I’m going to cover three things in this post and I’ll throw them out there immediately so we all know where I stand on these issues.
- The claim that the alt-right is somehow responsible for Trump’s victory.
- The rise of anti-semitism in the alt-right.
- The rise of rape in the PUA community.
In order as listed my answers in short form are:
Recently I have noticed a tendency in the comments section of articles and in posts on Gab for the claim that the alt-right is somehow responsible for getting Trump elected. I understand this delusion of grandeur and I am not surprised by it. But it’s still completely wrong. Two things got Trump elected. The fact that he understood the current political mood of the general electorate and ruthlessly exploited it with a campaign that behaved with precision to cut out a superb electoral college vote victory. And the fact that he was up against the worst presidential candidate in living memory while being backed up by the worst sitting president in living memory.
Hillary Clinton made reference to the alt-right as a cheap shot designed to distract and score points against a supposedly weak and easily mocked outlier segment of the community. She was wrong on both counts and it backfired on her. This caused the alt-right to receive some media attention. Yippee. But if you think that this somehow caused Trump’s victory you are grievously mistaken. The people who got Trump across the line are not on the internet. In fact I would be surprised if 10% of the adult population is on the internet at all. This is the reason that internet advertizing does not work. Politicians are finally coming around to understanding that something that causes “outrage on Twitter” usually means that a couple of dozen troublemakers are doing their best to create as much white noise as possible.
We’re just not that important folks. The numbers don’t add up and most of us were all going to vote for Trump anyway if given the opportunity. We are a small corner of the internet which in of itself is a small corner of the general population. Get over yourselves. Trump did it all on his own.
Now on to point number two. I caught this article on Return of Kings about the National Geographic gender issue. I was nodding my head in agreement as I read along until I was jolted by this paragraph:
With the nomination of Gary Knell (former CEO of Sesame Workshop) as the CEO of the National Geographic Society and of Susan Goldberg as editor in chief of National Geographic magazine, the now 100% Jewish-controlled National Geographic network is ready to promote usual globalist narratives, like in their recent edition entitled “the New Europeans,” openly defecating on millennia of European cultural heritage, in a giant “Fuck you dad!” move, that would have made Angela Merkel proud.
It’s not merely the xenophobia that is the problem here. It’s that this information is completely irrelevant to the argument. That is unless your argument is that anything that is owned by Jews is deviant and subversive, hence the xenophobia. I wasn’t the only one to be disappointed by this. Robert McCain has also written about the RoK article in an excellent piece titled, Anti-semitism ruins everything.
Blaming the faults and woes of the world on the Jews is infantile, imbecilic, and unoriginal. My brain turns to mush when I read shit like this because it is the same ad hominem disqualifying tactic that the Left routinely uses. Unfortunately it seems to be on the rise in the manosphere. What makes it truly disappointing is that we have an actual clear and present danger enemy in Islam. What makes it ironic is that Israel is one of the very few countries in the world that has consistently given the Muslim world the big finger for the past fifty odd years.
You won’t be hearing any anti-semetic nonsense from me. If Israel needs to be criticized then I will line up with the rest of them. But otherwise this sort of rubbish undermines any credible argument that you might have been making.
Finally to the rapey side of the PUA community which I discovered while reading Blackdragon’s piece titled, I officially disavow and repudiate rapey PUA. I was never a part of the PUA community for the simple fact that I worked out all of the pickup stuff by myself in the 1990s before the internet was ever a thing. I heard of The Game in the mid-2000s but it never registered with me for the same reason. Anyway, here is Blackdragon to put it into context:
Over the last three years or so, there has been a disturbing amount of cases regarding PUAs, or men somehow associated with PUA, who are either defending rape, recommending rape, teaching techniques that are equivalent to sexual assault, and in some recent cases, actually committing and being found guilty of rape.
He goes on to disavow himself of all of these reprehensible points.
Unfortunately I am not surprised by this. The nature of the internet is such that people can only achieve some sense of achievement and peer recognition by a never ending series of one-upmanship. With everything having been written and discussed on pick-up ad nauseam it was inevitable that things would move in this direction. This is particularly true of the PUA community because it is less about how to pick up girls and more about being accepted as a man by other men. These young men are severely lacking in any form of rites of passage into manhood and they turn to anonymous and destructive internet communities in an attempt to prove themselves and gain acceptance.
Even though this is not a pick-up blog and I have never written about pick-up, I feel that I too must state my position on this. Sexual assault is not just reprehensible – it is a crime, a crime that attacks a woman’s soul even more than her body. The very idea that young men on the internet are contemplating rape as a way of impressing their internet peers shows just how far the world has fallen in a moral sense. It is symptomatic of our times.