When the Romans Tried to Save Marriage

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by W.F. Price on February 24, 2013

I’ve been reading up on ancient law and religious texts regarding marriage and sexual relations, so I revisited the Lex Iulia enacted by Emperor Augustus to restore marriage and fertility to Rome.

By the end of the Republic Rome was not all that different from the contemporary US. Men were loathe to marry, all manner of licentiousness prevailed, and the fertility rate was abysmally low.

To rectify the situation, in 18-17 BC Augustus promulgated laws intended to strengthen marriage and morals, and eventually added more to encourage childbearing. First, he introduced stricter punishments for adultery, seduction and male-on-male rape, then a couple decades later in 9AD, with the Lex Papia Poppaea (ironically named after two bachelor consuls), added incentives to have children. There are echoes of the Lex Iulia et Papia in Stalin’s natalist and moral policies of the 30s and 40s WWII, and even Chairman Mao’s Weida Muqin (great mother) campaign of the 50s and 60s.

In introducing the laws, Augustus quoted a 2nd century BC speech by censor Quintus Caecilius Metellus Macedonicus, who had tried to pass similar natalist laws. In this speech, Macedonius said that although men may not relish the idea of marriage, it was a necessity nonetheless:

If we could survive without a wife, citizens of Rome, all of us would do without that nuisance; but since nature has so decreed that we cannot manage comfortably with them, nor live in any way without them, we must plan for our lasting preservation rather than for our temporary pleasure.

The original “can’t live with them, can’t live without them” line, and spoken so long ago. Some things never change…

Excerpts from the Lex Iulia:

(1) In the second chapter of the lex Julia concerning adultery, either an adoptive or a natural father is permitted to kill with his own hands an adulterer caught in the act with his daughter in his own house or in that of his son-in-law, no matter what his rank may be.

(2) If a son under paternal power, who is the father, should surprise his daughter in the act of adultery, while it is inferred from the words of the law that he cannot kill her, still, he ought to be permitted to do so.

(3) Again, it is provided in the fifth chapter of the lex Julia that it is permitted to detain an adulterer who has been caught in the act for twenty hours, calling neighbours to witness.

(4) A husband cannot kill anyone taken in adultery except persons who are infamous, and those who sell their bodies for gain, as well as slaves. His wife, however, is excepted, and he is forbidden to kill her.

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(8) It has been decided that a husband who does not at once dismiss his wife whom he has taken in adultery can be prosecuted as a pimp.

(10) It should be noted that two adulterers can be accused at the same time with the wife, but more than that number cannot be.

(11) It has been decided that adultery cannot be committed with women who have charge of any business or shop.

Augustus took these laws quite seriously — so seriously that he exiled his daughter Julia to an island for committing adultery.

In the Lex Papia, penalties were introduced to discourage bachelorhood and celibacy, while incentives were provided to have children. Freed slaves who had four or more children were released from any obligations to their patrons, and inheritance taxes were lowered for those giving to children (as opposed to spouses).

The laws were decidedly unpopular. Romans had grown accustomed to living relatively unrestricted lives, and disliked the idea of being tied down to one person (sound familiar?). However, it was the Christians who finally overturned the laws through consistent pressure. Christians resented being punished for celibacy, which was held to be ideal in the early church, and probably opposed the divorce mandate for adultery.

In any event, the laws do not appear to have had much of an effect on either fertility or sexual morality. If anything, they may have mitigated some of the decadence of Rome, but as we know it is very difficult to legislate public morality; laws cannot make up for a lack of will.

I find the laws interesting as a potential model for what some future authoritarian government may try to introduce in the West. Western birthrates are so low and public morality so besmirched that it’s only a matter of time before governments try to turn things around for their survival. Filling up a country with foreigners is not a viable solution for elite self-preservation in the long term, so I expect to see glimmerings of natalism emerge in the West within the next decade or so. First, of course, they’ll try “maternity leave” and the like to dress it up as a feminist, progressive cause, but when that inevitably fails they’ll change their tune and start trying to resurrect the heteronormative family. It will be interesting to see how that goes down given what an about face it will require.

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Karrde February 24, 2013 at 07:39

Great post. Please do an analysis of the Swedish birthrate here. I checked on google and it seems like Sweden, for all its feminism, seems to have a higher birthrate than many other countries like Germany. I want to know what that is due to, because apparently the birthrate dipped quite considerably some decades ago.

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Anonymous age 70 February 24, 2013 at 08:28

Of course, whites want white America to continue. This is basic human nature.

However, there is also a view that when a society gets so sick it does not reproduce, survival of the fittest says, let them go rot.

True, almost all inventions and technology and cures for diseases originated among white males. But, we also (I use the word we loosely) turned the nation over to the dearies, thus dooming our own future. We must take responsibility for the bad as well as the good.

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Anon7 February 24, 2013 at 08:28

“If we could survive without a wife, citizens of Rome, all of us would do without that nuisance; but since nature has so decreed that we cannot manage comfortably with them, nor live in any way without them, we must plan for our lasting preservation rather than for our temporary pleasure.”

Preservation in this case means “preservation of empire and social system” I think. “Temporary pleasure” for men means taking as many women as possible, and for women it means finding a comfortable place to raise a child while pursuing the elusive alpha male.

The custom of emperors the world over of taking hundreds and even thousands of concubines is actually smiled upon by both men’s and women’s natures. I rad an interesting tidbit that suggests that in China the emperor had a massive excess of Yang which naturally needed to be complemented by a huge amount of Yin, namely, female concubines.

In our current era, Uncle Sam is the most powerful male (symbolically) on Earth, and must therefore have tens of millions of female concubines, that is, must support all these women with Title IX, ADC, welfare, etc. And since it’s men paying taxes that stands behind Uncle Sam, we have to pay up to support this system. Makes you wonder which came first, the lustful male emperor, or the thousands of women who wanted a nice apartment and resources for raising a child or two without having to deal with a lower class man as husband?

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The First Joe February 24, 2013 at 08:46

Don’t hold your breath. Natalist doctrines are pushed by Nationalist regimes. Nationilist regimes are the bogeyman of the corporate / bankster / politico Assholes In Charge who want a one world government (run by them of course). One of the purposes of mass immigration is to break all notion of “Nation”, it’s the Tower of Babel model. Destroying the nation state is also one of the (many) puposes behind the destruction of the Trad family unit.

All loves & loyalties that are not to the AIC and their corporations / gov’ts etc. the AIC aim to destroy.

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The First Joe February 24, 2013 at 08:47

“Nationalist”

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Anonymous February 24, 2013 at 08:56

Well, heck, someone has to do something about all the damage Feminism and loss of moral/foresight has done… anybody got any better ideas?

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Ric February 24, 2013 at 09:02

What I think is a fair depiction of how the Romans lived would be the show Spartacus. There all the vices and debaucheries that Rome so indulged are shown in detail which seems to give an idea of just how alike Romans were to modern day Americans.

It also doesn’t surprise me about how Christians opposed the adultery and celibacy laws. I believe it was around 325 AD when Emperor Constantine made Chrisianity the official religion, and after the council or Nicea (and later Treant) met and decided upon official doctrine, we have the birth of Catholicism, though they were still divided both still had strict laws of celibacy for practicing officials. As for being opposed to adultery I’m still wondering because both the Mosaic law and Higher law allow a man to put away his wife in the case of adultery, as the only just cause.

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greyghost February 24, 2013 at 09:16

The easiest way to to gain some control without forcing a coward political leader to not be a coward is to have a male birth control pill.
The fix for the uproar from feminist types that understand will be to put incentives and some guaruntee in the law of the fathers place of importance in the life of a child. Paternaty testing. Shared parenting. The removal of financial incentive for divorce. Legal cover will come from of all places the constitution, equal protection under the law. The feminine imperative is pretty strong but self preservation may be stronger.
This may happen on it’s own out side of civil society. Imagine what will happen when a non horminal birth control pill makes the rounds of college and high school athletes. Not as a legal product but as a drug illegally imported and sold as street drugs are now. Or worse yet manufactured here as meth is. A bunch of men “bullet proof” signing multimillion dollar contracts childless and immune to gold diggers while getting all of the pussy alpha fame and celebrity will provide.

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freebird February 24, 2013 at 09:31

Congratulations on the the pic post of the year.
It’s up for re-broadcasting and discussion all over the ‘sphere.
I fully expect a number of bloggers to grab a hold of this and run with it.

That said: I’m fully convinced the PTB have no intention of turning things around,they show intent to shred the social contract and the society around it to the point of destruction.

Every form of solidarity has either already been broken or is under attack.

There is only one end result that could occur from these actions,chaos with the populace infighting itself,with a militant dictator rising to power to quell the disturbance as a ‘man of peace.’

Just as the book of Revelations described. (not predicted,as it’s a certainty.)

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freebird February 24, 2013 at 09:33

Correction
“the the pic post”
Should be “The epic post”

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keyster February 24, 2013 at 09:46

Putin, recognizing the drop in Russian fertility (and men’s desire to avoid marrying some ball-busting babushka), has installed incentives for couples who are married to have up to three children. Can you imagine the outrage from Feminist Inc. if a (Republican) politician suggested that?

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/vladimir-putin/9739678/Vladimir-Putin-calls-on-Russian-families-to-have-three-children.html

Key to Democrat Party hedgemony is importing voters from other countries, because they’ll never maintain replacement birthrates. Single women are the Democrat’s single largest special interest voting bloc, with the minority majority collective right behind. Married women (ostensibly making babies), overwhelmingly support Republicans.

It’s a decades long demographic race. Can you import more voters (through amnesty for illegal aliens and open borders), faster than the opposition can make them through birth rate? Can you marginalize the hetero-normative white male just enough over time, by discouraging him from seeking higher education, and thus making him not marriage worthy – and importing more Indian and Asian STEM types, that tend to vote Democrat?

This battle, a cold civil war of ideological perspectives, rages on right now…with a Socialist President purposefully fomenting the divide through demagoguery and direct marketing.

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geographybeefinalisthimself February 24, 2013 at 10:15

“… so I expect to see glimmerings of natalism emerge in the West within the next decade or so. First, of course, they’ll try ‘maternity leave’ and the like to dress it up as a feminist, progressive cause, but when that inevitably fails they’ll change their tune and start trying to resurrect the heteronormative family.”

I would not foresee this happening anytime soon, if ever.

How are they going to resurrect the heteronormative family when so many men have been burned by: ex-wife, I mean, child support; alimony; paternity fraud; negative (for males), I mean, affirmative action in both employment and higher education; anti-male sexist public schools; chivalry in the criminal justice system, especially on death row; Title (n)IX; lower spending on men’s health issues than on women’s health issues; rape shield laws; and the VAWA?

We already know about the female mentality even if the above issues did not exist, so throw that log on an already roaring bonfire.

If I have forgotten anything else, please say so below, fellow commenters.

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jack February 24, 2013 at 10:34

I remember reading that Putin also wanted to lower the age-of-consent in Russia. That would not only have the fems up-in-arms but also part of the MM :)

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anoncoward February 24, 2013 at 10:55

If we could survive without a wife, citizens of Rome, all of us would do without that nuisance; but since nature has so decreed that we cannot manage comfortably with them, nor live in any way without them, we must plan for our lasting preservation rather than for our temporary pleasure.
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Unlimited Eggs:
http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/scientists-rewrite-rules-of-human-reproduction-7624708.html

Sperm isnt needed:
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/25/opinion/men-who-needs-them.html?_r=1&#comments

Artificial Womb Tech isnt that far off either:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWGVZ6Gl7pQ

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Factory February 24, 2013 at 11:07

Frankly I don’t think they’ll have time to implement what you might call an ‘orderly retreat’ from the current policies. One thing that is vastly different between then and now is the instant communication and nebulous (but potentially vast) community that is the Internet.

Those policies took the trajectory they did because the vast majority of people had no idea what was even being talked about, let alone had input. And anyone paying attention can see there is a massive infusion of Manosphere thinking in the common discourse these days, even is it is half-understood.

Romans, for all their talk of Democracy, were a top down society. Western Democracies, for all their attempts to deny Democracy, are unable to resist the will of the people. Which is why they are trying to now censor the Internet. Basically, the Romans had control of the discourse, and so could try different approaches until forced to compromise. Modern society does not afford Governments that luxury.

I give this whole Gynocentrism thing five years until collapse, tops, but likely even sooner.

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anoncoward February 24, 2013 at 11:19

Greyghost wrote:
Imagine what will happen when a non horminal birth control pill makes the rounds of college and high school athletes.
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Righttttt… those are exactly the people we need reproducing like flies.

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Laddition February 24, 2013 at 11:19

So…paternity leave then…? I get six weeks / six months whatever paid holiday but 20 years (at the very least) of raising a kid PLUS risking a financial raping by the mother

how big an incentive is this supposed to be?

fucksakes

I don’t care what the maternity leave arrangements are…I’d be the daddy.

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It’s not women that need persuading as much as the men that they want to fund their princess-mummy fantasies.

The issue right now is that women look at single mummyhood on benefits / working and paying childcare as unattractive BUT THEY CAN’T GET A MAN

I will not fund their dream lifestyle via tax – GMOW

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Zorro February 24, 2013 at 11:28

Life of Julia.

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El Bastardo February 24, 2013 at 12:10

(10) It should be noted that two adulterers can be accused at the same time with the wife, but more than that number cannot be.

I find this one interesting. It would seem they understood quite well what an adulteress was. In other words, one or two men most likely knew what was going on; but any more then that and only the dumbest of her lot need be killed with her.

Obviously, she was “playing the field.” However, for thos ereading this who, like myself a few years ago, “play the field;” feminist laws have long been dictated. You will have to surmise Ancient Rome was an extreme Patriarchal society! Their laws appear to be like the Talmud portion of the Bible: all about the women.

If they pass these laws, a good indicator to look out for would be to see if they make laws that apply in the negative only to women or men. If it is only to female adulterers in large part; society has rejected feminists in their enitrety. If it includes men like women for death; watch out! Society will still be under her spell; and any woman who accuses you like today will easily get you killed!

When in Rome…………..

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joeb February 24, 2013 at 12:50

I think the Problems are the weakness of the legislative system . The lawyers are running the show . This is like the cart walking the horse .
The slow and steady barrage of corp, interests , In this case the lawyers them self’s and the divorce court industry .
Eating the system up from the inside like a bad virus. The legislative branch is so crippled by the Corruption its weakness is obvious to are enemy’s that have found a way in , severing family courts and harsh treatment of immorality is the cure .
While tailing back on world interest in are system . a spy is a spy no matter what system they attack . They will attack are weakness and expose themselves , We can see this already in the system .

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jay February 24, 2013 at 13:38

@Karrde

The birth-rate mostly is composed of births to muslim immigrants in sweden.

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realist February 24, 2013 at 14:31

Natalism, although in a relatively mild form, has already been tried in Europe for at least a decade – in France and in Scandinavia. It has had some effect.

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greyghost February 24, 2013 at 15:52

Anoncoward
Righttttt… those are exactly the people we need reproducing like flies
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Our society is not the way it is due to low birth rate, our low birth rate is due to a fucked society. (feminie imperative)
Women delay or do not marry and have families because they think it is not in their best interest. That blue pill shit is taught to all women in every medium. What makes it a sell is that they think they can fuck alphas and play career bitch and then pick up a chump at 30 to 40 and have kids and divorce 5 to ten years later and get paid. All of the laws of misandry from family law to vawa etc. etc. are in place to ensure a woman can safely play it out with out consequence to herself. (hypergamy without consequence) Even the church went churchian to remove religious consequence. No politician can break the feminie imperative but men can when they have the power to determine who and when a woman becomes a mother. As soon as the control over her future belongs to how pleasant a beta male finds her her behavior will change. No alpha will knock up a slut and the beta will know it ain’t his. Productive men need to be incharge of society.

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Anon66 February 24, 2013 at 18:23

Terrific post as usual but I disagree with this point:

“Filling up a country with foreigners is not a viable solution for elite self-preservation in the long term”

My liberal friends believe all people are the same and have no fear of filling up the country with foreigners. Certainly people like Obama are as confortable with foreign non-whites as he is with conserative whites. The leaders of the progressives will never put a break on immigration until whites are a tiny and ineffectual minority.

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Lavazza February 25, 2013 at 01:26

Karrde and Jay: Sweden has pronatalist policies since many decades. Other tax payers pay a lot of the costs of having children (child allowance, maternity and paternity leave, almost free day care, free schools, housing allowances etc.). The majority of the children are of course born to ethnic Swedish mothers, and only recent immigrants have a slight edge per capita, whereas daughters of immigrants have fewer children per capita than ethnic Swedish women.

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BC Dad February 25, 2013 at 02:20

@ Laddition
I don’t care what the maternity leave arrangements are…I’d be the daddy.

I can vouch for that. I twice took parental leave, a total of 2-1/2 years altogether, of which I collected benefits for 18 months in total, to raise my infant children, which only made the inevitable family court raping that much more painful.

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George B. February 25, 2013 at 07:19

@geographybeefinalisthimself:
You forgot that college is now a completely toxic environment for a young man that doesn’t bend over and take it up the ass by the Feminist ruling class. If he doesn’t echo back / regurgitate on demand every piece of shit dogma of the liberal/feminist ideology, if he doesn’t “walk a mile in her shoes”, publicly flagellate himself… not to mention, there’s always the risk of being falsely accused of rape/harassment…

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epoche* February 25, 2013 at 08:55

I find the laws interesting as a potential model for what some future authoritarian government may try to introduce in the West. Western birthrates are so low and public morality so besmirched that it’s only a matter of time before governments try to turn things around for their survival. Filling up a country with foreigners is not a viable solution for elite self-preservation in the long term, so I expect to see glimmerings of natalism emerge in the West within the next decade or so. First, of course, they’ll try “maternity leave” and the like to dress it up as a feminist, progressive cause, but when that inevitably fails they’ll change their tune and start trying to resurrect the heteronormative family. It will be interesting to see how that goes down given what an about face it will require.
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Even the Singapore government is trying to get its population to reproduce but it cannot because it doesnt want to deal with the reality of female hypergamy.

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jay February 25, 2013 at 12:00

@Lavazza

Proof?

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Tam the Bam February 25, 2013 at 13:09

At those of you fretting over (the admittedly quite incredible tsunami of) immigration into the better-run and more prudent EU countries, it’s worth pointing out that “when it’s gone, it’s gone”, as the discounters love to yell.

Decades upon decade, if not centuries of (mainly calvinist) cheeseparing, and building up of almschests for one’s unlucky kin, culminating in welfare states (the most rational i.e. cheap solution to the periodic crises of that newfangled Capitalism thingy, which avoided heads-in-the-basket episodes for the Top People).

All pissed away in the blink of an eye, by forcing open the natives’ miserly fists and strewing it before the no doubt equally deserving, but gleefully non-contributing Wretched of the Earth, who consequently stream here in staggering numbers (we’ve got the whole of Bulgaria and bloody Romania, all packed and waiting for the starter’s pistol next year).
Which means when it all runs dry, we default to pre-Beveridge, pre-Lloyd George, even pre-Duke-of-flaming-Wellington levels of social provision.
And sometime soon Mad Vlad will probably demand like, Sussex or somewhere, in return for enough natural gas to keep people alive till spring. The recent ratings slip means everything actually necessary to keeping the economy upright and still shambling along will become unaffordable, as the wall of quantitatively eased money magicked into existence (and pumped by the beneficiaries of that little scheme into cornering commodities i.e. food and fuel. Genius!) hits and proper inflation bites. While wages continue to be globally arbitraged ever down, based on the dayrate of a chinese bonded serf living under a wheelbarrow somewhere hot and you don’t even need shoes or coat.
Woohoo!
I’m just old enough to remember what this place was like, before any sort of central heating, or even refrigeration, washing machines, cars or TV, for the masses. It was always numbingly cold and damp, even in “summer”. And dirty. Everybody was incredibly grubby, thinking on it. LOL we must have fairly stank, if it wasn’t for the permanent reek of pipe- and fag-smoke, and the coalsmoke and carbolic. And there was never enough food to keep even active kids warm. Proper clothes? You jest. Maybe we’ll go back on the Ration?

I feel actually quite sorry for all those happy smiling mugs from sunny climes who’ve lurched over here expecting free lunches, mid-range executive housing (owner-occupied, natch) and a Lexus, in perpetuity.

Don’t matter, it’s nice and hot down the pit. And everybody’s black down there :) Better fettle up your mandrills, all you diverse and vibrant multicultural arrivistes.

And I simply cannot think of a more unlovely place in the world to be than a Sweden without welfare, or even any money. Even for the natives who’re born to the climate, in fact partially evolved/adapted to cope. A place so shit, even hard nuts like the vikings couldn’t cope, and did everything they could to stay away from home.
It’d be a rare Iraqi, ‘Ghan or Somali indeed who could hack it under the conditions of 19th-century Norrland. Even I’d probably hang myself, during the second winter !

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greyghost February 25, 2013 at 16:27

Even the Singapore government is trying to get its population to reproduce but it cannot because it doesnt want to deal with the reality of female hypergamy.
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This is why politicians would be wise to allow a male pill dressed up as a way to make men responsible and let that take it’s course bailing out the politicians from being seen as violating the feminie imperative.

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Lavazza February 26, 2013 at 00:23

jay: Interesting. If you meant business, you would have disproved me.

Here’s the official statistics. You’re invited to find proof of your claim “The birth-rate mostly is composed of births to muslim immigrants in sweden”.

http://www.scb.se/statistik/_publikationer/BE0701_2008A01_BR_BE51BR0802.pdf

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geographybeefinalisthimself February 26, 2013 at 01:37

@ George B.

Thank you for the reminder.

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Migu February 26, 2013 at 07:44

We have nothing to worry about. Just marry a like minded man and the two of you can have a platonic marriage. Before long everyone will be married…..on paper anyway.

And if you still want to go after a woman, claim an open gay marriage. Laws are so much fun aren’t they?

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Odysseus February 26, 2013 at 09:43

I see the point that some people make about history repeating itself. However, at the risk of sounding loony, I think technological changes may bring about a completely new result this time around. I know that talk about the Singularity usually gets short shrift in some quarters, but I think that human society, including in matters of reproduction, is going to undergo dramatic changes soon. If we all end up getting made in laboratories, like in Huxley’s book, then this issue may become moot.

However, I really see women suffering in this scenario. They might be seen as unnecessary if men have tech toys to take the place of sexual partners and no longer need women to reproduce. All the talk of men becoming unnecessary is short-sighted in my opinion. Not saying that I am looking forward to this but it seems likely.

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Ecclesiastes February 28, 2013 at 03:26

Churchians? So early?

Of the laws posted, I see only support for Christian Marriage, and I seriously doubt there was any law that *punished* celibacy. I infer that the … women of the church had already browbeaten and whined they’re way to the acceptance of FUCKING AROUND.

I’m sorry. I should have said that with more sensitivity.

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W.F. Price February 28, 2013 at 03:34

Of the laws posted, I see only support for Christian Marriage, and I seriously doubt there was any law that *punished* celibacy.

-Ecclesiastes

There was a tax on bachelors, so it wasn’t a criminal penalty so much as a civil one. But it was apparently burdensome, so it makes sense that Christians objected to it. Later laws inspired by Christians preserved the prohibitions on adultery and so forth, but allowed Christian men to live according to their faith without being penalized.

Glenn February 28, 2013 at 20:13

Good article, and I am a big fan of Cato the Censor and his views on women. The only flaw in the authors theory is the assumption that those that control our nation have any interest in the survival of America. If recent history is any indication, they have no interest at all.

If anyt5hing, the powers that be are dedicated to the destruction of every aspect of our culture, which can then be sold off at fire-sale prices. Just look at what happened in places like Ukraine to see how that game works out. After the smoke clears, the Gorden Gekko crowd takes their 30 pieces of silver and sail off to Monaco.

The best thing for men to do to “save” the future is exactly what they are doing. Avoid marriage like the plague. Let the feminists self-immolate themselves, thus removing themselves from the gene pool. Astute men, not feminists, will the the ones standing after all the dust settles. So grab a 6-pack, a bowl of popcorn, and enjoy the show.

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Elijah March 2, 2013 at 18:26

Karrde asked about the relatively high bithrates in Sweden. I am from Sweden and I can tell you what it’s all about…. Sweden is flooded with people from 3rd world countries, even more than the rest of Europe. These immigrants have a very high birthrate and thus, Sweden differs from other european countries. So even if Sweden may look better of then others it’s actually the other way around…

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bruno April 21, 2013 at 06:33

There is already an enormous tax on bachelors.

Every profit, benefit, privilege, handout, advantage, infrastructure that is given to children, or their parents, (or to the single mothers) is a tax on bachelors, because they are forced to fund it through their taxes.

Even alimony and child support payments can be considered as a bachelor tax.

By enforcing it as benefits for children and their parents, instead of an explicit bachelor tax, they make it much more easy and sneaky, and those who benefit from it (and their organisations) will defend it by all means.

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