For uncommon men, commentary & analysis in business, politics, & society to explore on-the-ground challenges in your life.

2 Simple, Timeless Methods You Can Use to Tell Who’s on Your Side and Who Might Actually be Your Opponent

Jun 14, 2021 | Civics & Politics

Reading Time: 3 minutes

More and more, men of all types across the country are becoming aware of the fact that you can no longer express non-conforming opinions or ideas, no matter how vanilla. At least, not if you value your livelihood, your access to goods and services, or a social life. Today, even asking the most basic questions might land you in a situation far beyond your control. And while it’s true that societies throughout history haven’t always shown favor to dissidents, it’s looking more and more like there is little room for nonconformity of any type in our contemporary age.

At the same time, it’s become more apparent in the past decade that you can’t always tell exactly who’s on your side of things. Although office politics have always dictated that not everyone is as forthcoming with their agendas or alligiances as they could be, now you can’t even tell if your neighbor is going to turn you in for thought crimes. Or whether you’re being baited into a trap by a new, woke co-worker who’s befriended you. Occasionally, an opponent may feign being on your side or at least interested in it, only in an effort to get you to reveal any of your controversial opinions.

This poses a conundrum for uncommon men.

On the one hand, by not being able to speak your mind, you’re unable to gain allies more readily, since your potential partners can’t easily identify you. But you’re also barred from truly organizing, further eroding your voice in the halls of public and private institutions. On the other hand, your adversaries are sometimes unscrupulous antagonists who have no problem putting you on until they have the upper hand. This is as much true whether you consider yourself up against local city council members who award themselves unlimited emergency powers or corporate leaders with nearly unending monetary leverage. Oh, and let’s not forget all the normies who are now bought into a completely corrupt system and who you have to deal with in your everyday life.

What’s the solution?

Number one, everyone gets their information from somewhere. And what you’ll find is that you can usually identify where someone is on an issue, not based on whether they claim to agree or disagree with you. And not even by whether they directly tell you they support the same ideas, positions, figureheads, or organizations. Instead, you can tell based on what they seem to know about events. And where that information is likely to have come from, since few people read widely or outside their preferred ideology.

Consider recent events around mass shootings.

If someone expresses to you the racist or anti-LGBT nature of these tragedies, you can confidently assume they only consume major corporate media sources. And given the demographic who does so, they probably rarely experience push back about their beliefs. Or if they do, it’s difficult for them to handle it. However, if you mention, this week, the geopolitical nature of some of these attacks and how it’s important to analyze what these murderers said their motivation was, I can reasonably conclude you may have read Glenn Greenwald’s latest article.

This is useful: by identifying unique claims, you can identify what someone reads. By identifying what someone reads, we identify what side they’re most likely on. And how committed to they are to the elite interests or agendas.

What do they know and how do they know it? It’s a basic question but exceptionally handy.

The second strategy is more straightforward but still requires you to pay attention. And that’s simply stop listening to what other people are saying. Every day, people say all sorts of things about what they support or don’t support. But often, people can’t help but give away their true ideological commitments by what actions they take. This really is as simple as it gets.

Take for instance where people spend their time online and what services they use.

If that co-worker of yours talks to you about the latest Netflix shows, however tame, you might assume that they’re probably not into dissident culture. In reality, they’re probably as normie as normie gets. While some uncommon men have kept their accounts with services like Amazon or Paypal, many have ditched Netflix propaganda by now. However, if you notice someone you know is using DuckDuckGo or perhaps, you can more confidently assume that they’re more nonconformist ideologically. And so, they’re more likely to share ideologies with you.

These are helpful, but by the same token, you can be assured that other uncommon men are already using these two methods to see where you stand.


Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published.