Why is the goal of the Fathers' Manifesto sm to eliminate fatherlessness? Is it a worthy goal? Will the nation survive without it? Can the US afford not to do something about this problem? Is it worth the trouble? Will our children survive without their biological fathers? Will the politicians and bureaucrats ever care enough to do something about it? Will the media play a role in repairing the damage done by fatherlessness?
In the last 4 decades in the US the doubling of the divorce rate paralleled an increase in the rate of fatherlessness from 9% to 39% -- an increase of 30% which represents a more than fourfold increase in the percent of children without a biological father in their home. What has happened to these children and what is their future potential?
For each 1% increase in the rate of fatherlessness, the murder rate increased 10%, the rate of rapes increased 15%, other violent crimes followed similar patterns, SAT scores declined 2 1/2 points, American family annual incomes decreased $3,000 by the gold standard, abortions increased by 50,000 per year, the number of prison inmates increased by 40,000. This rapid decline from patriarchy to matriarchy (a.k.a. feminism, women's rights, or sexual liberation) has adversely affected both men and women, both victims and taxpayers, both liberals and conservatives, both Republicans and Democrats, both rich and poor, both young and old, both feminists and masculists, all races, religions, ethnicities, north and south and east and west. The beneficiaries are few and far between, and their token benefits are just not worth the resultant social pathology.
Around the world today there is a direct relationship between:
2) Low Divorce Rates and Low Rates of Fatherlessness
3) Low Crime and Tax Rates.
4) Rising Education Quality and Economic Growth.
Spain has a divorce rate about one sixth of ours, a rate of rape 1/8th,
a murder rate 1/4th, and an incarceration rate 1/8th of that in the US.
Greece has a divorce rate 1/7th, a rate of rape 1/15th, a murder rate 1/5th,
a rate of armed robbery 1/32nd, and an incarceration rate 1/13th of ours.
Japan has a divorce rate 1/8th, a rate of rape 1/29th, a murder rate 1/6th,
an armed robbery rate 1/220th, an incarceration rate 1/14th, and family
incomes 2 times of ours. Ireland has a divorce rate 1/18th, a rate of rape
1/20th, a murder rate 1/9th, and an armed robbery rate 1/5th of ours. No
country is known to differ from the principle that the higher the rate
of fatherlessness the higher crime and juvenile delinquency. Patriarchy
is a proven social system around the world which does not need a study,
nor a judge, nor a state governor to determine its value.
Education quality around the world follows the same pattern -- the lower
the divorce rate the higher education quality and the lower education costs.
Those countries with the highest divorce rates have the lowest IAEP (International
Assessment of Educational Progress) and TIMSS (Third International Mathematics
and Science Study) scores, and those with the lowest divorce rates have
the highest scores, with rare exceptions. Switzerland has a divorce rate
1/6th of ours and scores 28% higher on IAEP and 15% higher on TIMSS (remember
that the base score is 200 points). Japan has a divorce rate 1/8th of ours
and scores 35% higher on TIMSS. Ireland (even though its ratio does not
follow the pattern precisely) still supports the principle -- its divorce
rate is 1/18th of ours and it scores 9.4% higher on IAEP and 9% higher
on TIMSS. The only exceptions where these scores are reported by the US
Dept. of Education are Greece, Portugal, and Spain who's divorce rates
are 1/7th, 1/6th, and 1/6th but whose TIMSS scores are 5.3%, 15.3%, and
4.3% lower, respectively:
Spain scores higher than us on IAEP and lower on TIMSS, suggesting an
anomaly in the tests rather than an error in the principle. Other factors
explain this low academic performance by Greece, Portugal, and Spain --
we spend respectively 1185%, 174%, and 106% more for education per pupil
as they do. We are getting considerably less for our education dollars
-- their scores are closer to ours than ours are to countries like Japan
and Germany, who also spend less per student for education -- we spend
65% more per student for education than Japan, and 52% more than Germany
per the following chart from the US Department of Education:
1995 Digest of Education Statistics
Table 404.--Public education expenditures per student, by level of student: Selected countries, 1985, 1990, 1991, and 1992 [In constant 1992 dollars]
______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ | | | Country | Primary | Secondary | Higher education | | | |_________________________________|_________________________________|_______________________________ | 1985 | 1990 | 1991 | 1992 | 1985 | 1990 | 1991 | 1992 | 1985 | 1990 | 1991 | 1992 __________________|_______|_______|_______|_________|_______|_______|_______|_________|_______|_______|_______|_______ 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 __________________|_______|_______|_______|_________|_______|_______|_______|_________|_______|_______|_______|_______ Austria ..........|$3,451 |$3,526 |$3,681 | $4,010 |$3,943 |$4,632 |$4,821 | $6,420 |$6,557 |$6,369 |$6,635 |$5,820 Belgium ..........| 2,232 | 2,131 | 2,206 | 2,390 | 5,279 | 4,805 | 5,151 | 5,150 | 7,098 | 6,178 | 6,423 | 6,590 Denmark ..........| 3,570 | 4,446 | 4,529 | 4,220 | 5,045 | 5,301 | 5,540 | 4,940 | 8,570 | 8,332 | 7,916 | 6,710 France ..........| --- | --- | 2,669 | 2,900 | --- | --- | 4,780 | 5,430 | --- | --- | 4,903 | 6,020 Germany .........| --- | --- | --- | 2,980 | --- | --- | --- | 4,260 | --- | --- | --- | --- | | | | | | | | | | | | Japan ...........| --- | --- | --- | 3,530 | --- | --- | --- | 3,900 | --- | --- | --- |11,850 Ireland ..........| 1,323 | 1,429 | 1,588 | 1,770 | 2,277 | 2,403 | 2,563 | 2,770 | 5,173 | 5,527 | 5,755 | 7,270 Norway ...........| 3,404 | 3,878 | 4,002 | 4,480 | 4,817 | 5,153 | 5,538 | 6,200 | 7,857 | 8,629 | 8,658 | 8,720 Portugal .........| 1,330 | 1,931 | 2,174 | --- | 1,759 | --- | 2,435 | --- | 3,732 | --- | 6,346 | --- Spain ............| 1,439 | 1,800 | 1,917 | 2,030 | 1,998 | 2,706 | 2,812 | 3,140 | 1,907 | 3,156 | 3,340 | 3,770 | | | | | | | | | | | | Sweden\1\ ........| --- | 5,271 | 5,635 | 4,840 | --- | 6,292 | 6,835 | 6,050 | --- | 8,669 | 8,819 | 7,120 Switzerland\1\ ...| --- | --- | 5,611 | 3,560 | --- | --- | 6,761 | --- | --- | --- |15,124 |12,900 Turkey ...........| --- | --- | 582 | --- | --- | --- | 519 | --- | --- | --- | 2,879 | --- United Kingdom ...| 2,336 | 2,897 | 2,878 | 3,120 | 3,864 | 5,499 | 4,383 | 4,390 | --- | --- | 9,911 |10,370 United States ....| 4,364 | 5,223 | 5,333 | 5,600 | 5,282 | 6,546 | 6,667 | 6,470 |10,221 |12,013 |12,157 |11,880 __________________|_______|_______|_______|_________|_______|_______|_______|_________|_______|_______|_______|_______\1\Change in definition in 1992.
---Data not available.
NOTE.--Data adjusted to U.S. dollars using the purchasing power pariety (PPP) index.
SOURCE: Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, Education
at a Glance, and unpublished data. (This table was prepared May 1995.)
A closer look at Japan tells us even more about patriarchy. Feminists in the US claim that men and fathers are violent, and that patriarchy here would increase violence. But each Japanese citizen, in one of the most patriarchal societies on Earth, faces 1/55th as many assaults, 1/220th as many armed robberies, 1/140th as many robberies, 1/20th as many auto thefts, 1/5th as many murders, 1/12th as many drug arrests, 1/18th as many rape reports, and 1/48th as many teen murders. The one or two reports of police brutality each year in Japan make headlines, while the 241,610 reports of police brutality in the US hardly even get our attention any more. Without drinking and driving laws in Japan, and with a much higher density of auto traffic, their accident and auto fatality rates are lower than ours, even though we arrest 1,645,000 American drivers for drinking and driving every year.
The fact that we now imprison 14.4 times as many citizens per capita
as Japan, and still have such radically higher crime rates, is proof that
strong fatherhood is a valuable social benefit, and that we just cannot
afford any more experiments with matriarchy. How did the feminists
react to this after they were presented with the data?
From: liz <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: Multiple recipients of list <email@example.com>
Subject: Re: Common Law
On Mon, 16 Jun 1997, Robert Lindsay; Cheney Jr. wrote:
To the extent that this was once the law, it was found repugnant and
> ... if you look at statutory laws, they state, that
And part of the common law is precisely that its authority is second
> ... even though the father held all this power...it in fact was RARELY
This is so obnoxious as to not be believed.
This from a feminist who has reviewed, debated, and disregarded the voluminous and accurate data, who claims to represent all feminists (who actually may), who claims to represent all American women (who definitely does not). Without citing a single reference she calls the data "irrelevant", "inaccurate", "hateful", "phony". With patriarchy and not with matriarchy the US achieved the world's highest per capita income by 1965, and the American woman was the primary beneficiary. With matriarchy, in just 3 short decades, the US plunged to 14th place in per capita income, and incomes in patriarchal Japan are now almost twice those in the US. The American woman has been just as severely affected by this as, if not more than, the American man.
It is really difficult to imagine why the feminists who were the primary
beneficiaries of 2,000 years of patriarchal progress believe, as Liz apparently
does, that patriarchy was bad for women. It is even more difficult
to imagine why the American male accepted this complaint for so long, to
the point that our social and economic collapse is almost imminent.
It is time for the American male to realize his own value, throw out the
whining feminists, and reestablish patriarchy.
No, CBMLAW, this is not equivalent to "McVeight". There could
be nothing more peaceful than to reduce: assaults 55 fold; teen murders
48 fold; murders 4 fold; auto theft 20 fold; rape reports 18 fold; robberies
140 fold; fraud 10 fold; to triple our incomes, and to silence the feminist
whine. You now have nothing to lose and everything to gain when we