Equity and Justice - The Patriarchy - Part II
(NOTE: This is Part II of a four part series: Links for the prior parts are: Part I - https://www.georgemarx.org/2023/07/newer-partial-table-of-contents-more.html,
Part III - https://www.georgemarx.org/2023/07/table-of-contents-07222023.html
Part IV - https://www.georgemarx.org/2023/07/table-of-contents-07262023.html)
I live in a Patriarchal world. Its parameters are alluded to in part in the above quotes. It goes much deeper, however!
Patriarchy relates to power over others. It also relates to the power some of us have over ourselves.
1. Men are the prime pushers of patriarchy.
2. White men lead the charge.
3. Super-wealthy and wealthy people are in charge.
It could be understandable if limited to the three key terms above. It is more complex. Heterosexuality and Christianity are important. Also significant is our never-ending drive for world domination.
The patriarchy is often envisioned as men not listening to women. It is the world (most visibly) of the mega-business leaders. They control far more than their corporations. Their exclusive club manipulates many areas of our lives.
The patriarchy can be understood by how:
1. Its leaders push their power over others. It is wildly disproportionate to their numbers,
2. Its opponents resist this power (generally) ineffectively,
3. The passive support of the largest plurality, if not majority of the non-leaders,
4. Its true victims, who are deeply hurt by this (effective) dominant control.
It is not male domination per se. A few women are (also) on top. Though it is mostly white, BIPOC in small numbers are in the club.
It often looks like a pecking order – with layers of control on top of each other. Mostly cis-white men lead. Those with somewhat less power are mostly passive “enforcers”. Others lack the power most of the time. Some are deluded into thinking that either they are powerful, or will become powerful if they support those who dominate.
Is The Patriarchy a conspiracy of those with power against those lacking this power? Answering the question is not a simple yes or no. To some degree those with power recognize the game and are actively participating in it.
Jeff Bezos and Mark Zuckerberg are active players. Warren Buffett may criticize them even on issues of fair taxation on occasion. He, and his ilk, will never confront the systemic nature of the oppression and of The Patriarchy. He will never do anything that underneath the rhetoric could either greatly weaken his own power, or isolate himself as a potential target of many Patriarchal Leaders.
I would guess, though, that much of the Conspiracy isn’t real. There probably isn’t active collaboration at a macro level. At a micro level it is critically important for the continued power. Common sense probably is more a factor, rather than any active plan.
Slavery just prior to The Civil War was much, much more than an example of Big Business.
Many white Americans, myself included, have deluded ourselves into thinking our psychological makeup bears little resemblance to the morally corrupt psychological framework of the southern racist slaveholder described in this book. Most, if not all, white folks have been complicit in pretending Marse is dead. We whites continue to enjoy the benefits derived simply from having white skin and Black people continue to fear and feel the vestiges of many of the attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors deeply ingrained in our white ancestors, whether they were slaveholders or not. (p.233)
Christianity can be toxic as part of The Patriarchy. A majority of Christians are not particularly patriarchal. Sheldon Adelson, a noted billionaire, who was an active part of The Club, was very proud of being Jewish.
Questions remain to be answered here! I’m far from having proved anything. Hopefully, some answers will begin appearing beginning in the next part of this writing.