Matt Forney struck a nerve with his incendiary Case Against Female Self-Esteem. Being of the manosphere, and given how the female aspect of the problem is especially acute, he framed the matter in exclusively gender-oriented terms. While I neither agree with nor defend his vituperative stylings, his thesis nails it: American women have become a repugnant gaggle of harpies, largely owing to their being led to believe from their earliest memories that they’re special, talented, unique, and beautiful.
His thesis only begins to scrape the problem, though; and it only begins to scrape the cause of the problem.
Young White women are indeed more afflicted with self-esteem than any other group because they’re more completely insulated from the cold and cruel transactional reminders of one’s objective metrics of relative worth. Chivalry, government-mandated preferential treatment, and mating market dynamics all conspire to make the bullshit they’ve been fed about their self-worth seem legit. Black women are fed the same bullshit, but the cruel realities of being a Black woman in our society are a reality check. We White males are, too, but it’s offset by a collective mythos of White Male Guilt, and we’re generally a bit more directly accountable for our performance as young adults.
Both our men and our women been raised in Lake Wobegon, where all of the children are above average. Furthermore, we all bear the neuroses that come with this unhealthy and abnormal approach to defining oneself relative to one’s peers. As Forney has noted, one of the more obvious and blatantly pathological examples of this is with women attempting to redefine aesthetic beauty and sexual appeal on their own terms. Unfortunately for them, male sexual attraction is only so malleable. It’s congenitally constrained by fixed parameters: neoteny, health, and symmetry. As the self-esteem movement marches onward and upward, objective reality will remain under assault.
Contra Forney’s gender-specific analysis, young White males who are complaining about their liberal arts majors failing to land them the bourgeoisie career and lifestyle they were told to expect are no better. It all amounts to a pathetic tantrum of a spoiled and self-important brat demanding unearned and unwarranted privilege. We simply aren’t as valuable in the global economy as we used to be. Part of this is indubitably systemic anti-White and anti-male prejudice, but a lot of it’s just simple math. Western Europe has fully recovered from WWII, Eastern Europe is out from under the economically disastrous Stalinist system, a billion Chinamen are now in the game. The Global South’s elites are in the game, now, too.
Life is hard, and we’re all guilty of allowing ourselves to become the domesticated and androgynous recipients of an inheritance earned by forefathers and pioneer mothers who were civilized and virile. A growing chorus of White men are becoming more frustrated and angry with each iterative humiliation in our nation’s downward spiral. The Left is teasing an taunting us for that, and they have every right to do so. Men who entrust their destiny to a hostile and decadent regime deserve every bit of betrayal and derision coming their way.
The strategic groupthink in our circles is that we need to tap into that “White Frustration” growth market by validating it. There probably is a future in the self-pity and impotent rage angle, but what our young men and women need to internalize is a less gratifying message, a message of humility, accountability, and self-determination. We’re all fat, ugly, and stupid. It’s time to wake up from the American Dream, put our work boots on, and begin the long miserable slog out of the mountain of anti-White and anti-Christian policies and practices we’ve allowed to pile up around us for generations. We can’t afford to be sentimental about what we thought we had, or what little remains. We can’t afford to tarry around with half-measures, either.
The root cause of our misery is neither recent nor superficial. It’s the self-deifying individualism which originated long ago in our civilization’s ongoing generational rebellion against God and the self-transcendent authority He represents. When one’s metric of esteem is within oneself rather than above oneself, one will inevitably turn inward rather than upward. One’s vices become virtues. One’s blemishes become beauty marks. One’s whims become one’s law. In this late stage of the Kali Yuga, even one’s sexual vices and venereal diseases are becoming sacred and ennobling anti-virtues.
This war within the self, the Greater Crusade, necessarily precedes the Lesser Crusade against Global Jewry, the global capitalists, and the intruders they’re shoveling into our communities. Absent the transcendent locus of esteem, our society will more zealously worship at the altar of self-esteem. Only a return to the belief in God (not the counterfeit God of Christian Zionism, Self-Help schlock, and the Prosperity Gospel) can initiate the transformation and spirit of sacrifice necessary to become worthy again of sovereignty and self-determination.
One can call it the Judeo-Masonic Conspiracy, one can call it The Enlightenment, one can call it Liberalism, one can call it the Left, one can call it Modernity, one can call it Progressive, one can even call it Space Lizards. However you wish to frame the Lesser Crusade, the Greater Crusade is a more clear and simple struggle, if perhaps a more difficult one. It’s the struggle against individualism, egoism, selfishness, and self-esteem. Before we can transcend our worldly opponents, we must first achieve a spiritual transcendence of the self.
We don’t deserve a homeland or one moment of respite from the insults and attacks we’re experiencing. We have no natural “rights” and nobody is obligated to respect us or protect us from ourselves. Some will surely accuse me of “blaming the victim”. I absolutely am, and it’s empowering that we do indeed have within ourselves the capacity to solve our problem. Naming the Jew is great, repeating The Mantra is useful, and chronicling our humiliations is necessary. But it’s all for naught if we as a people remain too fat, ugly, and stupid, too busy with our individual “pursuit of happiness”, and too riddled with vices and vanities to take the risks and make the sacrifices necessary to earn our stake in the future.