Kids: Then and Now

OK, so why is the country falling apart? Specifically, why are kids blowing each other away? America has become a source of wonder the world over with its Colulmbines and hundreds and hundreds of dead in Chicago and Baltimore and its burning cities and riots. Other advanced countries don’t do these things.

America didn’t either until recently. Why now? Something has changed, or some things. What? People under under forty have never seen the country when it was sane. Let me point out things that have changed, at risk of sounding like a boilerplate cadger: “By cracky, when I was a boy, we could amuse ourselves for hours with just a piece of string and a couple of sticks.” Let’s compare today with the Fifties and Sixties. I mean this as sociology, not nostalgisizing.

I think that a combination of social changes have led to tremendous stress on today’s kids that my generation did not suffer. To wit:

In my rural Virginia school, there was no racial tension. We were all white: teachers, students, parents.

The black kids went to their own school, Ralph Bunche. We had virtually no contact with each other. There was no hostility, just no contact. The academic gap didn’t exist in the absence of contact. Integration would prove cruel when it came. and the black kids sank to the bottom. The causes can be argued, but the fact cannot.

There was no black crime to speak of or, as far as I knew any black crime. Certainly blacks did not shoot each other, or anybody. Neither did we. The reasons I suspect were similar.

Divorce was extremely rare, so we all had parents. Whether it is better that unhappy couples stay together or that they divorce can be argued, but they then did stay together. It made a large difference in outcomes if one accepts the statistics. The welfare programs of the Great Society had not yet destroyed the black family, which I speculate accounted in part for low crime.

Drugs did not exist. These appeared only with the Sixties. A few of us had heard of marijuana. I read a clandestine copy of The Naked Lunch. That was it. We drank a lot of beer.

In the entire school I remember only one, moderately fat kid. Why? Because, I will guess, we were very physically active. The school had PE classes, football and basketball teams, and so on. In summer kids aboard Dahlgren spent their days at the base swimming pool or swimming in Machodoc “Creek” – it was perhaps three-quarters of a mile wide–bicycling, canoeing- playing tennis. The country kids chopped cord wood, lifted hay. There was ice skating for hours in winter. Gloria, my best girl, got up at four a.m. to help her father pull crab pots on the Potomac, Though feminine, she probably could have thrown a Volkswagen over a four-store building. Again, I offer this not as nostalgia but as biological fact with effects.

Physical fitness has. I suspect psychological consequences. For example, ADHD did not exist. Boys are competitive, physical animals full of wild energy and need–need–to work it off. Boredom and enforced inactivity are awful for them. Two or three hours daily of fast-break pick-up basketball did this. If you force boys to sit rigidly in school, with no recess or only physically limited play, they will be miserable. If you then force them to take Ritalin, an approximate amphetamine, they will be miserable with modified brain chemistry. I don’t think this is a good idea.

Sex and, I think, its psychological consequences were different then. We were aware of sex. I am not sure we were aware of anything else. But the culture was such that, first, young girls, middle school, say, were sexually (very) off limits. When barely pubescent girls are taken advantage of by boys of seventeen or of thirty-five, the emotional effects are devastating. By contrast, boys hoped desperately to be taken advantage of.

The de facto social theory was that girls should remain virgins until married. I think few really believed this, and certainly many girls did not. However the necessity of pretending, plus the fear of pregnancy in those pre-pill days, allowed girls to say “no.” if they chose. The Pill, backed up by abortion, would make girls into commodities. If Sally said no, Mary wouldn’t, and boys, churning hormone wads, would go with Mary. Thus girls lost control of the sexual economy and the respect that went with it. More stress.

Anorexia and bulimia did not exist. We didn’t know the words. Both look to me like a reaction to stress.

Uncertainty is a formidable source of stress. We had little uncertainty as to our futures in the sense that the young do today. We assumed, correctly, that jobs would be available for us. For kids who were not going on in school, there were jobs at Dahlgren, the local naval base, as secretaries or guards or maintenance personnel, federal jobs with benefits. More remotely, Detroit was paying what seemed to us astronomical wages. Those of us in the college track, which meant those whose parents were grads and those who had high SATs, knew we could work in whatever field we had chosen. Starbucks and living in our parents’ basements never crossed our minds.

Social mobility existed, and girls had not yet been taught they they were victims. Of my graduating class of sixty, two girls became physicists and my buddy Franklin, of non-college family an electronics engineer. Sherry a year behind me, a nuclear biologist. All, I think, of non-college families. There must have been others.

Extremely important, I think, was that the school was apolitical. We didn’t know that it was. School was where you learned algebra and geography, or at least learned at them. The teachers, both men and women, assumed this. The white kids were not endlessly told that they were reprehensible and the cause of the world’s problems. The boys were not told that masculinity was toxic. Hysteria over imaginary rape was well in the future. Little boys were not dragged from school by the police for drawing a soldier with a rifle. The idea of having police in a school would seem insane when it first appeared.

More speculatively: My wife Violeta recently commented that the young today seem about ten years younger than their age. There may be something go this. At least in the media and academic worlds, people in their mid-thirties remind me of the young of the Sixties, displaying what appear to be the same hormonal rebellion and sanctimony. It has also seeped into high school. There is the same anger, the same search for grievance, the same adolescent posturing.

I think feminism plays a large part in the collapse of society in general and specifically in pushing boys over the edge. In my school years boys were allowed to be boys. Neither sex was denigrated. Doing so would have occurred to nobody. Then came a prejudice against boys, powerful today

All of this affected society in its entirety, but especially white boys. They are constantly told that being white is shameful, that any masculine interest is pathological, that they are rapists in waiting. They are subjected to torturous boredom and inactivity, and drugged when they respond poorly. They go to schools that do not like them and that stack the deck against them. Many are fatherless. All have access to psychoactive drugs.

Add it up.

Written by Fred Reed and published by Fred on Everything ~ February 21, 2018.

Fred Reed

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8 thoughts on “Kids: Then and Now

  1. Mike

    Mind if I engage in some disagreement? I’d like you to consider my response to many things in your article.

    You assume our country is falling apart. It’s not. The economy recovered from the Great Recession perpetrated by Wall Street during the Bush administration. We are less “at war” now, at least we are not getting dozens of body bags each week. Our troops have a foothold in nearly every country on Earth, and trade between nations is at an all-time high. Crime, including murders—including cop killings—is continuing its steady decline over the last 30 years. Despite all the gloom and doom that our politicians and cable companies are shouting about—they profit when we’re scared—things continue to look up. See “The Myth of America’s Decline” and “The Better Angels of Our Nature” for exhaustive, data-backed but easy-to-read explanation of how things are better in the 21 century than they were in previous decades and centuries.

    All the complaints coming from women about harassment and assault are a good sign—they are less afraid to report these things.

    Why are kids blowing each other away?

    If we look exclusively at kids shooting up schools, I think it’s is no longer unthinkable. Once it happened at Columbine, it is now going to happen increasingly until something changes in America.
    The Great Society did not cause black poverty, any more than social security caused poverty in the decades before. Racist laws and racist policies and racist managers, combined with the psychological beat-down of 250 years of racist slavery and racist Jim Crow is what combined to destroy the black backbone. A mind is a terrible thing to waste.

    Besides, more white people are on welfare than black people, so that’s not it.

    I agree that today’s kids are under more stress than we were. Kind of.

    Clinton increased Nixon’s war on drugs, and Reagan doubled down on it, but in a very racist way. Reagan’s racism sent a lot of Young Black Men to prison, into poverty, breaking up the families in the black community. Remember that rock cocaine (cheaper, for poor people) would get three times the prison sentence than powder cocaine (expensive, for rich white people) got.

    “ADHD did not exist.” Perhaps you’re being sarcastic. ADHD certainly existed. In the 70s, they were called “hyperactive” boys with a chemical imbalance, and put on amphetamines. Before that, they were simply called “bad kids” and punished.

    Boys will be boys, you say, and nobody was denigrated. What!!!

    Lots of people had to put up with denigration. Polacks, Kikes, Queers, Chinks and all women were routinely putting up with constant humiliation in every aspect of life. Even the liberal media, movies and TV shows, were filled with hurtful stereotypes. You might have missed it if you were not the target.

    Schools were apolitical? Really? Primary and secondary schools, all of them, exist for one reason only: to indoctrinate the next generation into the culture, politics, and worldview of the local community. You think girls were not “taught to be victims” then? You’re right. They knew VERY EARLY ON for certain that they needed to watch out for the superiority mindset of boys and men. They knew for certain that employers and professors would rarely take them seriously. Police and lawmakers were no friend to women, either. I’m sure you know this.

    I don’t know your definition of feminism. But I do see that you think that back when you were young, boys could be boys—which means girls had to put up with being second-class and smile all the while, never complaining.

    When you say that today’s white boys are put upon and abused by the new feminist culture today, I think what you’re seeing is that the tyrannical power of the white boys club is now finally being challenged, and women and minorities are feeling a little safer now if they complain. You are just feeling discriminated against—because you’re no longer allowed to discriminate against them without being called out on it.

    Society is moving toward better opportunity for more people, and conservative white men feel threatened as a result.

    The kids are stressed, yes. But feminism is stronger in Europe than it is here. Video games and Hollywood movies are just as popular around the world. Is it the PC culture? I think that many European countries are far ahead of the curve.

    So what is the difference between boys in America and boys in the rest of the world. Why are our boys shooting people?

    For one thing, boys in the rest of the world rarely see a gun unless it’s papa’s bolt action hunting rifle. Boys here can buy ARs, big magazines and body armor really easily. That’s one difference. Can’t think of any other big differences.

  2. Osh

    Mike, I’m sorry, but to me your comment smacks of one being bought in totally to the brainwashing put forth by our powers that be. The very same PTB that want us all to accept the “new”status quo of the LGBT crowd, and all the evils thereby associated, being the best crowd there can ever possibly be for any American citizen to run around in…. Pard, that isn’t right, and I’m pretty sure you know that.

    1. Mike

      During my 20 years in the service, I never once had a gay person cause a problem. Lots of rednecks caused problems, though. The gay and TG people–never a problem.

      In the 20 years since I retired from military service, I still haven’t seen “the evils thereby associated” with the LGBT crowd. I know that gay people get killed and beaten up a lot. And the TG people are even more hated by mainstream people. I think the TG people are the ones most likely to be murdered, or tortured and murdered, than any other group, just for existing. What does that tell us about the “normal” God-fearing folk?

      I hear a lot about TG being a “choice” like a man says I feel like being a woman today. I suppose there are some weird people out there, but when I consider the standard transgender experience, it goes like this:

      1. In primary school, they realize they’re not the same as everyone else. And they often suffer bullying, because, you know, it’s dangerous to be different.

      2. Probably in MS or HS, they realize that their preferences, desires, and manner of thinking and feeling don’t line up. They realize they are in the wrong body.

      3. They get a doctor to evaluate the situation. Most of the time, they are required to “live” for a year as the opposite sex–publicly wearing the clothes and using the bathroom, etc. If they end that year till believing they need the hormone shots and surgery, then they are given a letter that allows them to change their name and birth certificate (in some states).

      But every day, they fear being caught, jailed, or even killed. Who, OSH, who would “choose” that life? They must have quite a bit of integrity to live with the fear that a bigot might harass them.

      And when a TG woman (born without a penis) goes to the bathroom, she isn’t going there to spy on women or abuse little girls–that makes no sense. They fully believe themselves to be women, and want to be accepted as women–it would make no sense to think that they want to hassle or rape a woman in the bathroom.

      They’ve been with us for forever. They do their best, just like you and me, to be a good lawyer, teacher, or soldier. I just don’t see the “evil” associated with that.

  3. Mark

    You are in desperate need of a Frankfurt purge:

    Followed by an injection of historical accuracy:

    Then a wake-up call to the sad reality wrought by the Left, the progressively out of control government, the race hustlers, and all those (no matter their race) paving the road to hell who swallowed Cultural Marxism hook, line and PC sinker…

    by Jerome Hudson28 Nov 20155,905

    The mainstream American media is, again, happily hitting the Black Lives Matter crack pipe in its pernicious pursuit of high ratings. These blood-lusting junkies were nowhere to be found when, with haunting predictability, Chicago news headline after headline detailed the carnage that has consumed dozens of communities in that city where black men kill each other with terrifying regularity.
    Where were these Black Lives Matter protesters after the slaying of Chicago’s little Tyshawn Lee, the 9-year-old lured into an alley and shot to death by a black man seeking gang-related vengeance against his father?

    Did little Tyshawn’s murder at the hands of a black gangster–an all too common occurrence in Chicago–not warrant wall-to-wall news coverage or Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson-style calls for “justice”?



    Because the ugly truth behind #BlackLivesMatter is that black people killing other black people does nothing to advance its political power in the same way that one white cop killing a black criminal can.
    Despite the media’s overindulgence on white cops killing blacks, there is still a far-larger amount of black bodies being sent to morgues by black killers. Here’s five devastating facts, liberals can’t deny, that prove it.

    FACT 1. Over 1,400 more black Americans murdered other blacks in two years than were lynched from 1882 to 1968.

    According to FBI data, 4,906 black people murdered other blacks in 2010 and 2011. That is 1,460 more black Americans killed by other blacks in two years than were lynched from 1882 to 1968, according to the Tuskegee Institute.

    FACT 2. Black People (mostly men) commit a grossly disproportionate amount of crime. In 2012, white males were 38 percent of the population and committed 4,582 murders. That same year, black males were just 6.6 percent of the population but committed a staggering 5,531 murders. In other words: black people–at just a fifth of the size–committed almost 1,000 more murders than their white counterparts.

    The figures above highlight a horrific truth that black racialists and white liberals routinely ignore: Lawbreaking black Americans, young black males particularly, put themselves in close proximity to (mostly white male) police officers at rates sometimes five to 10 times higher than whites. This is a recipe for disaster. Thusly….

    FACT 3. Despite making up just 13% of the population, blacks committed half of homicides in the United States for nearly 30 years.

    DOJ statistics show that between 1980 and 2008, black people committed 52% of homicides. In 2013, black criminals committed 38% of the murders. Whites accounted for just 31 percent. There are five times fewer black people than white people in America and, yet, they consistently carry out a larger share of the crimes? Given this rate, it’s no wonder that there aren’t more assistances where cops kill black criminals.

    FACT 4. Chicago’s death toll is almost equal to that of both wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, combined.
    There have been almost as many deaths in one American city as there have been in the two major wars carried out by the U.S. military this century.

    Chicago’s death toll from 2001–November, 26 2015 stands at 7,401. The combined total deaths during Operation Iraqi Freedom (2003-2015: 4,815) and Operation Enduring Freedom/Afghanistan (2001-2015: 3,506), total 8,321.

    FACT 5. It would take cops 40 years to kill as many black men as have died at the hands of others black men in 2012 alone.

    University of Toledo criminologist Dr. Richard R. Johnson examined the latest crime data from the FBI’s Supplementary Homicide Reports and Centers for Disease Control and found that an average of 4,472 black men were killed by other black men annually between Jan. 1, 2009, and Dec. 31, 2012.
    Professor Johnson’s research further concluded that 112 black men died from both justified and unjustified police-involved killings annually during this same period.

    Follow Jerome on Twitter: @jeromeehudson

    Mike…and lets us not forget the raciest history of Planned Murderhood, truly an icon of the Godless Left as they still to this day focus much of their death industry on Black America. A race devastated by Johnson’s Great Society through the “good intentions” of too many.

    But take heart, many Black God fearing Conservatives are rising up!

  4. Mark

    Ok Mike…I’m bringing in the heavy artillery…I have a gay nephew and a transgender god daughter (now god son) I love them both and I pray for them. But, I am in line with this article from 2015 and what 8 years of what a Marxist president wrought.

    “Gays and Lesbians in America, recently identified by researchers at the Center for Disease Control as merely 1.6% of the American population, have unleashed, with a barbarian ferocity, a wave of political activism that has morphed from securing basic human rights and decent treatment, to conquering and destroying the freedoms and liberties of the other 98.4% of Americans.”

    The Tyranny of the Fascist Gay Minority
    February 11, 2015

    When America’s Founding Fathers gathered in Philadelphia in the Summer of 1787 to write a Constitution for the United States, they were undoubtedly and collectively under the guidance of the Creator, from whom they acknowledged as the grantor of all human rights and the Blessings of Liberty. As they worked tirelessly and with great diligence to hammer out a framework for a government “ of, for and by the people “ the checks and balances, the Federal system of divided government between states and national authority, with three distinct and separate governmental branches, was in large part to prevent dangerous concentration of too much power in the hands of those governing the people by their consent. A dangerous condition the founders were structuring government to prevent was what they termed, the “ Tyranny of the Majority “.

    To undertake highly important actions, such as to amend the Constitution, to enact treaties, to impeach and convict the President or other high ranking officials of high crimes, to override a veto, or any action that might have far reaching ramifications or adverse effects on the hard won liberties of the people, the “ checks and balances “ were also designed to make it difficult to fundamental or sweeping changes, simply in rapid response to the momentary popular will of the citizenry “ en masse “. Thus our founders were preventing the emergence of “ Tyranny of the Majority “ to tread upon the rights of the minority.

    Some 228 years later, in A.D. 2015 America, our Founding Fathers would undoubtedly be horrified by the unspeakable evils perpetrated in recent history, shredding and desecrating the Republic, its Constitution, its institutions, its Christian base of natural and moral law, and the liberty of its people. They would firmly conclude, however, that it is not the failure of our American Constitution or the framework of our government that is destroying this Republic. GayFascistRather, they would conclude that it is the deplorable wickedness of those elected or appointed to high office and dishonored their positions of public trust and discarded the rule of law. In their evil and ruthless attacks, that threaten to destroy the American Republic and thereby destroy the liberty of her people, recent American governments, and the Obama administration most of all, cling to and consolidate power by catering to small groups of unelected, “special interests “.

    These unelected, and thus unaccountable “ special interests “ are especially destructive when their purpose is outside the best interests of the American people as a whole. Encouraged and emboldened by the brazen disregard for the Constitution, the Rule of Law, the Bill of Rights, our centuries of rich heritage of Judeo-Christian ethics, morality and English Common Law by the ruthlessly immoral administration in Washington, D.C., Americans from coast to coast in all walks of life are being savagely stripped of their rights and freedoms on a daily basis. While certain rights and freedoms have been stripped away by unconscionable and callous acts of the Democratic majority Congress in 2009-2010, the majority of this new tyranny is the even more callous and evil actions of unelected administrative bureaucrats in Washington, unelected judiciary at the state and federal level, and the unelected, unappointed and unaccountable “ special interest groups “ with agendas clearly destructive of rights and freedoms of the American people. Unlike the “ Tyranny of the Majority “ so rightly feared by our founders more than two centuries ago, this new and terrifying wave of despotic rule is a “ Tyranny of the Minority “ .

    Informed Americans are painfully aware of the destructive forces called “ special interest groups “, who, representing tiny but inordinately powerful minorities, have “ chipped away at the base of the Liberty Tree “ to the point that it is in grave danger of being toppled and replaced by dictatorship of the powerful few. One particularly pernicious and ugly special interest is the “ Homosexual Rights Lobby “. Gays and Lesbians in America, recently identified by researchers at the Center for Disease Control as merely 1.6% of the American population, have unleashed, with a barbarian ferocity, a wave of political activism that has morphed from securing basic human rights and decent treatment, to conquering and destroying the freedoms and liberties of the other 98.4% of Americans.

    The homosexual activists are engaged in an all-out war on our freedoms of speech, freedom of association, freedom of religion, freedom to raise and educate our children in schools without fear of persecution and indoctrination, freedom to own and operate a business, or even the freedom to hold a job in the private or public sector. The homosexual activists are far from content to have the freedom to conduct their private sexual habits and lifestyle without interference from public or private institutions. This tiny segment of the population is hell-bent on forcing full acceptance, affirmation and even celebration of their homosexuality upon all other Americans who make up 98.4% of the population!

    gayrollerHomosexual activists target private businesses, deliberately seeking out Christians whose beliefs do not permit sanctioning or approving of their lifestyle or in gay marriage, then file lawsuits in the courts of judges favorable to homosexual causes. These judges subsequently rule in favor of the homosexuals, forcing Christian business owners either to violate their religious beliefs or lose their livelihoods. Homosexual activists are working nonstop to identify high profile business leaders who, simply for exercising their freedom of speech or religion, express opposition to the gay lifestyle or gay marriage, and pressure their employers to fire them from the jobs. Homosexual activists are working feverishly to attack and destroy churches and church pastors, simply for exercising their religious freedom to condemn homosexuality as the grievous sin the Bible clearly states it to be. Homosexual activists are demanding that public schools at the local and state level across the nation, include the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender lifestyle as normal, natural and fully acceptable as part of the teaching curriculum – regardless of the beliefs of the parents of the school children.

    Other horrifying examples of the homosexual lobby running roughshod over Christians and other social conservatives who oppose gay marriage and the gay lifestyle abound. But the terrifying point of their evil and tyrannical intent has been made clear. A mere 1.6% of the population of America is being permitted, even encouraged by large numbers of political leaders who evidently, are either immoral, indifferent, or cowardly. When this small group of special interests is permitted to destroy traditional marriage, soil with their perversion the upbringing of our children, ferociously attack the independence and Biblical teachings of our churches, savage the moral traditions of schools and other public and private institutions, and endanger the freedom and liberties of 98.4% of Americans, it is nothing less than “ Tyranny of the Minority.

    This tyranny can be stopped. The question is, will America stop it? Are the homosexual activists now in charge of our nation’s moral, ethical and religious standards? Are our Constitution and our Bill of Rights now both meaningless? Are America’s Courts and our Halls of Congress now as callously indifferent, and as totalitarian, as our current President and his administration?

    If this “ Tyranny of the Minority “ is to be stopped, it must be stopped now. If the President and his personal and political tyranny in support of this homosexual tyranny is not stopped by the U.S. Supreme Court, nor stopped by the United States Congress, then the only remaining alternative is for this tyranny to be stopped by “ We, the People of the United States of America “.

  5. Mike

    Not impressed by those opinions. Especially when there are so many errors of fact and biased pre-judgments. I apologize, but I don’t have time to hold up a bright light and a mirror to your posts right now.

  6. A Reader

    “I think feminism plays a large part in the collapse of society”

    Certainly so. The trans-national ruling clique is installing many naive women at positions of power so that they are unable to come up with a wining defense strategy against hostile takeover of the country.


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