic and demographic boom, which at some point, we thought would never end.
However, the generation of citizens who gave birth to the baby boomers were filled with optimism and hope for a brighter future after two world wars and a full decade of economic stagnation. They also still subscribed for the most part to traditional values concerning family and marriage, procreation and so forth. Their children, however, were the ones who changed everything, for good and for ill. The baby boomers grew up in a climate of social peace and unbounded material prosperity, which had its good points, but which also had a downside.
These people had never known sacrifice or hardship, and were brought up to expect instant gratification from an increasingly abundant supply of consumer products and government services. This climate of entitlement, consumerism, pleasure and self-gratification led to a distinctly nasty so-called ‘generation gap’, as this new generation sought to emancipate themselves from what they perceived as being overly-stodgy and restrictive forms of social convention, public morality, family discipline, religious beliefs and sexual taboos.
The generation gap led to a full-blown disavowal, in some cases, of their parents’ upbringing and many became rebellious, engaging in all manner of self-seeking behaviour such as alcohol and drug consumption, and various forms of sexual behaviours which had heretofore been considered to be ‘immoral’. As the ongoing growth in science and technology continued, discoveries such as the oral contraceptive pill gave women the opportunity for the first time ever to regulate their ability to conceive children or not.
This had some liberating effects but also led to much licentious behaviour among young people, both men and women, as the fear of conceiving a child was no longer an issue, young people no longer felt as constrained by the laws of nature which dictated that an act of sexual copulation and pleasure could have serious consequences in the form of conceiving a child before either person was mature enough or financially capable of rearing a child.
Access to abortion also had the same effect, ‘liberating’ women from the obligation of carrying their child to term, but also contributing greatly to a decrease in the growth of the population in North America, as the percentage of pregnancies which were terminated by abortion began to rise alarmingly over the next few decades, even reaching levels approaching 30% of all pregnancies in such jurisdictions as the Province of Québec, in Canada, where the backlash against traditional Catholic morality had been particularly hard-felt.
So essentially, the baby boomer generation, seeing that it was so much more ‘liberated’ and ‘free’, than all generations previous to it, ended up beginning the process of deconstructing the human infrastructure which had taken centuries, if not millennia to put into place by previous generations throughout the world. Ironically, it was in the name of left wing ‘progressivism’ that all of this was done, which has ultimately led the right wing neo-conservative backlash to reassess the system of entitlements which were put into place for the baby boomer generation.
Because the boomers had such a privileged and materially-prosperous standard of living, with access to all of the ‘advantages’ that temporal welfare can afford, they ended up not procreating as much as their parents. And with this diminished power of procreation came a diminished emphasis on the sanctity and the viability of the institution of marriage and the family. All of a sudden it was a question of ‘why get married in the first place?’ Why not just live ‘freely’ together and not be ‘bound’ to each other by any rigid, institutionally and religiously prescriptive rules governing our roles as spouses, as men and women? Why can’t we just live by the laws of nature, which attract a man and a woman together and maybe allow them to be apart if they want to?
So all of a sudden, everything of a sacred and sanctified nature was now on the chopping block. Why do we need to have kids? Why can’t we just be together and satisfy each other’s needs and wants and be happy that way? Why can’t a man marry another man or a woman marry another woman? Why do we have to do anything anyways if we don’t want to? Who’s to say what’s right and what’s wrong, what’s good and what’s evil? And so on it went and the pursuit of moral and secular-humanistic relativism just began to snowball.
And so essentially, the ‘degeneration’ from one generation to the next has led to an near total unravelling of the traditional social fabric of western civilization in a period of just under a few generations, and the children of the baby boomers have had even fewer children than their parents and have gotten married even less than them and have wound up in common law and single parent households to an even greater degree than their parents or grandparents ever did.
So essentially this has led those in government with the unenviable task of trying to figure out how to govern a society which has unwittingly permitted itself to unravel in the name of ‘progressivism’, ‘liberation’, ‘freedom’, and ‘prosperity’, and has saddled these same decision-makers with the necessity of essentially continuing the process of ‘deconstruction’ of North America’s human infrastructure because those that came before chose to pursue their desire to gratify their own immediate needs and wants and not think sufficiently about the survival of the civilization in the wake of their passing.
With fewer people being born, and immigration not coming close to keeping our population sustainable, the government is struggling to keep its tax revenues buoyant and the off shoring of jobs to Asia has led to an even greater loss of wealth creation and a resultant drop in tax revenues from fewer salaried workers paying taxes on good-paying jobs. This has made governments reassess their ability to continue being able to pay unionized wages in the public service and health care sectors as government copes with a shortfall in revenues, it must look at ways to save on expenditures, and the generous wages and salaries given to workers in the public service are beginning to be a source of irritation for governments throughout North America.
There are fewer people working in good-paying private industries to pay taxes to support all the people earning good-paying wages in the public sector, so why should they not be made to make the same sacrifices as everybody else? This is but one of the arguments that government decision-makers are using throughout North America to justify their ongoing deconstructionist agenda.
Some people call it a ‘race to the bottom’ in living standards and quality of life, but I feel that this is a necessary step that we are going to have to go through so as to allow the elites of our continent to regain some semblance of a competitive edge over our competitors in Asia and to permit these same elites to be able to take back more of the control over the wealth-creation process, which many feel has been hijacked domestically since the end of WWII by the Left in their desire to improve the lot of the average person.
The quality of material life of the average person did improve dramatically over this period after the war, but at the cost of massive amounts of government debt to support the culture of entitlement which emerged, and also at the cost of massive decreases in the quantity of life, in the form of collapsing demographics and demographic structures such as the family, religious observance and marriage, as alluded to above. So what the elites are doing, I believe, is taking back control over the wealth-creation agenda both domestically and especially abroad, by continuing to pursue an aggressive foreign policy to open up new markets for development, and letting the lot of the average person diminish, in favour of permitting those who seek to acquire wealth and property, to have as easy and unrestricted access to do so, essentially regardless of the consequences to the social fabric at home and abroad.
The result will be, and is already, a widening gap between the haves and the have not’s, which will, along with the afore-mentioned foreign policy agenda, eventually result in an episode of global bloodletting which will likely be unparalleled in the history of human civilization. This has been alluded to in previous articles I’ve written, and essentially amounts to what I consider will be a third world war, pitting America and her allies against China and her allies, possibly with some Arab-Muslim countries allied with China.
The end result of this de-construction of human infrastructure, and wealth-accumulation strategy, will essentially be a so-called new ‘Thesis’, a result of what will have been a process of ‘Thesis-antithesis, synthesis, thesis’. Only then, once the peace has been re-established and the bodies counted and buried, the truth and reconciliation commissions having tabled their final reports, the international criminal court having prosecuted and imprisoned those it will have seen fit to do so, and the international structures of world-wide civil governance having finally been created in a much more viable, permanent, and binding way, will the process of re-construction and re-distribution of wealth re-commence, as it did in the wake of WWII.