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Topics - bluetrigger

Main / Men and War
Aug 20, 2006, 02:26 AM
A painful article from historian Niall Ferguson. I found the last line powerful, though.
Main / New Title IX Gambit
Apr 06, 2006, 02:47 PM
A piece by Carrie Lukas from NRO about new strategies for playing the Title IX card.
Main / Duke's Surreal Rape Culture
Apr 03, 2006, 04:25 PM
Here is a letter sent to the Real Clear Politics editor  by a Duke student, describing the "surreal" situation at Duke University regarding the rape allegations against the men's lacrosse team. The fit is hitting the shan, it seems.
Main / The Boys Project
Mar 31, 2006, 04:08 PM
Here is a link to a new organization dealing with issues involving boys' underachivement.  At first glance, looks promising. Something anyway.
Main / Sweden's Uber-Feminists
Feb 22, 2006, 09:36 PM
Bit and pieces of Sweden's feminist struggle have appeared on this board, here all the pieces are put together, by Howard Kurtz.  

Enlightening. Funny. Frightening.
Main / Women Who Make the World Worse
Dec 29, 2005, 08:06 PM
Dialouge between Kathryn Lopez and Kate O'Beirne about the latters book. Mostly pretty good.
Main / Where the boys aren't.
Dec 28, 2005, 10:46 PM
Good article from the Weekly Standard by Melana Zyla Vickers on the rhyme and reasons for the gender gap (disfavoring men) in colleges.
Main / The Art of Political War
Nov 17, 2005, 04:03 AM
The following are some excepts from David Horowitz's book Art of Political War. Horowitz (I imagine some of you have heard of him) was a radical Communist activist in the 1960's then turned tail and became a conservative. He wrote this book to help American conservatives to understand and deal with American liberals and Leftists (including Radical Feminists). He claims his motivation for his current activism is to undo some of the damage he did furthering the interests of the Left in America (including Radical Feminism and the old U.S.S.R.).  Horowitz has become a much feared activist against the Left in America (including Feminism) and I see him as, at least to some degree, a fellow traveller of the MRM.

I think much of what he says is applicable to MRM--indeed it is possible to transpose most of what he says about Conservatives/Republicans to MRA's and Leftists/Liberals/Democrats to Feminists. What he proposes transcends partisan postions--these are general politcal princples.

I will type out the introduction to the principles in this post, then devote a post to each of his commentaries of each principle (doing it in pieces because some are long-ish and are best taken in bites and I don't have time to type it up all at once).

What follows is Horowitz's words:

When Republicans (MRAs) complain about forces they can't control, they behave like victims and give up the power to determine their own fate. Democrats will be Democrats (and Feminists will be Feminists). They will be unprincipled and lie. Republicans Republicans can hope Democrats will behave better than this, but if they go into battle expecting Democrats to be better than they are, they will only set themselves up for political ambush. Instead of complaining about others, Republicans should be asking themselves: How do they do it? How do they get away with it? What do they know that makes them able to package a bankrupt political agenda and sell it successfully to the American voter?

Here are the principles of political war that the left understands,but conservatives do not:

1) Politics is war conducted by other means.
2) Politics is a war of position.
3) In political warfare, the aggressor usually prevails.
4) Position is defined by fear and hope
5) The weapons of politics are symbols evoking fear and hope.
6) Victory lies on the side of the people

First, a caveat. Politics is contextual: rules cannot be applied rigidly and succeed. If it is true that the aggressor usually prevails, there are times when he will not, and it is absolutely crucial to recognize them. If politics is war, it is also true that a war mentality produces sanctimony and self-serious moralizing, which can be deadly. To be effective, you need to get serious and lighten up at the same time. If politics is war, it is also a combination of blackjack, craps and poker. Politically, it is better to be seen as a peacemaker than as a warmonger. But it is not always possible. If forced to fight, then fight to win.