I was asked to rush a fraternity in college. Twice, actually.
I didn’t do it. Part of the reason was financial — I was a scholarship kid without two nickels to rub together, and my parents, similarly nickel-less, would’ve laughed in my face if I’d asked them to pay for it. The other part, though — at least the first time — was that I simply didn’t want to eat 50 pickled eggs while running laps at 2 in the morning, or whatever the hazing was.
They asked me again next year. This time, though, the word had come down from on high: No hazing. Too many liability issues. And that’s the funny thing: I still couldn’t have afforded it, but I no longer even considered it. What’s the point of joining a “brotherhood” that lets anybody in?
That no-hazing thing embodies one of the Left’s key insights into human nature. Men are lost, unmoored, adrft, without any way to sort and rank themselves. I’ve said many times that “Game” is 75% spergy bullshit, but there’s some real truth to the socio-sexual hierarchy. Most men are Deltas — the good soldiers, the go-along-to-get-along types who are ok with just following orders, whose self-image rests on knowing their place and excelling within it. Some men are Alphas, the natural leaders. Others are Betas, or Gammas, or whatever you want to call them (remember: 75% spergy bullshit). The point is this: Without some way of evaluating yourself, it’s difficult to know where you fit….
… and since “knowing where you fit” is a key part of the male psyche, the easiest way to neuter a whole group of men is to take away their self-sorting mechanisms. Oh, we’ll find proxies — we’re problem-solvers — but none of them are as good as plain ol’ head-to-head competition in front of your peers. Worse, proxy fights can be manipulated. Read the comments on any “Game” blog — it’s pretty clear that most of those guys have never even seen a vagina anywhere other than on their computer screens, but because there’s no way to empirically verify one’s “notch count,” they carry on like they’re Don Juan…
…which is all part of the neutering plan, comrade. You don’t have to be a “Game” guru to know that the worst guy to have in any organization is the loudmouth who thinks — scratch that, who knows — he’s the Alpha, but can’t get anyone else to recognize it. When you get to haze your pledges, it’s easy to see who’s bullshitting. Take away hazing, and it’s open season for manipulative little weasels to do their thing. That kind of guy will gleefully burn an organization to the ground, because in his mind, that’s “winning” — if they’d only have put him in charge, none of this would’ve happened!
I was half-kidding with that whole “Sons of Valley Forge” bit… but only half. If ever Our Thing is going to get off the Internet and out into the real world, it absolutely must develop some kind of real organization — and that organization must have “hazing.” We don’t have to make newbies do the elephant walk or anything, but the first step to effective political action is getting our balls back… and that involves some self-sorting competition.Loading Likes...