“Game” explanation of Breivik proved!
You may think that the blogger Whiskey’s dogmatic theory of the Norway event—that Anders Breivik’s carefully planned act of mass murder and the 1,500 page manifesto that accompanied it had “nothing” to do with politics and everything to do with the sexual frustration and desire for revenge of a “beta” man unable to find a girlfriend—is an example of reductive theorizing gone berserk. I must confess that I, in my ignorance and pigheadedness, initially had the same reaction. However, when we consider the sorts of “punishments” awaiting Breivik in one of Norway’s country-club like “prisons,” we may have to re-think our position.
From Foreign Policy:
Prisoners spend a lot of time out of their cells; exercise is encouraged.
And in Halden, not only is there clean air but personal trainers. Here, a
comely woman coach jogs alongside an inmate in the prison yard.
Now please don’t tell me that I am oversimplifying and distorting the brilliant and profound “Game” explanation of Breivik’s behavior. When a theorist totally dismisses what a person says are his reasons for doing something, reasons he’s worked out in a vast manifesto that took him three years to write, and insists that the person was “really” acting unconsciously under the influence of primal forces that are explained by the theorist’s own pet theory which has nothing to do with the person’s stated reasons, such a theory does not deserve to be treated with any more intellectual care than the theorist himself used in imposing his theory on reality.
I must admit I found the article persuasive, and almost fell under the author’s influence entirely until I read the first comment pointing out a critical hole in his argument; that white women hate white beta males so much that they’ll go after non-white alphas instead, when the reality is that white women still prefer white men (even betas) over non-white men. That statistically relevant fact helped deflate the original author’s well thought out balloon.Max P. writes:
I don’t have a problem with Norwegian prisons. I imagine Norway, heretofore, was a relatively peaceful place and those sent to its prisons didn’t come out as hardened ex-cons as they seem to do in the US. They probably don’t have the problems of gangs and various groups competing to control the yard. So maybe Norwegian prisons are appropriate for that nation. However, the real problem seems to be that they are risking their idyllic environment by importing diversity. And if their demographics ever become anything close to those of the US, their prison system, like their nation, will have to change. Unfortunately, I don’t think they realize this.Mark P. writes:
You’re killing me, Larry!!! I really enjoy Whiskey’s site. I do tend to agree, though, that an analysis of the killer’s writings is probably a better answer. The proverbial non-Islamic reason for Islamic violence should not be persuasive.LA replies:
I think Mark meant to say: just as the proverbial non-Islamic reasons for Islamic violence should not be persuasive, a non-anti-Islamic reason for anti-Islamic violence should not be persuasive, and a non-anti-leftist reason for anti-leftist violence should not be persuasive.Tim W. writes:
Norway’s film industry has always had less exposure in America than neighboring Sweden’s. Though I enjoy foreign films, I haven’t seen many movies from Norway. I’m curious about how they would handle our classic American prison films. Imagine the Norwegian version of The Big House, 20,000 Years in Sing Sing, San Quentin, Each Dawn I Die, or White Heat. Somehow I can’t see Bogart or Cagney having a cute personal trainer while serving time.
Posted by Lawrence Auster at July 27, 2011 07:52 PM | Send