I just had quite the interesting interaction in the comments over at A Voice for Men. They recently put my “Rape Accusation Culture” article in their “Mega Featured” category on the front page, apparently overlooking a shot I took at the left.
Here is the quote that caused the stir;
It requires some ideological acrobatics, but that’s never been difficult for the American left, has it? Contradictory beliefs are part and parcel of all statist ideology, and so it’s not difficult to believe such contradictions would be held within a policy agenda.
Regular readers of my blog likely find this little tidbit rather tame. At AVfM however, there are a number of Men’s Rights Advocates s who still for whatever reason identify as leftists and have some unbelievable affinity for State coercion. Perhaps understandably, the folks who run AVfM don’t want to alienate these guys.
One such leftist who calls himself Jack Strawb took issue with my commentary, and decided to respond at AVfM as follows.
“It requires some ideological acrobatics, but that’s never been difficult for the American left, has it?”
A promising article until you indulged yourself with this kind of poisonous nonsense. For every example you believe you have, I don’t doubt I can counterpose an example of the right engaging in “ideological acrobatics.” Was it really worth taking this particular swipe?
By all means, though, continue to marginalize, insult, and demonize the left within the MRM, because that’s what we really need right now.
I replied to Jack as I usually do, frankly and unapologetically.
I realize that there are lefties in the MRM, and in previous articles published here I’ve toned down my utter contempt for the left. Truth of the matter is though, I can’t imagine what use you could possibly be to men, while you perpetually seek to further empower the State. The State is the enemy of the human race, and men in particular.
No self respecting male should even acknowledge the State as a legitimate institution, much less give it more control over his life.
Well, this didn’t go over well at all. In addition to being uninvited from submitting content to AVfM by Dead Esmay, Paul Elam chimed in with this lovely little tirade.
Here is what I think. The glue that holds this movement together is that we are not stupid enough to engage in partisan bitching matches.
Unfortunately, I can’t read every article or even some of them before they are posted any more. I would not have let this pass.
In this case, I am cautioning you, Mr. Cantwell. You fired a partisan shot and you got bit for it, and for good reason. And now you seem determined to take it straight to FOX NEWS/CNN brainwashed political bullshit.
For the record, my political leanings are probably a lot closer to yours than Mr. Strawbs. Doesn’t matter. If our readers want to see this endless low level political bickering, they can turn on their TVs and watch it between beer and car commercials.
Dean Esmay went on to suggest I move to Somalia, as I write this he’s probably trying to figure out who will build the roads. So much for not engaging in “partisan” bitching matches…
Now, I’d prefer to keep submitting content to AVfM, so I’ve bowed out of the comment flamewar that’s presently ongoing, but this requires some response, so here it is. If AVfM doesn’t want my content after this, well, I’ve been expelled from finer institutions for better reasons.
Liberals Don’t Care About Men, or Women – They Care About The State
There’s a reason we always hear things like “war on women”, “gender pay gap”, and other feminist nonsense coming from Democrats. The reason should be obvious, but let me spell it out for you – the left doesn’t suffer any particular attachment to reality. It doesn’t matter how many times central economic planning results in the the starvation and violent deaths of millions of people, they just keep on insisting it’s going to solve all the world’s problems. They continue to spout off about how democracy is going to protect the rights of minorities, as if those words even belong in the same paragraph. Be it banning guns in the name of preventing violence, only for State agents to hunt down and murder peaceful gun owners, or picking up a Nobel Peace Prize on your way to escalate what’s quickly becoming World War III, the American left’s detachment from reality, and aversion to responsibility, makes the religious right’s obsession with a non-existent deity look downright rational by comparison. At least prayer does nothing, governments actually harm.
This is not to say the Republican party is a while lot better. Paul’s claim of “partisan bitching” and “Fox News/CNN brainwashed political bullshit” is absolute nonsense. That article, like all my articles, is anti-State. I’m no more interested in Jeb Bush or Chris Christie than I am in Hillary Clinton. As far as I’m concerned, people should have been voting from the rooftops a long time ago.
In Search of a Movement Tethered to Reality
The nice thing about the men’s rights movement, in contrast to feminism, is its rationality. The answer to the “gender pay gap” issue is just sound economics and facts. We don’t need to make hysterical claims about bigotry or other nonsense, we don’t need to refer to the bible or “God’s will” we just say what’s going on and rational people see through the bullshit. They might be in the minority, but they’re out there.
Take any issue from birth control “access” to “rape culture”, and some simple analyzation of the data should resolve it for intelligent people who are tethered to an objective reality. Were the MRM just feminism with facial hair, a reversal of feminist hysterics favoring men, I’d not be a part of it. Alright, probably no shortage of facial hair in feminism, but you get the point.
More than I care about men’s issues, liberty, or atheism, I care about objective reality. That so many people are willing to accept any number of interpretations to a set of data troubles me because it causes immeasurable suffering in the world. That popularity is so often the arbiter of right and wrong in this world, I truly believe will lead to the extinction of mankind if not corrected.
I oppose religion, the State, and feminists for the same reasons – they are false.
Feminism and the State
Feminists will make some claims as to the State’s oppression of women in the past. Some of them are true, the majority are baseless, but more importantly they ignore the reality of the State. The State has certainly abused women, but not because they were women. The State abused women, because women are people, and the State is nothing if not an abuser of people.
That is not some new malfunction, or some bug that got repaired in a recent update, that is a feature. The feature, really, it is the nature of the machine itself, that is its design. The State uses violence to accomplish all of its goals, and if it didn’t, we would call it something other than the State. What distinguishes the State from market entities is compulsion through threat of force, and pretending otherwise is the adult equivalent of having an imaginary friend.
Thus if one opposes the abuse of people – be they men, women, black, white, or otherwise – it is incumbent upon that person to oppose the State.
I only began submitting content to AVfM after realizing that feminism was infiltrating the libertarian movement. I found myself combating this plague in anti-State circles, and at first I was confused by it. I found myself arguing with people who called themselves libertarians, repeating statist gender propaganda, and making every possible effort to torture Austrian economics to fit their fanatical lies. What I came to realize early on in this, was that feminism’s incursion into libertarian circles was an intentional sabotage, and that libertarianism and the Men’s Rights Movement not only have a lot to offer one another, but are inextricably linked.
The State offers feminism an endless stream of money to promote misinformation and demonize men. There are very simple reasons for this.
The State cannot stand up to scrutiny. There is literally not a single thing the State can do that wouldn’t be outperformed by a competitive market. So the folks who rely on the power of that institution would far prefer to see people chasing convenient boogeymen, than getting to the root of any actual problems. The State is that root in more cases than not, and these folks don’t want anybody hacking at it.
While men and women alike are hopping from one foot to the next trying to decipher the never ending stream of lies produced by feminists, the State raises taxes, wages wars, and seizes greater control over the economy. The “gender wage gap” myth feminists are always whining about is nothing but propaganda for central planning of wages, and that’s why it is usually touted by people who also want to raise the minimum wage too. Complaining about Matt Taylor’s shirt and every other excuse made for women not making greater advances in the professional world, is propaganda for State regulation of hiring practices. “Street Harassment” is a State power grab to regulate the words people utter to each other on the street. Find me a feminist campaign, and I’ll find you an attempted expansion of government authority. The pattern is not difficult to spot if one bothers to take a look.
All this runs the risk of creating an extremely pissed off population of people who may at some point realize they are getting screwed over by the violent sociopaths who claim to represent them. Men being the one’s who traditionally fight revolutions, feminizing them en masse, making them fear for their freedom and safety, disarming them, and depriving them of resources, is about as sound an investment as an empire could hope to make. Women most certainly aren’t going to pick up the guns and do it themselves, especially not while the State is bending over backwards to benefit them at the expense of men.
This all being before our eyes, how can one take seriously the notion, that further empowering the State can benefit any class of people, men in particular? Will higher taxes, more business regulation, greater government involvement in the family, and gun control make men more free? More prosperous? Will it bring about “gender equality”? No. It most certainly will not. It will do what it has always done.
Promote misery and death.
So if Paul Elam, Dean Esmay, and the other fine folks over at AVfM want to leave liberals in la la land by neglecting to address the very real political implications involved in the struggle for men’s rights – that’s fine. Their website, their rules. If they don’t want me hitting homeruns on the front page of their website, I’ll just keep on publishing them here and letting other fine publications syndicate them. Publish or don’t publish whatever you want, nothing will ever change the objective reality that liberalism is inextricably linked to the expansion of State power, or that the State is the number one preventable cause of human death and suffering in the world.
That being the case, those of us who care more for our fellow man than for our Alexa rankings, will keep up our opposition to it. If that upsets some people, then maybe those people need to be upset.
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