In the comments to my last post, John disagrees with my assertion that victory over our enemy may be best defined as equality under the law. Quite to the point, John declares that he “hate[s] the word equality as a political platitude,” since it “refers to the effect, and ignores the cause.” He claims that the use of such a term leads to us “arguing over the initial conditions.” Most rightly, he states that, “as long as women's groups allege that women are or have been oppressed, they will always be able to portray female supremacy as an equality movement.” I agree with many of his comments, however, his conclusion that “even using the term equality plays into their hands,” I believe to be flawed.
I must take full responsibility for John’s misunderstanding, because again I have failed to be as clear in my writing as I might have. John, my audience is not feminists, not females generally, and not the general public of males. (Although, I certainly appreciate the writers who do address such audiences, as they have taught me much). No, instead my audience is men like you, men who have studied the feminist propaganda, given much thought to the issues and problems, and who have reached certain conclusions regarding the fight at hand.
And so, understand that when I use the phrase “equality under the law,” I hope that you read it not as a feminist manipulation of the language, nor as a “political platitude”, but for its plain meaning.
Equality under the law is power.
In this men’s movement, most of what I read directly complains of a lack of equality under the law - facial inequalities or inequalities in the application of divorce law, child custody law, criminal sentencing, civil rights law, employment law, education law, health law, VAWA, IMBRA, etc. The remainder complains of societal disparities, such as our negative portrayal in the media, female attitudes generally, and feminist indoctrination classes in universities. Precious little time is afforded proactive solutions to these complaints.
So, John, while I believe you are surely correct to speak of cause and effect, I just think you address the wrong cause and effect.
Now, I do not wish to fall into the trap of wasting time “arguing over the initial conditions, i.e. the cause that precedes the alleged effect.” You see, I wholeheartedly agree that it serves no purpose to argue over initial conditions. Indeed, I am well beyond being concerned with initial conditions.
I am, however, very much concerned with our instant condition.
Currently, we are in a war. Most importantly, the power of the state, i.e., the law, is not on our side. I do not, from a strategic viewpoint, care about how the law came to be (although, from a tactical standpoint, such history may well serve our needs). Instead, I care that the law, as written and presently applied, is being used to shackle us.
The cause of much of our problems, both individually and collectively, is the current law, because that is where the draconian power of the government lies. The effects on men are losses in divorces and child custody cases, lost education and job opportunities, lost freedom, even in some cases, loss of life.
You already know that because of such power, currently, one lone female’s word is all that is required to deprive you of your property, your children, your liberty and your freedom. Without such power, feminism becomes little more than a failed experiment; a feminist no more than a laughingstock. You and I have no such power. Feminists understand this, and so, are laughing at us.
Your solution, or definition of victory, is for men to “go on strike,” thereby denying women the opportunity to be “pampered by men.” In addition to women waking up to the realization that there are no “good men” left to support them, the individual man may awaken to the realization that he has become liberated “from the need to live his days in support of a wife and family.” Victory, it seems, is nothing more than a man “content in the peace and serenity that he has found.”
Myself, I do not characterize such a tactic as victory. However, I do agree with the Elusive Wapiti who remarks that, “men need to look after themselves first.” As I’ve previously stated, I’ve gone fishing. I generally agree with this going-my-own-way tactic, and indeed, I even agree that it might be something of a victory of liberation for an individual man. In my private life I have done so. I encourage all men to do the same.
But this is, at most, a tactic, not a strategy. It is surely not victory. Basically, it is only a soldier’s most primary form of self-discipline. Starving our enemy of our labor is required of all soldiers. A soldier never provides aid and comfort to the enemy. This is nothing more than one of the first rules of war, as I’ve noted before.
It clearly does not change the balance of power on the battlefield. Refusing to fight, without more, just does not win wars. It will never end this war. Instead, it will lead to certain defeat.
Hear these words well: “For evil to triumph, all that is necessary is for good men to do nothing.” Don’t be a male who does nothing. Don’t be deceived into believing that such escapism is anything more than a temporary respite for an individual man. Passivity only serves our enemy. It will never make us free. It offers but an illusion of freedom - an illusion that lasts only until some female, applying her power under the law, shatters it.
Simply acting as if you are free does not make you less of a slave.
This victory of serenity essentially fails to attend to the very source of feminist power - the law itself. As long as females have such great power, men will never find the serenity we seek. To put it bluntly, the power of men-going-their-own-way can never compare with the incredible power of the federal government. In fact, we are only allowed to go our own way so long as the law permits. Under the control of females, the law may not always offer men such a privilege.
Frankly, we can expect that females’ eventual reaction to men going their own way will not be a positive change in their behavior and attitudes. Females with overwhelming power will not change to our benefit. Females will not awaken “one day with an epiphany,” and a newfound admiration of traditional sex roles. There will not be a collective female cry for men’s rights. If history has taught us nothing, it has shown us that females will use every government-sponsored power, under the law, to whip us pack-mules back to work.
And so, our strategy must be to take back this power of equality under the law. We must deprive our enemy of its benefits. We must control and use it for ourselves. It is the only path to freedom.
Presently, we do not have a free choice regarding our bondage to the law. However, all men have this choice:
Will you walk off the battlefield a slave, or will you fight for your freedom?