When I retired …

… I had a few ideas for how to spend my time. I thought I would spend some time doing a bit of political work. Not formal work. I quickly discovered that writing letters complaining about anti-male government policies to feminist agencies in Australia was a waste of time.

Technology provided a solution. I didn’t want to spend a lot of time; I wanted my efforts to be resource-effective; and I found the solution in the Internet (first blogging here and later commenting on Facebook). I found that the best approach was to write short posts here that would provide aid and comfort to men (and sympathetic women) who were being increasingly assailed by organised (and disorganised) feminism.

When I did formally retire, I was able to post here under my real name (not my erstwhile penname, “David Collard”.) And of course, being retired meant that I was not subject to retaliation either here or on Facebook (feminists, including Australian feminists, love to try to get men fired.)

In any case, I joined the “Manosphere” and got onto a couple of the big blogrolls, which tend to drive my traffic. And, effectively, I became a member of the “Dark Enlightenment” or the “Alt-Right” (up to a point – I am not much interested in race issues). This new article discusses this movement:

The Future of America, the Republican Party, the Men Who Post Here, and I”

And here I am, on one of the blogs which lists me as a member of the “Dark Enlightenment”:

“Dark Brightness”

I am proud of what these online intellectual movements have achieved (with no official or academic support of course) and I think they can justly claim a small part in the historical victory of Donald Trump and the demise of Hillary Clinton’s brand of misandry.

If I were to offer tips to activists, I would say don’t spend too much time arguing with people online (especially on Facebook): state your position, if possible with force and humour, and move on. An intellectual guerrilla war is the ideal.

An interesting discussion on the Alt-Right and Breitbart on CNN.


17 responses to this post.

  1. Time very well-spent, Julian. Ideas matter, especially the right ideas, which have been in short supply for a few decades, and these need to be flung around like good grains, hopefully to resonate with the culturally dispossessed and the grow in the minds of those filled with weedy isms and meaningless phobias.


    • Posted by Julian O'Dea on November 16, 2016 at 12:07 pm

      It has been quite inspiring to see the new conservative ideas emerge, mostly from men and women much younger than me.

      Trump was the ideal candidate in some ways to pick up and carry some of these ideas. The Manosphere fed into the Dark Enlightenment and then into the so-called Alt-Right.

      I never expected such a stunning success in the real world for ideas which were very marginal only a few years ago.

      I don’t doubt that Trump will disappoint many of his more ideological supporters but he is way better than Hillary would have been.

      I don’t object to the notion of a female president. I expect we shall see one in the not too distant future. But I imagine her as more conservative. Perhaps a Republican.


      • It is the most remarkable socio-political phenomenon I’ve witnessed since the death of Communism in Eastern Europe. Interesting that it has also taken another, looser triumvirate of Brexit, Putin and Trump to kill the red beast in the West. I look forward to waking up in the morning to see what else has happened. Man-up needs to help Fallen Woman recover from her destructive, feminist stage.

      • Posted by Julian O'Dea on November 16, 2016 at 9:41 pm

        Some American women have badly needed a lesson in humility for quite some time. This election might have helped.

        Of course it was partly other women administering the lesson.

        In any case, gender conflict should be reduced for a while.

  2. Posted by Julian O'Dea on November 17, 2016 at 12:59 am

    Of course the Alt-Right got a bigger megaphone when it was picked up to some degree by Breitbart. Here is the SPLC having one of its tantrums:

    Is Breitbart.com Becoming the Media Arm of the ‘Alt-Right’?


  3. Posted by Julian O'Dea on November 18, 2016 at 1:20 am

    I am also on this blogroll:

    Mapping the Dark Enlightenment


  4. Posted by Julian O'Dea on November 30, 2016 at 8:06 am

    An odd place to find this story but maybe it is another piece of the puzzle:

    Alt Right Porn, Weaponized Abuse Stories, and Mass Spiritual Awakening


  5. Posted by Julian O'Dea on January 2, 2017 at 8:57 am


    “DELINGPOLE: Rules for Righties — a War-Winning Manifesto for 2017”


  6. Posted by Julian O'Dea on November 3, 2017 at 1:49 am

    Columnist Lindy West Sees ‘Straight Line’ From Trolls Who Targeted Her To Trump

    “It’s this idea of protecting the same status quo that’s always protected Harvey Weinstein and has protected Donald Trump, and has allowed white men to maintain this death grip on power and influence and keep the rest of us subordinated. To me, I really feel like feminists — and especially black women on Twitter and other marginalized people — were really used as a training ground for what eventually became kind of the youth wing of the Trump campaign. They tested these tactics on us — the constant barrage of misinformation.”


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