The Thinking 

The Well-Dressed Socialist

January 19, 2010



When a beautiful woman is photographed often enough, and her picture appears everywhere, she becomes a powerful cultural force. Such is the nature of female beauty.

Two women who typify this phenomenon are Princess Di and Michelle Obama. The deceased princess had spectacular clothes and the current first lady does too.

Interestingly, they are both viewed as women of great feeling,conspicuously compassionate and supportive of a politics of emotion. There seems to be an inexorable law of fashion under modern socialism: Power women dress with heightened exuberance, glorying in their vitality, while dress standards overall deteriorate. Children look much worse, as if they rolled out of bed in their pajamas, and most women and men do too. This is an age of the horribly dressed. But elite women are triumphantly feminine and wear some genuinely fantastic threads.


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Economic Folly

January 19, 2010


The centuries-old tradition of half-day schooling in Germany is breaking down as more women go to work. The trend will likely accelerate as a tipping point is reached. More women are likely to feel forced to work by changes in prices and wages and by a shift in cultural norms. Unless there is conscious social policy to resist the loss of the male breadwinner, this shift cannot be prevented in the modern world.

This cultural revolution in one country relatively resistant to advanced feminism is presented by the New York Times as it is presented everywhere. The change is necessary for the larger economic good. But the departure of women from the home leads to economic losses and social decay in the long run. Birth rates fall, education and manners decline, marriage rates decrease, and divorce increases. The workforce of the future grows weaker. Any economically vital society cannot be sustained at high levels over the long term by absentee parenting and childlessness. Already, one third of German women in their mid-40s do not have children.


Interfaith Couples

January 19, 2010


You’ve heard of marriages between Christians and Jews, but what about between those who believe in recycling yogurt containers and those who do not. That’s an interfaith affair too.

The New York Times explores marriages and romantic relationships across denominational lines in the environmental movement. It’s not pretty:

Linda Buzzell, a family and marriage therapist for 30 years who lives in Santa Barbara and is a co-editor of “Ecotherapy: Healing with Nature in Mind,” cautions that the repercussions of environmental differences can be especially severe for couples.

“The danger arises when one partner undergoes an environmental ‘waking up’ process way before the other, leaving a new values gap between them,” Ms. Buzzell said.

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