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,
Patriarchy relates to power over others. It also relates to the power some of us have
are the prime pushers of patriarchy.
men lead the charge.
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:
leaders push their power over others.
It is wildly disproportionate to their numbers,
opponents resist this power (generally) ineffectively,
passive support of the largest plurality, if not majority of the non-leaders,
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.
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.