The word alpha is bandied about on every far flung corner of the manosphere and PUA universe. The alpha is emulated as the paragon of manliness where every ‘beta’ and ‘omega’ strives to be an alpha, but for all the wrong reasons as we shall see. Who is an Alpha male? According to many in the PUA community (whom I do not affiliate with), an alpha is the archetypical masculine man who is cool, confident, and is irresistible to women. Men want to be alphas so that they can have access to an inexhaustible supply of poon. But is this all there is to it? I tend to believe that Alphas have certain character traits that are innate or that one acquires with years of disciplined self improvement. For the purpose of this post, I’m going to rely on cultural references (TV/Books) as it makes the portrait easier to sketch.
True alphas are without exception territorial. Nowhere is this trait better exemplified than in the character of Vito Corleone. We catch a first glimpse of it when Vito murders Fanucci for interfering with his affairs by attempting to extort money. Check out the scene below from Breaking bad. Prior to this scene, Walter White decided to exit crime but the territorial Heisenberg wouldn’t allow it.
Alphas are very loyal to those they feel close to and will stand their ground in their defence. My former roommate stood up to a gang of thugs in defence of a friend some years ago in Karachi. They smashed their rifle butts in his face and he remained standing for as long as he could till he lost consciousness. Alphas protect those they are close to and this is pure masculine instinct. Some say that Alphas and Omegas make good friends as omegas look up to alphas and the latter reciprocate that respect with loyalty and protection. The relationship between Artie Bucco and Tony Soprano immediately comes to mind. Artie respects (and secretly envies) his mobster friend for commanding the power to live life on his own terms. Jenifer Melfi feels protected by Tony’s friendship (if one can call it that), especially after her brutal rape.
Force of character
True Alphas radiate a force that cows lesser men into submission. Betas and omegas can assume a tough guy persona at the bar, however, they cannot learn this force. In the Godfather, Puzo wrote that Vito Corleone’s smile had an unnerving effect on those around him. This was because his smile unmasked his true self. What does this mean? The Alpha’s force is basically his intent that is grounded upon an iron will. This intent (and the underlying will) is communicated through body language that disarms those around him. The Alpha is quite capable of backing up his intent with action because he’s been doing this all his life, and it shows in his body language. The pretend alphas of the PUA community cannot imitate this force as it is the product of a lifetime’s worth of strength and courage. Like Lao Tzu’s Tao, this isn’t something that can be expressed clearly in discursive format, but must be intuitively grasped. Check out the clip below. It is a battle of wills where Tony Soprano effortlessly dominates the will of the would be tough beta without laying a finger on him.
Leaders of men
Due to the trait elaborated above, Alphas are natural leaders of men. On several occasions my former roommate’s co-workers sought his assistance when dealing with workplace issues that were clearly outside his purview; circumventing supervisors entirely. His friendship is desired whereas his enmity is feared. True alphas aren’t merely irresistible to women, they are also admired and feared by men. Jack Nicholson’s character in one flew over the cuckoo’s nest was most certainly an alpha.
Real Alpha’s possess a dogged determination that keeps them going after their goal like a bloodhound after prey. PUAs erroneously think that a man’s score is the sole determinant of alpha status – but if this were true, then by this sole criterion Hugo Schwyzer (the king of Manginas everywhere, until his twitter meltdown) would also be an alpha. Clint Eastwood’s character Blondie (The Good the Bad and the Ugly) does not get laid even once throughout the film, or in any of the spaghetti westerns. Yet ‘Blondie’ (his character remains nameless) exudes powerful masculine vibes that are characteristically alpha. Nobody in their right mind would think he was gay.
Few closing thoughts
Genuine Alpha traits are inimitable and one might argue that Alphas (the intelligent ones with initiative) were the architects of civilization whereas the Betas were the building blocks of civilization. When viewed in this context it becomes clear that feminism is the Alpha’s weapon of choice against the Beta. As I’ve written here, the feminist project was funded by Alpha males (Rockefellers, Fords, Carnegies ect) from the very beginning to further their own interests. The feminist useful idiots have only undermined betas but have barely dented the power of the Alphas that continue to provide for them.
The more I think about it the more I’m convinced that religion was intended to police the two groups in society that required the most policing: Women and Alphas. Religion aimed to suppress the negative traits of women (amorality, solipsism) while bringing out the better ones (self sacrificing and nurturing behaviour). Similarly, religion aimed to suppress the more sociopathic tendencies of alphas (predatory instincts) while bringing out their positive qualities (loyalty and focus). In a single stroke, feminism has allowed these two groups to run amok with disastrous consequences for society.