In a 1943 speech by Henning W. Prentiss, Jr., president of the Armstrong Cork Company and former president of the National Association of Manufacturers, delivered at the February 1943 convocation of the General Alumni Society of the University of Pennsylvania, he noted:
“A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the majority discovers it can vote itself largess out of the public treasury. After that, the majority always votes for the candidate promising the most benefits with the result the democracy collapses because of the loose fiscal policy ensuing, always to be followed by a dictatorship, then a monarchy”
Prior to feminism, women had little say in democracy, and as a result they were unable to “vote itself largess out of the public treasury”. As a result women lived like they did for the greater part of human history, by being of value to men.
With feminism, women realized that they are an untapped majority which if mobilized could serve as the source of political legitimacy in a democracy.
Feminists found their political soul mates in political parties that ran on an egalitarian platform.
By preaching the right to not be offended as the more important than the right to free speech, by banning words, by getting people expelled from their jobs for thinking the wrong ideas, and by legislating unjust laws that favored women, feminists demonstrated their power in democracies. They encouraged women to serve as concubines of governments in exchange for more perks from the government.
Combined with a culturally engrained sympathy for the plight of women, feminists gained lesser punishment for similar crimes, no fault divorces, alimony under the threat of imprisonment and easy to obtain government and private assistance.
The rest as they say, is history.
In Eastern cultures where men were paid dowry to compensate for the difficulties in accepting a woman into the household, dowry was made illegal, and although people found ways around it, eventually men started thinking of marriages and families as a financial burden.
In Western cultures where women traded their helping hand in running a family in exchange for financial security, the lure of no fault alimony was exploited by women enough to make marriages a financial risk for men.
Then came taxes and government healthcare utilized more by women paid for using the money earned by the unmarried. Women had eliminated the need for men as a source of financial security.
Women began to progressively attack the more economically productive less attractive men: engineers, scientists, doctors. Women fought over a few attractive men.
The overall effect of all these measures was that the population began to fall unevenly at first: It began with more western cultures being populated with people from the eastern cultures. They tried to change the law to reverse what the feminists did, but even women in Saudi Arabia could be mobilized against its monarchy, so doing so in a democracy was easier.
So here I am now waiting for a catastrophe in slow motion to end all democracies. The decisive turning point will happen in a few hundred years in western democracies which will have become eastern in its demography. Eastern people will value stability, and prosperity over ideological progress. The values of reason and scientific method will not be lost. The easterners can serve as the keepers of such epistemology as they did during the last dark ages.
There are eastern development banks being built so as to seek independence from the International Monetary Fund which seeks to serve the stability of western currencies.
With new found stability eastern currencies will serve as the backbone of this new world order.