What is a Red Pill man, if nothing other than hyper-individualistic. And at its core, classical liberalism is all about such individualism. A fierce defender of things like free speech and due process. The problem is that modern Progressive liberalism no longer resembles that. So does that mean our only refuge is to re-align all of our political views in order to reconcile with Red Pill (TRP) theory? To turn away from Liberalism? Is there no other way?
Or, perhaps, does TRP tell us something entirely different? That it is not about taking refuge, but rather about reclaiming what we’ve lost.
First off, I should make clear that I don’t necessarily have issues with the Alt-right or other newer political philosophies. I, in fact, agree with many things they say … the reality is that both conservative and liberal ideologies are some variant of classical liberals in the modern West. But at the end of day, there are many things I don’t align with – e.g. the anti-science rhetoric (evolution, climate change) and homosexuality … I’m a trained PhD scientist, so sorry folks evolution is a real thing stop being naïve … and no I don’t give a shit about what gay people do in their own bedrooms as long as they don’t bother me.
The Right has an authoritarian streak just as much as the Left. They both want to tell people what to do. That is an affront to true Classical Liberalism. An affront to Individualism. No, I am not advocating for or against Democrats vs. Republicans, or Left wing vs. Right Wing … I am advocating for the principles of Liberalism.
Railing against Progressives as extremists (as I often do) is not an invitation to simply become right-wing extremists in response, a la Paul Joseph Watson. You don’t fight extremism with more extremism. Because, as Horseshoe Theory tells us, we just end up with an equal level of ridiculousness, only from the opposite side. No, you fight extremism with moderation.
The recent death of U.S. Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia is a good example of this. In the aftermath, we have partisanship run amok. Republicans are trying to stall the nomination process for a replacement until after the next Presidential election, and Democrats are trying to get President Obama to put forward a “liberal” candidate to tilt the balance of the Supreme Court going forward. And in the midst of all this, American confidence in the Supreme Court continues to erode. Respect for the court has always been rooted in its objectiveness, its impartiality. It was always intended to be a moderate voice in a sea of partisan politics … because most people view moderates as a voice of reason.
I would contend then that even the whole left-wing/right-wing and liberal/conservative split in America and Western Europe is just a distraction. As mentioned above, both of them are just variants of classical liberalism. But now we have people arguing over evolution and religion and gender-neutral pronouns like their life depended on it, rather than issues like sound fiscal policy and due process rights.
A Red Pill man cannot be distracted by such things. His strident belief in individualism cannot be shaken. Modern attempts by those who want to distract us seek to paint Liberalism as a philosophy of the weak. But there is no stronger philosophy than that of the Individual … and Liberalism is inherently rooted in the Doctrine of Individualism. Indeed, such Individualism requires an iron-clad frame, a willingness to put faith in properly incentivized individuals who we have little to no control over, rather than the state or the King or some oligarchy or what not.
As such, Red Pill Liberalism has one unshakeable mantra: You are not a victim. Raise Yourself up.
Red Pill Liberalism as a doctrine is defined by several principles. These principles differentiate it from Progressive Liberalism. To put it simply, Red Pill Liberalism is a doctrine of strength, rather than weakness. It is a reassertion of the classical liberal ideals of Adam Smith, John Locke, Voltaire, and others.
Four Principles of Red Pill Liberalism:
1) Individualism – Red Pill Liberalism is rooted in the Doctrine of Individualism. The idea that society should be structured to empower individuals, by creating proper incentives that align individual behavior with the greater good. If an individual succeeds, then so should society. And vice versa. Red Pill Liberalism rejects Progressive ideas around collectivism or group Identity Politics or Political Correctness. It favors free speech, free markets, due process, and individual rights. The outcome of the group average should not be emphasized over that of individuals. Moreover, all individuals (unless mentally disabled) are capable of full agency. Red Pill Liberalism fully rejects the concept of hypoagency as it relates to minorities, women, or others. The victim mentality is a corruption of power, one that breeds mediocrity, not individual empowerment.
2) Bigotry is Universal – We are all bigots. It is part of our in-group/out-group preferences built deep into our psychology by evolution. It is unavoidable. The real question is how we act on that innate bigotry. In a Progressive/SJW/Feminist world, the idea is that some forms of bigotry are socially acceptable. Okay to act upon, in response to some perceived historic slight. Some individuals are shamed or punished for their behavior, purely based on their group membership, while members of other groups are absolved of such criticism for the same behavior. But this is an affront to Classical Liberalism, and thus an affront to Red Pill Liberalism.
3) Truth is Always Interpreted – The truth is never directly observable … it is always interpreted. As such, the true danger lies not in the “other side” of the debate, but in extremism in any form. Extreme interpretations of the truth serve as vehicles to limit the freedom of individuals. Moreover, they undermine the strength of the principles we espouse from within. It is often not the storm, but the cracks within your own walls, that prove your undoing.
4) Everything in This World is about Power – Even things that claim to not be about power, like feminism or SJWs or Progressivism, are really about power. Turning their “position of weakness” into strength, into control. A corrupted form of power. But power nonetheless. The problem is that many fail to see the power struggle that lies beneath. Why? Because they have grown soft, too trusting, too gullible. Freedom gave them the opportunity to indulge their own feelings absent of reality. Absent of the harsh truths of life. Absent of the power struggles most face. And their naivety leads to disillusionment. Ironically, those who benefit most from freedom are often the worst defenders of it. Red Pill Liberalism explicitly recognizes that power is inherent to all things … and that any situation of “equal power” is an inherently unstable situation. Inequality is inescapable … rather, the goal should be to empower individuals to help themselves. Teach a man to fish, rather than simply giving him a fish.
“The impediment to action advances action … that which stands in the way becomes the way.” – Marcus Aurelius
“During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.” – George Orwell
“Everything in the world is about sex except sex. Sex is about power.” – Oscar Wilde
Or to put it simply, such Individualism requires strength and awareness, NOT weakness and victimhood. Only then is an individual’s full potential achievable. To quote Pook from the Book of Pook:
“The difference is simple,” said the Pook. “The first young man is facing TOWARDS infancy. The second young man is facing AWAY from infancy. The first one wishes to climb back into the womb; the second one wants to fly from it. The first wishes a cushioned place in the world while the second one leaves the cushions behind. The first one is ordinary; the second one is extraordinary. Thus, the second one becomes the Great Catch while the first one merely becomes a filler of a void.”
Red Pill Liberalism is a doctrine of strength, a rejection of the “victim mentality” so prevalent in the modern West, a rejection of Progressivism. It is about true Classical Liberals reclaiming Liberalism from the Progressives. Reasserting the principles of Adam Smith, John Locke, and Voltaire … free speech, free markets, due process, individual rights over all the Identity Politics bullshit.
2) Bigotry is Universal
3) Truth is Always Interpreted
4) Everything in This World is about Power
Progressives are NOT liberals … they basically violate every tenet of liberalism. They were able to hijack liberalism with the rise of cultural Marxism during the 20th century. Which just goes to show you: The danger is not from the “other side”, it is extremism in any form. The Horseshoe Theory is a very real thing.
Any Red Pill man in this environment has to ask tough questions about the reality of the “issues” of the day. They need hard edges, unwithering frame in the face of all storms. Individualism cannot exist without such a mentality, and nor Liberalism without it. Freedom is a thing that derives from boundaries.