The likelihood is that you are not red-pilled.

There is a certain predictability that goes with the general response to any of my articles that cause controversy. The standard line goes something like this: the article in question creates an uproar that usually consists of arguments centered on misdirection, strawmen arguments, ad hominem attacks and outright lies; I write a follow-up article that rebuts all of the usual bullshit; crickets.

Typically the first article will receive anything from 50 to 100 comments on my site, XYZ magazine and its Facebook page. The follow-up article will usually be lucky to get a total of 5 comments.

It has happened so many times that sometimes I wonder why I bother writing the follow-up. I’m still wondering.

There has been a great deal of talk over the last 12 months of people being “red-pilled.” It is the label de jour of the moment. The Z Man has noticed this trend as well.

One of the stranger bits of the current year is how people all over the ideological map are claiming to be “woke”, “aware” and “red-pilled” despite believing things that directly contradict things other “woke”, “aware” and “red-pilled” people believe.

The reality is that people cluster in herds and organise themselves in hierarchies so that they feel safe with their place in the world. They create for themselves a habitat that to them feels secure. They then spend an inordinate amount of time finding other people who feel the same way, while investing even more time in convincing themselves that whatever it is or who it is that they are currently following is the be all and end all of life, the universe and everything.

This investment is done not so that they can be right or so that they can know truth; it is so they can belong.

The act of being red-pilled is not just about being ‘woke.’ In fact the waking part is one of the final steps on the journey. By the time you have awoken you have already done most of the hard work, you just didn’t realise it on a conscious level.

The real key to being red-pilled is the ability to think for oneself. This ability is anathema to the act of belonging to a group or a crowd. The two must be mutually exclusive. General acceptance is a very big sign that someone is full of shit and trying to sell you something.

This is nothing new. It has been known for millennia. But it doesn’t matter as in general people do not want to have to really think for themselves. It is much safer and much more comforting to place ones faith in an external belief and to then rigidly hold to that dogma in the face of any contradictory evidence. People prefer to kill themselves and die still believing rather than face the horrible reality that not only have they been lied to, not only did they fall for it, but that they wanted to fall for it all along.

It took me about 23 years in my adult life to become ‘woke’ as we now call it. The number of other red-pilled men that I know is very small indeed. But there is no red pill community as men who are red pilled don’t seek a community. There is no red pill leader because men who are red pilled don’t seek a leader.

The act of being red pilled is simultaneously an act of freedom and a burden. The freedom is that you can now see. The burden is that you are almost alone.

This is the reason that I continue to write on the internet and record podcasts. While I don’t seek a community I do very much like to exchange ideas as it is for my own benefit.

At the top of this page is the link to my personal beliefs and opinions. At that page is the following quote:

Please note: as an adult I reserve the right to alter or change the following positions based on new and relevant information as it comes to hand. Contrary to what many of you may think, it is not a sign of weakness to act in this way. Those who hold rigidly to their opinions in the face of all contrary evidence practice dogma. And those who would criticize someone for changing their opinion are infantile and will not be engaged with here.

I don’t shake things up just to see the cage rattle. I do it because I have seen something that I hadn’t seen before and I am bound by my obligation to seek truth to reveal it. My real name is on this blog so that I have skin in the game. In the past the push-back and insults I received were a source of stress. Now they hardly register for me at all. It is not because I don’t care, it is because I don’t see the point in caring.

It is relatively simple to get a lot of people angry. It is much harder to get someone to change their mind.

Hence the disparity between the comments on the article that riles them up and the follow-up that explains why they’re full of shit. It’s one thing to threaten someone’s belief system. It’s another thing entirely to then go and back it up.

You are most likely not red pilled. Not even a little bit. The most that the majority of people manage to do is to replace one belief system with another. The most common belief system is to just follow someone and take their every pronouncement as ‘just brilliant, man.’ You get to join a club, be surrounded by other people who think the way that you do, feel warm and fuzzy, and collectively turn on anyone so foolish as to question your current deity.

If you really want to be red pilled then you have to begin the task of attempting to think for yourself.

Get back to me in 20 odd years and let me know how it’s going.

23 thoughts on “The likelihood is that you are not red-pilled.

  1. Fokker TISM

    I used to be very pro-Putin until recently, but now I’m not so sure about him. Sure, he helped bring Russia’s economy back from the brink after what the drunkard Yeltsin did, but more mosques have opened up under him than under any previous Russian ruler, and he’s very buddy-buddy with Ramzan Kadyrov, the dictator of Chechnya.

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    1. Fokker you are 100% right about Putin. He is a serial liar. Not to be trusted.

      He supports just about every jihadi cause in the world.

      Here’s a big red-pill… did you know that Al-Qaeda number two, Zawihiri, was passing through Russia and in FSB “prison” in 1996-1997, right before he went on to meet up with bin-Laden?

      http://www.putinislam.com.

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  2. erik

    silent regular listener and viewer here, just telling you you do have a ‘community’ of sorts. I just feel that anyone who closely follows what you have to say isn’t going to be the community type. Just how it is. I would look at google analytics page views over comments. I don’t even have social media accounts, why would I comment?

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  3. OdinsSkald

    The ability to think independently is not easy, the pressure to conform is enormous. My thinking has always tended to be individualistic tending to the right side. People for whatever reason are always looking for someone else to do the heavy lifting whether it be Jesus, Adolf Hitler, Donald Trump or Jordan Peterson.

    However, the universe doesn’t reward slackers. Regardless those you put your hopes in always let you down just ask Rudimentary Peni.

    My opinion of Putin is that he is good for the Russian Empire. Never forget that Russia is an empire. To be Russian is a mindset not an ethnicity.

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  4. “Those who hold rigidly to their opinions in the face of all contrary evidence practice dogma.”

    Or as someone else put it: a foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.

    As to people thinking they are red-pilled: it’s funny how every idiot who reads Nietzsche imagines himself to be one of the übermenschen.

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  5. David F

    “The act of being red pilled is simultaneously an act of freedom and a burden. The freedom is that you can now see. The burden is that you are almost alone.”

    Well said. My brother has been saying something like this in one form or another for the last 10 years or so. And interestingly, (or not if you know him) he would never say he is red pilled. He would just say that he is who he is and people need to stop worrying about others for their external validation. That being said, he is likely the most red pilled man I know.

    The ability to be alone and comfortable with yourself and your thoughts is one of the hardest things to do. It forces you to turn the lens inward and really look at yourself. Most people cannot consistently do this. Hence the need for “red-pilled” community and the constant look for leadership of thoughts.

    “Man you should read his book/blog/article, he will tell you how to be red-pilled.” Then they proceed to read said book/blog/article, take some talking points and espouse them constantly. And boom they think they are red-pilled. When in reality, they just have a few good ideas that they want to tell others.

    This also explains the Jordan Peterson effect. He has some good ideas. He has likely helped others. But I agree with Vox Day. He helps those who are depressed live with it. That does represent an opportunity. Make the depressed functional and they might be open to other types of help that will actually fix the root cause of the depression.

    Now I just need to figure out how to monetize that……

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  6. Peter Whale

    What I have now imbedded in my mind is that what you believe or what I believe has no bearing or influence on whatever the truth really is. I am subject to my prevailing mindset and do not have the ability to think at a tangent to the ideas and tenets that predominate my thinking.This only changes when a new idea is considered and that after a time is reinforced so that my thoughts and ideas are then subject to the new filter. This then gradually begets new fixed ideas which are only changed by repeating that process. So all in al I agree with you.

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  7. Mr Black

    I think a lot of people confuse the rejection of conventional wisdom for being a free thinker. When asked to explain their new-found positions, most people will have only the most superficial reasons most of which will be complete shit, as you would expect from holding opinions with no firm basis.

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  8. Benjamin Band

    Putin has also opened Russia’s borders to the Islamic Central Asians. I also used to be a Putin fan. Now I don’t think he is much better than western leaders. Russia will be a much different place in the future.

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      1. ia

        Good. The only people who believe in the god are white men. Makes sense because they created it. Or rather the god to western european men looks like Thomas Jefferson or Voltaire. To everyone else it’s a black, beetle-faced, pregnant hermaphrodite.

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  9. clwalcott

    The in fighting, status signalling and just constant bitchiness on this blog is getting too much to bare Adam. I’m sure you don’t care, I’m sure you have a series of top quality insults ready to go in response (if any); but harping constantly over ones personal superiority strikes me as suspicious. More than that though it is fucking boring.

    We need a community, normal well adjusted human beings do. My god if the alt right is about anything it’s about acknowledging the reality of human nature and working with and not against it. The constant struggle you evidence in defining yourself against any putative ally or community seems enormously self involved and counter productive at a time of great civilisations peril.

    Like vox, I am beginning to see you as parr of the problem and not the solution.

    Here’s a sentence you might appreciate: I don’t care about you, or Jordan Peterson or fanboys of same or who is low iq or a cuck or whatever. I care about ideas, fighting the left and reclaiming our birthright. Anything that reeks of personal glorification is just masturbation.

    Long time appreciative reader but seriously considering that fact…the blog has lost its way from ideas to dick measuring in my opinion.

    I hope for the best but am sceptical of the likelihood of your accepting constructive criticism.

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  10. MarkT

    “The reality is that people cluster in herds and organise themselves in hierarchies so that they feel safe with their place in the world. They create for themselves a habitat that to them feels secure. They then spend an inordinate amount of time finding other people who feel the same way, while investing even more time in convincing themselves that whatever it is or who it is that they are currently following is the be all and end all of life, the universe and everything.”

    A good observation. True for many, not for me. I’m only interested in the truth, wherever it comes from me. Hence I take from both you and Peterson the things I think you’re on the money, and leave the rest. Confirmation bias – the tendency to accept things that align with your pre-existing view without sufficient critical thought is common. It exists in everyone to some degree, but it’s less common in myself than anyone else I know.

    The same applies to you perhaps. But why do you need to condemn someone’s personality because of the way they married, rather than just take from Peterson where you think he’s right?

    People evolve and change over time – and if they’re moving in the right direction, condemning them for what they did in the past doesn’t help anyone. It focuses your energies on the negative, rather than the positives you can get from them. Would my wife and I have got married 12 years ago if we were the same people we are now? Possibly not. But we did, we now have 2 great boys that need to be brought to adult-hood, and there remain a lot of positives in the relationship. Certainly not enough negatives for me to end it. No point in looking backwards.

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    1. The same applies to you perhaps. But why do you need to condemn someone’s personality because of the way they married, rather than just take from Peterson where you think he’s right?

      You yourself have repeatedly stated that my writings on women have helped you a lot. Peterson has set himself up as the foremost authority for young men on how to handle their lives, women included, but his own history with women and attitudes are extremely blue pill thinking. It doesn’t matter where he’s right, a broken clock is right twice a day, it matters what the overall message is.

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      1. MarkT

        My point is that blue pill thinking 12 or 25 years ago does not necessarily imply blue pill thinking now.

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  11. I became seriously blue pill partly with increasing age. It is hard to be totally independent of social restriction when caring for a family. I value Western culture and follow Christian principles.

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