What if men simply stopped contributing to the system that exploits and abuses them? What if they not only withdrew their emotional and intellectual energy from that system, but withdrew themselves altogether?
This week’s discussion with Steve Brule, who has been living mainly in the Dominican Republic for the past 2 ½ years, made me think of Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged. Not unlike Rand’s angry heroes, Steve found that Canada had become, for men like him, a large, well-regulated prison where his freedom to live according to his principles had been compromised, and where he felt constantly targeted for being born male. So he left–and he has no regrets.
Rand’s philosophy of objectivism may not be to everyone’s taste, but her metaphor of ‘going Galt’ resonates powerfully with anyone who has ever fantasized about leaving a culture and a country that takes men’s contributions for granted, repaying them with indifference, condemnation, and/or extortion. In Rand’s novel, the achievers of the world simply disappear, leaving the takers to reap the rewards of their selfishness: economic and social collapse.
For how many more years will men accept being treated as second-class citizens, public enemies, aggressors, and dangerous perverts—even while still being expected to support women, mentor them, defer to them, promote them, pay for their children, prop up a legal system that favors women, and pay taxes to a government that creates programs to advantage women and disadvantage men?
For every man who has ever intuited that in return for his hard work, stress, ingenuity, and tax money, he gets precious little in return, Atlas Shrugged provides a satisfying portrait of rebellion.
As Steve suggests, men should consider ways to protect their assets, their freedom, and their emotional well-being. Investigate the possibility of living outside the West. Starve the beast!