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Capitalism, Currency & The Female Social Matrix

I remain committed to the faith of my teenage years: to authentic human freedom as a precondition for the highest good. I stand against confiscatory taxes, totalitarian collectives, and the ideology of the inevitability of the death of every individual. For all these reasons, I still call myself “libertarian.”

But I must confess that over the last two decades, I have changed radically on the question of how to achieve these goals. Most importantly, I no longer believe that freedom and democracy are compatible. By tracing out the development of my thinking, I hope to frame some of the challenges faced by all classical liberals today.

But in a broader sense we did not achieve all that much for all the effort expended. Much of it felt like trench warfare on the Western Front in World War I; there was a lot of carnage, but we did not move the center of the debate. In hindsight, we were preaching mainly to the choir — even if this had the important side benefit of convincing the choir’s members to continue singing for the rest of their lives.

The decade that followed — the roaring 1920s — was so strong that historians have forgotten the depression that started it. The 1920s were the last decade in American history during which one could be genuinely optimistic about politics. Since 1920, the vast increase in welfare beneficiaries and the extension of the franchise to women — two constituencies that are notoriously tough for libertarians — have rendered the notion of “capitalist democracy” into an oxymoron.  - Peter Thiel (bolding mine) Link

A few years later, Heartiste caught up with him. It’s no secret that women are the primary consumers behind most fast growing web properties like Groupon, Pinterest, Facebook and Apple (Apple is huge in universities, where women are over-represented). Women make the bulk of spending decisions for households, even on high dollar items.

Studies show that women are responsible for buying 80% of household goods.1Although it is often played down, it is clear that women have a great deal of influence in the economy as consumers, in other words, a lot of spending power.

Increasingly, women take responsibility for buying larger items such as houses and cars. And women are also often responsible for buying gifts on behalf of their families. When kids go to birthday parties, it is usually the mother who purchases and wraps the gift. It often works the same way when a couple attends a wedding or anniversary. Women are faced with endless choices and decisions in their lives as consumers.

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 In developing nations, women’s earned income is growing at 8.1 percent, compared to 5.8 percent for men. Globally, women control nearly $12 trillion of the $18 trillion total overall consumer spending, a figure predicted to rise to $15 trillion by 2014. Link

1. Women account for 85% of all consumer purchases, including everything from autos to health care

2. Women make 80% of healthcare decisions and 68 percent of new car purchase decisions

3. Seventy-five percent of women identified themselves as the primary shoppers for their households

4. Women influenced $90 billion of consumer electronic purchases in 2007

5. Nearly 50% of women say they want more green choices, with 37% are more likely to pay attention to brands that are committed to environmental causes

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And the trend remains the same across racial lines:

It’s no secret women like to shop and with the buying power of African-American consumers projected to reach $1.1 trillion by 2015, women will be the primary driver of most of those purchases according to a new report on the State of the African-American Consumer from Nielsen. Link

“Rising consumer confidence, aggressive promotional activity, and technological advances have propelled sales of cosmetics and toiletries in the United States by 2.4% to reach $36.5 billion in 2010 at the manufacturers’ level… After experiencing a 0.8% decline in 2009, the current increase has brought sales to above pre-recession levels.”

And according to this feelingunique.com report, women are more willing to skimp on food before cosmetics. And apparently many women don’t plan on skimping at all: the 2009 Retail Theft Report listed cosmetics are the 2nd most shoplifted items (after razorblades). Link

The gist of this is, if you want people to vote with their money, focus on the women, even in married households. In modern markets, masculine products are a niche, products by default must be made to be compatible with female consumers. It’s easier to pull women’s levers to buy things providing you can grab a hold of the levers of social proof. There is less divergence in IQ and other forms of intelligence as women tend to cluster around the mean in abilities, so it’s much easier to tailor a broad message and product to them.

Other writers like Ian Ironwood have went into length about the female social matrix, and how it tends alter how a society operates, so I will merely quote and link:

That doesn’t mean that there are no female leaders — far from it.  Indeed, the entire point of the Female Social Matrix is to dominate the group without the appearance of dominating the group. The emphasis is not on gentle competition with words or demonstrations of competence.  It is far more a matter of establishing social position through consensus and alliances and then defending it.  Meanwhile, the role of the group is to ensure that no one leader gains enough power to dominate the consensus.  All-female groupings have traditionally been seen as naturally more democratic . . . but that observation likely misses the subtleties of female group dynamics.

For women all-too-often impose their mating-oriented social ordering on group dynamics in a way which actually rewards inefficiency if it means advancing a particular woman or clique to a dominant position in the Matrix even at the expense of the stated group mission.  In other words, it’s more important in all-girl groups that things are “fair” that it is that they “get done”.

The perception of involvement is almost always given higher status and credit than achievement.

Secondly, understand that you are never dating “just one girl”.  You are intersecting with a node on the Matrix, a node that will communicate and continue to interact with the rest of the Matrix.  Your actions will undoubtedly be communicated in one form or another, as gossip and information is the life’s blood of the Matrix.  Women’s ability to network and communicate are justifiably praised as sophisticated, compared to the laconic nature of masculinity.

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Indeed, it wouldn’t make any sense for someone to create a currency without factoring women and the female social matrix into that currency. Most of the options haven’t been very successful, except in some cases of local currency. The Libertarian efforts to create gold backed currencies have suffered from this lack of insight, males simply don’t connect as much as females and won’t circulate the currency as much. Liberty Dollars were promoted to a narrow, largely male anti-inflationary demographic, which was easily marginalized by the government.

Of course you will have male outliers who will be an incredible boon to the currency, but having a backbone of legitimacy that comes from the female social matrix is a key hurdle in making a currency work. The deeper your hooks are, the harder it will be for the government to justify shutting you down for fear of angering the matrix and it’s vast quantity of votes.

10 responses to “Capitalism, Currency & The Female Social Matrix

  1. etype May 30, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    Nice grouping Apple in with ‘hot gas’ companies like pinterest and groupon. Why is the only inventive, forward thinking company…the company actually responsible for most of the technology we use today, inspired by ‘ideas’ instead of the urge to become a ‘millionaire’ and other goals achieved by imitation, is grouped by you with ephemera.

    You have the poverty of mind common among your type. I’ve come to identify it as a subset of Anglo-American tradition.
    It’s strange here you prescribe ways to escape the ‘Matrix’, when you’re type of thinking is exactly the type that constructed the Matrix to begin with.
    What? You have a back-up Matrix in mind?
    We will never begin to break free until we free ourselves of your particular mindset….the ‘Bill Gates’ of the world, and your obsessive need to limit all intellectual horizons to imitation, and all innovation to lies and misrepresentation.

  2. eric May 30, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    Mmmm, I’m not Anglo-American, but close enough.

    Apple is partially hot gas in my opinion. Jobs gave up some of his rebellious idealism for pragmatism, part of which includes adding some hot air. Jobs’ most interesting skill was getting people, who otherwise want to go backwards technologically, to embrace new devices. His UI design, marketing and atmosphere building is a good lesson for making things accessible to people who otherwise hate technical things.

    You can read an old interview from him here, after he was seasoned:
    http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/4.02/jobs_pr.html

    You say I want to limit intellectual horizons. How? By allowing the creation of competing types of currency, both local and digital? By pointing out the demographic that are most likely required to make a venture work and give it legitimacy? My poverty of mind is simply pointing out how the nuts and bolts come together to make something function.

    The point of the female social matrix is that they will always construct themselves. Simply having the people there means that one exists. You either have to lead it or get out of the way. The social mores are the bedrock of identity, not control.

    • etype May 31, 2012 at 12:08 am

      “Apple is partially hot gas in my opinion”

      Fair enough, the company other companies (I assume that you approve of,) slavishly copy to a degree that extends beyond obsession, is in your opinion ‘partially hot gas’. Somehow these other companies whose entire culture has always been to serve as a ‘shadow’ to this partially hot gas entity are obscure to your critical vision.
      But these ‘other’ companies, taken together as a entity actually ‘define’ the matrix…so in your estimation they are proper successes where Apple is not (?). Their definition is that Apple is no more than an ongoing failure, even if now it is bigger than all these companies combined, is still therefore improper, and you believe it.
      You expect Apple to succumb, re. your ‘hot gas’ comment… you’re a invested believer in the Matrix, which I call the Anglo-American delusion. The point here is not Apple Inc. but how you see only what is approved…. what is ‘proper’ re. the AA delusion.

      Why do I say you are part of the mindset which presents ideas which limit intellectual horizons? For one ideas of competing types of currency is etc. is no more than ‘hot gas’, (ie.) proscriptions for demographics etc…..more of the same, something instead of nothing – investment in a shadow reality.

      Your pointing out ‘the nuts and bolts’ is an example, the assumption that defined parts equal the whole is symptomatic of Anglo-American radical empiricism. You cannot help but use the same conceptual tools that are used to construct your defined ‘matrix’.

      “The point of the female social matrix is that they will always construct themselves. Simply having the people there means that one exists. You either have to lead it or get out of the way.”

      Take the ‘female’ out of the first sentence of the above equation, as your second sentence confirms it is a meaningless division, as your third sentence confirms you are firmly invested in the same matrix.

      If you can see the problem is not the parts you divide from the whole as improper, nor the ones you propose to add as ‘proper’, nor even the ‘whole’ that you see as a collection of defined parts… the problem is you cannot see anything outside of pre-determined prescription.

      • etype May 31, 2012 at 12:27 am

        add: the fact you add Apple to a group of hot gas companies like pinterest, groupon, facebook, etc. is delusion in bold face.
        If you cannot stop to examine yourself and see how ludicrous this equation is…that you accept and promote this because you accept predetermined ‘improper’ definitions, assumptions at face value because you think it will lead to a ‘proper’ result, or correction – then you are unable to see anything.

        That the equation of Apple = female, Apple = non-working junk. Apple = marketing without substance, is obviously nothing, repeat, nothing but marketing and a propaganda angle.
        If you promote this, believe it and propose you are dissecting the matrix to derive corrections, you are either a liar, or entirely deluded.
        I don’t think you are a liar. You need to stop accepting pre-determined conclusions, know and trust yourself and stop believing anyones lies.

      • eric May 31, 2012 at 12:33 am

        Indeed, how am I to see what is outside of the matrix when you haven’t defined what is outside of it? In my mind the matrix is essentially feminine, females are much more enthralled in it and take more time building the consensus than men do.

        Currency is useful and drastically effects how we live. Who controls the currency, if it can be controlled, whether it is a government, a central bank, a community, shareholders, all of this effects how the currency can be used. This is calculus mixed with statistics, you cannot define every varaible but you can get close enough to be right on a large scale. This is organization, the application of heuristics that are right often enough to be true, the same way that although gravity varies across different parts of the earth but still exists. I simply won’t throw it away when you haven’t defined an alternative.

        Show me your solution. If you have superior clarity, elaborate. You have labels of your own you quickly assigned to me, so show me how you see what I don’t.

        As for rational empiricism, it’s a really, really useful tool. I’ve written about others, but they aren’t as well developed or widely distributed:
        http://colonyofcommodus.wordpress.com/2012/05/23/psicontrolled-remote-viewing-testing-resources/

      • eric May 31, 2012 at 12:34 am

        All of this is really just about Apple isn’t it?

        Edit: I see.

        I said, very clearly, “fast growing web properties”. Though technically Apple is only partially involved in the web side of things.

        You can take that to imply whatever you want. I simply mean that it is successful, it works. The question was, why does it work. Well, women are usually the decision makers in purchases of all sizes. They’re easier to reach as consumers. And so on.

        If I wanted to paint a big scary picture of how “evil” apple is, I would of talked about their connections to Foxconn, their closed source technology and marketplace, their dramatically higher prices, their support of censorship. But that’s not really evil, that’s just market behavior. Everything I’m talking about is market behavior.

        Stop pulling implications out of your ass.

  3. etype May 31, 2012 at 1:16 am

    Outside of the matrix is just like the movie.
    (strange how fiction often tells more truth than dissertation because acknowledged and obvious constructed ‘lies’ allows one to think without fighting the premise)….outside the matrix is the realization most everything is a lie.

    Currency is useful, but value neutral. Changing currency will not change the values inherent to the slavery of which currency is but a tool . You change a tool, another is used, nothing changes.

    “This is organization, the application of heuristics that are right often enough to be true…”

    Look up ‘heuristics’ in a good dictionary and understand you neither understand heuristics nor how organizations work in your world.

    “…the same way that although gravity varies across different parts of the earth but still exists. I simply won’t throw it away when you haven’t defined an alternative”

    I’m not defining an alternative for you, I’m telling you to start thinking.

    “As for rational empiricism, it’s a really, really useful tool….”

    The problem with the AA delusion, is you think it is the only tool. Therefore you become the tool of rational empiricism, you’re helpless without it, and see nothing but what it shows you. It defines – you, not you – it.
    Therefore you become a slave. Welcome to the matrix.

    “All of this is really just about Apple isn’t it?”

    To your way of thinking. But Apple being hot gas etc… that doesn’t make sense, does it?

  4. etype May 31, 2012 at 1:26 am

    If you need to make this all about Apple – draw your big picture about evil ‘Apple’ is and I will show you the fool you are.

    The same with you defining the ‘matrix’ as ‘feminine’. Women are just consumers, you as a man are the one who built and slaves for the matrix. You are both consumer and producer. Women are meaningless in this context. Just other slaves.

    ”Stop pulling implications out of your ass.”

    Implications are what you see beyond what I say literally say, therefore it is you looking in my ass for implication. Stop checking people’s asses for implication. This is what I’m telling you.

  5. eric May 31, 2012 at 2:26 am

    “Outside of the matrix is just like the movie.”

    I haven’t had one of these in awhile it’s fun.

    Heuristic ( /hjʉˈrɪstɨk/; or heuristics; Greek: “Εὑρίσκω”, “find” or “discover”) refers to experience-based techniques for problem solving, learning, and discovery. Where an exhaustive search is impractical, heuristic methods are used to speed up the process of finding a satisfactory solution. Examples of this method include using a rule of thumb, an educated guess, an intuitive judgment, or common sense.

    “Currency is useful, but value neutral. Changing currency will not change the values inherent to the slavery of which currency is but a tool . You change a tool, another is used, nothing changes”

    So it doesn’t matter what tool we use, or what the incentive system behind it is? No matter how secure, transparent or encrypted? No matter if it is built on trust or allows financial speculation? No matter if it is tied to a specific community?

    It’s all slavery, like the movie The Matrix? We’re getting into some heavy stuff now.

    When you say “start thinking”, are you saying start applying critical thinking? Or is there no established structure for observing this reality? You have to be unplugged?

    “Women are meaningless in this context. Just other slaves.”

    I like where this is going. Let’s make them wear ball gags and collars.

    “Stop checking people’s asses for implication. This is what I’m telling you.”

    I agree with Larry David, I don’t mind a big ass, as long as it’s firm.

    As for Apple, it’s just an example of a company. For the third time, I wasn’t trying to spank them, merely pointing out who buys the products and drives consumer trends.

    • etype May 31, 2012 at 5:27 am

      I’m glad you find this fun, that is the correct way to think about everything.

      Heuristic: unfortunately your reference does not give you a accurate case meaning of “Εὑρίσκω”, which is singular/personal…as in ‘I find’ or ‘I discover.’ – alone.

      Currency is irrelevant in changing a corrupt system. The currency will not change a system, the system will adapt to and change the currency. The system is the currency, what you call ‘currency’ are tokens of the system. Changing a token is meaningless.

      It’s all slavery, like the movie The Matrix? We’re getting into some heavy stuff now.

      The truth is that you are not a slave, you were born with an legacy of freedom, self-knowledge and power. The ‘matrix’ wants you to think the opposite. It wants you to trade your inheritance for chains.

      When you say “start thinking”, are you saying start applying critical thinking? Or is there no established structure for observing this reality? You have to be unplugged?

      Yes, exactly. There is no established structure outside yourself for observing reality. These are not established structures to you, only agencies….you alone are the established structure of yourself. You do not need to unplug a computer or appliance, these are just the prosthesis of your self. Do not close your eyes – unplug your mind.

      “Women are meaningless in this context. Just other slaves.” – I like where this is going. Let’s make them wear ball gags and collars.

      Making them wear ball gags and collars only matters to a slave. When you beat a slave, they then beat the slave beneath them. Assigning the weak over the strong is a design for maximizing division and cruelty, meant to perpetuate and bind people to a system of slavery. The weak naturally desire to rule the strong, but they do not have the strength to do so. To attack them is to obscure who created the system where the weak rule the strong, and why.

      Unplug from the system of slavery and women are no longer among your troubles, they are willing helpers in the enjoyment of your legacy and the building of your vision. A women holds the key to a portion of your existence, as you theirs. Treat them kindly when you can, when you cannot, evict them from your vision. Never allow yourself again to be drawn into slavery, trust yourself, do not believe lies.

      As for Apple, it’s just an example of a company. For the third time, I wasn’t trying to spank them, merely pointing out who buys the products and drives consumer trends.

      Which is irrelevant and a misdirection. The anti-Apple crusade is a fight between pawns. Your computer is a prosthesis, that it works for you is the only inherent meaning. You are the only one here ‘now’ with any meaning. Even myself, in your world, am only electronically generated markings on a digital facsimile of a page…outside of that, to you I don’t exist. This is your true reality. Outside yourself there are no established structures, only agencies. You can say ‘but there are! look at this and that…’ Perhaps there is, but what do you really see? What is the true reality? Only the facsimile, the matrix – that which enters your mind. Who controls your mind? Does he who sees, define what is seen, or is what is seen, define the see-er?

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