When East Meets West
BSSB.BE Man Economy 16.08.2018
Balkand Danube Ex-USSR Germany
* Europe is at a fascinating place in terms of ideological conflict and after some time of stability post communism it looks set to be divided again.
Looking at a map of Europe we see that countries behind the “iron curtain”, meaning those who were formally under communist rule have stricter stronger cultures. They are patriarchies, systems designed by men not necessarily for men and tend to be somewhat right wing.
The further east you go the more this is the case, for example Russia and The Ukraine. Whereas Countries like Poland and Czech republic and even Hungary probably have a slightly milder form of patriarchy. To the left of the iron curtain and we have societies that are matriarchal, the further north west you go the more extreme this becomes, e.g. UK and Sweden.
I want to expand on these concepts of patriarchy and matriarchy a little bit and then show a video clip of a supporter of matriarchy Cathy Newman interviewing the Polish Prime minister who advocates patriarchy. I will then assess both sides of the argument. This is certainly one of my more interesting videos
As a general rule Patriarchal societies have a strong established culture that has a focus on the clan and on society, men and women are typically assigned roles which are usually based on their natural inclinations and strengths and they rarely vary from these roles.
Most important for a patriarchy is the longer term stability, prosperity and longevity of the species and their culture. There is a plan for production of goods and services and a plan for reproduction of the species.
As a side note Islam which is often cited as an extreme version of patriarchy plans well for reproduction but ignores production and material living standards so I see Islam as a special case patriarchy and not a pure patriarchy. Patriarchal society can involve some short term discomfort and less time to be an individual and for individual experience, for example early age marriage is inconvenient for both genders.
However society can prosper because it means that men are locked down working hard i.e. producing and women are locked down making babies i.e. reproducing. So there is literally a social plan in place and a heavy weighting put on an individuals contribution to society and not the other way around like tends to be the case with a matriarchy. Again by contributions I mean production and reproduction.
Minority groups such as gay/lesbians are typically discouraged because although many people are 100% gay, many are in between i.e. bisexual and the more they are open to embracing gay/lesbian behaviour the less reproduction goes on. So same sex sex is usually aggressively discouraged. So being gay in this environment can be a little to very unpleasant. Extreme patriarchy kills gay people, softer versions of patriarchy like Poland show some acceptance but don’t promote it.
The trade off is brutal no one can deny that, but it’s real. When it comes to migration A patriachy is more likely to see the longer term conflict and potential weakening of local culture so will reject strongly conflicting ideologies such as islam and sharia law.
This makes for some hostility to minority group individuals who are in the country, in this case muslims in Poland. Although there has been no evidence of anything serious happening against muslims in Poland. I note that Poland does not take this zero tolerance policy unless the culture is in strong conflict with Polish values and that it is quite easy as a foreigner to gain entry and to work in Poland. Islam on the other hand will tend to reject all foreign cultures.
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