Covert Warfare

“The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.” – Sun Tzu

Warfare between the sexes has been present for as long as the influence of power in society. Men, being the more physically dominating force has always been overt in battle. As a result, highly masculine countries tend to be more violent than that of feminine countries, and this has been so since the beginning of civilization. Women however, being aware of their physical inferiority evolved over the centuries to become much more cunning and covert in their combats. In pre-historic times where men’s physicality was prioritized in society due to threats of the physical nature (beasts and rival tribes), men strived and stood at the forefront of societal power. However, for women to survive in these conditions they needed to be able use their cunning to ensure the survival of themselves and offspring. This meant that they would use their mental abilities to seduce and procreate with the elite men in their environment, the alpha males. As generations passed and with women learning more ways to conceal their guile, they became even more Machiavellian in their agendas and subsequent actions. This upper hand in the dark arts in addition to the demonization of outward physical violence resulted in not only the equal playing field but a power shift from male to female. Fast forward to today and we can observe the mental gymnastics women put men through without some of them even realizing.

One of the main reasons why the 48 Laws of Power is such a powerful and popular book amongst men, specifically those in competitive industries is due to the fact that most men do not understand covert, mental warfare. This excludes psychopaths, sociopaths and the like who are minute in numbers but powerful in ability. For men, since we have the power and ability to mold the world through the physical, the mental aspects of war (at least throughout the masses) has never been the default. If one looks at these laws objectively, one can observe that they follow the lines of the feminine mindset. Law 3, ‘Conceal Your Intentions” is an example of such a law. Women, through centuries of evolution have become extremely apt at concealing their agenda. This can be seen when women subtly flirt with men just enough to get them interested but not enough to make concrete their intentions. This form of craftiness is used by beautiful women since they already know the power of their appearances. When applied correctly, women are able to gain wealth, emotional support and other perks from men without actually giving in but simply showing promising signs of becoming theirs.

Law 5 is also a popular law used by most women in general, but specifically in social settings and the dating game. Reputation, especially for women is indeed very valuable. For most, reputation can mean the difference between acquiring a high quality man in a LTR or being passed around. I’ve slept with innocent looking women who told me secrets that would never make me even consider wifing them up, but in the eyes of her suitors and even boyfriends, they are as pure as the sacrificial lamb. The importance of reputation is also why women and gossip have always been synonymous; women who gossip understand the power of rumors and doubt. By concocting stories that are inflammatory which can create doubt about a woman’s social standing or sexual history, this can destroy their ability to acquire a quality man or elevate in the social hierarchy. Furthermore, this also shows why women become anxious when in the presence of both a present and former lover. In the mind of the present she is a catch but the ex has experienced things that is most likely buried deep into her memory bank that will not be said, at least not voluntarily.

Law 6 intertwines closely with the aforementioned as women crave attention, even when they state otherwise. This can be observed quickly in most women since they are very solipsistic. Women will never look at the world through abstract, objective eyes but through the lenses of herself and how it affects her. In Mad Men (one of my favorite shows), Don’s first wife, the beautiful Betty Draper is the epitome of a solipsistic woman. She found countless ways to make even the most trivial of things have a connection to her or their relationship. This is how women think. Regardless of what the topic area may be, they will find a way to make a connection and act accordingly. This can also be one of the reasons why they have been so apt at the cunning as without it they would not be acknowledged as a high valued woman. The knowledge of this evolution works wonder from men in the know, but blue pill idealist will forever moan the ‘complexities’ of women.

With the evolution of civilization to that of a more secure and prosperous one, western society has therefore demonized overt warfare. This is seen as physical violence and even contact sports have become softer as each year passes by. One can look at these actions as a way to make the environment much more comfortable for female’s presence. However, even with the removal of the open form of combat there will always be a substitute – the concealed forms, because war can never be fully removed. One way of fighting covertly is through the use of the Red Pill when dealing with women. On the surface it may not seem this way but look a bit deeper and one will realize that being equipped with Red Pill knowledge makes one better at relating with and dominating women – not in a physically abusive way but through the mind. This is why every man should understand the need for covert warfare. The great Sun Tzu said it perfectly, “Know thy self, know thy enemy. A thousand battles, a thousand victories”. As men learn to build their physical bodies as well as their mental abilities, they will become an unstoppable force that can adapt to any situation that is presented. Become that man and your life will become exceptionally greater.

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Emotions

“I don’t want to be at the mercy of my emotions. I want to use them, to enjoy them, and to dominate them.”
― Oscar Wilde

As men grow in their pursuits of becoming the best versions of themselves, they are forced to alter many of their beliefs and routines. This is especially relevant when it comes to bedding high quality women as the stakes become higher and more adjustments need to be made. Based on my experiences and conversations with other young men, there is a misconception that emotions are a sign of weakness, and as men we should not tap into that space frequently. However, a look at  great men throughout history as well as men who are truly great with women, will tell you that emotions does have its place in a man’s life, especially in game. If a man sticks strictly rational and logical in his pursuits of women, this becomes a crutch to his evolution because women are inherently emotional creatures. What does this mean? It means that emotions are to be embraced and used as a tool, just like everything else in the Red Pill praxeology to have a more successful life.

Im not advocating for men to become more emotional but rather to use emotions in a way that  helps create more successful relationships. Personally, I truly believe men are to be the rock of any relationship – may it be a one night stand or LTR. However, as your game becomes more refined, you begin to understand that emotions are a crucial part of acquiring and maintaining great relations with women. As men, we do not have the luxury of fully enjoying the thrills of love as women do. They are able to wholeheartedly lose themselves in these emotions while we are left having to create those moments. By remaining completely stoic in your pursuits of wanting to bed women, the passions of love/lust are not explored and the highs and lows women yearn for are not satiated. This pushes them to search for someone who will satisfy these wants and thus, feelings toward you become even more fleeting.

Women yearn after the emotional thrills a man can give her. As soon as she experiences it, she becomes addicted to these feelings and will always look for her fix. Take for example alpha men who became beta during the course of a relationship. One of the main reasons why they become this way is due to them not being able to have the emotional impact they had prior and as stated, this drives a woman toward men who can give her these feelings. These emotions need not be happy emotions, but it can also be feelings of anger, jealously (dread) and even hate. This is why hate-sex/make-up sex is usually so passionate; the emotional high a woman experiences surpasses the banal alterations of her emotions on a daily basis.

Fundamentally, this is one of the key facets that separate alphas from betas. Alphas are able to unlock and unleash an emotional state, either high or low that makes him the man she craves. Betas, by being supplicant sabotage themselves by playing nice because it gives no high or low, but rather platitudinous routine. From a meta standpoint, this cannot be any more truer. Women have been given untold luxury our ancestors never dreamt imaginable yet, instead of building off these luxuries by having a stable life, in their prime years they ride the carousel to find themselves. As Red Pill aware men we understand the dynamic at work – Alpha Fucks/Beta Bux – however, you can also observe that the primary elevates her emotional state whilst the latter levels it.

There is an inherent want from women to explore their heightened emotional senses where they can simply let go and be completely carried away in the moment. Emotions for this matter, becomes the essential tool needed to get her to this state. Make her feel love, hate, jealously, envy and the like and she will always come back for more. For a woman, a heightened state of emotional activity whether it be positive or negative will always trump numbing expectancy; as soon as you understand this, women’s feelings toward you will increase exponentially. As the sentiment goes, it is much better to be loved or hated by a woman than it is for her to feel indifferent toward you – use emotions well and you will always be the man she comes to for her fix.

Stoicism and The Red Pill: Ethics (pt. 2)

“Man is the broken giant, and, in all his weakness, both his body and his mind are invigorated by habits of conversation with nature” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Stoicism, as noted in the previous post was founded as an adaptation of another famous Greek school of thought, Cynicism. Though some of the principles seem consistent throughout both philosophies, Zeno of Citium saw the need to tone down a number of the philosophy’s principles to facilitate for real-life practicality. However, even after this toning down, Stoicism is still one of the more life-altering philosophies in the West as it pushes to recreate man into one of complete rationality and self-control. Stoicism therefore is looked at as a practice or exercise in the expertise concerning what is beneficial and what is not. The ideology equates virtue with wisdom and both with a kind of firmness or tensile strength within the commanding faculty of the soul. As a result, Stoicism has never been purely academic or solely theory, but a tradition of self-transformation. Furthermore, the philosophy is described as an eudaemonistic theory, which means that the climax of human endeavor is eudaemonia, meaning happiness. Stoicism’s idea of happiness is rooted in the belief of “living in agreement with nature”. This was seen as living in accordance with the entire universe and also striving toward creating a rationally organized and structured system which goes in tandem with the will of Zeus. This meant that every event that occurs within the universe fits into a coherent and structured scheme that is providential. As a result, the Stoics believed in fate, thus, living in agreement with nature meant that one should conform his will with the events that occur in the rationally structured universe.

This unique perspective also presented itself in the philosophy’s views on what was deemed as ‘good, evil and indifferent’. Stoics defined what was good as what benefits its possessor under all circumstances. As a result of this, virtue was seen as the only thing that was always considered to be ‘good’ since perfected reason had no disadvantages or drawbacks. Objects such as money were not identified as good but rather considered as ‘indifferents’ i.e. neither good nor bad. This was looked at in this way because in all situations, it may not be beneficial to be wealthy (having money may mean that I spend it on things that are not beneficial to me or may harm me, like drugs) and this also applied to health. Characteristic excellences or virtues of human beings were the only things looked at as in complete accordance to nature. Prudence or wisdom, justice, courage and moderation, and other related qualities were all considered virtues. Conversely, the things that were considered “bad” were that of the corruption of reason, specifically vice. It is because of this Stoics strived to live a life without following through with their vices. They drew a distinction between what is good and things which have value (Axia). Some indifferent things, such as health or wealth, have value and therefore are to be preferred even if they are not good, because they are typically appropriately fitting or suitable (Oikeion) for us.

Another intriguing view Stoics held in unique perspective is that of passions. They distinguished passions into 2 primary categories: appetite and fear, and these come about in relation to what appears to us to be either good or bad.

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They are also associated with pleasure and distress, however, these are distinguished from normal impulses because they are excessive impulses which are disobedient to reason. Impulses were defined as a movement of the soul toward an object and though these movements are subject to the capacity for assent in fully rational creatures, impulse is present in all animate things from the moment of birth. The founding Stoics argued that the original impulse of ensouled creatures is toward what is appropriate for them, or aids in their self-preservation, and not toward what is pleasurable. Consequently, Stoics were taught to accept and understand that pain is part of every man’s life and though one should try to avoid it, when we experience pain we should still be good. Famous Stoic writer Marcus Aurelius stated in his quote, “pain which is intolerable carries us off; that which lasts a long time is tolerable and the mind retains its tranquility by retiring into itself. Let those parts which are harmed by pain give their opinion of it if they can”. He went further by advocating that man should never be crushed by anything and If we are dealt the hands of misfortune, do not react irrationally as this can cause further unhappiness and negative consequences. This is seen in his quote, “Remember when vexed that to bear misfortune nobly is good fortune”. These idealistic ethical goals were the main reason why the Stoics were held in such high respect. Since their philosophy preached rationality, living in accordance to the universe and doing good for mankind, many Stoics were able to attain high ranking positions in Greek and Roman society.


On Wednesday I will be posting the last part of the series which will focus on the connection between Stoicism and the Red Pill.

Stoicism and The Red Pill: History (pt. 1)

“For he who is excited by anger seems to turn away from reason with a certain pain and unconscious contraction; but he who offends through desire, being overpowered by pleasure, seems more intemperate and more womanish on his offenses” – Emperor Marcus Aurelius

During my time in the Red Pill community, there have been an eclectic variety of philosophical and religious debates ranging from individuals who are practicing Buddhists, Roman Catholics and Muslims, to a smaller degree. Recently however, I have begun noticing an added interested in the early Greek school of thought, Stoicism. Seeing that I began seriously delving into Stoicism a couple years back, I decided to give a write-up on the philosophy’s history, components and how it can benefit men today. The content would be broken up into 3 posts as to make it much more digestible for you the reader.

History of Stoicism

Stoicism is an ancient Greek philosophical movement that was founded by Zeno of Citium and then officially formed by the three heads of the philosophical school and their pupils and associates, known as Old Stoa, during the Hellenistic period of 3rd century BC. The Old Stoa referred to Zeno of Citium, Cleanthes and Chrysippus. The term “stoic” derives from the porch (stoa poikilê) in the Agora at Athen decorated with mural paintings, where members of the school gathered and lectures were held. The philosophy was created in tandem with the ideas of Cynicism where Cynics preached the idea of rejecting all conventional desires for health, wealth, power and fame, and living a life free from all possessions and property. Zeno and Citium, a student of a Cynic, created Stoicism based on many of the Cynic’s beliefs but toned down many of the principles with real-world practicality where self-control was used as a means of overcoming destructive emotions. As such, the movement was not looked at as solely a belief system or set “commandments” but rather as a way of living ones life. Virtue in agreement with nature was seen as essential to live a life of purpose, which meant that it only called for the bare necessities to exist.

Since the Old Stoa members did not produce complete bodies of work, the philosophy was kept alive through students who were taught by founding members and related teachers. However, in later years, the philosophy met its peak acclaim with the published works some of the most popular Roman Stoic philosophers: Emperor Marcus Aurelius, Seneca and Epictetus. These philosophers’ work then began to be the driving point of modern Stoicism and this further cemented these individuals as some of the most important philosophers throughout history.

With regard to the philosophy’s founding thought, Stoicism saw humans as interdependent with nature, describing logic as the bones and sinews, and ethics and physics, the flesh and soul respectively. This connection with nature is one of the four central ideas that the philosophy abides by, all four (4) being:

  1. Value: The only thing that is truly good is an excellent mental state, identified with virtue and reason. External things such as money, success, fame and the like can never bring man to true happiness.
  2. Emotions: Emotions are a projection of our judgements and many of our negative emotions are based on mistaken judgement, but because they are due to our judgement, they are within our control.
  3. Nature: The philosophy emphasizes that man ought to live in harmony with nature- meaning that we must acknowledge that we are but small parts of a larger, organic whole that is shaped by large processes that are ultimately out of our control.
  4. Control: Much of our unhappiness is cause by confusing the things in which we can control (judgement and mental state) and things we cannot (external processes and objects). Therefore, in light of the other central ideas of stoicism, we should not let the latter dictate our happiness but should focus on the things we can indeed control, as this will bring us true happiness.

Sunday I will be posting part 2 of the series which will focus on the ethics and ideologies of Stoic’s founding members and its evolution throughout history.