Papapete writes: Yours is the affirmative position. You have to prove your case. You have not done anything to credibly explain or describe the relationship.
Papapete is avoiding answering the points I raised previously. A broken clock is right twice a day, and incorrect 1438 times per day; since he can’t remember one, much less 2,872 of the anti-suffragists faulty predictions, it’s impossible to give any credence to his analogy. I never laid out a perfect chain of causality; as I stated before, there is no mathematical proof possible in matters as nebulous and complex as this.
Now, if women’s suffrage has had no effect on society, why would anyone object to it being eliminated? If it has had an effect, then what are those effects? Surely women have made some difference somewhere in 84 years! As for a specific description of the relationship, I thought it was obvious by implication, but apparently some people couldn’t follow it.
1. For whatever reason, women are inclined to favor security, (as represented by interventionist government), over freedom, (as represented by limited government.)
2. Women were given the right to vote in the USA in 1920.
3. Since 1920, women have reliably voted for politicians at all levels who are dedicated to increasing government intervention in society.
4. Government intervention in society has increased significantly since 1920.
5. Among the consequences of this increased government intervention is the forcing of women into the workplace and increased stress on the family due to steadily increasing inflation and taxes.
6. The resultant familial stress combined with the increased financial independence of women created an increased desire for divorce, the rate of which began to rise quickly ten years after women began entering the work force en masse. The combination also led to the development of modern feminist ideology, the direct result of which was widespread and legalized abortion and increased illegitimacy as more and more women substituted dependence on the government for dependence on an invididual man and her extended family for food, shelter and childcare.
7. The doubling of women entering the work force finally surpassed the two-thirds of 65+ men leaving the work force, (who were leaving as a result of the Social Security entitlement granted by the interventionist government), leading to the peaking of real wages in 1973. This has only increased the aforementioned stress, as it is now impossible for a single median wage earner to support a family.
Now, it is clear that women’s suffrage is not the only factor operative here, but given women’s reliable 9-12 percent bias towards increased government intervention and the average margin of victory in presidential, gubernatorial and senatorial elections, they can reasonably be considered a decisive factor.