A Modest Proposal for Saving the Western World
Here’s a story every man can remember or relate to.
When he was young, five or six, he and the other boys of the neighborhood would invent a new game. The game included lots of pushing and shoving, arguing and fighting, kicking and punching, a ball, and sometimes a stick. As you can imagine, this was rather noisy; that attracted attention, unfortunately, because sooner or later along would come a girl who’d say, ‘Can I play?’
The boys would say no. The girl would ask, ‘Why not?’ and the boys would reply, ‘Because you’ll spoil the game.’ The girl would insist she would do no such thing, but the boys would remain unconvinced. She’d leave, certainly, but only to come back on the following day with other girls who’d say, ‘We want to play too.’
The boys would still say ‘No,’ but, after a few days of this, the girls would bring in all the parents and they would insist the boys let the girls play. The boys’ complaint that ‘the girls will spoil the game’ would be dismissed, and now the girls would be allowed to play– with the parents as referees, of course.
Play would restart and in minutes, the girls would protest, ‘You play too rough’ or ‘You hit too hard’ or ‘You throw too fast’ or ‘Why don’t we ever get a turn with the ball?’ and so on and so forth. The boys would explain that it’s rough because they like rough-housing and the ball is thrown or hit hard because that’s how they improve their strength and agility (‘Pain is the best teacher,’ they said), and you only get a turn with the ball if you can take it off the person who has it.
It makes no difference, of course. Their parents step in and change the rules of the game to accommodate the girls and their way of playing. The boys continue to play along for a short time, but the game no longer meets their needs; they slip away around the corner to invent a new game, which, I can assure you, includes lots of pushing and shoving, arguing and fighting, kicking and punching, a ball, and sometimes a stick.
Unfortunately, the boys have so much fun at their new game, they become loud and boisterous and, needless to say, the story plays out in exactly the same fashion as before. Along comes a girl who asks, ‘Can I play?’ She’s unhappy that the girls have been left to themselves with the old game and a few wimpy boys. She wants to play with the rougher boys at their new game. Before long, parents have been called in and the whole sorry cycle is repeated.
Fast-forward a few years. These same boys are now fifteen and are at it again, inventing new games. These new games still involve pushing and shoving, arguing and fighting, maybe even some kicking and punching– but now they also contain a lot of pictures of naked women doing interesting things, and a lot of tanks, planes, ships, and guns blowing things up, or being blown up. Unfortunately, even hiding in their basements and bedrooms, they can’t escape. Along comes a girl who wants to play. The boys say ‘No,’ and she goes off to get a responsible adult, which by now is the government who insists she be included. For the boys, there’s no use in pointing out she’ll ruin the game. The government is always on the lookout for new ways to make themselves important.
Within days of the girls joining in, they’re complaining again. The government’s new policies are further enhanced to insist everyone must behave as the girls want and work is now only to take place from nine to five on Monday to Friday. The game is soon reduced to a mundane everyday experience and the incredible innovation and productivity that the game had before is gone– and, of course, soon so are the boys.
This happens over and over again and has become a predictable cycle all over the modern Western world. No matter that the girls could have invented their own games and made a success of them, or that they could have played the boys’ games following the boys’ rules– the ‘responsible adults’ say boys and girls must play nicely together in the sandbox using the rules that fit the girls’ nature.
I’ve spent some time on this modern parable because you need to read everything that follows in my Modest Proposalwith this story in mind. Not every boy can claim to be the inventor of something new or different, but century after century many of them do. In the modern era, they were the inventors of steam engines and spinning machines, electrical generators and motors, internal-combustion engines and cars, motorbikes and planes, radios and TVs, fertilizers and pharmaceuticals, phones and computers, the internet and social media, and so on. In fact, almost everything any of us see, do, listen to, or touch comes to us courtesy of the inventiveness of men.
Fast-forward to today’s world. It’s no secret that boys throughout the Western world are failing at school. Since the education system was made more female-friendly, girls everywhere are doing better than boys.
Men are also doing worse at work, partly because of the educational handicap they now carry and partly because the only jobs remaining in the West are service-oriented, and poorly educated men aren’t good at being service-oriented – all that pushing, shoving, bumping, and bruising doesn’t train men for endless days of helpfulness.
So how do we capture the best qualities of men in our modern world?
That’s the subject of my Modest Proposal. I’ve called it a ‘modest proposal’ because I hope it will be as shocking to today’s complacent leadership as Jonathan Swift’s Modest Proposalwas intended to be to the leaders of 1729, when he suggested that maybe starving Irish people could eat their own babies instead of receiving help from the government. Swift’s proposal was satirical, sarcastic, and cruel. He aimed to give national leaders the boot up the backside they needed to make changes. He didn’t want them to consider his proposal of eating children seriously. He just wanted the government to help. This, however, is where his proposal and mine differ. I absolutely want mine considered and, for the good of the Western world, acted upon but preferably not by a government. The need is urgent and the time is now.
I suggest that one of the many multi-billionaires—preferably one of those who have made their fortunes by inventing something in the West and having it made in the East, thereby pocketing the wages that once would have gone to their fellow citizens—pay for the establishment of a school and university on an offshore island that isn’t part of any Western country. This school and university, which I shall call a good old-fashioned ‘Institute’ throughout the rest of this document, should be complete with workshops, laboratories, and IT hubs. There we will educate boys from seven years and up in the old culture that worked for men—one where competition and discipline are the norm. It goes without saying that this isn’t a compulsory school. It would be fee-paying for the most part, but any boys and young men could be allowed to study there provided they embraced the ethos of the Institute and its male culture of intense competition. It also goes without saying that those who find the culture not to their liking will not be persuaded to stay but will be promptly returned to the mainland.
At first the island needn’t be large because the student numbers would be small. However, as the Institute and workshops begin producing significant wealth, the student numbers will also grow. This will be easily accommodated by adding old aircraft carriers to the island, which the Western nations will soon not be able to afford and will be selling for scrap. Aircraft carriers are ideal as they provide living spaces, workshops, lecture spaces, and an airfield for bringing in and sending out the staff and pupils. They’re also appropriately ‘manly’ temporary buildings for a male-only Institute. Artificial floating islands, such as those envisaged by Seasteading, may be part of the solution as well.
The first Institute will focus on technology—particularly programming for games, apps, or new unconstrained social media platforms, along with other revenue raising endeavors that I can’t even begin to imagine because they will be invented at the Institute. With this focus, the Institute will need excellent IT connections and equipment from the start—hence my appeal to a modern dotcom or social media billionaire. However, once the Institute is generating its own revenue, future islands can focus on all the STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) as well as finance and banking—in short, all the things men are good at but which are now under direct threat of being reduced to irrelevance in the West. There will be the usual humanities subjects, such as history and geography, but no social studies on the curriculum. The purpose of the Institutes is to take the inventiveness, focus, and dedication of young men to create the next generation of wealth-creating ideas and bring them into existence—nothing else. This time, like the dotcom billionaires who were so fortunate to get educated before the days of school feminization and ‘free trade,’ the young men will keep almost all their wealth, with only some going to the Institute’s progression. None will go to soon-to-be bankrupt states and their greedy—and soon-to-be desperately needy—client citizens.
Note that at first the islands will need to be affiliated with well-accepted educational standards, which means they will need to buy services from some Western national educational body for a brief period of time. I don’t anticipate this will be of long duration as the emphasis of the Institutes will be entirely on education, and they will soon outstrip the falling Western international standards. Within a few years, simply having passed through this system will guarantee employment in any part of the world for students who don’t choose to continue into the wealth-producing world of the islands. From the moment they outstrip well-accepted educational standards, the organization can set its own. I leave it to the governing councils of the Institutes to determine which international standards they choose to accept during the initial stages, as their understanding of excellence in this regard will be better than mine.
You may ask why couldn’t this work in national population centers—cities, towns, or counties? Why not establish a ‘special enterprise zone’ where ‘boys can be boys’ both at work and school? After all, the place wouldn’t need to be very big, just a few square miles with a school, some sports facilities, places to work. There would be workshops, computing labs, chemistry labs—whatever is needed for boys to invent and develop the next generation of must-have toys for the world.
Each of these zones would need things to be done the way they were done in, say, the 1950’s—teaching, working, hiring and firing, social mores, the whole traditional lifestyle that got us from where we were in the past to the dawn of the bounteous age we still live in. The zones would need no special tax or other legal changes, just a legal statement that within these boundaries all the social legislation passed since about 1960 is null and void. Anyone attending school or working inside the zone signs an agreement to that effect—or in the case of young boys attending school, their parents or guardians do.
It would be nice if this could be so—but it can’t. The prevailing orthodoxy in the West today, even after Brexit and Trump, is one of greater and greater feminization of society, parroted even by people who claim to be conservatives. This experiment—my proposal—would be attacked and destroyed immediately. The schools would be forced to accept ‘girls who just wanted to play’ and, as my opening parable explained, that’s how and when it would end. Even if by some miracle the experiment was allowed a few years of freedom, the next change of government would overthrow everything—particularly when it proved to be spectacularly successful while the everyday public schools were not. If you don’t believe me, look anywhere in the world where private schools have been set up in competition with publicly paid-for schools and see what has happened.People vote with their feet and abandon the public system as soon as possible.
There is a precedent for this proposal—a precedent that worked. In the early 1960’s in the United Kingdom (UK), it wasn’t possible for ordinary people to own and operate radio stations. To get around this restriction, ordinary people took to the high seas. So-called ‘pirate radio stations’ broadcast popular music into the UK from a number of ships around the country. The government couldn’t do anything about this, though they tried some pretty unpleasant ways to stop it. Eventually the government had to give in and allow privately owned radio stations to operate in the UK. The radio stations that were set up then still exist and are commercially successful, though they continue to provide little more than non-stop musical drivel. After all, people want what people want. My proposal will, I believe, meet a more important need: the need for material progress for the human race.
Finally, to be clear, my suggestions here are just that—suggestions. How it works in practice will depend on the new generation of young men coming through the Institutes that are established. I expect them to be much more knowledgeable about these things than I am. My proposal is simply about setting up the infrastructure—the future will take care of itself.
For this proposal to work, the islands must become self-supporting quickly and then extremely profitable—so profitable that they draw boys and men who are pioneers to them. They will grow quickly when it becomes clear this is how progress and wealth are created, and when participants become the drivers of both progress and wealth in the future. Indeed, these islands will soon be the only places where significant progress and wealth are created in the Western world.
However, for this to work, the transitions between the stages of the islands will need to be as free of regulation and control as can realistically be achieved. In any country that changes from non-capitalist society to a capitalist one, there is an initially burst of energy and wealth creation, which inevitably leads to calls for more wealth redistribution. As the new rules are established, the engine slows down until it is little more than idling. This mustn’t happen with these islands. Here are some ideas for how to prevent that slow demise.
The Institutes must be as hands-on as possible, which is why the courses are essentially STEM, with supporting subjects taught practically. Theories must simply support practical learning. All learning will be competitive; excellence is created only when students are pushing each other to do better. Individual ideas and projects will be encouraged at all times, though classroom exercises will dominate in the Institute’s schools and student projects will dominate in universities.
There will be no ‘employment’ at any time. Everyone is a partner and their contribution will determine their reward. This will continue to be so even when ideas move from project to product. If a product needs human input—assembly, say—then Asian companies who employ local labor will employ people to do that and the islands will earn license fees from the sales. Wherever possible, the products will be made in fully automated factories. Because the factories require no labor to operate, they can be established in global centers that are tax-free or minimally taxed. The factories’ cleaning, maintenance, security, accounting, legal, and financial support will be provided by companies set up in tax-free jurisdictions and use, where possible, the same partnership approach (i.e., no employees and therefore no income tax). Using the islands and, later, tax-free zones for production will ensure corporate taxes are essentially zero, which allows all profits to go to the inventor(s) and partners, the organization as a whole (I recommend a tithe of no more than 10%, preferably 5%), and into investment in further education, invention, innovation, and production.
I say there will be no taxes on the islands and it must be the role of the council that manages the islands and organization to ensure there never are. However, there will be ‘tithes’ of some small percentage, as I mentioned earlier. This will not only cover the cost of running and developing the organization, it will also cover the small amount of services that must initially be provided locally—minor health care, for example. Serious injuries and illnesses will have to be flown to nearby land-based hospitals, which means the Institutes need health insurance until the medical island has been established (which should be soon after the STEM islands have become self-supporting) and the organization has established full health coverage for all the staff, students, and partners. Once the medical island and health care system are established, however, each partner, student and staff must buy their own ‘Institute health insurance.’ The Institute’s council must ensure that all such services are paid for by the users. This ‘world’ must survive by male principles where products and services only exist to the extent that individual people are willing and able to pay for them. Where common services are required—firefighting, garbage disposal, and sewage treatment, for example—these infrastructure support costs can come out of the tithes.
When the organization begins to flourish, it will become a target for theft and political oppression both from individuals internally and from governments and international organizations externally. Consequently, while the organization will not need armed forces, it will need security. Some of the early projects, particularly in IT, will need to focus on ensuring the safety and security of the financial, intellectual, and physical property of the organization and its partners. A reliable, secure internet that is available only to those on the islands and is probably based on blockchain technology is an early requirement. Over time, as the islands and their subsequent factories develop and spread across the globe, they must be able to communicate safely. Additionally, as wealth is created it must be securely stored away from the regular financial world; only when money transfers into and out of the organization’s safe banking system should it appear in the wider financial world. Tax-free centers around the world would likely be the first gateways between the organization’s banking network and the external one.
The organization’s greatest strength will be the wealth it creates for the men who work in it. Their wealth will likely mean they will want to return to live in places where they will, unfortunately, be visible to the wider world and therefore subject to the pressures of that world. From the Institute’s point-of-view they are fully at liberty to do as they please with their own wealth; however, this will create tensions for the individual and their families and also the Institute. Some ideas for minimizing the damage of living in full view of an envious world suggest themselves. After all, today’s multi-billionaires already live like this and are able to protect themselves, so it is relatively easily done. Tax havens can be used as they are now, for example. They can also keep the bulk of their fortunes in the Institute’s own banking system. Many of the men will want to continue inventing and innovating in and around their new homes. Creating islands of the Institute’s partners living in gated communities in their native lands will allow such work to continue, with the usual condition that no one is ‘employed’ and the ideas that are developed into products will be manufactured back in the islands where the products will be made tax-free. Sales taxes to the governments of countries where the products are sold will be inevitable, but I’m sure that those can be minimized by the men on the financial and legal islands. Ideally, the products should be sold at prices as close as possible to production plus profits, with partners gaining all their salary from those profits.
This brings me to the subject of working conditions and other employment law. The islands and their factories will not employ ‘workers,’ so there will be no need for health and safety regulations, working hours, minimum wages, unemployment insurance, parental leave, environmental regulations, or employment equity laws. As such, none will exist. This is a place where pioneering men are striving to outdo both one another and the world in order to create a wealthy future for themselves, their families, and their friends. Anyone who fails to meet their project partners’ expectations is at liberty to start their own project, change to another project that values their contribution more, or go so far as to leave the Institute. There will be no one who fails to provide value for any significant length of time, so there will be no need for regulations to maintain the fiction that people are useful who are in reality not. No one in the islands or factories will be unemployed, part-time employed, or ‘given up looking for work;’ although they are not technically employed, they are all partners and their need to achieve will drive them to perform, as it does small business people, self-employed people, and senior executives in the Western world today.
It is not a statement that men are better workers than women.I think it was Richard Arkwright, one of the founders of Britain’s cotton mills in the 1700’s, who said he’d only employ women in his mills because ‘women are better workers than men.’ If it was, I agree with him. In fact, when it comes to factories and offices, most women are better at the steady nature of the work and they have the stamina to do it. Many men do work in these places, of course, and are generally successful, but too many men get cranky when faced with a daily routine and they start causing trouble (remember all those strikes we endured when our people still had factories to work in?), which undoes any good work they’ve been doing up to that point.
It is not a statement that white men are better than other men.If anyone still believes that then they obviously aren’t watching the news. All over Asia, societies are quickly learning our methods and applying them, and they are quickly moving up the value-added ladder without any difficulty. It is noticeable that in the main; however, the people getting very rich are still mainly men but all people in those societies are growing prosperous too. And the same will apply to all the other regions of the world once they accept that free enterprise, free speech, property rights, and education—all the features of Western life—are the only way to become prosperous.
It’s not a statement that men are better than women.In Persuasion, Jane Austen (my favorite author) has her principal character, Anne Elliot, say, “All the privilege I claim for my own sex… is that of loving longest, when existence or when hope is gone.”Well, like Anne, I’m not claiming anything very much for men, especially young men, except one thing. They have a knack for inventing new things and the sheer determination, not to say monomania, that is needed to bring that new thing to the world for us all to enjoy. It drives everything in our economies. Without it, we would be as poor as all pre-industrial societies are, and though its power is hidden in the West today by the size of mature industries—themselvesironically the fruits of past inventions—and by that greatest of wealth-destroyers, the size of the public services and government organizations, men’s inventiveness is still driving progress.
The greatest benefits of my proposal accrue to the men who are taught in a way they can relate to and profit by. But the whole of society also benefits when these people reach their potential along with their inventions. It’s true the rich get to be very rich and the rest of us only comfortably off, but—and it’s a big ‘but’—we’re better off being comfortably off and aggrieved that someone else is richer than being desperately poor and happy that everyone else is too,despite how much you might think otherwise.
Additionally, once the men take wives, the wealth will spread through families and from them throughout the world. Again, some families will be wealthier than others, and that can make people envious too, but we must raise children to understand that the alternatives of fairness or equality, however highly hyped by politicians and activists, are alwaysworse.
The men will choose where to live, of course, and many will return to their native lands where they will be in a position to help their countries recover from the disaster that’s creeping over their societies at the time of writing. This too will spread the wealth. However, I suspect many will choose not to allow themselves to be put in the position of being fleeced by needy governments and voters and will instead choose to set up homes on the many small islands around the world where there are more traditional societies and economic policies in existence. As such, they may one day be able to come to the rescue of their own lands after the inevitable crash has happened. The men educated on the islands will form a widely spread, modern Noah’s Ark, if you like.
New inventions are what drive progress, not only in terms of jobs and profits, but also in terms of ideas. This was well understood in the West up to the middle of the Twentieth Century. Unfortunately, since then and up to the present time, all the ideas for bettering mankind’s lot have involved taking money from working people and giving it to people perceived as being disadvantaged in some way. This can only work for as long as the people being fleeced agree. Sooner or later, they will feel themselves disadvantaged and revolt, which will lead to an even greater calamity than would have ever occurred if the ‘disadvantaged’ had been forced to address their problems in the first place. It may not be possible to satisfy everyone’s desires for betterment; however, maybe the boys and men who are given the opportunities of my proposal will one day think of something sensible that meets the eternal need for betterment without destroying the wealth of the ones doing the creating.
There are a number of objections, of course, and I’ll deal with those individually here.
- The whole concept may be wrong. Maybe men’s past success really has been due to their domination of society and its institutions, such as education.
I will give two examples that explain why I think this argument is unfounded, but I do accept it is possible the experiment might fail—that’s the nature of real experiments, unfortunately.
- Big Picture: Homo sapiens (i.e., us) have been around for about 200,000 years. For about the first 195,000 years, our societies were matriarchal in nature, probably because women were thought of as the ‘portal’ through which the spirit world gave us new people. In that time, we learned to manage fire and went from hunter-gatherers to subsistence farmers, though for the most part there was no discernible progress in much else. Tribes who have continued to be matriarchically led in out of the way places around the globe, are still at that same stage of development. Then, around 5,000 years ago in the Middle East, we realized that females who hadn’t been with a male were not being blessed by the spirit world. This was probably because we were now keeping livestock and ploughing small land plots and we could see better the role of males in the natural cycle. This brought about a change in thinking about ourselves. Women, far from being the link to the spirits, became just the field where a man ploughed and planted his seed. The new reasoning said that it was men who were the primary link to the spirits, and patriarchal societies began to form. They soon outstripped matriarchal ones because of the sheer inventiveness of men. The last 5,000 years have seen us go from subsistence farming to the moon and have brought about other incredible products and services, progress made almost entirely by men.
- Smaller Picture: I suggest this more focused and ultimately more recent example. If we had a time machine and went back to the Bronze Age and brought back Nefertiti and her husband, Akenaten, or Helen of Troy and her partner, Paris, we would see two totally different experiences of the past 3,000 years of human progress. The women, Nefertiti and Helen, would have no trouble understanding every item of things that women spend their time and money on– clothes, shoes, cosmetics, perfumes, tattoos, piercings, and jewelry would all be instantly recognizable by both women. The men, however, wouldn’t find anything they could relate too, except maybe see in motor vehicles a link to the horse and chariot of their time. Men’s inventiveness even extends to things that women use. While the cosmetics of today look like those of the past, the materials are almost all man-made—and that is the correct term, not a sexist one.
- Parent’s won’t want to send their sons off to small islands a long way from home. Boys may also not want to go because adventure has been educated out of them.
- This is a likely scenario because, although families have sent their sons to boarding schools for centuries, boarding schools in the past have been in safe Western countries and not small islands in the middle of large oceans. Additionally, past and present boarding schools exist within the rules and norms of established nations while these new Institutes are deliberately sited to exist outside the crumbling societies of the West. This means parents have to trust the Institute’s administration to a much greater extent. To add to these hurdles, the belief that male culture is ‘bad’ is so entrenched in the Western world today that not enough boys or their parents may be willing to take part
- Teachers and lecturers may not want to move to small islands either.
- Understandably, many teachers will think twice before going to live on a small island in the middle of the ocean. The loss of social interaction and everyday living means taking such a step only if there’s a strong incentive to do so. Money is, of course, one of the strongest motivators, and I advocate its use initially in this case. However, the incentive that must be first and foremost in the initial setup process is that of educating and building young men who will developing new ideas along with new products and services.
- Seed funding may not be sufficient to carry the Institutes until the inventiveness of students starts to pay the way.
- This is why the organization needs to be a fee-paying Institute, as well as why initial projects should focus on easy moneymakers, such as apps and other IT toys.
- There may no longer be enough suitable boys left in the world to build the amount of energy and enterprise needed for success.
- This objection worries me most, I think, because I’ve seen worrying research that suggest testosterone and other signs of masculinity have been falling across the Western world for decades. Nevertheless, I hold out hope that there is still some male spirit left in boys.
- Hostility from national governments may destroy the enterprise at any time.
- Hostility and attempts to destroy the project are almost certain once the superior results of the initiative begin to emerge. However, by maintaining a low profile and producing the products either on the islands, offshore under the organization’s control, or through contracts with producers in Asia who will appear to be the ‘inventors,’ I think the project can be kept safe until it’s too late to be stopped. Additionally, by distributing the islands, the leadership, and the revenues widely, and making all the production facilities portable and temporary, it should be possible to minimize damage once the attacks begin. Finally, I think the decline of the West is now so far advanced that by the time the success of the islands is visible, the West will be too weak to be a serious threat and will be more likely to be asking for the organization’s help in recovering their own territories and wealth.
- Producing the Institute’s products in Asia may mean much of the wealth generated by the new products going to the people of Asia, which will eventually destroy the Modest Proposal project because of declining funds leading to lower investment.
- This could happen, though it didn’t for most of today’s largest Western corporations who developed ideas in the West but built their products in the East. The solutions that were used by these Global giants will work for the Institute as well.The Institute will use fully automated factories and logistics systems where ever possible, such as their islands and in tax-free zones around the world.
- Western governments and media are so actively hostile to the concept, they make it difficult to sell the Institute’s products in their markets.
- By the time the Institute has products to sell, almost all retail sales will be over the Internet and the Institute can build its own Internet platform, which can be made next to impossible for opponents to shut down. The present-day Internet has already created groups of like-minded people, such as Men Going Their Own Way (MGTOW), who will almost certainly be relieved to move to a friendlier platform. Even before that happens, they will likely be the vanguard and the trailblazers for introducing the Institute’s products to the rest of the world.
- Find a location outside the jurisdiction of Western Countries.
- Finding an unclaimed island isn’t easy these days but, as China has proved over the past few years, there are plenty of reefs, shoals, and other rocky outcrops that can be made into islands with a reasonably inexpensive investment.
- As the Western world can no longer afford its existing fleets of large warships, they can be bought by the organization and brought to small rocky islets where they will form the nucleus of a floating island. This can then expand as the Institute grows. Large cruise ships can also be used for this purpose.
- Many developing countries have islands they don’t use. Indonesia, for example, has offered some of its small, uninhabited islands to be taken over by companies for such things as vacation resorts. Indonesia is particularly suitable for such a project since its Muslim-influenced culture and laws would be reasonably similar to—and therefore amenable to—an Institute that follows traditional male values and behaviors. This is provided that they don’t insist on religious education as part of the curriculum. I do not mean this as a criticism of Islam; I’m not in favor of the Institutes teaching anyreligious studies, except as part of the traditional ethos of the place, which would be Protestant Christian.
- Many oil platforms are coming to the end of their working lives in places such as the North Sea and the Gulf of Mexico. As oil fields run out or the use of oil declines in the coming years, these platforms can be relocated and reused as Institutes instead of being scrapped.
- Surplus equipment from declining Western countries can be bought and brought to the islands and used for producing quick and cheap power as well as other utilities. Eventually, the Institute will be able to develop better equipment and infrastructure independently.
- Build the Institute and staff.
- The classrooms and lecture rooms should be modeled on best practices from around the world—the top performing PISA schools would be a good place to get advice.
- Similarly, the demonstrably best teaching techniques should be used until men from the islands are driving themselves to complete their own projects. Then the university only needs to provide the equipment
- Competition is to be encouraged in every pursuit—mental, physical, and academic. Boys and men only achieve outstanding excellence when they are driven by competition. I can’t stress this enough: competition is the key to the success of this initiative.
- The Institute must have modern equipment for the courses being taught.
- Staff must be recruited from the top ranks of their professions, and that will mean rewarding them appropriately. And by ‘rewarding’ I mean that they would form partnerships and negotiate contracts that rewarded them, not hired and paid salaries.
- The Institutes must have strong administrative regulations to ensure parents are comfortable and pupils are protected from serious harm. However, regular male horse-play and other such behaviors are to be encouraged, not banned.
- While being away from land masses should reduce the likelihood of disruption from the outside world, it is not sufficient. On top of this, there will always be incidents that can get out-of-hand if not swiftly dealt with in an all-male world. As such, teachers and administrators will have the training and power to defend the establishment against internal and external attacks.
- The first island must be one that captures low-hanging fruit—IT, programming, and other computer technology-related themes. This should provide the quickest means of making the island self-sustaining and wealth-creating, both of which are vital for success.
- Staff, pupils, and the initial investor(s) must share equally in the success of the islands—that is, to the greatestextent possible. Only when it is seen how wealthy the pupils and staff become will the project really become self-generating. Once that is established, just like at any top school or university in the world, people will clamor to be admitted and the project can develop accordingly. Look to the bursaries of US Ivy League schools for proof if you have doubts.
- While the use of existing finance, law, and business expertise will be necessary at first, the second or third island must focus on those things in order to maximize, protect, and manage the money being generated. If this does not happen, the world’s national governments will grab a share of the wealth to which they are not entitled.
- Continuing forward.
- Once the Institutes move from being newly established to being successful the problems will begin, and not just from external agencies. At first there will be the usual joy from the Institute’s students and staff at being successful. This is understandable and won’t cause too much trouble. The real difficulties will come when the success has gone on too long, leading students to feel guilty about their success compared to the lack of success of others in the world. This problem can be addressed by using the Western world’s demise as an example at every opportunity so that the pupils understand why they are where they are, why it has to be that way, and what will happen if they weaken in their resolve.
Part 8: Concluding Remarks
Now that I’ve laid out my ‘Modest Proposal’, I see it isn’t so modest after all. It will require hundreds of millions of dollars and years to bring into being. Maybe I should have called it a Major Challenge for that is what it is but for the billionaires who have grown to wealth and power these past years that should be intriguing. And if one of you will take up this challenge, you will find it more rewarding than many of the projects you are choosing to take on at this time.
Remember, you were the last young men to come through the traditional school system and it gave you your start in life, a start that is being denied to most of the young men who have had the misfortune to be born in the West since the 1970’s. This is your chance to right this foolish mistake and put us all back on a true ‘progressive’ path, one of science, productive prosperity, and exploration. Give today’s young men the opportunity to live the lives nature meant them to live, striving and achieving to build their own futures.