Thug Culture

I don’t know any reason why anyone should be so surprised by the spectacle of the pro football thug Ray Rice knocking out his fiancée and now loyal wife with a solid right to the jaw. Is this what you people really want? You have been training males in this culture to be big bad badass killers and thugs for so long now and then you act all surprised to see your own ugly social face in the mirror of the CNN boob-tube. Surprise, surprise, surprise!!!

It’s not like American culture is about training males to be fully functioning human being capable of respecting each other as human beings of equal value capable of understanding why the so called “Golden Rule” is so golden. The need for military manpower and womanpower has so corrupted the American psyche that I think its safe to say using the definition provided by the psychoanalyst Eric Fromm in his book THE SANE SOCIETY that in fact America today is a literally insane society. It is a society where normal cultural values do not apply. The military demands of the world’s foremost imperialist power require a thug culture where males are routinely trained to hate one another and engage in a never ending theater of the absurd for proving this real manhood by way of acts of degenerate violence spawned by the psychic needs of the American troglodyte.

The usual bizarre mating rituals aside, the Neolithic behavior of the football thug Ray Rice is just typical of what every real red blooded American male has been trained by society and his momma to become. We live in a culture that long ago trashed fatherhood and made the male into the popular stereotype for everything undesirable, stupid, and/or representative of every socially constructed concept of evil that exists.

Fathers are no longer present in the home and boys and young men are universally trained to hate themselves for their maleness as well as other fellow human being who suffer from this same disability of having been born male in a culture that has feminized poverty and turned a real flesh and blood adult male figure in the household into a luxury good only affordable to the top female earners and of course the 1% of the population where there is no poverty to be feminized.

We see the socially, emotionally, and morally depraved male acting out every day all over the country in never ending displays of toxic manhood designed to reassure these damaged psyches that indeed they have some worth as human beings in spite of the toxic nature of their barbaric behavior. Such wanton displays of false bravado and manhood that are everyday occurrences here in the imperial heartland do not occur in civilized countries, and by civilized I do not mean to confuse that term with European.

As an anthropology student I studied the ways of one of Africa’s most ancient people the Dobe Ju/’hoansi who are traditional hunter/gatherers in that southwest corner of Africa called Namibia. This traditional society trains there boys and men to be as nurturing and caring for the young as the girls and women and indeed their roles in society are infinitely interchangeable in a whole host of ways. Women can become hunters if they so chose although most prefer to be gatherers of what little natural abundance still survives in that particular corner of Africa as a result of the white man’s 400 year long assault.

Many Native American tribes were based upon similar highly functional ways of raising boys and young men. The one set of rituals that bind all these traditional peoples together wherever they are found is the concept of initiation which is vital in order to give boys the self respect that they need to become fully functional men of the tribe and an honor to their parents as well as the larger tribe. There is no such ritualized initiation process for girl as it is a recognized fact of tribal life that girls just naturally ripen into adulthood. There are many tribal customs associated with menstruation but these are merely customs and not the same as the rituals used to turn boys into fully functional men.

Many studies have shown that these so called “primitives” live happier, healthier, and longer lives than their so called “civilized” counterparts. The myth of progress is bound up all too frequently with our own deeply dysfunctional ideas about the good life that do nothing but produce social misery for the many for the benefit of the chosen few. Such is not the definition of real human progress but rather a more refined form of slavery that goes unnoticed owing to the subtleness of the chains that bind us to our discomfiture. The idolatrous worship of technology as an end in and of itself rather than as the mere tool that it really should be is part and parcel to this great manufacturing of ignorance into what really constitutes the good life.

Rather than real self actualized and authentic human beings the West has found it efficacious to mass produce caricatures’ of real human being that are more and more like something that was once confined strictly to comic books. Superman, Batman, Spiderman, Ironman, etc., etc. etc. are the mere dystopian stereotypes of manhood that are marketed as commodities in a dysfunctional civilization that has feminized poverty, put men on the defensive, and made fatherhood something purely biological and lacking of any real cultural content other than that which the prevailing thug culture will allow and which it therefore considers “normal.”

Such a civilization as this is living on borrowed time. A careful look at the major headlines of the day in regard to such things as global warming, mass extinctions, and the increasing prospect of a new world war are only indicative of this fact. There is hope however for those willing and strong enough to reject the prevailing values (or rather lack thereof) and attitudes as trash values and trash attitudes manufactured and mass marketed by a dying social order that has no future. A fully functioning and self actualized human being can accept this truth. Such real human being are a distinct minority in the age of mass marketing of manufactured values that have no basis of connection to real human needs.

Thug culture is what comes out as something supposedly real in place of the real thing that is so far behind in the rear view mirror as to appear to be something that never ever really existed. It is the product of these mass marketed highly dysfunctional male images sold to the nameless hordes by the titans of industry and commerce. Such dystopian images are not meant to make men (or women) happy. They are designed and marketed to make the upper 1% of population even more enormously and obscenely rich than they are right now.

Such modern day pharaohs have in fact brought a plague down upon themselves that will carry off more than just their firstborn sons but all of our sons if balance is not restored and what is rightfully human respected once again!

Note-this article was originally posted to Open Salon on 09-14-2014


About charlesknause

I was born in Camden, N.J. (now the poorest city in America) in 1950 and grew up in a beautiful old Victorian town in South Jersey called Collingswood. I now live in Ormond Beach, FL where the weather suits my spirit. My personal life was impacted at an early point in my life by a psychiatric diagnosis that changed my life and put me on the workers scrap heap. I have refused to accept such a miserable fate and today consider myself a social activist dedicated to changing the way that people who have been diagnosed with a serious psychiatric disability are perceived by society and the people in their community. I have a B.S. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Central Florida and 18 graduate credits in Mental Health Counseling from Stetson University in DeLand, FL as well as 24 graduate credits in an MSW program at UCF. I am a member of the Volusia County Behavioral Health Care Providers Consortium where I function as an advocate. I am a daily reader of the World Socialist Website and an occasional contributor.
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