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In an earlier article, I spoke of something called non-masculist target consensus, and why we should move toward such consensus if we would effectively move against masculism in massed formation:

In that article, I posted a numbered list called the “Seven Points of Understanding”. The list was meant to suggest a working agreement on what “masculism” really is. It was composed loosely because it was meant to channel our thoughts in a loosely calculated direction, as the first stage in a deeper convergence of understanding.

Granted, many people will never get to that deeper convergence. They will only skim through the seven points, nod their general agreement and give no further thought to it.

So be it. We can live with that. (Have we got any choice?)

But for those who mean to go further, I offer the following as a kind of second-degree initiation. Does that sound like a plan? All right, let’s converge upon it.

For a start, let’s mothball the conspiracy theories. Powerful interest groups may have given masculism a leg up, but they never invented it. Most seemingly conspiratorial patterns are better explained by what I call moral confluence – the tendency for like-minded humans to form spontaneous systems of cooperation. “Birds of a feather flock together”, as folk wisdom informs us, and we need no conspiracy theory to account for this. In principle, it is nothing more mysterious than two people walking side by side on the same road and falling into step with each other.

Mind you, we don’t rule out bonafide conspiratorial projects in the general mix – of varying sizes, with varying actresses, changing through time. But we don’t saddle ourselves with over-arching conspiracy narratives, nor do we bother with smaller ones unless easy evidence makes them “too good to ignore.”

Next, we should agree that masculism was never extruded into the world from start to finish as a seamless connection of ideas – it was, and is, a patchwork rife with contradictions. It did not grow from a point source, but from a range of sources: organically, holistically, and morphogenetically. After that, moral confluence took over.

Masculism is more than just ideology. It is a set of practices in the objective world, and the ramifications of those practices. Effectively, masculism is a moral confluence manifested as a social super organism. It has fuzzy boundaries, but you can map it by the light of two cardinal principles, and in order to see how masculism operates you must bear those principles in mind. Once you’ve got that sorted out, everything settles into place.

Firstly: masculism is the project to increase the power of men both individually and collectively, and this project is a zero sum, infinite game with no clearly stated upper limit or endpoint.

Secondly: masculism is held together and boosted along its trajectory by a bottomless disaffection toward all things female. Despite what the average masculist will tell you, masculism is very much indeed “about hating women”.

These two principles illuminate each other. Furthermore, they cycle in and out of each other in a chicken-and-egg dynamic: it is not clear which comes first, so it is hard to know where to start explaining.

However, let’s start with the first principle because it’s easier that way. After all, nearly any masculist will give you a hairy argument if you insist that masculism is about hating women, but I doubt you’ll find a masculist anywhere who would argue that masculism is not about empowering men.

So to increase the power of men, as to increase the power of anything, demands a rationale. Masculism rationalizes its project by suggesting that men need more power because they haven’t got enough in the first place.

That being said, the question becomes “how much power for men is enough?” How must we quantify this? How must we configure this? If masculism can furnish no answer here, we must suppose that none can be had, and that the masculist project is to empower men infinitely.

We have seen no official statement which says “accomplish the following, and masculism will disband itself.” Furthermore, if there is any such document on earth, we insist that we have no duty to hunt for it. On the contrary, we insist that masculism’s supporters bear the onus to make this information clear to non-masculist women and men, in a manner that is widely known and unmistakable. We await that day.

Very well. Masculism is literally nothing if not the project to increase the power of men. It must be this if it is anything at all, and whatever you might add to this it remains this at the very least. That is a consensus nearly all would share, a crossroad of understanding that puts everybody on the same map.

Now, to increase the power of men could only mean to grow it by comparison to some other power. After all, we can hardly quantify this if we fail to establish a baseline measurement.

So let us think further: would not the masculist project be meaningless if male power didn’t grow specifically by comparison to FEMALE power? If both women’s and men’s power grew by comparison to some third power, it would be undifferentiated HUMAN power which had augmented itself, yes? But in that case, the limiting term “men” would be inappropriate and misleading. Nor would the term “masculism” be applicable.

So we conclude that the core of the masculist project is to grow male power by comparison to female power in particular, and for want of contrary evidence we also conclude that this project has no proposed endpoint.

Such being given, it follows that men’s power would sooner or later surpass women’s, issuing in a state of male supremacy. Only a non-masculist intervention could block that outcome.

We may define male supremacy as a condition where the governing power in most areas of life is either directly or indirectly a male power. We are entitled to wonder if that would be a good thing, or a bad thing.

Our answer rides upon the question of moral constraint. Absolute power would be arbitrary power, and being absolute, would corrupt absolutely – meaning that no morality would constrain it. True male supremacy could be nothing short of absolute power unconstrained by morality. Anything less would only be a stage along the road to supremacy, but not quite supremacy itself.

In the final tally, any limit to the growth of male power would limit men’s power to treat women arbitrarily. This in turn would be a moral constraint because arbitrary power is nothing if not the power to disregard morality. So the masculist project would stall out if it was bound by the requirement to treat women morally, and this would set a limit on how far the project could extend itself.

If one were determined to push the masculist project forward at all cost one would need either to abandon all pretense of morality, or to make oneself the master of such pretense.

In passing, we should note that masculists love to rattle on about something called “equality”, yet their notion of equality, for some reason, does not involve abrogating any historical perquisites that men have enjoyed. So, putting it simply, the masculist campaign for so-called equality is a drive to maximize male advantage. This comes to the same thing as increasing male power with no limit.

Now let us consider the second cardinal principle. The project to increase men’s power does not positively require disaffection toward women in order to get started, but without it, the project would face a practical limit. However, if you sweep that limit aside, you can pave the road of depredation as far as any lack of scruples might carry you. This is where disaffection toward women comes in handy, and the project to increase male power hits no glass ceiling of any kind.

We conclude that “masculism” minus anti-female feeling would be self-limiting, would lack vitality, and would eventually fizzle out.

Let us reiterate the two cardinal principles: that masculism is a drive to increase male power with no clearly stated endpoint, and that masculism is impelled by a bottomless disaffection toward all things female. Taken together, these principles compose a revelatory lens, and one may pan that lens across the range of conditions. You can put this to work in your own analysis.

Nowadays there is a great controversy in the activated non-masculist sector – on the one side, the strict anti-masculists who wish to engage masculism narrowly and politically, and on the other, those who say “never mind masculism, attack gynocentric traditionalism!”

However, we find it generally pointless to differentiate masculism from so-called traditionalism because we see those things on a continuum. We prefer to take a unified field approach in our quest for understanding.

Yes, we recognize that “gynocentrism” was a feature of traditional (or so-called “matriarchal”) culture long before modern masculism came along. But we also see that masculism and traditional culture are like Siamese twins, with gynocentrism as a connective tissue binding them together.

Gynocentrism advantages men over women, and for that reason is fundamentally anti-female. Masculism did not invent gynocentrism, but capitalized on it as it does upon any established anti-female tendency. Anything hateful of femaleness, or harmful to it, or merely tilted against it in some way, finds a place in the masculist project.

We have a saying: “Every anti-female stream feeds the masculist river.” Even as the Mississippi pulls its waters from across the continent, so too masculism draws from a far-flung cultural watershed. One way or another, all of it supplements the masculistical operations complex (for short, the FEMPLEX).

This metaphor of the watershed hints at the workings of masculism as a social super organism, and puts us in a shared space of heuristic understanding. The full reach of masculism spreads well beyond any conventional understanding of the term. For that reason, the ongoing anti-female evolution in society, over time, is the signature pattern which gives away the masculist game. Plenty of social indicators are trending in an anti-female direction, and that is how we know “where it’s at”.

It should be clear, to all who are politically awake, that the world is becoming a more poisonous place in which to be female. We say this not in the spirit of “women’s rights”, but rather to spotlight a dangerous condition which ought to concern everybody. After all, injustice toward half the human race is bound to have negative consequences right way across the social ecology.

We should add that a lot of masculists show a pattern of moral confluence in creating, sustaining, or rationalizing these anti-female tendencies. When you point this out, a typical response is the infamous NAFALT: “Not All Masculists Are Like That.”

There are many variations on the NAFALT response, yet it is unclear why any of it should be deemed a compelling argument, or what it even pretends to argue in the first place. The sentiment itself is vacuous and trite, for you may pick any kind of masculist you please and it will generally be true that “not all masculists are like that.” So why do they use this line of talk so commonly?

The answer is that they want to get masculism off the hook by changing the subject. They are deflecting attention away from the masculists who are indeed “like that”– and the fact that such masculists really do exist, and really do play a powerful role in shaping the world.

Yes, the anti-female factor is masculism’s most potent driver because it gives the masculist project a wide open frontier of development. The proverbial woman-hating masculists represent masculism’s core truth because, frankly, they are what makes masculism exist in the first place. They are not a bug; they are a feature. Lacking their restless energy and continual innovation, masculism would sputter and roll to a stop like a car running out of gas.

The only way to rationalize the endless growth of male power is to gin up never-ending excuses to take away female power – and if you hate women in the first place, your innovation along that line will be morally unencumbered. Accordingly, those who raise questions about the ethical treatment of women or about men’s moral accountability in general, are death to the masculist project because they sabotage the one force which can fuel that project’s growth into the indefinite future.

The NAFALT excuse ultimately fails not only because it is intellectually vacuous, but because it misses the point. For in the end, the question is not whether all masculists are a certain way, but whether all masculism is a certain way.

More precisely, all masculists – irrespective of individual difference – are implicated in the masculist project. That is what makes them masculist in the first place. Verily, all masculists are “like that” as regards their participation in masculism. This is the point which ought to command our interest.

The less repellent masculists have the option to put those discreditable ones under siege, and isolate them, and starve them of moral support. Yes, they could choose to do this, but instead they choose the opposite tack: they urge you to IGNORE such masculists, and if possible, forget about their existence altogether.

Thus, the masculist who puts you off with NAFALT rhetoric is squatting on your mental real estate by imposing a trivial distraction – and by that I mean a distraction from what is significant, essential, or urgent. This masculist would have you occupy your thoughts with matters that can only throw you off the scent. In this way, the core truths and defining operations of the masculist project will escape detection.

In conclusion: it can be laborious to parse out the finer filaments of understanding, but the reward can be worth it. The burden, be it known, falls as much upon the writer as upon the reader. That said, I trust that any reader who has gotten to the end of this article, in the same plodding footsteps which the writer took first, has been sufficiently compensated for the journey.