“Are Men Obsolete?”
White men without college education are considered a key demographic behind Donald Trump’s electoral victory and other reactionary social movements of our time. Their resentment may not be entirely irrational, because the 21st century looks rather bleak for low-to-average-skilled men as common male characteristics, once an important comparative advantage, are increasingly irrelevant in the technologically advanced world. How will the roles for most men in the future society differ from those in the past? Can the new roles be fulfilling, or will they be a perennial source of strife?
Sven Sinclair, a member of the Northern Virginia Ethical Society, is an economist, actuary, former physicist, one-time Jeopardy! champion, halfway-decent chess player, news junkie, and an insatiably curious person. Sven was born and grew up in Zagreb, Croatia, and lives in Columbia, MD. He is married to Melissa Sinclair, Director of Lifelong Learning for the Washington Ethical Society and National Director of Ethical Education for the AEU.