This chart is from the classic Spearhead article "The End of Marriage":
Spearhead contributer Novaseeker responded thusly:
The data I have seen suggests substantial disparities in marriage rates based on socio-economic slice, such that in the “dual educated, dual working with combined income over 100k” slice, marriage rates are high, still, and divorce rates are low. Of course that is a very small demographic slice, but it seems significant because it describes how the elites are living — in the world of the elites, there is no marriage crisis, because when they look around at each other, they see most of each other are married and a rather small number have ever been divorced — so the reality of what is happening to marriage in the culture as a whole is less “real” to the elites who are in a position to change policy and so on. So the problem perpetuates itself, and marriage becomes increasingly an elite institution, while it effectively dies in the rest of society.
Certainly people are cohabiting rather than marrying — that’s a given. And outside the socio-economic elites, women are avoiding marriage as much as men are, because there really isn’t that much of a benefit for them either unless the guy brings a substantial amount to the table. The reason for this is fairly simple — old marriage was based on a division of labor between husband and wife. That division of labor pretty much no longer applies outside of the elite because most cannot afford that division of labor. So that model of marriage is pretty much scrapped — the new watchword is independence, and the social model has been created to support that. Among the elites, the new model that has emerged is the “consumption marriage”, which is held together by the raw consumptive power of two incomes creating a lifestyle that only one of them would be hard-pressed to replicate alone — > these are couples that are not super-rich like movie stars, but folks who depend on the dollars from both incomes to support their upper middle class lifestyles.
They tend to not divorce a lot, because the cost is high in terms of lifestyle hit. And they tend to marry a lot because the benefits, in economic terms, are clear. Trouble is — that model only works for people who earn a lot of money. In lower socio-economic rungs, it just doesn’t work because there isn’t enough economic “there” there. So there really is no viable social model (i.e., one that is based on brass tacks interests of the spouses rather than emotional fulfillment) that supports marriage in most socio-economic demographics.
As we move forward, we will see the results of this experiment as to whether an advanced civilization can sustain itself for very long with most of the demographic not having stable marriages, or even marriages at all.
No precedent for that, of course, so it’s brave new world for everyone. And as far as the elites are concerned, they don’t see an issue, because in their small demo there isn’t an issue.
The other point I’d like to make is that we need to lose our sentimentality about this culture. If it is to end, which seems more likely than not but clearly not a given, it is to end. The world will go on, and men will go on, long after any demise of the West. It was a good run, for a while, but it’s foolish to tie yourself to the fortunes of the West. It may very well be nearing the end of its run.
Note: Golden Dawn is a political party in Greece. They seem far more supportive of the kinds of traditional sex roles which once made marriage a successful institution than other western parties.
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