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The Need To Escape (Podcast)
Article originated hereThe theme of this podcast is the subject of escape, and how it is connected with travel and discovery. We explore this theme through the prism of two recent movies: “The Last Days” (2013) and “The Way Back” (2010).   This podcast can be heard in various platforms, including iTunes, Google Play, and…

Red Pill Logic: Beyond Red and Blue Pills
Article originated hereLately it seems that there is some discussion regarding when to move on from the red pill. As someone who found the manosphere quite early, was a part of it for a while, left and then came back I found myself thinking about this idea. There is no doubt that everything we encounter…
When To Wait, And When To Strike
Article originated hereThere are times in a leader’s experience when it will be prudent to watch and await developments.  Sometimes more is to be gained by figuratively taking off one’s pack, sitting down on the side of the road, and monitoring the flow of events, than by leaping into the fray.  On the other hand,…

Ruminations on Double Standards
Article originated here“When hypocrisy is a character trait, it also affects one’s thinking, because it consists in the negation of all the aspects of reality that one finds disagreeable, irrational or repugnant.” – Octavio Paz Contents: 1.) Introduction 2.) Of Protestation & Petitioning 3.) To Act Or Be Acted Upon 4.) Respect vs. Desire 5.)…

Gendernomics: On Value Part 3
Article originated hereThis is part 3 of a multi-part post. Part 1 – Part 2 Internal and External Value Multipliers I’ve written about value multipliers previously, in “Game as a Value Multiplier“, where I define a multiplier as: “A multiplier is a very simple concept, it’s an added variable that either serves to increase or…
The Symbols Of Power Are Not Substitutes For Real Power
Article originated hereSome are tempted to confuse the symbols of power with the reality of power.  They are not the same thing.  Power is the one thing that cannot be faked.  For a time, perhaps, the bluffer can maintain an illusion of authority; he can go through his empty pantomime, imagining he is fooling everyone;…
The Presence Of Death (Podcast)
Article originated hereWe explore the theme of the presence of death through two movies: “Biutiful” (2010) and “Amour” (2012). We also discuss Polydore Vergil’s comments on the burial customs of various peoples, as I outlined in my article of December 6 here at Fortress of the Mind.   This podcast can be heard in multiple…
A Portuguese Translation Of My Essay “The Engrossed”
Article originated hereI was informed today that an excellent Portuguese translation of my essay The Engrossed appeared on the site Nuvem de Giz.  I very much appreciate the efforts of translator Sr. Daniel Castro, and am grateful that he found the essay to have been worthy of his efforts.  The translation can be found here. Other…

Dealing With Authorities and Big Egos
Article originated hereMaxim VII: Avoid Victories over Superiors. “All victories breed hate, and that over your superior is foolish or fatal. Superiority is always detested, à fortiori superiority over superiority. Caution can gloss over common advantages; for example, good looks may be cloaked by careless attire. There be some that will grant you precedence in…

A Man’s Guide To Testosterone Replacement Therapy
Article originated here Contents:1.) Introduction 2.) Why Do More & More Men Need Testosterone Replacement Therapy? 3.) What Are The Benefits of Testosterone Replacement Therapy? 4.) Your Questions on TRT Answered 5.) In Closing / Relevant Reading 1.) Introduction I have tried to make this guide as comprehensive as possible. I am not above updating it and…
John Lewis Burckhardt’s Pioneering Explorations And Travels In Arabia
Article originated hereBefore Sir Richard Burton, there was John Lewis Burckhardt.  Like many of the great names featured in these pages, he is little known today; but he sacrificed his life in the cause of discovery, and acquired a knowledge of the Arabic language and Islamic customs that has been surpassed by very few–if any–Westerners. …

Gendernomics: On Value Part 4
Article originated hereThis is part 4 of a 5 part essay. Part 1, Part 2, Part 3. Valuation of Self and Others The valuation of self is closely tied to self-awareness. One could argue that there are two extreme cases that illustrate the spectrum on which humans exist. The neurotic on one hand has an…