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September 13, 2019

Behold the Cuck: A Philosophical Inquiry Into Causes of Cuckoldry

James Poulos sneaks in "the shame is part of the kink."

I wrote that. I mean, that one's mine. Sure, I derived it from actual cucks explaining why it was so thrilling to put your wife into bed with another man, but I repurposed it as an ethic of "Frenchism" -- the fact that you are so willing to be humiliated and denigrated -- that you are brave enough to be such a coward; that you are man enough to be willingly made eunuch; that by transforming yourself into a groveling, servile worm, you really re-make yourself into a mighty dragon (of virtue signalling) -- is part of the secret thrill.

Couldn't be prouder.

Today it is a fault that "the shame is part of the kink" doesn't appear in Nietzsche's genealogy of morals. He won't quite "go there" in his probes of the psychological imperative to convert erotic urges into ethical principles that defines so much of contemporary life.

Our contemporary sexual psychology now leads key critics of French-style defenses of "muh principles" to trace the genealogy of today's worship of procedural liberalism not to "slave morality," as Nietzsche would have it, but to "cuck morality:"

Yes, another man should take my wife, I should go live in the shed, it is right, it is moral, it is justice... To live rightly, I must prevent posterity from being identical with me...

...


Of course Christianity and cuckoldry are not good metaphors for each other. No good Christian can embrace cuckoldry.

But the charge of cuckery, leveled against Christians like French, has to do with the perceived untenableness today of staking out a middle position between the Benedict Option of evacuating from fronts collapsing in the culture war and the yet-to-be-named option of reasserting powerful constitutional authority for localities to resist and reject colonization by the revolutionary vanguard of institutionalized wokeness.

Because there is just no question that the aim of that institutional vanguard is to choke off America's production of a certain kind of adult male and the architecture of social order that radiates upward from him toward the heights of authority.

This project is out in the open and the reams of academic and ideological writing about its details and justifications are widely available. The metaphor of cuckoldry is selected to the exclusion of all others because nothing else quite as effectively sharpens the charge that your obsession with the details of honor and principle has in fact become fatally abstract: you are being kicked out of your own house by a rival power actively working to take away everything that is yours, your children included. You are becoming the end of your line, forever, in every respect. Yet you won't even evacuate from your breached defenses before it's too late. Only the heights of spiritual snobbery can explain such a choice.


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posted by Ace of Spades at 07:36 PM

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