Of course the Patriarchal Scheme outlined in the last installment was not as idyllic as it seemed. But then all of life was harder then, and all people made compromises. However, it worked in the sense that Mothers and Fathers could be happy, and children could grow up in a healthy environment. Make note of the children, for they are ultimately the biggest losers in this saga.
The 1950’s were prosperous. The USA was the only well functioning economy left after the War, and life continually was getting better. The Patriarchy kept things running smoothly and efficiently. Men went to work, women had jobs like teachers, nurses and secretaries. But mostly, the women concentrated on being good mothers. There were general productivity improvements, and people had excess time and wealth. An implicit question continually arose, “How should people individually, and the nation as a whole, invest these excess resources?” Alternately, and more ominously the question was implicitly asked, “The present system is efficient and structured. Does it have to be so?”
Consider the system of the era. Fathers were responsible for their families. This made them work hard, because the families were theirs (Dalrock’s Patriarchal Dividend). They had pride in them. Extra-marital sex was considered to be very bad as it was home-wrecking. And home-wrecking was bad for the family, the children, and society (and its efficiency). Pre-marital sex was bad, as it decreased women’s ability to bond with their eventual husbands, which was bad for the family, the children and society (and its efficiency). Men had desires, and marrying young helped satisfy them, which led to children (and the Patriarchal Dividend). Women were encouraged to be the finest mothers they could be. It was a fine role. The raising of fine well adjusted children should be a very satisfying endeavor.
One more point about societal efficiency: societies in times past that were not particularly efficient often were conquered. This was an encouragement to at least try to be efficient. At the start of the 1960’s, there was the sense that “conquering” would never happen again. If there was war, all societies would die. One only needed be a society to be efficient enough to make this happen. And this was relatively easy to do through thermo-nuclear weapons.
For the next installment, consider where the excess was eventually “invested”?