I am a big fan of macro-empiricism, by which I mean avoiding detail and instead looking at the clear, sweeping, and unavoidable patterns of history. In my belief, everything is written in the sky, while paying too much attention to detail is a good way to simply bury your nose in the grass.
One thing that struck me with the obviousness of the sun and the moon recently is how “gay” and “lezzer” a lot of our leaders are. By that I don’t mean they are necessarily practicing homosexuals, but that they lack strong gender bimorphic characteristics.
I noticed this early, as I am from Scotland, and Scotland is pretty phenomenal in this respect. Not so long ago two of the three main party leaders were openly gay women, while the remaining one, Nicola Sturgeon, is a childless woman who looks like a little boy who has just eaten his first lemon. There is no overstating how disappointing this is in a country that once gave the World Sir Sean Connery. Luckily, since then the Labour “lezzer” has stepped down and been replaced by a straight guy. Not that it makes me more likely to vote for them.
Britain’s Westminster Parliament hasn’t been exempt from this process either. David Cameron, while a bit smooth round the edges, was a pretty straight-forward “guy-guy.” But then in the wake of his Brexit defeat, he was replaced with Theresa May, an emotionally constricted childless woman, who uses garish make-up and silly hats to emphasize her ebbing femininity. May essentially presents herself as a poor carbon copy of Margaret Thatcher, who, despite her hard edges, was very much a functioning female.
But, more surprising, when May failed to secure her “thumping majority” at the recent general Election, and had to call on the “reserve army of Conservatism,” namely the Ulster-based DUP, even the leader of this supposedly homophobic party was yet another grim-looking woman. Although a mother of three, Arlene Foster has the look of a particularly strict and unforgiving female librarian.
Then, just the other day, comes a story of Macron getting a slap down on EU migrant policy from the Polish premier. Instead of someone with a giant walrus mustache, as you might expect, this turns out to be yet another “looks like a well-aged teenage boy” female in pants suit and short hair, Beata Szydlo.
The evidence for this increasing androgynisation of Western political leaders is overwhelming and all around us. Apart from a few surprising holdouts like Donald Trump, who is, in part, a reaction to the gender-ambiguity of Barack Obama, the entire West is moving towards rule by feminine-looking men and masculine-looking woman.
So far this is just an observation, and I am happy to leave it there for the time being, but it is worth considering what this may signify. An obvious “take home” is that the West is metaphorically “losing its balls,” and getting ready to be cucked big time by the Third World. There is much to back this up in migration patterns and crime data, especially that regarding sexual assaults.
A more generous interpretation would be that female leaders simply have to be more “masculine” to offset fears of the weakness and incompetence that the voters may have regarding them, and that male leaders may need to be more “feminine” in order to emit greater empathy in a political model in which the state plays an increasingly involved and even maternal role in people’s lives.
But another possibility is that, as our societies become increasingly polarized and divided—as the political center essentially disintegrates—we are replacing it with a new centrism based on sexual ambiguity, in other words an androgynocracy. Is this how civilizations die? It certainly looks like it.