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What Comes Next For the Manosphere

To begin with, what is the manosphere?

What is it that this disparate crowd ranging from worldly pickup artists to celibate shutins have in common?

It can be reduced to a very basic level.

We are the silent dissenters hidden in the crowd for hundreds of generations of civilization always isolated and powerless against an overwhelming majority. We’ve always been dragged along forced to do what everyone else was doing even as we marveled at their lemming-like behavior.
We were that guy who thought “What a stupid, senseless world this is…” his last thought as he joined the crowd in a mad rush over the edge of the trenches and out into no man’s land.
We were the guy who knew that the glory of serving the state was just a waste of life and understood the ‘fair sex’ were as much competitors in a great game with conflicting interests as they were companions.

The internet has changed everything. For the first time in history, we’re able to find one another and communicate on a large scale. No longer can we be isolated like before and beaten into submission by an insane mass society, wasting our lives on everything we know to be wrong and false.

In Mala Fide was an important medium for this new communication. Some might see it being taken down as a bad sign or a sign that the manosphere is going away.
But I think IMF is being taken down because it has served its purpose.
I looked at the dismissive attitudes and complaints of some people when the news first came out.
The number one complaint? “It got too repetitive in its topics. It was getting boring.”
This surprised me a bit at first because it was one of the few sites on the web I could visit and find a community that made sense to me.
But then I understood that this is a sign of progress.

Just a few years ago, the notion of a ‘manosphere’ barely existed. The typical fare on sites like In Mala Fide and Roissy was gritty, rough, revolutionary.
These outrageous views attracted legions of trolls and sparked wars with the sites of those who adhered to the orthodoxy. These were exciting times.
It is telling that this sort of style has lost much of its impact.

For a growing populace this kind of stuff is just tiresome
preaching to the choir.
It’s no longer radical or revolutionary because a critical mass of people now take it for granted as truth.
The orthodox invaders who made writing for shock value so exciting have given up trying to challenge dissent. They’ve been forced to concede the manosphere its right to exist within its territory. The dissenters have won their independence.

Now what do they do with it?

The first phase was simply forming a group consciousness over time through simple observation, shock value, ridicule, and an overall passive-aggressive attitude towards the orthodox order: “enjoy the decline.”
IMF embodied this attitude.
However, passive ridicule and nihilistic indifference is no longer enough.

Over time as more cohesive groups begin to take shape dissenters will begin to see the potential for accomplishing more, maybe even gaining the power to begin changing the world in their favor.

As we move into this second phase of the manosphere, we’ll start to see the formation of tighter, more organized groups with more concrete goals and at least the beginning of serious thought about how to achieve them.

The rebels have finally formed an orthodoxy of their own and we will see them progressively establish themselves as a force to be reckoned with.

-Your Obedient Servant,
Don Giovanni Dannato

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economics technology

Peter Thiel and George Gilder debate on “The Prospects for Technology and Economic Growth”

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The Problem With The Israeli Economy

Officially, Israel’s unemployment rate is about 8%. But that doesn’t include Israeli citizens who are not trying to find work, either because they feel disenfranchised, such as many Arab Israelis, or because they’ve chosen a life of state-subsidized religious study, such as many ultra-Orthodox Jews.

Nearly 27% of Arab men and 65% of ultra-Orthodox Jews don’t work, government figures show. The non-employment rate for ultra-Orthodox men has tripled since 1970, Ben-David said. Link

Since it also has been traditional for most Haredi men not to work at making a living, but to devote themselves to religious studies, the political parties, often holding the balance of power in coalition governments, also became useful for extracting financial concessions from governments wanting to stay in power.

With a birthrate several times that of other Jewish Israelis, the Haredim have an average of 8.9 children per family and constitute more than 10 per cent of the population of seven million. Link

Youth gangs from the community of Sudanese and Eritrean refugees have in recent weeks been swamping Tel Aviv beaches and stealing bathers’ belongings, according to police. Most of the thefts have occurred on Tel Aviv’s major beaches. Authorities attribute the thefts to the increase in the number of refugees who have come to the city this year, and the lack of employment opportunities for them. Police say the stolen goods and money are sufficient for a day’s existence; they expect more such incidents to occur.

Eritrean and Sudanese refugees start arriving at the beach at noon, say police, especially to the strip between Jerusalem Beach and Mezizim/Peepers’ Beach. Some try to find day-labor jobs in the morning, but some who fail allegedly try to earn their daily keep by preying on beach-goers instead. Link h/t Aurini

Most ultra-Orthodox Jews lack the skills to work in a modern economy, having studied little or no math and science beyond primary school (their curriculum focuses almost entirely on religious texts such as the Torah and Talmud). As a result, more than 60 percent live below the poverty line, compared with 12 percent among non-Haredi Jews. Most also opt out of military service, which is compulsory for other Israelis. The net effect: as the Haredi community expands, the burden of both taxation and conscription falls on fewer and fewer Israelis.

According to pollsters, Haredim are consistently hawkish on the question of territorial compromise with the Palestinians, citing God’s covenant with Abraham granting Jews the land of Israel. Already the parties that represent them wield significant political power in Israel’s coalition-based system.

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