Some time ago, I came across an article in The Guardian, in which a feminist accuses the Manosphere of being part of an “establishment” right-wing plot to subordinate women:
The backlash started in the early 90s when to be laddish and un-PC was a bit a naughty. Liam Gallagher, described brilliantly by his brother Noel as “a man with a fork in a world of soup”, was its pin-up.
Right now we are dealing with something worse: a rightwing establishment and its lackeys who have managed to convince themselves they are mavericks and who are openly anti-feminist. From Toby Young to James Delingpole to Guido’s bloggers, their putrid offerings are not outside the establishment but part of it. They are just fagging for the Tories.
While I admit that it’s a refreshing break from the usual “you’re all losers who are going into the dustbin of history” cant one hears from feminists, I must demur, and admit that “loser” is a much more apt description of me, personally, than member of the establishment. As one of the original members of what has come to be known as the “manosphere” who also happens to be a non-custodial father, I rank on the establishment scale just a small step above a prisoner or homeless person. Not that this really bothers me; I don’t really see the single office workers who are at the next step above me as having a particularly enviable lifestyle. They are, after all, prisoners of another kind. And as for the establishment, I don’t envy what I could never be. Not being much of a liar by nature, I wouldn’t make the establishment cut.
But that said, the disconnect with reality Ms. Moore’s article displays is truly bizarre. She must be living in an alternate reality, and her misplaced hysteria is odd to say the least. Perhaps she’s going through some hormonal changes, such as menopause. Or maybe she’s reflexively reverting to the old, traditional feminism of her long-lost youth.
As for the establishment, I think it’s on its last legs. The Anglosphere’s elites have gone past the point of return, and while the ordinary people (as always) will suffer most from this, their lifestyle and global hegemony is teetering on the brink. One significant military incident in East Asia, the collapse of Araby (happening now), or the ascendence of Russia could easily displace them from their commanding heights. It isn’t a matter of whether at this point, but when.
I’d recommend abandoning dreams of elite status, and instead hunkering down and figuring out how to mitigate the damage. A full belly and freedom from violence – state or otherwise – is a good life.