Cultural Marxism in the manosphere
December 29, 2012 § 111 Comments
The thing that makes cultural Marxism laughably ridiculous is that it is basically a big fat ad hominem. Cultural Marxism consists of a bunch of malcontents doing everything possible to avoid discussing objective truth. Rather than focusing on what is objectively true, cultural Marxists propose that the world is all about power relations. Discussion of power relations replaces inquiry into what is true, and victim status replaces truth. This creates an ideological environment wherein what someone says is evaluated based on social class or group membership rather than against a standard of truth. As a result the kind of “discussion” cultural Marxism fosters is the ultimate in preaching to the choir and shouting down the heretics: propositions are not evaluated objectively, and what a member of an oppressor class says is rejected not because it has been evaluated against objective standards but because it comes from an oppressor: ad hominem writ large.
Just as there are postmodern tendencies in the manosphere there are also, I would suggest not coincidentally, tendencies which mirror cultural Marxism. I’ve griped before about the annoying tendency toward metanarrative: a quite laughable pseudo-analysis of the motives, psychology, and status of discussion participants takes place in parallel to, and sometimes to the exclusion of, actual content. Recent discussions on a vague-enough-to-be-postmodern idea that folks are labeling “the feminine imperative” seem to me to be little more than another ad hominem writ large, solipsistic over-the-Internet application of a pre-formed template to total strangers based on their outsider status, all the while ignoring the question of whether or not there is any truth, any validity, in the actual substantive content of what is contended. As in cultural Marxism more generally what matters is not what is objectively true but how well the latest faddish term fits the victim-oppressor narrative, and how good it makes the victims and their champions feel about themselves.
John McG concretely expressed this tendency toward culturally Marxist denunciation in the comments below:
X defended Y; Y is a woman; therefore X is a “white knight”, as generally applied in the manosphere, is [not] a “righteous judgment” but rather an excuse to dismiss and stop listening to X.
I’ve got some advice for you, manosphere fellas: if you want to be taken seriously by people who care about the truth try putting some more distance between yourselves and your putative enemies.