Democracy is Dead, but You Already Knew That

I know it’s old news by now but after Donald Trump’s recent wins, a gathering of the elites was held off the Georgia coast in a closed meeting, the purpose of which was to ascertain how to deal with the Donald:

 

“After Trump won the Michigan and Missouri primaries with strong numbers, the establishment went into panic mode. They arranged a meeting between execs of top technology companies Apple, Facebook, and Google, and the members of the GOP establishment including Karl Rove, Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan, Ben Sasse and Kevin McCarthy.

 

The conspirators met on a private island off the coast of Georgia called Sea Island. Their goal? To plot how to stop the GOP front runner—Donald Trump. We don’t know what plans the elite concocted at this meeting because it was invitation-only. However, we may glean the nature of the plan from the events that followed.”

 

The ironic thing is, just about the only thing that right wingers and left wingers can truly agree on is the corruption in Government. Acknowledging that we are ruled by corrupt politicians, banks, and businessmen is the only non-partisan issue in our country. Sure, we might disagree on who exactly represents the villain of the day, but few would ever claim that the political process is without villains.

 

These powers have always had a hand in sculpting the next leader, but to see such blatant and anti-democratic dealings like the secret meeting above is almost a shock to me. It doesn’t surprise me that such things exist, but that the elites have grown so sloppy as to accidentally reveal them, or rather let them be revealed.

 

But what gets me is who else decided to join them. If the republican establishment alone held their meeting behind closed doors then I’d completely understand, because it would be an internal matter, but republicans weren’t the only people on Sutter Island, oh sorry Sea Island. Executives from top tech and social media companies, like Facebook, Apple, and Google allegedly also sat in on the meetings. Why would they need to be there? What contribution did they make? What stake do they hold in this election? I certainly don’t know.

 

The social media and tech powerhouses wouldn’t be there if they didn’t have something to gain by it, or something to protect from Trump. When a tech company donates (for example) 2 million dollars to a candidate, they’re not merely “giving” that money away, as if it was a form of charity. They’re instead investing that money for greater gains later on, either special contracts or exceptions from the law. Why else would someone just hand over millions of dollars? Calling it a political “donation” is a misnomer because it assumes the relationship is asymmetric rather than symbiotic.

 

We all know that Facebook compiles your personal details, and Google’s algorithms track your online search and spending habits. Once you start roping in some of the greatest corporate powers of our age to stop a potential democratically-elected leader, then it should be blatantly clear that there is more to this than just internal Republican party proceedings. In actuality, there is a huge wave of power gearing up against the only populist candidate on the ballot. It is then blatantly clear that the elites are at war, not with Trump, but with you. They may hate Trump because he’s popular, but they hate you more for giving him that popularity. In their eyes, you are a meat-machine, maybe a valuable meat-machine because you are also a worker and a consumer, but nevertheless you are still viewed as an economic unit rather than a human one, and mere economic units aren’t allowed to upset the system. You get to play a hand in it to make yourself feel better but the really important decisions are out of your hands. Hence why the establishment approves all the candidates for you.

 

But that which is chaotic and unnatural is unsustainable, and that which is unsustainable will inevitably end.

 

As I said in a previous post, the elites are becoming desperate, on top of going crazy. They live in a bubble that disassociates them from the real world and its consequences. Within that bubble, a mental state of hyper-competitiveness predominates. When that hyper-competitiveness gets too far or when it’s challenged by an unforeseen shift in the plan, it causes paranoia within the elites, and paranoia is merely intellectual fear. They’re afraid. The elites are afraid.

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It’s afraid… It’s afraid!

They’ve had control for so long that they don’t know what it’s like not to, and that lack of control causes them great trauma.

 

The funny thing is, the end might be a lot closer than any of us originally anticipated. While the elites have developed a myriad of means to keep people controlled, they haven’t developed any alternatives in case they lose containment. Hubris and power made them believe they couldn’t fail. Once more people start breaking out of their blinders then it will essentially be over for the elites, because what else are the elites going to do? They don’t have a contingency plan.

 

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A Few Tips to Improve Your Speaking Ability

This post is inspired by a comment left on one of my previous posts, asking me for any specific advice on sharpening one’s social skills. While I’m no expert, here are a few things that I’ve discovered in my own progress toward better public speaking.

 

1: Write

 

If you can formulate a coherent sentence, then it means the language centers in your brain are all in working order. That might not immediately translate into adequate speech, but it’s a good place to start.

 

The reason why a lot of us trip up or say “um” and “uh” mid-conversation is because our brain needs time to slow down, meanwhile our mouth needs to fill in the conversation with something other than silence. Our cognitive language calculation isn’t fast enough, causing us to stumble.

 

Writing mimics this process without needing to engage your vocal speech centers. You can slow down and collect your thoughts in an organized way.  You can write something, examine it, and write it again. You can sharpen that dull edge of language to a point. You can adjust your vocabulary, learn to use different words, and get rid of your usual vocal crutches.

 

I’ve personally found that my speaking ability has increased a great deal from all the writing that I’ve done over the years. To get started, all you’ll need is a journal or something to categorize your thoughts. If you really want to stretch your language faculties then try writing short stories. Even better: try writing a dialogue between two people. They could be arguing philosophy or simply deciding what to have for dinner.

 

2: Read Out Loud

 

I have always read my stories out loud as form of editing. However, I’ve also done my share of reading blog posts, news articles, etc. I’ve noticed that doing so is where you transition the gains made in your internal language development to external speech. While writing the words on the page may come easily, you still might have issues with articulation, cadence, or volume. This transition should help with that.

 

Many people make mistakes reading out loud because their brain is moving too slow for their eyes, and their mouth to slow for their brain. Once you’ve read a sentence, your eyes are already on the next while your brain is in the middle of processing the current sentence, and funneling words in a particular order to your mouth as the end function. If these parts don’t work in concert then you’re going to stumble, not just in reading these words but also in speaking newly generated sentences in a typical conversation.

 

Learning to read out loud forces you to slow your brain and eyes to match the words that you speak. When I took a voice acting course, the one thing they drilled into us is that most people read too fast as a default, and simply slowing down each word by a quarter of a second allows your brain to read it effectively without any notice in slowing your speech. Doing this as a routine forces your mind, eyes, and mouth to come into sync.

 

Try it out. Try reading this article over again out loud (assuming you’re not on the bus or something).

 

Once you get the basics, you can try with more emotional variety. Learn how to change your tone, your rhythm, your emphasis. Doing so allows you to do the same when talking to others. Most of the time, the emotional content of words gives greater meaning than the words themselves.

 

3: Recite Passages of Difficult Texts

 

Once you’ve learned to effectively read by script, toss the crutch aside and instead learn to read by memory. The skills that you’ve learned in writing and reading will, by this time, be burned into your mental board, so the transition away from reading to speaking should carry over all you’ve done thus far.

 

While increasing the ranks of my fraternity, it was necessary for us to recite from memory, word for word, the passages of our obligations and rituals. This took the burden off my eyes and instead required more of my memory. This more than anything before has helped me be a better speaker.

 

So grab a play or passage of your favorite text, sit down, and learn it word for word. Speak it until you’ve remembered everything perfectly, then speak it in a tone like they were your own words. Become that character or philosopher.

 

4: Go Out With Friends

 

Speaking in solitude will only do so much. You’re going to have to get used to the back and forth of actual conversations.

 

Your friends, assuming they’re good ones, are going to be your first choice because they’ll likely forgive social gaffes, and your friends should be well within your comfort zone.

 

So go out more. Go to a brewery, or have a game night, or just do something social with those around you.

 

5: Talk to Strangers

 

Friends are training wheels. Strangers are the real deal. The next time you check out at the grocery store or give the server your order, how about you talk to them, or ask the how they’re doing. Not the canned way that most people do, but ask them questions. Try to start a conversation.

 

In my experience, a good 80% of verbal mistakes happen during the first sentence or two of a conversation, and that’s largely due to either fear or unfamiliarity.

 

Note: This isn’t meant to be a comprehensive post. It’s merely my own personal strategy that has given me positive results. Yours will vary, but it is worth a try.

 

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What to do About Status Striving

Previous Post: Three Types of Status Competition

 

The results of status striving are varied. On one hand, status striving is an egocentric activity, but the results of some striving – career striving – is necessary for the economic and technological development for society, so balance is needed.

 

Career strivers also can produce functional families, since status isn’t restricted to simply showing off your job, house and car. Having a good family is also an indicator of high status, and getting a “good family” requires good schooling, housing, diet, activities, etc., which all (should) increase the productivity of the next generation.

 

Despite the societal gains made by career strivers, the lifestyle and persona strivers rarely ever create productive outcomes with their behavior, and today we have an over-abundance of lifestyle and persona strivers. The reason: our society is geared toward creating lifestyle and persona strivers.

 

There are no economic opportunities these days for Millennial career strivers. So, if you’re going to get ahead in live or go to college somewhere, it’s going to be around lifestyle and persona. Plenty of kids from the career strivers end up going to their university of choice and come out rabid SJW’s. That’s to be expected. They are the children of strivers, after all.

 

The schools themselves facilitate lifestyle striving rather than career striving, because when a college gets more money to expand they don’t put those funds toward better computer labs or the science department. They instead spend that money on new gyms, expansive menus in the cafeteria, or new and comfortable dorms that emphasize leisure activities which go with lifestyle striving. Next, the increase in social science studies and Gen Ed requirements to take those classes further reinforce persona striving rather than career striving, which in college would have more to do with what job you’ll get and what grades you currently have.

 

So of course it’s no surprise that they follow the conditioning when career striving is so difficult and lifestyle/persona striving is so easy, attractive, and reinforced by the system.

 

 

Ultimately, you can take a person’s desires and redirect them to pro-social ends, like their job, family, and business; or you can redirect them to anti-social ends like protesting, activism, and even revolution. So the problem is inherently economic, partly social, with a sprinkling of the psychological.

 

How do we fix this? Not entirely sure, but let’s assume for simplicity’s sake that we won’t be able to get rid of status striving as a whole. Let’s just assume it’s inherent to the human animal and needs to be worked with, not worked against.

 

Also note the hierarchy of status striving. Career > Lifestyle > Persona. A Lexus beats a yoga class because it flaunts status more effectively, but a yoga class beats bitching about cultural appropriation because it is at least an activity. If you incentivize career striving, or create an environment in which career striving is preferred, then that’s what you’ll get.

 

The first order of business is actually not to rework the universities, as one might expect; it is actually to set the economy right. You can drop all the PC dogma and hate studies, you can even end the university system, but if there are no careers then Millennials will turn to bitching on tumblr anyways. The only difference is that tumblr is free to go as batshit crazy as it can without any authority to rein it in. At least in the university you can have a controlled environment, toxic yes, but still controlled. Stomping out PC education therefore isn’t the complete solution. The main order of business is to set the economy right. If you do that, then you’ll end leftist education by making it superfluous, rather than ending it by fiat.

 

Ending overseas manufacturing and trade would be, in my humble opinion, the most effective option. Exporting labor and importing goods doesn’t necessarily translate to benefits for consumers in the home nation (because prices are just one aspect), but rather conveys benefits in higher profit margins for managers and investors, that is to say: already entrenched career strivers. The next generation has nothing to look forward to in such a setup because there are few in-routes to newcomers. Domestic production, on the other hand, incentives startups and technology as a means of cutting costs, which demands the strengths of tech-savvy Gen X’ers and Millennials, and gives them a personal incentive to career strive.

 

Next, getting the Boomers out of their spot in upper-management would be the most expedient option. Doing so would allow Gen X’ers to take formerly Boomer positions and allow Millennials to move up to where Gen X’ers were. The Gen X’ers who are stuck lifestyle striving and the Millennials currently persona striving would now have a career to focus on. Doing this essentially pacifies the SJW’s in almost every capacity because you’ve changed the environment of the status competition.

 

 

Another alternative, if the Boomers hold out against retirement, is to establish businesses around them and use the potential coming collapse to the Gen X and Millennial advantage.

 

The current economic, social and political climate that the Boomers have created is simply not stable. It could collapse, it might not, who knows. Nevertheless, their influence has created a chaotic situation with a future impossible to predict. It is the opinion of every great investor that the down times are great sources of opportunity, because it is in those down times that the bad investments get cleared out and the good ones start at the bottom. It is here that the second wind could take place.

 

Gen X’ers and Millennials could create their own small businesses to challenge the established Boomer megacorps and franchises, which would ideally become destabilized from their own trashed economy. The Boomer corporations don’t really know how to scale down effectively or how to utilize their workforce or implement new business techniques. For example, Boomer businesses are stuck in the mindset of commuting to work every day so that employers can micromanage their employees, while newer companies are switching to telecommuting and dispersed offices. Granted, working from home might not always work, but the younger generations are at least trying different ideas.

 

For every Gen X’er who creates a startup, they’d need to employ handfuls of Millennials who could potentially become career strivers if the prospect of success was realistic enough. New Gen X’er and Millennial branding could foster brand loyalty on a generational basis and create the perception that the old Boomer businesses are “Grey Hair Only”. Branding off lifestyle and persona striving, then redirecting that sentiment into career striving could initially take market share from the established Boomer businesses while at the same time giving the Millennials a glimpse of their own career potential.

 

 

In that way, you can turn the economic incentives toward career striving and against lifestyle/persona striving, which then shifts the focus away from leftist status signaling and toward material efforts. Society benefits from those efforts, leftism dies on the vine, and the pendulum shifts once again to a conservative, K-selected society. At least one would hope so.

 

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The Three Types of Status Competition

If you weren’t convinced about my previous post, I think this one will offer greater insight into SJW’s and the ground that grows them. Akinokure has several blog posts about the psychological and economical effects that lead to status striving.

 

Out of the whole population, you’re going to have status strivers and non-status strivers. The former see life as a status competition and want to get over on their peers is some capacity, the latter prefer to avoid striving altogether and live a humble life. I don’t fault the former for that desire. As a species and society, we need some handful people to be driven to pursue something more. However, the strivers aren’t always good, or produce beneficial results for the rest of us.

 

For the people who want to engage in a status competition, there are only a few avenues open to them: striving in your career, striving in your lifestyle, and striving in your persona.

 

Career Striving is pretty standard and tame compared to the others. If you’re a career striver then you want to grow your business. You want to move up in the company. You want to be a top scientist in the field, or the greatest musician you can be. You want to make more money and get a bigger home and a fancier car to show off to others.

 

When the economy is in good health, there are many opportunities for strivers to choose their particular career path. There might still be competition against other career strivers, but the many open seats and opportunities keep that competition from becoming too cut-throat. When the pie is growing, it is easier for you to try for a bigger slice.

 

However, if the economy is crap then the competition gets harder. The pie gets smaller. Suddenly career striving takes exponentially more energy for less output and with greater risk. For many of the strivers, they realize that there is no opportunity for a career or a new business. They know they’d be wasting their time trying to find a way in.

 

That is where we find ourselves now. We’re in a recession, where opportunities to create a thriving business are small. We’re also in the economic climate of globalism, megacorporations, and franchises, which favor the already established businesses who got their foot in the door during better times.

 

If you’re interested in that promotion, you’d better forget it. The Baby Boomers are entrenched in upper management, and they’re not intending on retiring anytime soon. If they don’t retire, then the Gen X’ers don’t replace them, and so the Millennials don’t replace the X’ers. If you want a great job, or start a new business, then you’re facing not just an uphill battle but a sheer vertical climb.

 

This has turned people off from career striving, however that doesn’t stop people from striving altogether. So you can’t get a promotion at your job? Whatever. They’re just a bunch of stuck up fat-cats. You can show them how it’s done by living life to the fullest!

 

Lifestyle Striving is a secondary choice, in which you don’t put in sweat at your job, but you instead compete in leisure activities. While the fat-cats are slaving away with an 80 hour work week, you can go hiking in the mountains, meditating at your yoga gym, creating a new Asian-Mex fusion recipe, or eating at the fancy new sushi place. Don’t forget to post pictures on Facebook and Instagram; that’s the whole point. It’s not your paycheck that gives you validation, but the status updates that portray you as trendy and hip, and superior to the lame squares stuck at their jobs.

 

It’s the same premise of displaying status, but done in a cheaper way. It takes work to be a lifestyle striver in that you have to go out and spend your time/money in these places but, compared to the cost of a Porsche and a 2 million dollar house next to a golf course, it is magnitudes cheaper and more accessible than career striving.

 

However, one thing to remember is that lifestyle strivers would prefer to be career strivers, since wealth is a greater display of status than a post on Facebook. The reason why lifestyle strivers resort to such is because they have no real alternatives. They can’t start a new business, not with their college debt. They can’t get that promotion because none are available. So they’re stuck spending $100 a week going out to an expensive ramen place, hitting up the craft brewery and writing a review on yelp to summarize their night. Next week will be a different place, a different bill, and a different review.

 

The vast majority of my coworkers and people my age are lifestyle strivers. When my company asked us what changes we’d like to see in the following year, there were multiple answers along the lines of lifestyle perks: taco Tuesdays, free breakfast on Fridays, karaoke nights (for “team building” of course). All of that is lifestyle based, and truly for the company it’s cheaper to give out free stuff than to pay employees more. For contrast, my request was for stock options, not free food. Still waiting on that one…

 

Nevertheless, lifestyle striving takes at least some effort and money. What if you have no money, at all, whatsoever? Well, you take another step down.

 

Persona Striving is the option of last resort for strivers. They have no career prospects, no money to show how trendy they are, and so they instead have to focus primarily on their online persona.

 

They don’t buy trendy things, or go out and do trendy things, but instead work on displaying to others some deep, esoteric (and sometimes entirely fictional) character traits. Social Justice Warriors embody this to a T, as their twitters and tumblrs are looking more and more like character sheets of some strange board-game than the short autobiographies of actual people. Granted, not every persona striver is a SJW, because you can wrap your online persona around video games, or anime, or philosophy, or elves, or conservative politics, or whatever; but in my experience SJW’s are more involved in persona striving.

 

Political Correctness, anti-sexism, anti-racism, etc. are more often than not the result of persona striving, because how else are you going to be better than others if you can’t compete with them with money or by your trendy leisure activities? It is far easier to beat someone over the head with a political agenda (or your gamer-score, or your atheism) than it is to leave your house and do actual things.

 

You don’t need to go out and do yoga, like the lifestyle strivers, but you can portray yourself as a holier persona for pointing out how problematic it is to engage in cultural appropriation.This is by far the lowest strategy of the strivers. These online personas don’t need to reflect any real-world person and they don’t need to contain genuine beliefs. They can be entirely fictional – a front used to get over on others.

 

It’s very difficult to fake a good job and a nice car without actually having one. It’s less difficult, but difficult enough, to portray yourself as a foodie without going out to eat, or a health nut without eating those healthy nuts. But on the internet, you can make yourself out to be whatever you want. Persona strivers are basically LARPers in the digital realm who don’t put away the costumes unless they’re alone or have to step outside.

 

Special thanks to akinokure and his blog for the inspiration for this and the following post. If you like the content here then be sure to check him out.

 

Up Next: The Social Impact of Striving and How to Fix It.

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References (by akinokure):

The Generational Structure of Status

Persona Contests: The Next Development in Status Competition

College as a Part of Lifestyle Competition

 

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Are Poor Social Skills Contributing to Political Correctness?

Political correctness of today is designed outline offensive speech and behavior. But that begs the question: who would need such an outline? If people have manners and know correct etiquette then that should be enough to grease the social gears across almost any situation. I don’t need Political Correctness to know I shouldn’t offend anyone with a racial slur. I already know that if I want to close the deal I have to be persuasive and likeable. So why PC?

 

I have a friend in particular who is socially immature due to her not being neurotypical (not autism, but certainly different brain development). She can tend to make social gaffes and say offensive things involuntarily. Her intentions are always good, but her lack of social grace causes her to make mistakes. She corrects for this by preemptively stating to others that she might say some weird stuff sometimes, and that she doesn’t mean harm. That seems to work for her.

 

But let’s say you put her in a room with a handful of other people like her, and you remove the primer that she means no harm. Likely they are going to offend each other up and down until they get the bright idea to create a social code which outlines offensive things not to say, in order for them to get along with each other. Since they can’t navigate normal social communications, they instead need to have an outside and artificial source to tell them what is acceptable and not. I personally believe that Political Correctness is that code for SJW Millennials.

 

SJW’s are Millennials (though not every Millennial is a SJW), and Millennials more than any other generation are cursed with poor socialization. While the Gen X’ers had access to the movies and video games of their time, the lack of internet forced them to go into the outside world to see those movies with friends, and go to arcades for video games. Even the uber nerds who played Dungeons and Dragons in their basements were still engaging in social behavior long before the advent of online games.

 

Millennials have always had the internet and ubiquitous entertainment to keep them from going outside and thus learning typical social skills. The worst of these Millennials were likely ostracized from the main peer group for being too weird. They formed their own groups among the misfits, and misfits tended to become attracted to SJW ideals because it put a narrative to their low status. They (wrongly) believe the white-cis-hetero-normative-white-supremacist-patriarchy cast them out as the dregs of society for their lack of privilege, and not their lack of social skills.

 

If they do gain any social skills at all, then it is through the limited discourse found on the internet. It is no wonder they can’t pick up on verbal tone, facial expressions or body language when most of their communication is restricted to pure text. If body language makes up the bulk of human communication, then of course these SJW Millennials are going to be far, far behind the rest of the pack in terms of interacting with others.

 

They don’t see subtlety or the innuendo behind a joke or phrase. No matter how funny others find it, they don’t seem to “get it”, and instead only focus on definitions of the words. They also don’t seem to be able to grasp the deeper context within a conversation and thus the overall point. When a bad word is spoken, regardless of context, it “triggers” an emotional reaction that is immediate and primal rather than rational. You can find a whole host of examples on tumblr of a person becoming enraged at a word, phrase or behavior that, when looked at in context, is actually innocuous and actually means no harm.

 

Political Correctness is thus an attempt for the socially-stunted SJW to adapt to these circumstances. It tries make up for the SJW’s lack of socialization by forcing others to change their communication styles to suit the SJW’s limited understanding. What clinches the correlation for me are these four things:

  1. Years ago, Political Correctness gained its moniker because politicians carefully crafted their words as to not offend any potential voter-base. At the time, it was common knowledge that something being “Politically Correct” wasn’t actually correct. It was just political theatre, not originally intended to be a moral code that the populace at large had to adhere to. Only now, as the Millennials age, does it suddenly become a social imperative.
  2. The strongest push for politically correct speech comes from younger Millennials. None of the older generations of Boomers and Gen-Xs wanted PC to become more radical or applicable to our everyday speech. Even older liberals like Bill Maher hate Political Correctness just as much as their older, conservative counterparts. Only the young blood SJW’s are pushing so hard for it to become universal and radicalized.
  3. Colleges have the highest concentration of Political Correctness, and they are also the places that socially immature Millennials migrate toward after high school. A lot of people think that it is college corrupting the youth, and they’d be right to an extent, but the Millennials themselves have a hand in pushing the institution further left. Both reinforce the other in a death spiral.
  4. The proliferation of “safe spaces” isn’t just a fluke; it’s actually a signal that we have a generation of people who cannot interact socially with anyone but like individuals. To them, it is more comfortable to close yourself away then to have to learn to deal with people that, for all intents and purposes, are speaking an entirely different language.

 

The rule book of Political Correctness is going to get bigger, stricter, and more intricate as younger Millennials slip further behind in socialization. In my opinion, the worst part about all this is how unnecessary it is. If you have enough experience in social intercourse then you don’t need a code of conduct to know what is appropriate. That leaves PC as a poor substitute for normal development.

 

I’d like to believe that these things run in cycles. That the increase in Political Correctness and malformed social skills will create the conditions which eliminate it later on. Trees don’t grow to space, after all, because their height becomes their undoing. But that assumes a natural cycle. Who is to say what will happen as new technology is introduced?

 

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The Cancellation of Roosh’s International Meetup – What Happens Next?

Given the reaction last year of Roosh going to Canada, I’m not all that surprised about the backlash against the International Meetup, nor lies spread about it. However I wasn’t expecting this level of backlash, or this level of blatant falsehoods. It’s as if the media doesn’t even care that people can look up the source material. I don’t know what’s more disappointing, that the media doesn’t expect people to go to the source, or that people just don’t.

 

I mean, if Roosh really wanted to rape people, he wouldn’t have spent years studying seduction techniques. He would have instead invested in chloroform. But whatever. Media narratives don’t have to be consistent, or realistic. Anyways…

 

Was it a smart move to cancel the international meetup? Probably. But regardless, now it is done, and question remains: where do we go from here? Obviously, there will be other meetups, but until then here are a few of my ideas to try to turn lemons into lemonade.

 

Stay Together

 

As I stated in my Red Pill Civil War piece, it’s important that the manosphere stays resolute. Group loyalty under pressure is what gives us a comparative advantage. In contrast, the SJW’s have strength in numbers, but they don’t have strength in unity, and they don’t have strength through hardship. All we have to do is stay strong, apply gruella tactics, espionage, and play an already disloyal group against itself and we’ll win, in time.

 

Tactical retreats are acceptable under certain conditions. Even losing a fight every once in a while is a critical lesson to learn. Perhaps we’ve learned more from not having the meetup than having it go smoothly. We know now to apply different tactics in the future and to prepare ourselves accordingly.

 

Make Yourself Anti-Fragile

 

If there’s sweet lemonade to be made by this it’s knowing that now you need to be anti-fragile. Take banterloud’s piece highlighting the outright violent statements made against Roosh – how people want to rape him, castrate him, even kill him. The deluge of legitimate hate-speech is something to both marvel at and alarm you.

 

Now, I don’t think those people are capable of killing someone, because they’re cowards. The loudest keyboard jockeys are usually the biggest wimps precisely because they can’t show their bravado any other way. Real men who have been in conflict know the wages of violence and pay those dues sparingly.

 

But even so, this was a wake up call to not give the opposition an opening. There are plenty of resources out there on how to cover your bases which, by now, should be clearly valuable to you.

 

Advice for Roosh

 

Though I doubt Roosh will ever read it here, I will give my unsolicited opinion.

 

I don’t believe Roosh is a bad guy with bad intentions. I know the main point of contention the media has with him is over a piece of satire that they’re spinning. Whatever, rabbits gonna rabbit. However, Roosh is going to have to avoid any interviews with the press, otherwise he’s going to have a repeat of the Dr. Oz PR disaster.

 

Roosh’s approach to interviews is to be calm, collected, and explain things as simply as possible. While that’s great as a teaching method, it does not align well with entertainment. Truly, the news has just become another vector for mindless entertainment thanks to the trend of clickbait garbage in recent years. You can’t even call it journalism anymore. They’re not interested in a debate. They’re not even interested in a dialogue. All the media is looking to do is rustle jimmies for ad revenue. They’ll never give the other side a fair chance, not in a million years.

 

Roosh’s current approach leaves him open for more defeat. As Vox would say, Roosh is trying to bring a dialectical argument to a rhetorical battle. It’s not going to work. Unless Roosh changes his style to a more in-your-face-give-no-fucks tactic as seen in the likes of Donald Trump then he’s only going to become the media’s punching bag. Personally, I don’t think Roosh is capable of being that aggressive. That’s not a mark against him, but rather that his natural demeanor is not set up for it. He needs to play to his strengths.

 

If you want examples, look at the aforementioned Vox Day. Look at Mike Cernovich. These guys don’t really care what the media says. They do their own thing while building their defenses accordingly.

 

Gaining Converts

 

If Roosh wants a tactic that might work, here’s one for thought.

 

The media has dumped a load of blatant lies about Roosh and the Manosphere for some time, and these lies do indeed convert people to their side, but not everyone. There is nothing you can do about the useful idiots who blindly accept whatever news article they read without going to the source. They’re beyond help.

 

But what do you do about the person who gets riled up and decides to check out the source for himself (gendered pronoun intentional)? If he reads Roosh’s piece and concludes “that wasn’t as bad as I thought it’d be” then you have yourself a potential convert in two ways. 1: he does not dismiss those ideas outright and, even if he does, 2: he now has doubt about the media for giving him the wrong expectation (see Mundane Matt).

 

It is that doubt that Roosh should capitalize on.

 

Roosh needs to continue writing, and writing in such a way as to speak to neutral parties. Pandering to his base isn’t needed; he already has it locked down. He needs to instead cultivate the image of someone presenting his ideas with an even, rational hand. Notice how his detractors call him a rapist with “backwards” thinking. They don’t usually charge him with ignorance or idiocy because his ideas (when actually read) are well spoken.

 

This approach will simultaneously grab the attention of bystanders while showing how stupid the media is when they try to sell people on trumped-up charges. The more the media tries to slander, the wider the gulf between their narrative and reality, more it appears like they’re chasing windmills and shouldn’t be trusted. This is the gap in the media’s armor, and it has been exploited many times before. Take Rolling Stone as an example of how the media stretched the truth too far and pulled a muscle.

 

Lastly, he should retweet and quote the most ridiculous statements made against him by the establishment and SJW’s. He’s already doing this to an extent, but if he can divert attention to them, and display himself as more stable, more intelligent, and more put-together person than said SJW’s, then, relatively speaking, the bystanders are more likely to be pulled by his persona alone.

 

Remember, at this point we’re not necessarily debating the truth. In the days of identity politics, it’s all about image. His image as a playboy is what’s going to get attention, while his words demeanor are going to change minds.

 

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Elite Self-Destruction

When times are bad, you tend to ally yourself with a group of people to stay strong. For example, during war you band together with your fellow soldiers or militiamen or whatever to fight off a common enemy. During a storm, you might collectivize resources with your neighbor so that you both can wait out the danger together.

 

But when times are good, there is less of a motivation to ally yourself to any particular group or group identity. If you don’t need help in getting a reward (because everything is so plentiful) then why willingly share that reward with others? This is the psychological essence of laissez faire capitalism. Everyone is their own man, to go out and make something of themselves, by themselves.

 

While this sounds great for the Andrew Ryan’s of the world, the problem is that, in this environment of individuality, loyalty wanes due to the greater financial incentive of doing it alone. Loyalty is a virtue that applies to group dynamics. To be loyal is to put someone else’s needs or the group’s needs above your own. It means you follow the rules and don’t stab anyone in the back for the good of The Order, whatever Order that might be. Loyalty might require you to step aside and let someone else go before you, or that you step down entirely. You do this not for yourself, but for the benefit of the whole.

 

Without loyalty, the climate of radical individualism creates a psychological condition of hyper-competitiveness as each person vies for their slot at the top. The economy itself might not be a zero-sum game, but that promotion only has one open seat, and you deserve it. The greater the competition and the more everyone is out for themselves, the more passive aggressiveness becomes active aggressiveness, and covert fighting becomes overt fighting. This creates a crab pot scenario – everyone is climbing to the top whilst pulling down everyone else so that no one actually gets out.

 

The elites in the media, political, and academic spheres have engaged in this same individualist hyper-competition against each other for years. It isn’t a competition of wealth accumulation or career status per se, but of who can be the most Progressive, who can advocate the most for equality, diversity, and other people’s rights.

 

The negative consequences from some of these experiments have created a dangerous world that now incentivizes group-orientation to survive. If you want a perfect example of this, see the refugee crisis in Germany. The elites brought in Muslim refugees as a display of Diversity advocacy despite the populace wishing otherwise, which created a hostile environment for the natives, which facilitated the populace to band-together for safety, which now increases the ranks of the dissent. The more the elites push this agenda, the greater the retaliatory force grows, which, eventually, will overpower the elites themselves. However, the elites are not in-tune with the life of the common man to understand their defense mechanism; they just think people are racist.

 

The elites are going to be several decades behind the populous in becoming more group-centered because they are insulated from the problems that create group-collectiveness. They have the resources to construct little bubbles away from the storms and wars that unite the rest of mankind. They still live in a world of relative plenty, which incentivizes them to engage in hyper-competitiveness over politics, or social justice, or wealth accumulation even while orcs storm the gates. What recourse do the elites have against this scenario? None.

 

“A house divided cannot stand” is solid wisdom, but what of a house in which every member is divided against the other? There is no house, only a crater. Group collective action is always going to be more powerful than a loose collection of individualistic status-strivers precisely because the group is loyal enough not to stab each other in the back for personal gains. They not only have strength in numbers, but also strength in unity.

 

The competitive elite don’t just have an enemy in the Populi, which is stronger than them due to in-group loyalty, but they also have an enemy in every other elite that is working for their own, personal ends, who isn’t afraid to throw another under the bus to get ahead, or blowup the whole goddamn artifice if they don’t get their way. In short, they cannot collectivize an effective counter-attack. For as soon as one elite says, “just send in the army already”, another elite will slink away and ally with the populous to ensure their own safety.

 

Our job, as the populace, is to ensure that we don’t break ourselves apart due to moderates, entryists, saboteurs, and most importantly – ourselves. There are many divisions to mankind – racially, culturally, and ideologically – but so long as there’s a greater enemy then all those things are secondary. While it may seem like the elites have far more power in this day and age, the truth is that all their plans are coming together to cut off their own legs. Remember that the cycles of elitism and populism are cycles for a reason.

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The Red Pill Civil War

There has been a dustup once again between PUA’s of TRP community and Alt-right folks. This isn’t anything new, since neither side has ever truly seen eye to eye, despite the fact that they are both comrades against a larger foe.

 

For the record, I identify multitudes more as an alt-right conservative (and traditionalist) than I do as a PUA/Gamer (which I’ll refer to here as a player for simplicity’s sake). However, I have to side with Roosh and his affiliates for this one, for four main reasons:

 

Players didn’t start the degeneracy.

 

Alt-right people throw around the insult that players are degenerates. Well, they are, but they know they are too. They don’t hide the fact. They don’t deny it. They know the world is screwed up and they’re a part of it. Even though they have a hand in this degeneracy you can’t blame them for starting it.

 

Depending on who you ask, the degeneracy set in at either: the European Enlightenment, the Anglican reforms of England, the American Civil War, the New Deal, World War Two, or the Baby Boomer Sixties. Each era has its own part to play in the slow descent into degeneracy, but, guess what? It wasn’t the players’ fault. They didn’t start it, they only reacted to it.

 

Game as we know it started out simply as a strategy to pick up (and keep) women. This strategy was not some artificial thing created by the joos, but rather a market force seeking to fill a demand. Plenty of men in the early 2000’s were trying their hardest to find the right woman, only to find themselves as sloppy seconds, or thirds, or fifteenths, behind a line of Chad Thundercocks. They didn’t like this fact, obviously. They realized they couldn’t change the world so they decided to change themselves. “Degeneracy” aside, that isn’t a poor strategy.

 

If the world were changed tomorrow in the way that many alt-right people envision, then the vast majority of these guys would settle down with wifey and happily contribute to their family, nation, etc. Many have said they would do as such. Roosh himself has realized that there must be something greater out there beyond the puss. Given this, the players of TRP are not a force of resistance against the cause of the alt-right. Actually, they’re quite the opposite.

 

Game is a gateway drug.

 

Many men had their minds blown when exposed to the Red Pill. This brainshock wasn’t confined to women’s nature and their sexual proclivities, but it also motivated these men to seek out other Red Pills which falsified a great many other lies told to them throughout their lifetime.

 

Many have rejected equality and diversity and a host of other Progressive ideals because of the initial pill that Game provided them. It selected people for skepticism and encouraged them to question what they had been taught.

 

The Alt-Right has many thanks to give for Roosh and others who have slowly opened men’s eyes. I have seen it myself how a player of loose political affiliation slowly acclimated to alternative news and anti-SJW platforms because of how game intersected loosely with the Alternative Right.

 

Attacking the same side is what progressives and moderates do.

 

The right’s tactical advantage against the left is our belief in things greater than the individual which bring us together, things such as Our Nation, Our Culture, Our Ancestors, or Our God (pick at least one). Progressives, on the other hand, are in a status competition against everyone, including other Progressives. The nature of their ideology causes them to divide battle-lines against each other, to police each other, and to backstab each other whenever they slip up, because the person who can be the most Progressive wins.

 

That means the Progressive House is already divided against itself. If it wasn’t for the bandage of Intersectionality artificially holding them together then every college would become a battle royal of victim complexes. That bandage won’t hold forever, and the left is poised to self-destruct when that day comes.

 

The winning strategy to beat a loose collection of individualists with no personal loyalty is to band together in a strong group, because coordinated group action will always achieve more than individuals who resent working with each other.

 

Thus, solidarity is the right’s strength. So why in the hell do some alt-rightists think it’s appropriate to start a Civil War? This is why I partially think the division is orchestrated by SJW’s. Why would you want to alienate potential allies when you both have a common enemy? Ideological purity is the left’s thing.

 

The SJW snakes pull this crap all the time. They asked Vox Day to distance himself from Roosh. Then, they went to Roosh and asked him to distance himself from Vox. They want their targets alone and isolated so that they can be made weaker. Why give them that?

 

Fight the bigger foe first, then worry about smaller things later.

 

The leading cause of this degeneration is Progressivism, and it should be the primary target which the right focuses on. It poses the greatest threat (keyword: threat) to the right and everything else the right holds dear. While players that are going along to get along make for some soft, easy targets, they aren’t the problem, so what victory would that be worth? At the end of the day, what would that accomplish?

 

The players ultimately hate this degeneracy as much as the alt-righters do. They want women to be more pure, respectable and feminine. They hate the fact that they need to put exponentially more energy into a far lower quality product than what their grandfather got. They hate the fact they can’t get close and open up to most women because of how our culture encourages betrayal by portraying it as “independence”. Yes, there is a difference in lifestyle taste between the player and the conservative, but that’s all it really amounts to. Both are essentially on the same side.

 

Only once this degeneration is stopped and reversed can the ideological pruning begin, but not before, not until victory is achieved.

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It’s a New Year, so I’m Looking for Feedback.

I’ll be taking a few days off from posting so I can work on ideas and strategies for the upcoming year. In the meantime, I was hoping to get some feedback as to how I can improve things here.

 

This blog has fanned out in many different directions. I’ve talked about self improvement, gave some writing advice, shown a few short stories, commentated like a NeoReactionary, and ranted about PC leftism. It’s been broad scope instead of narrow, with topics based on whatever’s on my mind. I figure it’s a good time to get some feedback as to which topics I might need to focus on, or which ones to avoid in the future.

 

Let me know what you like, and/or what you don’t like, what could be improved upon, what you’d like to see more of, what you’d discontinue, etc.Hell, it doesn’t just have to be about my shit here; your critiques could be about TRP or the Manosphere in general. What do you think is missing from our little corner of the internet? What are your beefs? What brings you here? etc.

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Obligatory Star Wars Post: Male Vs. Female Storytelling – How the New Star Wars is Written for Women

I have written before about the difference in the male and female human conditions, differences that come from the how each sex comes to maturity. While both become physically mature all the same, with or without society’s input, the culture does indeed have different standards for the mantle of “manhood” and “womanhood”, because the culture at large requires different things from men and women. These standards directly tie into how you tell a story for a male or female audience, because how you structure the events plays to the human condition of the male and the human condition of the female. Star Wars is no exception, and I wasn’t too surprised to find firsthand that the story is written not for boys, but for girls.

 

First, what are the differences in the male and female human conditions? To summarize, there are experiences that all men share because of how the human male matures. There are also experiences that all women share because of how they experienced their maturity. These experiences are not the same. Similarly, reproduction comes with different costs to men and women, because women get pregnant and men do not. Eggs being valuable mean a woman doesn’t have to prove herself worthy of reproduction – she already is – while sperm being plentiful means men have to demonstrate their value.

 

This is the shorter version:

 

“In its most basic form, the male human condition is about becoming a man worthy of reproduction through demonstrable strength, intellect, and/or dominance. That is a man’s purest quest, condensed. However, the female human condition is about holding onto the things that nature, genetics and circumstance have given her without her control.”

 

In boys, we expect them to display through action that they have ascended from the life of a boy to the life of a man. Tribal rituals throughout the world and throughout time have shown this in the form of spirit journeys, hunting rituals, walkabouts, etc. If a man does not act toward this achievement, then he is not considered a man, no matter how many years he’s been alive.

 

Girls are different. Girls mature not as a matter of purposeful action, but from the passive passage of time. Girls are considered “women” when they reach a certain age because their fertile years are made clear by her first period, while there is always a question as to whether a boy has the capacity to have children. This was more of an issue when life expectancies were low and the tribe needed to reproduce quickly, but those undertones still have lasting repercussions for us today.

 

From the first world to the third world, women achieve womanhood not by her purposeful action, but when she comes to some arbitrary age, whereby the culture around her celebrates her sudden maturation. Her main struggle isn’t in acquiring maturity, but by holding onto youth and fertility, while a boy’s struggle is in becoming a man in the first place. This has strong implications in crafting stories for boys and girls.

 

Since this post is about Star Wars, I’ll start with the original trilogy. It tells a story of a boy, yes a boy, who goes on an incredible journey to… save the day, yes, but also become a man, in a sense. Luke’s story of boyhood to manhood is representative of his Jedi training. In the beginning of the first movie, he is completely unaware that he even has the capability for that power, for it is something mysterious and spiritual. He is told of his great potential but he is also told that getting there will be a long and difficult struggle. It is clear by Obi Wan’s words that his power is something earned through action.

 

Those powers don’t appear “accidently” or during times of great trial – it doesn’t manifest as a “miracle” or a get-out-of-the-trash-compactor-free card. If it is present at all then it is passive, in the background, but waiting to be awakened, as seen in him destroying the Death Star. The Empire Strikes back shows Luke in the equivalent to his adolescent teenage phase, in which he must test and refine his relatively weak powers. His training with Yoda makes it clear that he has a long way to go. In Return of the Jedi, Luke has his powers, from mind tricks to force pulls, but is now placed in final stages of manhood in which he is given a choice as to how to use his powers.

 

This is storytelling that speaks to the male’s human experience because the “powers” within embody starting life as a boy and finishing as a man, powers which are not freely given, but worked toward.

 

Even the prequel movies have some of this aspect in the character of Anakin Skywalker. When we meet child Anakin, he doesn’t show hidden abilities at all. If they are expressed, they are only in the background as he races pods or flies a spaceship. He can’t immediately and consciously use them, and it isn’t until extensive training that he becomes something greater (although the massive time-skip between the first and second movies leaves all this training out).

 

However, this is not the case for the new Star Wars. It is, in my opinion, storytelling for little girls and young women. (Spoilers incoming)

 

In The Force Awakened, Rey is the new Jedi to be, but unlike the previous installments of Star Wars, she doesn’t have to work for her Jedi powers. At the beginning of the movie, she shows no indication of being a Jedi. There are no passive abilities as previously seen in Luke’s mental communication with Obi Wan or Anakin’ piloting abilities, and there is no older mentor to see the great potential within her. Instead, her powers manifest almost randomly as a “miracle” halfway through the movie.

 

When she holds Anakin and Luke’s original light saber, she is suddenly inundated with prophetic visions – visions which only happened to Anakin and Luke after they had been through extensive training. Later, Rey is captured by the new Imperials and is interrogated. In the span of only a few minutes, she is able to resist a Sith’s mental attack as well as use a Jedi mind trick to escape. In doing so, she manages to perform a feat that Luke could not do until Return of the Jedi and Anakin could not do until the second prequel movie, and both only after extensive training. To Rey, it all just comes naturally. Toward the end of the movie, Rey is able to successfully force-pull a lightsaber when her opponent – a trained Sith apprentice who can stop lasers in mid-air – could not.

 

All these powers randomly appear without any sort of training. She just “taps into” these abilities without any foreknowledge or practice. It’s almost as if these powers are out of her control. Thus, they aren’t a work of her purposeful action, but of passive circumstance. Sound familiar? Sounds to me like an allegory of how girls achieve womanhood.

 

Girls don’t have to be concerned with attaining their womanhood through active means because their looks, their fertility, their maturity, all are given through puberty and not attained through the young woman’s own action. So of course Rey’s powers randomly appear as if by divine intervention, “unlocking” so to speak, and not earned through hard work like how Luke and Anakin gained theirs, because this is a Star Wars movie written for girls and women, who all have gone through (or will go through) the female human condition of attaining their “powers” through completely passive and unconscious means.

 

And no, Rey getting the skills of a master within the first movie isn’t due to her being a Mary Sue. Anakin Skywalker was as much of a Mary-Sue (Marty-Stu?) in the first prequel, but that didn’t stop him from needing to work toward his powers. Rey and this new Star Wars seem to be the only exception to the rule that power is something worked toward instead of something “discovered within yourself”. Granted, there are two more movies to go, but already this one has broken the Star Wars mold, and applied a different standard to Rey than her forbearers.

 

The movie as a whole was not bad in my opinion, serviceable, largely due to the entertaining spectacle of it all, but the mechanics of Rey’s powers are not in line with the previous Star Wars and are clearly a theme of our more female-oriented times. Normally, that wouldn’t be a problem, because there are many good, entertaining stories done in this format. There’s nothing inherently wrong on inferior about such a narrative, but this is Star Wars we’re talking about. Star Wars was first and foremost a fairytale for boys. It spoke to the male human condition in deep and profound ways, and gave little boys and young men an ideal to strive toward, hence why it became so popular in the first place. That core aspect of Star Wars is now lost in favor of a wider demographic.

 

When more politically correct science fiction fans repeat the mantra that opening these properties to “diverse casts” doesn’t “take away” from anyone else’s fun, they’re unfortunately sorely mistaken because they do not understand the source – what aspects make it what it is, or why it was successful in the first place.

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