The Myth of Deadbeat Dads


The brilliant Baskerville article in Liberty.  Early 2002







 This and a lot more very good articles are to be found on professor
Makow's web site at also check
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The Dawn of the Feminist Police State
By Henry Makow Ph.D.
September 9, 2001
In the opening scenes of The Philadelphia Story (1940) Cary Grant is
leaving his wife played by Katherine Hepburn. She breaks his favorite
golf club over her knee. He reacts by throwing her to the ground. The
1940's audience thought nothing of it. But today, Katherine Hepburn, or
a neighbor, could call the police and have Cary Grant arrested for
"domestic assault." Today no man can annoy a woman, let alone leave her,
for fear of charges (real or false) that may result in jail, legal
bills, and the loss of family, property and even job.
These onerous penalties are the result of the "zero tolerance policy"
that many cities have adopted due to pressure from feminist activists.
The policy states that any physical contact, even a tug on a sleeve, is
"domestic assault." The charge is made by the state, not by the victim.
Ostensibly this policy is designed to protect women from violent abuse
but in fact, women are arrested too. The real effect and purpose is to
politicize domestic relationships and to persecute normal heterosexual
In Winnipeg, Canada, where I live, approximately half the 1200 man
police force is permanently engaged in answering domestic calls. "To me
that statistic is staggering," police Chief Jack Ewatski, told the
Winnipeg Free Press (July 20). "It puts a significant stress on our
ability to police the city in other areas." In this city of 600,000,
almost half the inmates at the local "Remand Center" are there for so
called "domestics."
On Monday mornings I interview people at the Courthouse for my web site . Based on about 35 random interviews, I have
found that the fights are usually trivial. The people charged are
usually poor and alcohol is often a major factor. Many called the police
for help to defuse the situation and were shocked to be arrested, finger
printed and jailed. Many missed work and lost their jobs. Some are
arrested just for having an argument. Neighbors report them.
One couple was drinking on St. Patrick's Day, argued and pushed each
other. The male left but the female phoned police about his driving
under the influence. The police arrested her for pushing him. They said
she "didn't know what she was doing when she gave her statement." Later,
at another address, the male was awoken by a loud knock in the middle of
the night. He was arrested for a crime he didn't even know he had
committed and taken to the police station.
"Sometimes I deserve a smack," the male told me. "She gave me one. I
pushed her out of the way and left. We're fine. We're a normal couple.
We had one rough night. No one was hurt. No one charged anyone."
Another man hurt the knock at 2 a.m. He had broken up with his
girlfriend earlier that night. She charged him with holding her arms to
prevent her from hitting him. He has hefty legal bills and risks losing
his job because of a criminal record.
Another man told me: "It's supposed to be a free country but it don't
seem free any more." Other signs of the creeping police state: Often
neighbors report couples who are only arguing. "The walls are thin,"
many people said. A couple was arrested even though they had witnesses
to vouch that they were not fighting. Sometimes the couple doesn't know
who informed on them. This is reminiscent of Communist countries where
every block has a "captain" to ensure politically correct behavior.
Usually, the woman tries to have the charges dropped. She misses her
mate and needs his help with the children. But the State usually insists
on prosecuting.
The bias seems to be against men. Often police will refuse to accept a
charge made by a man. One man who complained his wife bit his finger was
told: "What was your finger doing in her mouth?" Another man was told to
"take it like man." Another, who had a big scratch across his chest was
told "it wouldn't look good" if he made a charge. A defense lawyer told
me: "The women call the shots."
Often women will make false charges to hurt a male or to keep him away
from his children. "Women are making false charges like crazy to get at
men," a legal aid lawyer said. Many men report being charged after they
ended the relationship. One man was prevented from going to the family
business, and subsequently lost it. His wife decided that it was time to
report a scuffle that had occurred three months earlier.
There is disturbing evidence that the police act directly at the behest
of feminist activists. ln the last few months, these activists have
appeared in the media to complain that men are counter charging. They
complained that the Courts have tended to drop cases where charges
cancel each other out. A defense lawyer tells me that police have
recently been given discretion to reject counter charges from men only.
In other words, the policy is blatantly discriminatory. In a fight, a
woman can appeal to the law but a man cannot.
Generally, the policy undermines male leadership. One man reports that
his wife got upset when he criticized her for being lazy. Her neighbors
said, "Teach him a lesson." So she called the police and charged him
with slapping her. He was arrested. "Now we want to be together but we
can't," he says. "She is very upset and sorry."
But the police are capricious and will charge women. One mother of four
on social assistance slapped her common-law husband when he said he
cared nothing about the children. He pushed her against a wall and she
called police. They arrested only her. "That's what I get for being
honest," she said. "I don't know why I'm being persecuted." Another
woman was arrested after her boyfriend complained she wouldn't return
his stuff. They found out she had tapped him with a shower curtain rod
and charged her.
Another woman was not impressed with the protection even this draconian
policy provides. "My ex boyfriend was calling me from jail. He was out
in two days and bothering me. What's the point of calling the police?
It's not worth the trouble."
One thing is sure: In the crush of trivial cases, women or men in
genuine danger will be overlooked. In the past, police had the
discretion to act only in serious cases. Now, they have no choice. As
for feminist activists, they don't care about saving women (who are
sleeping with 'the enemy') but rather about exploiting them for
political purposes. They are making male-female love a perilous
enterprise. The zero tolerance policy runs counter to fundamental
principles of justice. A crime (i.e. injury) must take place before
someone is arrested and jailed. There should be a presumption of
innocence. Trivial acts like slaps should not be treated as crimes.
There should be evidence not just one person's word.
How did we get into this mess? Feminists created hysteria and stampeded
politicians into making this policy. The politicians don't appreciate
that feminism is dedicated to creating a gender-less society by
destroying the institutions of heterosexuality, including marriage and
the nuclear family. Heterosexuals should wake up to the fact that we
have been under sustained attack for about 40 years. It is no
coincidence that the roles of wife and mother have become stigmatized.
It is no accident that in the modern era, men have been consistently
demonized as either weak and ineffective or as brutal immoral rapists.
Feminism killed the Roman Empire because women stopped having children.
There was no one left to fight the barbarians. Feminism will kill us in
the same way. (See: Amaury de Reincourt, Sex and Power in History)
Children are the future. If we don't invest in them, our values and
presence are lost. Since the recent onslaught of feminism in1960, our
birthrate has dropped from 3.9 children per woman to 1.5. That's a 60%
decline in two generations. Replacement is 2.2.
The birthrate is a symptom for something far more profound. The failure
of men and women to form permanent relationships has demoralized
society. Heterosexuals are stalled, acting like teenagers far into their
middle age. If we could measure the toll of personal suffering, we would
see an emotional and spiritual holocaust. Perhaps a better metaphor is
famine because we are love starved and stunted. What is not fed, does
not grow.
Feminist activists have poisoned male-female relations. They use
domestic violence, as well as rape and sexual abuse, to traumatize young
women and turn them against men. Feminists want women to deny their
natural instincts and take on the male sex role instead. Both sexes are
losing their identities and this is creating massive sexual dysfunction.

Domestic violence was never a problem before feminism made it one. It
isn't a problem today. For example, in Canada according to the 1999
General Social Survey, only 7% of people married or common law
experienced "some type of violence" within the previous five years.
These are almost evenly divided between men and women. The rate of
spousal homicide for wives is 7 per million. In the U.S., the murder
rate for wives/girlfriends is between 1 and 4 /1000th of one percent
depending on race.
For the majority of heterosexuals, a successful family is a requirement
for happiness and fulfillment. It is necessary for the future of life on
this planet. As heterosexuals, we are victims of an insidious campaign
of social engineering, which amounts to sexual persecution. Our children
and we are taught that our natural instincts as males and females are
unnatural and wrong. It's time we said: "enough."


. . Scared yet?
A government agency is feeding debtors into the prison
system and not keeping a head count.

It's going to get worse.
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The Ottawa Citizen
Saturday, March 16, 2002

"The booming return of debtors' prisons"

By Dave Brown
senior editor

Debtors' prisons are back in fashion in Ontario and the pleas for help
landing on this desk are increasing.

These are men who are charged with no crime, convicted of no crime,
but are being jailed. It happens at "default hearings" in which they
are called on to explain themselves. Why have they allowed their
court-ordered child support payments to fall into arrears?

An Ottawa Valley man who admits he's in arrears in his support
payments to his first family says he tried to make his case to Family
Responsibility Office (FRO) enforcers in Toronto but didn't find
sympathy or understanding. His driver's license was revoked causing a
serious reduction in his income. He's remarried with three children to
support. If he goes to jail taxpayers will support his new family
indefinitely on welfare. He wants to know who wins.

A Kitchener man faces a family court judge at a default hearing next
week and says his reason for not paying is that he went through a
divorce in the Maritimes and when his ex moved to Kitchener with the
children, he followed to maintain contact with his kids. He was unable
to find employment to match the level he had been earning when support
payments were set. As he fell behind, pressure from FRO increased and
he had to forfeit his passport and driving permit.

A Toronto man, a self-employed consultant, went to a default hearing
with his financial records and no lawyer. He wanted to show how the
economic downturn made it impossible to meet the level of payments set
when he was riding high. The judge had him arrested on the spot and
hauled off to a 90-day stretch.

He says it was an odd experience, being a non-convict in a prison.
Since he wasn't convicted of anything he didn't have the same rights
as a convict, such as work assignments to help kill the boredom.

This booming return to debtor's prison has happened quietly. It's a
response to zero tolerance and the knee-jerk reaction that any man who
isn't meeting court-ordered support is a deadbeat. Every one of them
is different and in different circumstances, but once pegged with that
description, they're prison-bait.

For the best look at how this system got rolling and how it's
operating, we go back to February 2000 when it was explained at a
hearing at Queen's Park. The speaker was Andromache Karakatsanis,
deputy attorney general, and one of the most powerful bureaucrats in
the province. She praised the work of the FRO as one of the most
aggressive enforcement forces in Canada, "and we are constantly making

That was the same FRO that MP Peter Kormos and friends raided and
found chaos, including 90,000 pieces of "unfinished business" and
unopened correspondence lying around. He would later shout in the
legislature that FRO was "non-functioning, in total disarray, total
chaos, and it's no wonder that women and children aren't getting their
money." The agency was moved from under the control of community and
social services to attorney general.

Back to Ms. Karakatsanis.

She boasted to the assembled politicos that FRO was now fixed. It had
by then adopted a new approach to default hearings. "Too often in the
past FRO acted only when somebody complained." A man and woman can no
longer discuss and adjust their situations. They have become state-run

She reported FRO had seized 5,200 driving permits but gave no
indication how many of those men lost all ability to pay because of

Then she dropped in the business about using default hearings to send
men to prison. Men would be sent to jail through non-criminal courts
for unpaid debts. According to those who sat in, not a single elected
eyebrow was raised.

That may change when they realize they are building a sizeable
constituency of angry voters. There are currently 130,000 men in the
province designated as deadbeats. They range from a minority of
determined refusers to men who are in arrears because of job loss or
can't meet the standards set by courts, which are now using "imputed"
incomes. (The amount the man should be earning if he made more

Searching for an answer to how many men are going to prison as
debtors, not convicts, a formal inquiry was fed into the attorney
general's department. The answer came from Sharon van Son, director of

"FRO issues on average 100 new default notices per week, and attends
an average of 350 court matters per week. We do not keep official
statistics on how many go to jail, but we believe this figure to be
approximately 10 per month."

Scared yet? A government agency is feeding debtors into the prison
system and not keeping a head count. It's going to get worse.

FRO has 11 lawyers of its own and contracts out to another 117. It
operates out of an unmarked building north of the 401 and doesn't give
its address.

If you don't hear jackboots you're not paying attention. They're
coming to get you -- or somebody you know.

*Dave Brown is the Citizen's senior editor. E-mail to Read previous columns at

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