Summary: Red pill knowledge is spreading. The great and wise of America deny its significance beyond saying it is crimethink and doubleplusungood. What is it? How will it affect America? Neither is well understood. Here are introductory answers.
“This is your last chance. …You take the red pill …and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes.”
— Morpheus in The Matrix. In the gender wars, taking the red pill is learning about the nature of modern women and marriage. It is dark knowledge, changing how a man views the world. Details here.
A previous post in this series discussed Dalrock’s insight that Game is toxic to feminism. Game is the first reaction to the gender wars, the restructuring of society by feminists. “Red pill” thinking is a more advanced reaction. It is toxic to marriage – one of our core institutions — and one that has been most profoundly reshaped and repurposed by feminism. Its spread unpredictable effects and cannot be stopped.
Red pill knowledge spreads by observation of other men, seeing what works and what fails. It spreads by inadvertent reveals in the media (such as this on a reality TV show). Men realize that Taylor Swift’s songs are honest revelations of women’s dreams – and their consequences (examples here).
Men see red pill insights in the news. Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz was a pitiful loser, ignored or despised by girls. As a psychopathic killer, now girls flood him with fan mail – offering themselves to him. That is understandable as the extreme version of the “girls want bad boys” behavior denied by feminists but obvious around us (and proven by many research studies).
Men gain red pill insights from films and TV. They see women casually hitting men (even boyfriends) with impunity. Romance is shown as women breaking alpha men into betas – or women marrying beta providers whom they treat like doormats. Competent but socially inept beta men are treated with contempt and abuse by women. There is little in the patriarchal literature or films of the bad old days showing men treating women like that.
Men read women discussing their lives, often ideal-shattering from a man’s perspective – and then take the red pill. See this extreme example: “I’m A Woman Who Cheated On Her Deployed Husband, This Is Why I Did It“. She skillfully deploys feminist philosophy to justify her actions. She collects his pay but plans to leave him eventually. Dalrock has a vast collection of women’s conversations from Christian conservative websites. Reading it will convert the most fervent White Knight to the MGTOW lifestyle (Men Going Their Own Way). Ditto with prominent women’s advice to young women: see these words that signal a drastic change in the American family.
Men began to write about the gender revolution, encouraging other men to take the red pill. Since feminists won, these insurgents are outlaws. See this analysis about one form of girls’ Game (romance, party-of-her-life, marriage, kids, divorce, community property, child support, independence). Outlaw literature arises, such as “Stacy’s Credo” (see the second part, a stream of consciousness narrative written by a red pill James Joyce). See this example of red pill comedy (like all good comedy, expressing experiences of the audience).
Dark knowledge changes everything
“First they ignore you. Then they ridicule you. And then they attack you and want to burn you. And then they build monuments to you.”
— Speech by union leader Nicholas Klein (1918). Details here.
Red pill insights demystify marriage, revealing how it no longer provides most men with an acceptable risk-cost-reward balance. This counter-revolution to radical feminism is in its early stage. This dark knowledge might spread like a virus through the current generation of young men (18-24). The primary effect: discouraging them from marrying. This would change the lives of their generation of women when these ladies hit 28 and decide to settle. This generation might be a step change in US history. It would be like a singularity in astrophysics – we cannot know lies on the other side.
Such exponential growth would surprise experts and the public. It always does, because core social phenomena are considered the unchangeable bedrock of society, no matter how much else changes – until it is washed away. Then comes the transitional phase, and eventually a new equilibrium.
I suspect this will evolve according to Hegel’s process of thesis (radical feminism) => antithesis (red pill) => synthesis (something new). We can only guess what that new social order will look like, or how much disruption will occur between now and then. But there are clues.
Most Christian institutions have adopted feminism or even radical feminism into their core doctrines. As Dalrock has shown with scores of examples of Christian Conservatives, often by profound alterations to their core doctrines (see below). A massive expansion of red pill thinking among young men will break their allegiance to those institutions. Since they have already been severely weakened by modernity, secularism, and scandals – they might become just a fringe factor in US society.
Change creates opportunities. Some institutions might prosper by a resurgence of male pride. Red pill thinking might be a bridge for young men to Islam.
Reactions to Red Pill knowledge
“Anger is easy. Anger at the right person, at the right time, for the right reason, is difficult.”
— Aristotle in hid Nicomachean Ethics (paraphrased).
As always, the action to the reaction determines what happens next. Most men taking the Red Pill see that radical feminism has initiated social decay. Some respond by enjoying the decline. Weimerica is party time! Game and Red Pill knowledge help men get sex, and with prettier women. For most men the gain is small, but still appreciated.
Some men take a different path. They are Men Going Their Own Way (MGTOW), often dropping out of the rat race of education and striving for career advancement. Why bother? A comfortable life is low responsibility, minimal work plus booze, drugs, sports, e-sports, and games.
Some respond with anger. This is exacerbated as they see the portrayal of men by the media (as dolts in advertisements). Some will channel their anger, seeking to change America. These are the ones to watch. Anger is often the first step to political action. More men will respond with inchoate anger, undirected and visceral. They will make excellent recruits for the first group. This might become a powerful boost to the alt-right.
Our elites discourage anger since history shows that pleasant peasants are easier to rule. See these posts about anger as a spur to political action.
- A simple thing you can do to start the reform of America: get angry.
- How can we arouse a passion to reform America in the hearts of our neighbors?
- Should we risk using anger to arouse America?
- The best response to Campaign 2016: anger.
“Difficult to see, always in motion is the future.”
— Yoda in The Empire Strikes Back.
There is always a counter-revolution, even to successful revolutions. The result is seldom what either side expects. Sometimes the conflict produces a stronger society. Sometimes institutions are damaged beyond society’s ability to repair them, and no new ones appear to replace them. Usually the cost to the people involved is large.
None of these factors have been considered by the ideologues who started the gender wars. They have made radical changes to society based only on their ideology, without experimentation or testing. Generations of young Americans are their guinea pigs. But the insight unleashed in the minds of both men and women must clash until resolved. It is a social science experiment as large or larger than communism.
Insights from Dalrock about modern marriage
- Disney Princesses teach girls “do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law.” — About “Frozen.”
- From cornerstone to stepping stone; the mainstream Christian view of marriage.
- We now place romantic love above marriage, which fatally weakens marriage.
- About our system: Women’s sacred path to marriage.
- Girls are taught the destructive concepts of “The one” vs “my one and only.”
- Embracing no fault divorce is the natural result of elevating romantic love to a moral force.
- Essential data about marriage: women divorce at the optimum time (for them).
- More valuable data about divorce rates by age.
See the other posts in this series about the counter-revolution
- The coming crash as men and women go their own way.
- MeToo discovers that there is always a counterrevolution.
- Is a return to traditional values possible?
- Society changes as men learn the Dark Triad.
- Men find individual solutions.
- Modern dating: is the only winning move is not to play?
- As the Left’s social revolution wins victories, a revolt begins.
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Books about the new era of gender relations
Men on Strike: Why Men Are Boycotting Marriage, Fatherhood, and the American Dream – and Why It Matters by psychologist Helen Smith (2013). One of the major books about the counter-revolution.
The Privileged Sex by Martin van Creveld. You will never see women’s role in society in the conventional way after reading this, by one of our era’s greatest historians.