Readers of Freedom Twenty-Five are probably familiar with the Men’s Rights Activism Community.
If you’re not, allow me to take you on a short tour. The definitive MRA publication is The Spearhead, an online magazine that features articles by a variety of regular columnists and guest writers.
So what kinds of issues do Men’s Rights Activistss address? Well, here’s a short list:
– False Rape accusations
– Legally mandated employment discrimination
– A culture that never misses an opportunity to belittle and denigrate masculinity in its schools, films, TV shows, public service announcements, and print media.
If this is your first introduction the world of Men’s Rights, spend an hour or two clicking around the links above. It’s a perspective you’ve probably never considered before.
I agree with the majority the Men’s Rights Movement’s goals and values. But I think their current approach will be fruitless. MRAs are spinning their wheels, and will continue to do so until they completely reconsiders their strategy for achieving power.
The problem with the current movement is that it is attempting to play by the rules of its adversaries. MRAs seem to have said, “Gee, look how successful the Feminist movement was! If we do the same thing, but with Men’s Rights, we should get the same result!”
This approach has given us a Men’s Rights movement thoroughly steeped in the vocabulary and tactics of radical left-wing activism. As it’s currently constituted, it is doomed to have close to zero impact on the world outside of itself. The tactical and strategic environment that MRAs must fight in is completely different from the world in which the feminist movement lives.
Why The Feminist Movement Succeeded
The mythos of the Feminist victory is that a group of plucky women wrested power from a world run by a shadowy cabal of cigar-smoking men, who were united in their conspiracy to retain power for men as a whole. The reality is that the feminist movement was only tangentially about feminism. It was just one front in a gradual, all-out, centuries-long war on western civilization. The hairy-legged harpies burning their bras in the campus square were useful idiots.
On the surface, it appears that Feminists won a myriad of rights and privileges for their gender. They seem to have whined their way into the corridors of power. But the actual muscle behind their Gramscian march to power was provided by the organized Progressive – or, Communist – movement in the USA, for whom empowered women were a political asset.
Do I sound crazy? If you’ve spent your life believing most of what your professors and newspapers taught you, I admit I probably sound crazy. But if you do a bit of research, you’ll find the links between the feminist and communist movement are numerous and significant. See here, for example.
It’s beyond the scope of this post to attempt a full exegesis of the Progressive movement of the 20th century. For now, suffice it to say that its singular goal is to burn the world, and warm itself by its flames. The Progressive movement seeks to empower women, because it knows that doing so will tear families apart, skew the voting population towards the impulsive, unjust and disorderly, and otherwise hasten the decline of western civilization from the great and good empire it once was, into smoking ash.
The original feminist movement was ostensibly about slogans that most decent people could rally around – respect for women as human beings, the desirability of inviting women to participate in businesses and public life, once technology freed them from the labours of homemaking – but the actual energy fueling its successes was the mysterious tendency of destructive political forces to arise within mature empires, and pick them apart from the inside. Whatever one calls this force – leftism, communism, radicalism, socialism – it uses whichever nice-sounding excuses it can (gender equality, anti-racism, global warming, alleviating poverty) to bite off chunks of order and decency from the fabric of a healthy society.
The feminist movement cannot be properly understood, outside of its context as a tool for something much larger than itself.
Why The Men’s Right’s Movement Will Fail
Mens Rights Activists, in stark contrast, are not part of anything. They are an isolated and insular community with no ties to power. The movement is powered by a small number of men, none of whom are greatly compensated for their efforts, financially or otherwise. There is simply no money or status to be made in the Men’s Rights Movement. As Freda Utley wrote:
“Do to expect the material rewards of unrighteousness, while engaged in the pursuit of truth.”
MRAs have fallen into the trap of thinking that they and their opponents are playing the same game. They think that because the single-issue advocacy model has worked for the feminists, it will work for them as well. But single-issue advocacy is ineffective, without the energy of organized leftism behind it. Progressive movements, like feminism, feed on destruction. Reactionary movements, like Men’s Rights, must use a different playbook.
For all the nothing that MRAs have accomplished in the past half-decade or so, the movement has certainly grown by leaps and bounds. The big guns like The Spearhead has been expanding and attracting wider audiences, and every day, another man loses faith in everything society taught him about women, dating and marriage, and starts reading blogs like mine. Or starts writing one.
This is not an isolated phenomenon. All over the internet, alternative opinions are flourishing on multiple topics. The Men’s Rights movement is just one example of a vast phenomenon of decent, intelligent, generally anonymous writers standing up and doing their modest best to restore sanity to our civilization.
In isolation, each of these communities is powerless. Taken as a whole, they are a viable alternative to the present order. Men’s Rights Activists, listen closely: You will never achieve your goals, unless there is a major and discontinuous shift away from our current national religion of Progressivism. If you want change, you must work for change on a grand scale. You need to understand the roll that you play – you are one front among many, working to end this long, dismal experiment in Liberal Democracy.
The one and only advantage that the Men’s Rights Movement has in its war against modern feminism is truth. MRAs are correct about the factual questions – the causes of wage disparities, the percentage of rape charges that are false, the prevalence of corruption in the family law system – and they are even more correct about the moral questions. Separating children from their fathers is evil. Putting a young man in jail because a drunk girl regretted sleeping with him is evil. Deceiving women about the reality of their biological clocks and convincing them to deprive themselves of motherhood is evil.
So too, with other planks in the Reactionary movement. We have no political power. We have no funding. No chanting hordes of dim-witted college students. All we have is truth. In the 20th century, with every form of information distribution firmly under the control of Progressives, truth was not enough. In the digital age, perhaps it is.
I don’t know exactly how Reactionaries will eventually restore sanity, order and beauty to the western world. But for now, the best thing we can do is leverage our one advantage. We need to understand what’s wrong with the world, what happened to it, and how we can fix it. MRAs, the first thing that you need to learn is that you are not mere single-issue activists. You are Reactionaries. You are part of a small, but growing force that is opposing an ideology which has been slowly conquering the western world for centuries.