In our previous article, we described that the Road to Male Radicalization begins with the suppression of man's self-esteem and sense of purpose. Demagogues, provocateurs, and fanatics prey upon such vulnerable men. They teach them that they are really latent heroes and geniuses whom the world fails to recognize. What such men really need is Faith and support; but they are offered instead destructive ideologies.
It naturally follows that, if these would-be supermen are not getting the recognition to which they are entitled, that they must be surrounded by enemies or inferiors. To this end, the demagogues furnish them with convenient scapegoats which explains away their various failures. Brendan Tarrant, a follower of the Red Pill Cult, left a manifesto which he titled The Great Replacement. It's actually quite interesting because it illustrates how the radicalization process really works.
Tarrant was focused on Islamic immigrants, whom he referred to as 'invaders' and whom he believed 'were a threat to the future of White children'---upon whose behalf he claims to have acted. These statements, of course, are rationalizations; one could insert other scapegoats and fears and see at once that Neo-Marxist and Jihadist radicals rationalize in exactly the same way. Here is a specimen of Tarrant's rationalizing:
"Do you believe those you attacked were innocent?
There are no innocents in an invasion, all those who colonize other
peoples lands share guilt."
"Are you intolerant?
Sure. The last virtues of a dying nation are tolerance and apathy, and I
want none of it."
Years ago, Freud noted in therapy the tendency of human beings to justify their antisocial behaviors and coined the term 'rationalization' to describe it. Actually, he simply stated in scientific terms what religion had taught long before his time: that human nature has to convince itself that sin is justifiable. Paradoxically enough, this phenomenon disproves the belief of many Red Pills that human nature is essentially operating from evil motives and only the 'Alpha' can rise above the herd by displaying superior force. Among the lower animals we note that none of them need justifications to be aggressive. Why do human beings need it?
Freud was an atheist and never could---by his own admission---account for this behavior. But again, religion teaches that it stems from an instinctual fear of offending God; as we saw both Adam and Cain attempt to excuse their sins before God Himself in the very first chapters of the Bible. In his thesis Our Age of Unreason, Dr. Franz Alexander---one of Freud's students--- explained what both therapists and priests realize: "My clinical experience has made me aware of motives in people which they do not like to admit to themselves, and of which many modern critics of traditional historiography claim to be the only motivating factor in man's history. The same clinical experience however has taught me not to overlook the other side of the picture. The basic concept of our discipline is that of conflict. If there were only one force in operation, how could conflict arise? Why do people repress their asocial motives and rationalize their actions in terms of socially approved motivations and battle desperately for self-vindication?"
The radicalizers of postmodern men realize this intellectual difficulty, though they take great pains to hide it from their dupes by teaching that socially-approved values are an illusion. The Red Pills in the West and the Jihadists in the Middle East both claim that their respective socially dominant religions---Christianity and Islam---have become corrupted and decadent and that the values they preach are signs of weakness. Tarrant gives the Red Pill version of the story:
"Religion? What remains? Empty churches and full shopping centers? Drive through confessionals and no fault divorce? Any religious ideal that stood between the wealthy and wealth generation was downplayed, sidelined and quietly dismantled. All so that they could line their pockets without complaints or objections."
This is only a re-phrasing of what the radicalized Left says about religion as the 'opiate of the masses.' Radicals of every stripe have to impel men to suppress their consciences by denying it and claiming that it is put there by cultural programming.
We mentioned earlier the Garden of Eden story, and it's noteworthy there that God's first commandment to Adam was to 'maintain the Garden and defend it.' The masculine instinct is to be a protector and defender of his society. To turn against his own people is an unnatural act. A man is programmed biologically so that every step of the radicalization process meets natural resistance. If your instincts tell you it's wrong, it probably is. We will discuss more about this process in the next essay.