Like a steely blade in a silken sheath
We don’t see what they’re made of
They shout about love, but when push comes to shove
They live for the things they’re afraid of
And the knowledge that they fear is a weapon to be used against them…
“The Weapon”–Neil Peart
Rollo’s recent post features a video of provoctivists trying to prevent a Warren Farrell speech in Canada. I’m a political junkie, so I’ve seen this sort of behavior before. Rollo may or many not agree, but these “clear example[s] of a feminist controlled state” are not exclusive to the feminist left.
In case you don’t want to hop over there, here it is (my first embed):
Notice the guy being interviewed a 2:10. Pause it, and observe. That’s who I used to be; it might be who you used to be, too.
First, ask yourself this question: Does that look like the face of an oppressor to you? Me, neither. In fact, I see the opposite. I see a man who’s been broken. His friends have killed themselves, and he’s trying to get a grasp on why. I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s considered doing the same.
Apparently he suspects that the problems his friends faced, the problems he faces, are somehow related to not being fulfilled as a man. He doesn’t know what or why, but he knows that something is wrong, and he’s trying to come to grips with it. He hopes to reconcile the morality that’s been instilled into him with a voice inside him that tells him he’s been living a lie. He’s got to reach out. He’s hurt, he’s obviously shy, but something inside him wants to live.
But he’s weak and obviously vulnerable, and this is what his enemies seize upon.
Alinsky’s fourth rule is “Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules.” As unhappy as it’s been making him, the guy being interviewed obviously hasn’t broken free from the Matrix. He’s bought into the “rule” of being nice and respectful even while being viciously insulted. Women who probably remind him of his mother and sisters are telling him that going to this speech makes him some sort of monster. This guy who’s so torn up he’s on the verge of tears cares supposedly cares nothing about the prospect of women being raped. The protesters equate his perfectly normal desire to be his own man with man at his absolute worst. This is a guy who probably wouldn’t even touch Emma Stone if she were passed out naked and spread-eagle on his coffee table, but he’s evil incarnate because he’s going to the wrong speech.
It’s nonsense if you think about it, which is why they’ll do everything they can to keep you from thinking about it. They have to keep you feeling, and feeling bad. They have to keep the volume ramped up to eleven so that you feel like the slightest step forward for yourself is a giant leap back for humanity. The rules are written on your heart, and your being a “nice guy” might actually be more than a strategy. You might actually believe their crap, or at least enough of it to hold you back. You might actually care, and then they’ve got you. Alinsky’s rule works only because of guilt.
I’m not advocating an amoral disregard for anyone’s well-being. I am advocating thinking things through enough to recognize that if others use your own moral code against you, you need to upgrade your moral code.
It’s your job to take responsibility for your mistakes, to own them, and if possible, rectify them. However, you’re human. You’re probably just trying to make your way in this world as best you can.
If you’re not a rapist, if you’ve never owned slaves, if you’ve made your fortune honestly, then you have nothing to feel guilty about. Even if they were actually right about all that white male priviledge floating around out there, there’s nothing wrong with maximizing your own advantages as long as you’re not violating anybody’s individual rights; they would do it, too (and they do). You are not an oppressor.
After all, watch the bitch at 3:56 (who could actually be pretty if she gave a fuck). In what way is she being oppressed? Do slaves to the sexist system feel free to get up in the faces of their misogynist masters and repeatedly call them “fucking scum”? (The guy here shows a little more self-respect, although she actually deserved a knee to the nose-ring.) She completely distorts Farrell’s quote and her lowly victimized ass completely gets away with it. A handy rule of thumb: oppressors get to stay where they want and its the oppressed who have to walk away.
For now you’ll have to take my word for it, but I am a master of political rhetoric. If you oppose me in person, I will either persuade or humiliate you, depending on what’s more appropriate. Just like in any pickup attempt, I do this primarily because I master frame.
There are offensive frames (in the military, not dead-baby joke sense of the term) and defensive frames. I’ll get into offensive frames later, the ones that throw your opponent off balance and enable you to take them where you want. But the strongest of all political frames is the defensive one: simply don’t feel guilty, not for being male, not for being white, not for having parents who worked hard to pay for a quality education for you, not for having a good job or running a successful business. Guilt is their most powerful weapon, and you’ll find that by being guilt free you strip away their most effective form of attack. “The knowledge that they fear” is that their rules no longer apply to you.
Of course there are other attacks, and I’ll show you how to deal with those later. For now, just listen to the bitch’s final “scum”4:27 and enjoy how frustrated she sounds when she can’t get through to her “oppressor”.