At some point in your life, once you’ve accomplished goals centered around the pursuit of power, status, money, or women, you move from playing offense to defense. Energetic ambitions that led to action now become anxious plans of self-preservation. Once a flowing river, your life becomes a stagnant pond as you debate every little movement that you once did with little hesitation.

Defense can be a sound short-term strategy when you’re facing an acute problem that appears out of nowhere. For example, if you lost your job, it would make sense to greatly reduce your expenses until you find another one, but if no new job is forthcoming, you may be tempted to permanently alter your mentality from earning money to saving money, decreasing the odds that you’ll make a bold strike with a new investment or business.

As you may have noticed in the past couple of years, I’ve moved to a defensive posture. I have a goal to not get attacked severely, which has led me to pull a lot of punches. Articles I would have published without delay are now scrapped because I fear a worldwide response. Instead of trying to score viral hits on ROK, I became content publishing long-winded philosophical articles that readers didn’t care for. Instead of trying to increase my income, I’ve taken decreased book earnings on the chin, without actively finding alternative sources of revenue. Instead of fighting to hold more live events, I’ve not attempted to hold a single one, even when I was recently back in DC and could have easily done a happy hour. Instead of saying what I want on Twitter or YouTube, I filter myself constantly to not get banned. My entire mentality has shifted from one of freedom and fun to merely hanging on, as if I’m waiting for the culture to magically heal itself so I can do what I like without having to suffer major consequences.

I see nothing wrong in lacking material goals or not wanting to hit numerical metrics, but a defensive posture operates from a foundation of fear and anxiety. You feel like you’re being attacked even when you’re not as your ego moves from goals of conquest to self-protection. Consider when a man breaks up with his girlfriend of many years. It’s natural for him to be sad when the relationship ends, and mourn for a period of months, but if he’s still crying over her for more than a year without trying to find a replacement, his need for self-protection merely ensures a lonely outcome. Adopting defense as a long-term strategy may preserve some of the money, feelings, and reputation that you’re protecting, but in the long run you can’t avoid suffering a slow and steady decline, all while living in greater anxiety. Smelly, sulfuric algae blooms in still water, not raging rivers.

I’m getting rather tired of playing defense. It’s not that I want to anger millions of more people, or even make more money, but I want to do what I want to do without acting in fear that I may lose everything simply because I want to exercise my speech or hold a legal event. If I’m going to be a writer or publisher, I should write and publish, without a filter. Otherwise I’m just a slave, no different than a man who watches what he says in his corporate job for fear of getting fired by a Human Resources lady. The whole point of striking out on my own was to avoid that pathetic fate.

If I don’t want to write or publish anymore, I should shut it all down and start a new life. Either I go all the way, taking my anchor with me, or I pass the torch to men who are more vigorous, who are eager to do what I’m too scared to do. But I still possess confidence that I have superior ability when it comes to what I’m good at, and I don’t think I can accept playing defense for the rest of my days. I may have to fight the way I want, and accept whatever result the universe gives me, even if I wind up in a dungeon somewhere, somehow, wondering why I couldn’t simply keep my mouth shut.

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pdwalker
pdwalker
2 years ago

Here’s to hoping you find a suitable attack strategy.

D Beguiled
D Beguiled
2 years ago

This is why I appreciate your writing more than most manosphere authors.

Honest self reflection.

Evan Cary
Evan Cary
2 years ago

Go Roosh! I was sad that the meetups were cancelled, I was looking forward to it. RSD does bootcamps where men gather to hit on women, so Roosh should be able to do the equivalent. What can Roosh´s enemies really do to him? He just wants to honestly discuss certain topics with more candor than the mainstream typically allows. Crazed feminists and SJWs may go on the attack, but Roosh has his supporters as well. I always appreciate his honest musings, be they on game, philosophy or culture. Whatever forces may amass against you Roosh, know that you have your supporters as well, and I for one need no shield of anonymity to associate with Mr. Valizadeh. What can they hurl at you but words? Whatever attack Roosh has planned, I stand behind!

Johnny
Johnny
2 years ago
Reply to  Evan Cary

Corporations can take away his web sites, like they did to the Stormer.

GRock
GRock
2 years ago
Reply to  Johnny

I think we all knew the enTrumponing wasn’t going to shake the SJW bend. We can only hope it’s accelerated either an eventual shift, or speedy decline to start from scratch, but to refer to Roosh’s article, who has time to wait for all that crap? There must be a way to subvert it all.

Domitian
Domitian
2 years ago
Reply to  Johnny

And yet the Stormer is still accessible

Ravi Macho
Ravi Macho
2 years ago
Reply to  Evan Cary

“Whatever attack Roosh has planned, I stand behind!”

Well said. WE stand behind Roosh, WE support our Cause, WE fight for our Dignity & Self Respect and WE stay UNITED.

After all, if not for ALL the Inventions, Innovations and Pioneering by MEN, pussies would have been living in the “jungles” !!

Anti-Gnostic
Anti-Gnostic
2 years ago
Reply to  Ravi Macho

Dude, you personally didn’t build that.

Marty
Marty
2 years ago

Dear Roosh, the biggest reason men are suffering in today’s world is because they can’t shake the shackles of the gentleman doctrine. The doctrine that makes men impotent to take feminism head on. The doctrine that feminism feeds on like a parasite. The doctrine that stands in the way of men to openly call women’s shortcomings in employment. The doctrine that silences men’s criticism of women’s excess. The doctrine born in 19th century Britain, where it fit in. Today’s women are nothing like the ladies of yester year, for whom the gentleman manners were tailored to. Today’s women need much rougher treatment by men, because they are no longer men’s supporters, girlfriends and wives., They are men’s declared enemies and competition. The first step towards men’s liberation is the discarding of the gentleman doctrine.
Martin

Westsider
2 years ago
Reply to  Marty

aMEN.

MCGOO
MCGOO
2 years ago
Reply to  Marty

‘Gentleman’ from the root words ›gentle› + ›man› are two words that don’t mesh. They don’t belong in the same compounding. That’s like saying ‘feminine warrior’.

If you notice a ‘gentleman’s’ club is a place where the men have to sit there and act gentle with their hands in their lap as the dancers shake their bare contours within inches of the men’s noses and the bouncers watch for any man manually touching the woman. The woman is allowed to steal the men’s baseball caps and smear them with their twat excrament and drippings and then put the cap back on the man’s head, but the men have to sit there like docile sheep twiddling their thumbs. Only if big bills are pulled, the men are allowed to stick them into the g strings but no butt smacking. It is all a big sheep training show. It’s all beta as hell.

heysus christo
heysus christo
2 years ago
Reply to  MCGOO

That is basically a strip club in America. Strip clubs are constantly under the heavy scrutiny of police and old hags in the local government

Shmalkandik
Shmalkandik
2 years ago
Reply to  Marty

I blame Jane Austen.

Chris Brony
Chris Brony
2 years ago
Reply to  Marty

…it’s how the left work…they hope that all their attacks, intimidation techniques and constant pc pressure makes people filter their own thoughts and then filter what they say and write ….

My other thought, looking at the pictures of the Romans at the top is that if you look at the history of Empires, Nations and Companies, they are either expanding and growing bigger and more powerful, or in decline. If they reach the point where they stop expanding, they do not go into a long period of stability, they move quickly into decline. In the case of Empires, once the decline comes it is self feeding, as region by region talk of going their own way, they are free to then go through their own expansion.

For example Scotland and Catalonia were not even talking about independence at the height of the British and Spanish Empires.

Ravi Macho
Ravi Macho
2 years ago
Reply to  Marty

Bless You !

Anti-Gnostic
Anti-Gnostic
2 years ago
Reply to  Marty

“Today’s women need much rougher treatment by men, because they are no longer men’s supporters, girlfriends and wives., They are men’s declared enemies and competition. The first step towards men’s liberation is the discarding of the gentleman doctrine.”

So why don’t you inform the viewing audience how YOU specifically treat women in this manner. Tell us how YOU rough women up and are other then gentlemanly.

Ravi Macho
Ravi Macho
2 years ago
Reply to  Anti-Gnostic

There is no need for him to inform anybody here ! You will come to know once you experience the arrogant, bitchy, slutty, whorish, inferior, weak, pathetic and “ungrateful” female creature !!

Anti-Gnostic
Anti-Gnostic
2 years ago
Reply to  Ravi Macho

“You will come to know once you experience the arrogant, bitchy, slutty, whorish, inferior, weak, pathetic and “ungrateful” female creature !!”

Your statement reeks of gamma.

StrayEnglishman
StrayEnglishman
2 years ago
Reply to  Marty

Sadly, you’re right. Many a beta male mistakes their own behaviour for that of behaving like a gentleman, when in reality; they may unintentionally come across as a bit of a creepy desperate loser. The subconscious desire of women for rougher treatment leads them to criminalised chavs, rudeboys and Islamic terrorist wannabes; they are doing what would is entirely normal and natural, rejecting the typical girly soyboy that seems to becoming increasingly common these days.

Shmalkandik
Shmalkandik
2 years ago
Reply to  Marty

I note the cult of the Gentleman is derived from the earlier code of Knighthood, adjusted for a world where men no longer went about armored, armed, and looking for trouble. That code was in turn derived from the Mariolatry of the Catholic Church. With the death of God in the West, it seems to me the foundation of any male noblesse towards females no longer exists.

When females cease to even be women, the god of gentility is dead. I
hope the feministed crowd likes its replacement, because it is going to
be nasty. Even MGTOW is going to injure the contemporary female, as it will deny them resources and attention.

pinetree
pinetree
2 years ago

There is indeed a counter wave occurring against feminists. More are speaking out and I think this will continue. I think Roosh needs to do another world speaking tour and a man’s happy hour. He may get more support than he thinks. If some blows occur they will be a lot less than the last tour and they will only make men more determined.

anon1
anon1
2 years ago

Good. your stress levels will decrease as you conquer

DM
DM
2 years ago

“On the plains of hesitation lie the blackened bones of countless millions who at the dawn of victory lay down to rest, and in resting died.” Adlai E. Stevenson

I’ve been watching since you started blogging Roosh. The reason I have is your journey has mirrored mine in more ways than one. Its at times like these is when you should consult with Quintus Curtius. Quintus will tell you a defensive position is inherently feminine in nature. The reason being is our right arm is our sword arm and our left arm is the shield arm, therefore our right arm is masculine and our shield arm is feminine. The same holds true for castle walls…walls are there to protect women not men. Yes, you have been kicked hard…guess what , we all have. This is your moment of doubt, you can collapse back into the mud or you can stand up wipe off the mud and jump back into the melee. This is the moment that will define you for the rest of your days. I live by two mottoes: Terence McKenna’s “The universe loves courage” and Churchill’s “Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.”.

If you decide to drop out of the race I wish you all the best and thanks for the trip, its been great!

GRock
GRock
2 years ago
Reply to  DM

Quintus reference, good point.

Peter
Peter
2 years ago
Reply to  DM

IMO the enemy is overpowering. It´s the Deep State ! No use at all attacking blindly. Needs very sophisticated strategy if success is intended. Don´t play the hero here. Just WHICH strategy that be… that, nobody has figured out yet.

I always think of this: in former times, conspirators wore masks ! : it´s imperative to be secret ! because once you stick your nose out, you´re kinda finished !
Don´t get me wrong, Roosh is a hero for going public; but it bears difficulties.
Roosh could persist if he were certain of a permanent group support… leader of resistance. We should honor our heroes who speak openly to power. Since I´m not sure whether such group support be reliable, Roosh´s questions are all but justified.

Demography is Destiny
Demography is Destiny
2 years ago

If this is any consolation to you, you would have been even less able to say what you want if you had embarked on an academic career.

Scotcho Rouleau
Scotcho Rouleau
2 years ago

To be brutally honest, it was your brutal honesty that got you in trouble in the first place. You’re a lone wolf, Roosh, just like Tom Cruise’s character in ‘Collateral’. You tell it like it is. You drop truth bombs about modern sex culture that women simply can’t accept. That’s cool if you’re Jim Weidmann, but he’s anonymous, and that’s why he wasn’t hounded like you were.

I’m an older guy, but not much older, about ten years older than you. I don’t think this ends well for you, and what I mean by that is that I think you’ll just wake up one morning over there in Eastern Europe and realize there is no ‘there, there’. Pussy’s pussy, nothing special about it – not even blonde Polish or Ukrainian pussy. My advice? Change your name and come back to the States. Stop blogging. Get a job. Just like Henry Hill in Goodfellas when he ultimately turned himself in to the FBI. Change your name to something generic American like John Thompson. Shave your beard. You already look like a generic white bread white guy, and the young guys coming up will never know the difference. Go back to community college and get a two year diploma in something, anything. And then live the rest of your life as John or Jerry or Joe Thompson. Trust me, when you hit your late 40’s pussy will still interest you, but only as a plaything, not as something worthy of your life’s devotion.

I hope this helps, and there was no sneering condescension intended in this post. I’ve been following you for years, and it’s true what you said once – you were there at ground zero from the very beginning, even encouring Heartiste to start his own blog way way back. But you’ve suffered more than him and Rollo because you went public. Now you gotta come back and get your life back. You shouldn’t have to live in hiding. Shave the beard, change your name to John Thompson, stop blogging, and get a two year diploma in IT or culinary arts or something. Go down to Latin America and find a wife, bring her back to the states and settle down. Have kids.

That’s all I will say. Hope this helps.

Marius Aetius Lucullus
Marius Aetius Lucullus
2 years ago

humble pie, not just a slice, but the whole lot?

Alex Graham
Alex Graham
2 years ago

Don’t you think that’s a little overboard? Roosh is renound for his writing. If it’s not broke don’t fix it.

123456789
123456789
2 years ago

Misery loves company I guess. The rat race is a sucker’s game.

Elmer Jones
Elmer Jones
2 years ago

The name John T. Thompson, inventor of the Tommy Gun and to whom I am related, is already taken. But I agree, have kids. That will cure his existential funk.

GRock
GRock
2 years ago

The best parts of brother Roosh continue to surface. Per your Sun Tzu quote, essential translation ultimately boils down to – the best defense is a brutal, and wicked offense. Defense in such case, occurs by default.

kijiji user
kijiji user
2 years ago

Looking forward to the attacks…

Clark Kent
Clark Kent
2 years ago

I mean Disqus pulled support from ROK despite the comment section rules you posted. Even I made a point to be mindful before posting something too serious for the past couple months, and they still shut it down.

Roosh
2 years ago
Reply to  Clark Kent

And Paypal shut me down randomly too. They’ll salami slice me either way.

heysus christo
heysus christo
2 years ago
Reply to  Clark Kent

The ROK comments read like a neo-nazi blog’s comments. It’s a amazing how many of them flocked to that place. Not surprised disqus came down hard

Clark Kent
Clark Kent
2 years ago
Reply to  heysus christo

Well yeah freethinkers are being forced underground as usual.
Even if it’s bad for the nation, governments and international finance are committed to maintaining the status quo.

Elmer Jones
Elmer Jones
2 years ago

Good essay Roosh. The writing for money market is saturated now but one must move forward somehow. I will only add that beware of others trying to put you on the defensive. As we all know women are masters of this but men will inflict it on you also. Seems to start with them asking seemingly harmless questions but then it escalates. Once it starts you go on the defensive and it’s downhill from there. You don’t have to answer to anyone.

I posted this video on my blog about a viet man who got stranded penniless in Africa but has managed to build a business and thrive. His words contain a lot of business truth :

https://youtu.be/f7RVANi1rv0

Russ
Russ
2 years ago

To put it plain and short, if you and the other voices of the dissident right don’t show courage and maintain momentum against the engines of madness, who will?

It’s on all of us to do so, but you have reach and influence. You’ve paid your dues, but for men the debts of honor are constantly renewed.

If you call, I’ll come.

Dave
Dave
2 years ago

Not being afraid to publish unpopular but well thought out antithetical positions is fine, publishing “without a filter” not so good–too easy to undermine one’s own long term effectiveness.

skillett
skillett
2 years ago

Sounds like a midlife crisis. Looks tough. When most of us want to turn over a new leaf, we just do. When someone with a prominent online life wants to change, it’s more problematic. You go on the offensive ? “Roosh cannot grow up !” You play defense ? SJW’s gloat over kicking your ass.

I like your sites, like the dual targets of young buck “players” and older people like me who are dealing with other transitions. Have no advice, but I am pulling for you !!

Keep up the good work !

Lucius Clarus
Lucius Clarus
2 years ago

Roosh I think your biggest miscalculation was your thought experiment post about legalizing rape.

You mistakenly assumed that logic would save you. I understand your logical argument that you weren’t actually advocating rape legalization. But logic just doesn’t matter to human thought and belief patterns. SJWs read that post and you were elevated from merely a misogynist to the devil incarnate in their minds. Nothing, absolutely nothing, you could do or say after that would change their rabid minds. Your devil label allowed them to escalate and get you banned from traveling to certain countries and effectively ban your right to free assembly. Logic got nothin’ to do with it.

[Btw I am not at all harshing on you for making this mistake. I, and I think many men, are similar in misunderstanding that emotion underpins human beliefs and not logic. I’ve since learned it ain’t so.]

The lesson I draw here is not to avoid triggering the left. It’s to choose battles carefully and understand that the war is waged on the battleground of emotion and persuasion, not logic. Ridicule is the most effective weapon, not logic.

gizzard of oz
gizzard of oz
2 years ago
Reply to  Lucius Clarus

You’d have to wonder what these people watch on TV. I suspect Peter Stringfellow’s Lord of The Rings (GOT), Marvel abominations, and …’s Got Talent comprises their entertainment diet. A 10 yr old who has seen 30seconds of The Simpsons or Family Guy will have the abstract reasoning to comprehend such a simple thought experiment. These people are truly the dullards of society, bereft of humour that it’s likely all their ancestors had. They’re allowed to drift into such mental decline because of their self-absorption with Tumblr, etc. People of the past were forced to interact with society, and grasp the wit that prevailed for generations. These narcissists have let that slip, and have disgraced the intellectual heritage of their ancestors, more so than any carpet-munching or scissoring ever could.

Shmalkandik
Shmalkandik
2 years ago

“To win, you have to attack” – Ardant du Picq.
Following his doctrine, the French switched over from defense to offensive tactical doctrine after the Franco-Prussian ware, and promptly attacked themselves into the ground starting in 1914. After the great mutiny of 1917, Petain solved the problem by positing that first you develop overwhelming firepower, on a narrow front, with limited objectives, and only then attack. Let’s be careful out there.

Rooshta
Rooshta
2 years ago

If you want to play offense, write about this Roosh: Tacitus’s “Germania” from Ancient Rome. My professor said that this book was “in the top 5 most dangerous books of all time” because Tacitus mentions that the Germans were homogenous and then Hitler used this book. My professor said this book was “fiction” but then backtracked and said that others disagreed with him after the class said they thought Tacitus was looking down on the Germans, not idealizing them like my professor claimed.

Roosh, you want to quit playing defense? Then write an article talking about how yes Hitler went way over the top with what this book was talking about, but at the same time there is nothing to prove that Tacitus’s “Germania” was fiction and that there is nothing wrong with a white European group of people being homogeneous.

The universities are a fucking marxist cesspool. Fuck them.

Imprevist
Imprevist
2 years ago

Still working on the new game book?

Sam Nation
Sam Nation
2 years ago

Intrigued by reading the evolution of your thought process Roosh.
As you reflect on the lack of purpose and fulfilment that travel, fornication, infamy and success has brought you. I am most interested to discuss with you your interest in the bible and the wisdom you have found there.
You are a smart man, and I think you have figured out what is really going on, why University taught you to reject God, why the world hates everything good and righteous and beautiful and just – how everything is set up against what Christ really taught.
Psalm 2
Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?
2 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed, saying,
3 Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.
4 He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision.
5 Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure.
6 Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion.
7 I will declare the decree: the Lord hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.
8 Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.
9 Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.
10 Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth.
11 Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling.
12 Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.

Is it so hard to believe in miricles Roosh? or are you just too proud to admit you are a whoremonger, who has been a tool of the devil.

There is a great work to be done Roosh, the Good fight a real fight that has meaning – it’s only for true men, mighty men, who hunger and thirst after righteousness, who weep and mourn for the world and its blindness and folly.
Most of all for selfless men, who are ready to foresake all to follow Christ.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?t=22s&v=UA8_fqUZLEU

Man up, you pussy.

Fox Conor
Fox Conor
2 years ago

I think real life meetups are essential and should be the focus.

Corporate HR departments wield so much power because men are poorly networked with other men and don’t have options.

Networks of red pilled men leads to business partnerships, strategic alliances, etc. Not to mention better quality of life and morale.

Tim
Tim
2 years ago

If I were you I’d go to church, turn my life around and become a good person.

Tim
Tim
2 years ago

Know this: you cannot fight the system.

Or can you?

Peter
Peter
2 years ago

Not a simple situation. I would suppose you should try to chip away at the powers, death by a thousand cuts. Let´s look at Trump. It´s my impression that he play it like this: he kind-of never directly reacts to anything. Rather… he just picks up on occasions that offer themselves: that´s where he chips.He doesn´t react to pussyhat shit. But… then arises the Hollywood scandal to show the Left´s hypocrisy. He doesn´t fight the Russia conspiracy shit, e.g. by killing the media for their hostility and brutal lying. Rather… then magically arises news that show the Left being in bed with the Russians.
So it seems to me that Trump… he kinda … just ignores the attacks. And strikes out when things are favorable to him. Very strange behavior, strange strategy because it´s counter-intuitive and seems illogical. But I guess what he does is he plays on his terms, not on those set by the enemy.
So while I´m easily provoked to go full offense… it´s probably more intelligent to play it like Trump… seemingly illogical but probably the result of shrewd tactical intelligence…..?

Peter
Peter
2 years ago
Reply to  Peter

What about this idea: pointing out the double standards. For a long time, I think I would like to see a systematic effort for that. You simply replace man with woman, White with black, jew with White, etc. and thus make the hypocrisy obvious. That to inject then via memes into the internet, like in the early days of meme warfare with Bob Whitaker´s bugs army (“Anti-racism is just a code-word for anti-White”, IMO the most successful campaign of all times against the jewterrorleft). I would think that this could be systematically exploited, to slap the mendacity of the double standards into the audience´s faces all the time: is that a useful idea for “chipping away” !?

Peter
Peter
2 years ago
Reply to  Peter

Another idea:
list the things that we are not allowed to say.
That´s a way of saying them.
And it points out the restriction of Free Speech.
That´s actually another most important point: to show all the suppression of Free Speech.
Then: list the instances where people act not out of morale but out of cowardice. List the instances where people would like to act in a certain way, to speak out, but don´t do so because of fear of repression and violence.

All this to wake up the people to the actual state of our society, to show that it´s NOT free but it´s a totalitarian tyranny. Demand that people stand up, and actively fight, for the values that our ancestors fought and died for: freedom and self-determination.