While Mr. Koehler's analysis has truth in it, as per usual, it refuses to look to the aspect of masculinity and what a preponderance of misogyny, inhibitions against women's rights, scarcity of women in decision-making positions, and overall emphasis on militarism (AS proof of manhood) represent in the way of creating a totally asymmetric societal design.
The picture that accompanies the article shows only males, too. And that is significant.
I recently read a book about the Third Reich and how prevalent among the upper Nazi echelon the belief in all-male society ran.
This distancing from things considered feminine--and that includes "weak" feelings like empathy and compassion--are a staple to any military empire.
In order to exorcize feelings, those tied to them must be demonized. In my view, this is the covert reason why so much pornography so thoroughly works to degrade women. Now there is porn where after sex, the guy flushes the woman's FACE in a toilet.
In the video games young men come of age through, often the male avatars bond together to cut the throat of a beautiful female avatar. Often, this is AFTER they share a gang-bang.
The desecration of the Earth Mother--as SHE is recognized by most Indigenous people the world over--is directly related to the devaluation of females in any society.
And it's this devaluation which is just as disgusting in Rome's Papal hierarchy as it is within societies intimidated by the Taliban... that has set off so dangerous a disequilibrium as to push war and macho "values" to the top of the scale, and all things HUMAN to the bottom.
In the same way that supposed authorities like Peter Van Buren (whose last piece... when C.D. didn't have comments running) was so full of lies as to make me gasp... pretend that 911 happened according to the Official Story, very few pundits speak HONESTLY about what societies run by men who HATE women and HATE all things "feminine" or "weak" or "French"... cause and create. It's this ilk that's working the great wrecking ball.
The Koch Brothers like the Bush family have ON THE RECORD ties with Hitler and the Third Reich.
Allen Dulles and cohorts within the State Department felt not just an affinity, but also a deep admiration for the Nazis and the way they ruled Germany. Hitler was able to turn the entire nation into a subsidiary of the military and it is THAT mentality, imported into the U.S. during the covert Project Paperclip... that so permeated the armed forces and its upper echelon as to recapitulate in the form of today's Fourth Reich.
People are very comfortable talking about capitalism and empire but they don't want to get to the darker, dirtier roots which have a great deal to do with this uber-masculine premise that really does not want anything FEMALE to be part of the equation.
Certainly those women who show fealty to the military state (Condi Rice, Susan Rice, Madeleine Albright, Maggie Thatcher, Susan Powers, and Hillary... a virtual HANDFUL) will be allowed in AS tokens. They change nothing. They become Empire's female image but what IS fundamentally female is NOT war and it's not aggression. It's protection of children, the family, and the living land with which a relationship is necessary in order to sustain food sources, etc.
Cloning is the way that science is eliminating the female from the EQUATION of life.
Bill Gates and Monsanto are demonstrating a form of misogyny aimed at destroying the natural world so that like the armies of a Fourth Reich, they can also command all facets of the living world to line up and do what they are made to do: to obey and stand in uniform rows.
This is a MILITARY frame and it's pushed by those who identify with a very exaggerated premise of masculinity. It's an absolute power that expunges its feminine co-partner, counterpart, and DIVINE partner.
Until this is understood, the roots of empire will, like a Cancer, crawl back into any society that isn't aware of the process. And with everything now at stake, in my view, it smacks of criminal neglect to pretend that this castigation of the feminine isn't a root cause of such ridiculous emphasis on ejaculatory weapons.
Helen Caldicott wrote about this, George Carlan mocked it in comedy, and I recognize how strongly it links with a society cum empire utterly deranged... due to its masculine component's narcissistic shock and awe drawn from the god-like power TO DESTROY.
Lastly, maniacs with money (like the Saudis) who use that money to buy weapons want to use those weapons in the same way that a cocky rich kid wants to drive the sexy family sport's car.
THAT is why the Saudis are bludgeoning Yemen.
Those who sell weapons to tyrants who have no respect for life are guilty of War Crimes. However, since the military does run it, and the military is in bed with the arms' manufacturers, this dangerous duo is setting our planet on fire... literally, through war, and figuratively, through climate change... i.e. global warming.
Check out DUTCHSINSE on You Tube for an education on the uptick in very recent volcanic awakenings.