Matriarchal Utopia? Or Rodent Gommorah?

In 1968 Garret Hardin published “The Tragedy of the Commons” in the journal, “Science”. In it he explored the concept that publicly shared resources could be overrun by users who being pressed by short term self-interest could destroy a resource that they should rather preserve by cooperation through the motivation of long term self-interest. Usually this is where Malthusian discussions of overpopulation kick in, I don’t intend to go there. Instead, I am thinking about another overpopulation experiment that essentially has a tragedy of the commons worked into it: John Calhoun’s Mouse Utopia and the concept of the “behavioral sink“. The concepts that flow from Calhoun’s work naturally work with Hardin’s ideas and are frequently discussed together with current events like urban population, crime and violence (which I think has merit). However, I think that the REAL tragedy was overlooked.

The overpopulation in Calhoun’s Utopia’s served as a stressor, primarily to rodent breeding, and rearing behavior. However, unlike Calhoun or any of his Malthusian Zero Population Growth proponents I’m not looking at the overpopulation except as a generic stressor upon society (that may be replaced with many others). By divorcing the particulars of the stressor from the outcome I think that we can learn a whole lot more about what other stressors may be accomplishing. Rather than looking at the stressor we look at the results of the stress. For example, in the mice, the destructive “behavioral sink” was caused by an excess of social and spacial pressures on the territorial behavior of the sexually reproductive males. Essentially pressure built to the point where they were unable to defend their territory, their breeding opportunities based on that space and the young rearing activities of their mates. The females responded to this stress by attacking their pups, driving them out of the nests and refusing to build or maintain nests suitable for the rearing of young. This ultimately resulted in the extirpation of the colony. No breeding, no rearing, and no going back. Sound familiar?

If I were applying Calhoun to humans, I would not be focusing on population as the chief stressor. We aren’t seeing waves of “dropouts” going on violent raping and killings sprees even after they have washed out socially and suffered what Calhoun described as “the first death” (think prison as the locus of our behavioral sinks). Instead the pressures on successful child rearing in the West take on a subtler form. The anti-family predations of culture which incite child destroying behavior. The universal destruction of male space, male “privileges” and male ownership. I don’t believe it all is an accident.

Examine Calhoun’s Mouse Utopia #25. What were described in the experiment as “dropouts” broke psychologically. They started congregating in the central space and lashing out with random violence, cannibalism and what is described as hyper and/or pansexualism. A mousy little Sodom and Gomorrah. Eventually these “miscreants” began impinging upon the behaviors of sexually productive mice causing THEM to dropout. Quickly the fabric of the mouse society devolved into a death spiral, breaking into several groups with the mosh-pit mice and the socially withdrawn mice. Socially withdrawn females and even a group of males who focused on nothing but eating, drinking and grooming which Calhoun dubbed “the beautiful ones”, little mousy MGTOWS.

After reading years of Dalrock, and many others, I’m becoming convinced that Western societies have essentially been driven to this tipping point. The “commons” are the ability for men to provision and lead their families. The “space” to have positive authority in the lives of their children. The moral suasion of the priest and head of their wife and children. Even to the point of having meaningful contact. The ability to shield them from the destructive forces of the depraved “first deather’s” (feminists, family courts, secular culture, higher education and on and on). The servant husband and father is on the brink of extinction and that his sacrifices are largely unwanted and despised. The incentives to male investment and feminism outside and inside the “church” is opposed to rewarding men for anything, most of all masculinity without which there is no protected space for family. I’ve been contemplating an inventory of these stressors, anything that causes disruption to the two parent (father/mother) and extended family, it might make a good series of posts.

For some reason “thinking about the little mosh-pit mice”, Robert Plant seems strangely appropriate:

On waves of love my heart is breaking
And stranger still my self control I can’t rely on anymore
New tides surprise – my world it’s changing
Within this frame an ocean swells – behind this smile I know it well

Beneath a lover’s moon I’m waiting
I am the pilot of the storm – adrift in pleasure I may drown
I built this ship – it is my making
And furthermore my self control I can’t rely on anymore
I know why – I know why
Crazy on a ship of fools
Crazy on a ship of fools
Turn this boat around – back to my loving ground

Who claims that no man is an island
While I land up in jeopardy – more distant from you by degrees
I walk this shore in isolation
And at my feet eternity draws ever sweeter plans for me
I know why – I know why
Crazy on a ship of fools
Crazy on a ship of fools
Turn this boat around – back to my loving ground
Oh no, oh no – ship of fools —

(tip to Johnnycomelately on Dalrock for reminding me of Calhoun).


15 thoughts on “Matriarchal Utopia? Or Rodent Gommorah?

  1. “The universal destruction of male space, male “privileges” and male ownership. I don’t believe it all is an accident.”

    I just clicked over from a site called Patriactionary — a discussion of the turning of Marvel’s Thor into a woman, who then self-identifies as a ‘god’, not even a goddess lol. I also suggested that this inversion was not accidental, tho one commenter told me I was over-reacting to something trivial. But the triumph of feminism in fact was developed incrementally, small doses at a time, frog don’t know it’s boiling.

    The Calhoun analogy was spot-on concerning modern male status and behavior. . . begging the question, if behavior in mice is so utterly predictable, what reason do we have to assume our cultural values aren’t being likewise manufactured and manipulated?

    The Christian, of course, assumes this manipulation, as Scripture informs him that the world’s systems are under the power of satan, whose chief tactic is ‘sweet propaganda’ that turns human minds, and later behaviors, in the directions desired by him, his servants, and the wicked humans of this world.


  2. Ray, unregenerate man is just as beastly as the (if more complex) as mice. We are just as prone to psychological breakdown and corruption of our social order as any animal. What sets us apart is our ability to put off the old man, the old nature and put on Christ. That is why I believe that the Christian man are the last set of holdouts in the West. Churchianity is gonna go into the maw of the matriarch and the last ones standing will have on the whole armor of God and clinging to Jesus Christ with all of they have left. As it was in the days of Noah….

    And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.
    (Gen 6:5-6)

    And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all. Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.
    (Luk 17:26-29)

    The behavioral sink in the West is well under way. We all have known this.

  3. I also heard about the “Thor” thing. It is a big deal in a sense and it was understood as such by the NPR morning person I heard it from. Taking a male character, a mythic figure of power and converting it to a woman is a powerful statement. There are female personalities in that pantheon, that isn’t the point. Have a strong female character isn’t the point. Co-opting male space and strength IS the point. Marvel is firmly in the “mosh-pit” and has been since I was a kid.I just shrug at this stuff, it’s all going down.

  4. Fascinating reading. Of course all hinges on the applicability of severe overcrowding in the mouse utopia experiments to what are essentially social influences for humans.

  5. Elusive Wapiti, I was not attempting to write a scientific thesis. Calhoun and especially the ZPG crowd who latched on to him did that and were rightly criticized for their psuedo-science. There are few one for one relationships here, but in broad strokes you have stressors in mice and in humans, you have stress in both species and you have the results of that stress. I don’t expect to see many people around these parts suggesting that male space is not being besieged or that there isn’t much more stress on the families and the individuals. The social spaces in the form of jobs, breadwinner, father and husband are vanishing. Any arguments?

    With that in mind we are then shocked (I tell you) when an Eliot Rodger snaps and goes on a incel fueled killing spree ranting about the social status conveyed by the type of cars people drive.

  6. One of the things that undermines marriage is the notion that sex should be a result of love, rather than that sex should be (by people of Christian faith) done lovingly. If you think about it there’s a big difference.

    I was watching another episode of “Soldier Soldier” where a married female officer has an affair with a male lance corporal. The man believes he is in lover with her because he was attracted to her at a bowling alley, later on took her out for dinner and went to bed with her. He discovers she is married later (to the guy who is his jump instructor–no possibility of that going ugly) and is angry with her. He believes that this should have been a meaningful encounter.

    I was really struck by that, because I thought that it is a good example of how the notion that sex should be a result of love distorts thinking. Rather than thinking “I’m attracted to her, I want to have sex with her because I think she’s hot” this man was indoctrinated into believing that he should LOVE the women he desires.

    I think that this is part of why sexual immorality is rampant. It is connected to feelings in the popular imagination, and to what are believed to be good feelings. So discussions of integrity come across as cold blooded and controlling rather than cautionary and protective. It has become impossible to even discuss in Christian circles how we need to practice compassion towards our spouses except in terms of protecting how women feel. This is a disaster similar to leaving out leveling in building construction.

  7. GIL:
    One of the things that the experiment didn’t consider is what would happen if more mice were introduced from the outside into the equation. It’s also a law of nature that survival of the fittest plays a part; and a weakened, effete culture is ripe prey for a more masculine and dynamic one. While it may be true that a few Christian men are holding out against feminization of the West; the bigger threat is that non-feminized cultures (e.g. the Russians, Chinese, and Arabs) could very well move in the same way that the Germans took out degenerate Rome.

  8. Sojourner:
    I think that you’re assuming that most people actually think about sex rationally. I don’t think that love enters into the scenario much in our society. Younger people are indoctrinated both by the media and schools (and to an increasing degree churches) to see sex as some kind of mystical experience. They just engage in the act for its own sake; thinking it’s something magical and fulfilling and then feel cheated when it doesn’t live up to expectations.

  9. I believe you are correct, the problems of the utopias with problems was not the overcrowding per se but the arranging of conditions which broke down the rat family structure. A major part of this arranging of conditions was permissiveness.

    btw other “utopia” experiments, like keeping the rats packed tightly in very small cages most of the time, did not suffer social collapse despite higher densities.

  10. @ Eric, I think that this is one of the reasons we see feminism making a global push. God is allowing Satan to get all the mice into the trap. The Russians, Chinese and Arabs are as maladapted as we are in the West. Russian birthrates have declined, the Chinese have a demographic bomb on their hands and the most popular porn in Muslim nations (as I understand it) is gay porn.

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