Well, they always are. But in today’s world, just as in every adventure story where a tyrant overlooks one righteously angry hero, they may be the one thing our overlords didn’t take into account.
Before I explain why I actually feel some uncharacteristic optimism about young men, let me answer the common objection that today’s youth is too spoiled, effete, brainwashed, etc. to deal with the horrific problems which are inevitably coming. Every time I hear that, I remember what Grandma Fontaine told Scarlett O’Hara about her grandson:
”Before the war, Alex was the most worthless dandy in the world and he never had a thought beyond a new cravat and getting drunk and shooting somebody and chasing girls who were no better than they should be. But look at him now! He learned farming because he had to learn. He’d have starved and so would all of us. Now he raises the best cotton in the County and he knows what to do with hogs and chickens.”
Many pampered, miseducated generations in the past have surprised the world. This one may do it too.
For decades, in their inexorable march towards dictatorship, Western governments have striven to seize all the rewards of society and shower them upon people who they deemed likely to go along with an increasingly totalitarian agenda in return for bread and circuses. Women, Third World immigrants, and the generally incompetent are lavished with status, money, prestigious jobs, and lots of attention. News outlets and universities have destroyed everything that used to keep society functioning. Colleges and even high schools used to be for, you know, smart people. Now college has been dumbed down so that anybody can go there, and the smart people now have nowhere to go, because society no longer gives a damn about them and is just fine with them committing suicide out of boredom at 16 rather than sticking around wrecking the grade curve. Marriage has been destroyed so that most men have no hope of female companionship; without external forces imposing monogamy, all the women gravitate to a handful of high-status men, resulting in de facto harems. Degrees and jobs go to protected groups whether they’ve earned them or not, leaving the people who have created and maintained everything we have for centuries – white men – with no reason to work hard.
It looks pretty hopeless, given how many of us have been duped and how futile our efforts at self-defense have been.
But when they created a political system designed to distribute spoils to their accomplices and suppress the most normal and healthy human impulses, they overlooked one pesky detail: young Western men.
Young men are notoriously difficult to domesticate. It’s possible that our overlords imagined that they could train the testosterone out of them. Throughout history, society has saddled young men with wives, children and jobs at the earliest opportunity to keep them out of trouble. Nowadays, society deprives them of all of these things, choosing instead to give them to women and foreigners. When I explored the MRA blogosphere a few years ago, I was struck by how many men stated that they would never join the police or the armed forces, because they saw no reason to risk their necks upholding governments which have betrayed them. How does a society suicidal enough to let its men feel that they have no stake in defending it expect to survive?
Despite massive efforts to brainwash men into mutating into the Progressive ideal, young men still want the same things young men have wanted since Cain killed Abel: status, competition, adventure, toys, and sex. More importantly, while the more risk-averse – women and older people – are, well, easier to control, young men are the very embodiment of difficult to control. Piles of statistics show that men in their teens and twenties are more likely than any other group to die or be seriously injured in accidents, and everyone who has ever met a young man knows that this is because young men enjoy taking risks. Even the intelligent ones who have a clear understanding of what they are risking by bungee jumping or picking fights in bars or whatever high-risk behavior appeals to them still do it. It’s nature’s way of giving them a chance to seize a kingdom for themselves. And however much women complain about this, we like that about them, which is why professional athletes who may well end up permanently crippled tomorrow have no shortage of female companionship.
I suppose Progressive social architects imagined that if they made it impossible for young white men to seize or build their own kingdoms, then older white men would not hold the power said social architects coveted so ardently.
Unfortunately for Progressive powermongers, young Western men are problem-solving creatures. If doors are barred to them, they will find hidden entrances if they don’t just break them down. Young men aren’t good at resignation. Challenges? Back ways? System building? Those, they’re good at. Example: The moment society told women that they didn’t need marriage and did need sex, the pick-up artist movement became completely inevitable. As a religious person I should disapprove, but on a practical level it gives me hope for my species.
The main thing about pick-up artistry is that it relies on politically incorrect premises. A great deal of the mockery directed against PUAs consists of reinforcing the party line, sarcastically asserting that women aren’t superficial enough to respond to status in men and similar myths. (Another common tactic is to insist that women could not possibly respond favorably to the flamboyant clothing a few PUAs affect. I assume that those who make this argument are under the impression that the Beatles – and every other rock star since – sadly lacked female companionship.) After spending their entire lives being indoctrinated in Progressive fantasies about human nature, young men are surprised at first when they hear PUA gurus telling them that everything they’ve been taught is wrong. But young men have the urge to, as Freud put it, kill their fathers – a metaphor for the willingness to defy their elders if obedience won’t get them what they want. A few experiments with PUA principles proves that they are correct and the myths of egalitarianism and the blank slate are demolished by the desire of young men to have sex.
Having discovered that what they’ve been told all their lives about women is a lie, why should young men believe anything else they’ve been told? More and more of them do not. Neil Strauss is probably the single most famous pick-up artist thanks to his books, and aside from acknowledging that women respond to different attraction triggers than men, he’s quite politically correct. Not all PUAs are. Explore their blogs and you find young men who are willing to question everything they have ever been taught. And a surprisingly large number of them are showing an understanding of how civilizations actually work, that they require real marriage, families, religion, and rewards to those who do most of the work – men. The notorious Roissy is a hedonist who is content to benefit from feminist folly, but he fully understands the vast destruction it and other progressive folly are wreaking.
Other young male urges are finding similarly unapproved outlets. There is a reason that computer hackers are mostly young men. And anyone who imagines that PUAs are applying what they’re learning only to getting laid is living in a dream world.
It would be wrong to say that young men “have the courage” to face up to authority figures and demolish their misinformation. That would imply that this was a difficult and scary thing for them to do, which they would rather not have to. Well, I, a middle-aged woman, would much prefer to have trustworthy authority figures who gave me good advice and looked out for me, and standing up to them is a frightening duty that I wish I didn’t have.
Young men love doing this. Their fantasy lives chiefly revolve around telling all those tired old men that they’re full of it and they should get out of the way because there’s a new sheriff in town. If you doubt this, watch any adventure movie ever made. How long can Progressive lies continue against people biologically programmed to question them? They only got a handhold because for a few years, young men thought that Progressive programs would get them sex and drugs.
The present regime, like every regime, is utterly dependent upon young men continuing to submit to it. Only, young men have no reason whatever to submit to it, and a great many reasons not to. As immovable as it now seems, it is on a collision course with an irresistible force.