New Wine in Old Skins: Is the Manosphere’s Red Pill a Return to Traditional Elitism?
One of my favourite pastimes is putting historical meat on the bare bones of Manosphere theory. Although much Red Pill thought focuses on twenty-first century concerns (educational devaluation, student debt, minimalism, Game), the perspectives underlying it have a long and illustrious pedigree. Indeed, our outlook has much in common with a rich vein of elitist western thought that is centuries old.
German thinkers like Stirner, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche and Spengler, Italians like Vilfredo Pareto and Julius Evola as well as Britons like Hillaire Belloc and D.H. Lawrence were all united in contempt for mass society and its deluded assumptions. Due to American egalitarianism and legalistic puritanism, American elitists such as Ezra Pound and Henry Miller have long sought freedom in more enlightened societies.
Professor John Carey’s excellent study The Intellectuals and the Masses rounds up some of the core beliefs of the western creative intelligentsia:
- Voting is a waste of time; electoral fanfare is a smokescreen to delude the masses into thinking they have a voice when all important decisions are really made by unelected elites
- The mass media cannot be trusted; having to dumb down to the masses’ primitive levels of knowledge and understanding, it is inherently dishonest (Ezra Pound called the press ‘Liars for Hire’)
- Elite rule is inevitable, even desirable; Pareto’s Iron Law of Oligarchy claimed that all social systems inevitably produce an elite, usually the most able people in any social group
- Anglo-American culture is inferior; it has no roots in tradition and its egalitarian obsessions lead inevitably to the lowest common denominator in all things (this view is especially strong among English elitists such as D.H. Lawrence)
- Women are defective herd creatures; allowing women to rule or pandering to their whims inevitably leads to societal collapse
- History moves in cycles of growth and decay; the West is presently in its Autumn/Winter period, on the verge of complete collapse (also known as the Kali Yuga in Indian scripture)
- Women want to be possessed by strong, dominant men; feminism is a smokescreen to deny this fact
- The mass mind is inherently female; hence the mass desire to be dominated by hyper-masculine leaders who embody virility and strength (Hitler, Stalin, Mussolini, Kennedy, Trump)
- Eastern spiritual culture is superior in most respects; while Western Christianity is weak, feminine and egalitarian, Hinduism and Buddhism are strong, manly and elitist. This view is especially strong among German elitists, who saw ‘feminine’ Protestant Christianity as central to Western decline (Schopenhauer, Spengler)
- Solitude is desirable; the elite should live in lonely mountain areas, far from the masses dwelling in the valleys below. As Nietzsche put it, ‘Establish distances!’
- Minimalism is desirable; indeed, a solitary life demands it. The philosopher Martin Heidegger spent most of his free time in a cabin in the Black Forest, chopping his own wood and scorning the trappings of civilization
- Experiencing sensualist ‘Dionysian’ cultures is desirable; it liberates one from repressive Anglo-American culture, women and consumerism (D.H. Lawrence, Miller, Hemingway and many others followed this path, which Lawrence called the ‘The Savage Pilgrimage’)
It does not take Sherlock Holmes to see obvious links between these ideas and many of our own values. In fact, RF has combined such elitist concepts with American individualism to craft an exciting, vigorous lifestyle of great interest to enlightened American men. Minimalism, separatism, travel and social detachment are central to this lifestyle and all these values are associated with elitist thought.
Not only did these thinkers argue that modern democracy was a smokescreen concealing elite rule (the hypothetical ‘Deep State’), they also considered elitism the best social system. This belief is less common in the manosphere, and it is unlikely that Anglo-American Red Pillers will ever accede to it. However, is there anything they can learn from the traditional power elites in their own quest for autonomy, enlightenment and self-actualization?
Although many New Media celebrities like Alex Jones rail against the elite, the Anglosphere elites are themselves extremely Red Pilled. For one thing, they educate their children at private schools which stress individualism and self-reliance, not herd conformity. Mass culture never infects these schools which repel it with strict discipline, a classical curriculum and age old traditions.
The elites live in urban and rural enclaves, inoculated from the masses by high walls and hedges. While elite media moguls such as Rupert Murdoch disseminate prolefeed to the sheeple, the standards they expect from their own families are very high: ‘Charades’ in the Murdoch household made reference to plays by Aeschylus.
In sum, elites ARE elites because they shun the dysfunctional Blue Pill behaviours of the masses. In a couple of decades, the Rothschilds escaped from ghettos in central Europe to become the world’s bankers. Similarly, the Kennedys began life in America as despised Irish Catholics. Rather than hating on them, enlightened men should strive to learn from their example.
Only in one field is elite example irrelevant: mating. Simply put, elite tradition and family precedent generally deter their women from feeding the frivorce anarchy that has effectively killed marriage among other social strata. For men outside the elite, exotic foreign shores are the only answer.
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