Why neoreactionary nominalism is self-defeating
April 3, 2014 § 27 Comments
The Reactivity Place objects to the idea that Game is inextricably bound up with unchaste male behavior toward women. He objects by quoting the Internet’s self-proclaimed master of slutsploitation as an authority on the idea that Game has nothing much to do with slutsploitation, and that therefore slutsploiters deserve credit for being prophets, thought leaders, and defenders of civilization:
Doubters can snark about “PUAs” to their hearts’ content, but the arc of recent history is proving that PUAs were at the leading edge all along. Will people listen only when it’s too late?
The bottom line approach is to claim that either (1) suggesting that Game is inextricably bound up with male inchastity is so baffling that even folks with monster IQ’s can’t understand it; or (2) it boils down to just a disagreement about definitions.
In support of (2), it is claimed in the comments that the following are all instances of the use of Game as TRP solemnly declares and defines it:
- a psychologist advises the Obama campaign on how to get white voters to feel good about themselves for voting for a mulatto,
- Betty Crocker advisors told the execs to get women to add an egg to the box cake recipe
- Getting troops to charge up San Juan Hill
- Forcing Henry IV to walk to Canossa
It is questionable whether it is worth even dignifying the claim that these are instances of Game by taking it seriously.
But if we adopt this nominalist approach then criticisms of anything real – like liberalism, for example – can always be deflected by the twofold claim that (a) what is labeled (or named, thus nominalism) is morally neutral in itself and can be used for good or ill, and that (b) the criticism boils down to the use of different definitions. Liberalism, then, is indeed the adoption of freedom and equality as political goods in a truncated sense; this liberalism can be and has been used for good or ill; therefore criticism of my liberalism amounts to just a disagreement over definitions. Sure those liberals over there do bad stuff with liberalism; but I use liberalism for good. To wit, although some people do use liberalism for bad ends (e.g. to support abortion), the following are examples of the good uses to which liberalism has been put:
- giving money to the poor
- Mother Theresa taking care of the poor and sick
- treating people fairly
- freeing slaves
- preventing violent men from beating and exploiting women
… and of course this can go on. The mental truncation involved in the nominalist approach destroys the possibility of substantive disagreement over real things, abolishes politics, claims victory literally by definition, and makes repentance impossible.
The irony of invoking Humpty Dumpty in support of a nominalist approach to the subject of Game is really rather delicious though.