Roosh was recently pilloried on the feckless Dr Oz’s show. Dr Oz is the sort of hack who practices pop medicine and has been criticized for often endorsing unscientific nonsense to the gullible masses. Nevertheless despite Roosh’s lackluster performance on the show, many regard this as a victory for the manosphere. It indicates that the manosphere is gaining mainstream recognition (or notoriety) and no publicity is bad publicity. I believe there are a couple of reasons why Roosh is despised and I shall briefly discuss each one.
Roosh is immune to traditional leftist attacks
There are 2 ways to crush a man’s spirit: destroy his livelihood or destroy his family. Feminism has become exceedingly adept at both. Roosh’s anonymity was broken a long time ago and he is self employed. Roosh’s greatest supporters and customers are men that share his views ie the Manosphere. By my estimate Roosh makes around 60-70k a year (I totaled up ROK’s ad revenue) and draws his moral and financial support from a small, but rapidly growing base. He is intelligent, motivated, and for the moment financially stable. He has no employers who can be intimidated by social justice lunatics to terminate his employment. Roosh might not exert a tremendous degree of influence over society but he nevertheless operates from a position of strength.
The Manosphere is a bonafide grassroots phenomenon
Unlike feminists, gays, and other professional victim groups that require handlers and manufactured grievances to maintain their cohesion, the manosphere addresses legitimate concerns and focuses on workable solutions. There are no leaders, charters, or manifestos. Unlike the Alternative Right and White Nationalist camps, the manosphere has a broader appeal and is not as stigmatized as the aforementioned WNs and AR. When the Jewish Southern Poverty Law Center listed Roosh as an extremist on their website, they were duly ridiculed. From Wikipedia:
In a March 2012 report on “The Year in Hate and Extremism”, the Southern Poverty Law Center included Roosh in a list of “manosphere” sites which it described as hateful and misogynistic. His inclusion on the list was reported by several publications and also mocked by several mainstream media outlets for being somewhat extreme. Business Insider’s Michael Brendan opined that the SPLC was undermining its credibility by listing Roosh.
This puts Roosh and others in an advantageous position as they can attack the left while remaining impervious to the latter’s assault. The only way Roosh could be potentially shut down is via a false rape accusation attained from any woman he might previously have shagged. It just so happens that there is a feminist on the loose trying to seek out women Roosh has slept with.
The untapped resource
The so called “Red Pill” philosophy (if one can call it that) is intriguing because it emphasizes the Buddhist idea of seeing illusions for what they are and thereby freeing oneself from suffering. The Manosphere realizes that society is broken. They have embarked on a path to critically re-examine a series of politically correct myths that Westerners are force-fed from cradle to grave. Their new found awareness has unsurprisingly led them into the heart of conservative territory. What is even more intriguing is that the “red pill” outlook has propelled these men into waters they had never ventured into before – issues such as multiculturalism, immigration, and even the Jewish Question are now being openly discussed.
Since the Manosphere has a very broad appeal it is possible that bloggers such as Roosh and Dalrock might serve as a stepping stone to guide formerly apathetic men towards the Alternative Right. After all, the immediacy of ethnic and cultural demise becomes secondary in the face of the feminist specter that threatens a man’s livelihood and marriage. I was delighted to learn that Matt Forney and Blair Nasso (of Return of Kings) attended the recent American Renaissance conference. The Manosphere compensate their lack of intellectual rigour (for the moment) with raw passion and energy. This is not going to be an easy alliance as die hard White nationalists will object to Roosh ‘defiling’ their precious women. Nevertheless I believe that the alternative right can certainly benefit from the growth of the manosphere as men that begin to question the leftist gender narrative will in time also question the left’s race related narrative. I don’t think the two camps will ever agree on everything but they have more in common than they realize.