Re: virus: Andro-homo-gynes

Robin Faichney (robin@faichney.demon.co.uk)
Tue, 4 May 1999 08:28:14 +0100

In message <19990503210910.AAA7464@camail2.harvard.edu>, Wade T.Smith <wade_smith@harvard.edu> writes
>On 05/03/99 17:04 the inimitable Tim Rhodes made this comment and once
>again struck his hot type straight into the crux of the matter-
>
>>In a world where everything is
>>permitted, we'd be robbed of that most wonderful joy--being naughty!
>
>All society, it sometimes seems to me, is a continuing experiment to
>control adolescence.

That's more-or-less what Freud said: civilisation is based on control of the basic drives, and in particular, the need of the older men to safeguard their own position by controlling the drives of the younger ones. Thus laws, etc. which are easily justified by citing the need to protect the weak from the strong, but are really motivated by the need to protect the politically powerful but individually weak older men from the politically weak but individually strong younger men.

-- 
Robin the politically weak older man