Kind of a cheap hobby, particularly when you let someone else do the dirty work for you, but what the hell: sometimes, it's what you crave. In this case, Kyso Kiasen links to a few gems. Here she fisks a piece from one of my favorite sites EVER, Ladies Against Feminism. "Rearing Lords and Ladies." Key word here: "dominion."
The frenzy to prevent people having dominion
The media tell us to worship the earth, to conserve and preserve it at all costs to humans, to let the wilderness that our Christian forebears fought so hard to drive back overtake us.
Yes; that is the biggest problem facing us today. It's too much wilderness that's threatening human extinction. Depopulation, on account of we not only aren't having enough kids but apparently also we're all too busy getting eaten by bears. Because clearly, if something was once a problem, it's always a problem, exactly as it was; certainly it's not possible to go so far with the "cure" as to go entirely overboard.
"Dennis Moore, Dennis Moore, riding through the sward..."
As KK puts it,
No, the media tell us to consume things at an unsustainable pace. And the wilderness will overtake your ass pretty quick if you don’t take steps to conserve what you got. If we fish until no fish swims in the ocean, we’re fucked. If we cut down all the trees or burn all of the fossils, we’re also fucked. We’re so dependent on corn here that if anything were to happen to the soil’s ability to grow more corn, we’d be so very, very fucked. There is a limited amount of space available on this planet, it is wise to not salt the earth, piss in the water and torch the forest as you sweep across it just to prove you can, because eventually you’ll have to come back and try and live on what your wasted. Being interested in keeping resources around for the next generation is not restricting your dominion. My parents aren’t going to torch their house before they die so that my sisters and I can’t live in it, and I’d appreciate it if you’d show the same basic level of courtesy and estate planning towards the earth.
Then again, I'm not sure maintaining a "reality-based community" is that high up on the priority list for the Dominionists. It's sort of mundane, really, compared to the glory of being Lords and Ladies and God's Own Chosen Rulers of Everything. I mean, okay, keep the planet alive; but where's the specialness in that? Hm? Clearly, if God didn't want us to dominate the planet, He wouldn't have created the oil industry.
Anyway, you might think that in this worldview, the "ladies" kind of get short shrift, dominion-wise, but you'd be wrong:
Take dominion and subdue the corner of His world which God entrusted to you
Clean out your closets or garage; organize your books, desk, or kitchen; pull the weeds in your garden. After you have set this example, require your children to be responsible for their schoolwork, their possessions, and their appearance. We can't subdue the earth if we cannot subdue ourselves by His grace first.
You see? You may not be able to conquer virgin forests; but by God, you can conquer the mess in the garage. One step at a time, lords & ladies. One step at a time.
In passing, KK also notes with fond nostalgia a fine piece of cultural critique from World Net Daily.
Fascinating; the author, one David Kupelian, is a rather extreme rightwinger, and he ends up quoting Mark Crispin Miller, who's rather far to the left, to make (some of) his points. Or well, Crispin and Rushkoff's points are basically that power is increasingly consolidated under a smaller and smaller number of corporate megaconglomerations. Presumably being an isolationist and paranoiac of the old school, Kupelian is also agin' sinister megacorporations taking over the WORLD, PINKY! (hey, who isn't? i mean, besides the people who actually own the sinister megacorporations). However, he also reaches some conclusions that i rather think Miller at least wasn't really going for:
The fact is, what has risen "out of the pit" in today's world bears a striking resemblance to the ageless spirit of defiant paganism, a spirit now inhabiting millions of people "freed" by trauma (drugs, illicit sex, bodily mutilation, etc.) from the pain of their own conscience – which is to say, freed from God and the divine law written deep down in every person's heart. Why? Same reason as always: so they can be their own gods and make up their own rules.
...In past eras, if parents were very imperfect or even corrupt, their children still had a reasonable chance of "growing up straight," since the rest of society still more or less reflected Judeo-Christian values. The youngster could bond to a teacher, minister, mentor or organization that could provide some healthy direction and stability.
But today, because of the near-ubiquitous corruption "out there," if parents fail to properly guide and protect their children, the kids get swallowed whole by the child-molesting monster we call culture.
And that, there, in a nutshell, is the reactionary-to-fundamentalist--I mean any kind of fundamentalism--position:
1) There is much corruption and confusion in the world (all demonstratably true)
2) much more than there ever was before (that one's more debatable)
3) Clearly the solution is going back to the way things used to be. Even if how things used to be actually weren't.
4) Generally speaking, people are not to be trusted. Not ourselves, and certainly not (most) other people.
5) This is because of Sinister Outside Forces corrupting and confusing; it is also
because of our own inherent weakness.
6) What we need is to get ourselves under control. Control, control, CONTROL.
7) so that we may purify ourselves of the culture's corrupting influence.
8) When we are sufficiently pure inside (obviously we can never be perfectly so, even though some of us will be farther along than others; this is a fallen world), we can begin the task of cleaning up the external filth.
9) It's a dirty job, but someone's got to do it.
10) Did we mention the part about how this is really, really urgent, and if we don't clean up and straighten out right quick we're all DOOMED?
11) Well, it is.
12) Here is a pamphlet, that you, too, may open your eyes...