A Brief Look at “Incel” Hysteria

Individuals of the libertine persuasion, those who take delight in the kind of bland sex-positive advocacy for which there are now countless figureheads on the internet, have suggested to me many times that the availability of internet pornography is behind recent falls in sexual violence, beginning roughly in the early 90s. I did not think that was abjectly insane, but it was certainly hard to miss some inconvenient background details: homicide, and many other kinds of crime, fell in the 90s, which casts immediate doubt on pornography as causal. No one quite knows why it happened, but there are several hypotheses, some spicier than others.

It is important to mention that this period of declining violence (~ 1990-2005) is a mere blip within a trend which has been going on far longer. Technology, broadly construed, may be responsible for some recent declines, and before that, the aggressive genetic selection against criminality that took place in Europe over several centuries.

One wonders: when was the last time that rape was a viable reproductive strategy – that is, more likely to result in descendants than to result in imprisonment and ignominy? World War Two seems a good recent example: the Red Army managed to leave hundreds of thousands of descendants through the rape of foreign women of the nation they were at war with, but that is quite different in terms of its social consequences, i.e. has much weaker selective force acting on it, than raping women in one’s social in-group or clan. All this is amplified, too, by the availability of abortion, which renders births from rape in the First World basically non-existent at this point.

So, the type of rapist who rapes the enemy’s women in war has a distinct psychological profile, and is probably far more common, than the type who rapes at home. In the modern West, the latter type make up almost all “rape data” after controlling for immigration. Exactly what do we know about those people?

Genes do not seem to contribute much to the variance of propensity to rape adults in Sweden. Then again, possible confound: Sweden. However, I would not be surprised if the pattern holds true even in undiversified regions. For instance, it could be that the heritability of within-group rape has declined over time because its “adaptive” function, if it ever had one, is now a dead end. So now, it (within-group rape) survives because the genes that increase the likelihood of doing it are normally implicated in other, more reproductively successful behaviours.

All of this should cast doubt on the idea that the incel “phenomenon” will trigger a rape epidemic. Men who rape (again, excluding wartime rape) have different brains from men who do not, regardless of whether they are celibate. And anyone saying that men need more “sexual outlets” to ward off the incoming Incel Rape Army is full of shit. There has essentially never been a society where long-term relationships (or even short-term liaisons) are men’s only chance at sexual access, even where alternative means are “banned.” Pornography and prostitution are banned in South Korea, yet approximately 23% of men there have visited prostitutes.

The average marital age for males in western Europe has been 26-28 for centuries, and a goodly portion of the population never married, even back when marriage was far more of an idealised social norm. Current trends are really not all that terrifying.

Minding Our Own Business – The “Official” Foreign Policy of the AltLeft

“You know, I never feel comfortable on these sort of things. Victims? Don’t be melodramatic. Look down there. Tell me. Would you really feel any pity if one of those dots stopped moving forever?” -Harry Lime in The Third Man (1949)

So it’s official, Trump screwed the pooch. After campaigning for years as a non-interventionist in contrast with Hillary’s aggressive neoconservative foreign policy, Trump went ahead and intervened in Syria’s civil war, a conflict which is of course none of our business.

At this point, I think it’s important that the anti-war left and anti-war right set aside their differences and combine forces to protest against US military interventionism. I’ll gladly ally with even the shrillest blue haired, transracial tumblrista on this issue, even if it means having to eat some pepper spray or endure a punch from some confused antifa who doesn’t know what to make of it all.

The official foreign policy of the “AltLeft” as far as I’m concerned is one of non-interventionism. Aside from the moral issue of these countries’ having the right to manage their own destiny, we recognize that meddling in these foreign conflicts is simply not in our long term interests (in many cases it is not even in our short term interests.) What happens in another country’s civil war is none of our business, period. We helped overthrow Iran’s democratically elected leader in the 1950s, and we’re still paying the price nearly 65 years later. We got involved in the Korean War, which was a disaster. 65 years later we still maintain a substantial military presence there (for which we receive practically nothing in return) and face a potential nuclear threat. We intervened in the Vietnamese civil war, in which we had almost nothing to gain and meanwhile lost 60,000 American lives and over 168 billion dollars (in 1960s-70s dollars!) That is to say nothing of the Gulf War, the Iraq war, the Iran-Iraq war, Nicaragua, the indo-pakistani war of 1971 and scores of other conflicts we have inserted ourselves into either directly or indirectly over the years. In most cases our involvement arguably makes the situation worse. Not only that, but we also ultimately end up being blamed for the entire mess.

It’s mind boggling that our leaders have not learned their lessons that they should just stay out. We already have enough problems in our own country which are being neglected. The 2 million spent on each cruise missile would be better utilized paying down the debt or rebuilding infrastructure in our dilapidated urban areas. Worried about ISIS? No need to bomb random nations. Just don’t invite potentially hostile aliens into your country. Do you ever wonder why Uruguay or Argentina is not worried about the North Korean nuke threat or ISIS? They are not dumb enough to stick their noses in places where they don’t belong. The North Korean nuke threat to the USA is entirely self created. After 60 years South Korea should be ready and able to fly on their own. If they can’t now, they never will.

It might be comforting for some to say the president is being corrupted by the neocons, but this lets him off the hook too easily. The reality is he has no one to blame but himself. If he listens to neocons, agrees with them, and acts upon their recommendations…it’s ultimately a reflection of his own poor judgement. Remember that Trump’s whole persona is “Look at me. I’m mr alpha male. I’m in charge of the room, and I don’t take orders from anybody.” Nobody should be making excuses for Trump or pretend he’s playing some kind of 4D chess. For some reason Americans always do this, and then eventually we find out they were full of shit and never really had any coherent strategy. When a leader says or does the opposite of what we want him to do, we can’t just say “he doesn’t really mean it. He just has to say that to cover his tracks. Deep down he’s really our guy! No, he isn’t. None of these people are “our guys” until they are explicitly saying so and backing it up with synergistic action. We need to take them at face value. From now on, the burden of proof has to be on them to demonstrate they’re going to act in America’s interests. They don’t get the benefit of the doubt. Their credibility is worthless here, and they need to put a deposit up front.

Robert Stark and I discussed the official AltLeft foreign policy and reacted to Trump’s attacks on Syria last night on an episode of The Stark Truth podcast, which can be found here.

Topics:

-The gas “attack” in syria and how it’s being used as propaganda to draw us into war
-Anatoly Karlin’s article This Fishy Smell of Sarin, or Was it Chlorine?
-Regardless of what happened the conflict is none of our business
-How the AltRight is totally united in not wanting to go to war in Syria and disillusioned with Trump
-Richard Spencer: Will Trump Gas His Presidency Over Syria?
-Hillary and the Neocon Never-Trumpers praising Trump’s decision to invade Syria
-The hubris in thinking we should decide who the the leaders should be in other countries and how the US never learns its lessons
-Trump’s use of liberal humanitarian rhetoric to justify intervention
-The Trump admin being taken over by neocons and Trump himself making dumb statements
-Steve Bannon’s removal from the national security council
-How gullible US politicians and media are and how easily manipulated emotionally people are by imagery
-How the North Korea situation is none of our business either and how it is a self created threat
-Other Trump examples of Trump betraying his base including signing measure to let ISPs sell your data without consent, health care, and Free Trade