Trust me, It’s Nothing Like Elmo’s World
By Elaine Gilmartin
What is the most basic fear?
Fear of annihilation is the most basic, the most primal fear of any creature, the fear of being destroyed.
What does Tucker Carlson stoke better than anything else? The fear of being destroyed, literally and figuratively. And who is most at threat in Tucker’s World? White men.
Tucker’s rant; “They’re angry. They know that their lives will not be better than their parents. They’ll be worse. That’s all but guaranteed… Yet the authorities in their lives, mostly women, never stop lecturing them about their so-called privilege. ‘You’re male! You’re privileged!’ And so “a lot of young men in America are going nuts.”
Let’s break this down, shall we?
Their lives won’t be better…
If you are talking wage stagnation, inflation, and soaring housing prices, agreed. Capitalism is predicated on business owners, a.k.a. capitalists, investing their profits, a.k.a. capital, back into their business to the betterment of not only themselves but most especially their employees, who then have expendable income to invest in the economy and to lead robust lives.
Should be win-win.
Not what’s happening. Corporate leaders are beholden to shareholders and have made calculated, concerted efforts for years to support politicians willing to do their bidding in terms of corporate tax breaks and other protections. Profits are not filtering down to the betterment of employees who now struggle to pay for the basics, let alone help the economy thrive for the benefit of all.
Then Tucker continues to enflame their grievances with his assertion that the ‘authorities in their lives, mostly women, never stop lecturing them…’
It’s my guess that young men have lots of people in their lives lecturing them, their fathers, their football coaches, their shift managers, their drill sergeants, but in Tucker’s World, how dare women lecture them.
Tucker uses the word privilege to further stoke that anger.
I’m guessing he read Warren Farrell’s 1993 book, The Myth of Male Power which rests on the assertion that “women are privileged…