(Disclaimer: In this multipart series Kolinahr gives his opinion on the popular mgtow youtuber sandman, the opinions expressed here are not necessarily that of my own, but in the spirit of compiling as many expressions of mgtow thought here i will post it)
The general infighting in the Sphere is still chugging along as usual, but in the comments sections there seems to be forming a partisanship, with a lot of commenters jumping on the band wagon accusing Sandman of “making money” on MGTOW with poor quality formulaic videos and that Sandman is “materialistic.” Sandman has his defenders as well.
So I spent some time just scanning back and forth over the grid of Sandman’s past videos on his video thumbnail page.
Yes, there is a lot of pop-psychology, personal anecdote, personal world-view, diversions off into tangents, inconsistencies, wild leaps of speculation, and some just some plain old attitude. Some time I just have to shake my head, but after reviewing the list of all those many videos he has made, I have to give Sandman some praise, i have to at least praise Sandman’s work.
Yes, one has to wade through a lot of some lightweight material, but Sandman’s videos – which go back to October of 2013 – are an incredibly valuable archive of MGTOW basics, ideas for further exploration, theories about unmarried men in history, theories about technology and economics in the future, simple hacks for small problems, and some damn good advice on the large problems men encounter when dealing with women and going MGTOW – and as been said many times – much of this is just what the newbie prospective imbiber of Red Pill needs. In addition he is a gold mine archive of forgotten ideas and memes that have come and gone in the last couple years.
Sandman is a vacuum cleaner of Internet ideas and memes, MGTOW ideas, popular ideas, personal finance, business, photography, on and on and on. He says his subconscious writes his scripts and out it all flows into his videos.
I have supported, in the past, the idea of self-appointed MGTOW librarians who download MGTOW content and store it on cheap media. But buried in the more down home, everyday, aspects of men and women interacting with each in the world, in Sandman’s massive library of work, is a gold-mine of classic and golden MGTOW content and ideas.
If you were a budding MGTOW yourself over the last couple years, Sandman’s older videos are a stroll down memory lane. If you are interested in an analysis of or the history of MGTOW and the interplay and development of its ideas; again here you have a gold mine. Yes, you will have to wade though a lot, and it would be nice if there was searchable text. But there is defining work here, and yes some real leaps of insight.
For those that still generally watch TV and movies, there is a movie series made for TV and a derivative TV series called “The Librarians,” where people from everyday life turn out to be super heroes in the battle to keep the most valuable knowledge and artifacts of civilization from being lost. The writing and acting is bit too comic book for me, but the narrative’s sense of purpose strikes a chord with the audience and with me. I myself may start to archive the audio of Sandman’s videos starting with his oldest ones.
It is assumed that you current self-appointed MGTOW Librarians out there already have Bar Bar and Stardusk’s classic videos safely tucked away on stable media. Sandman too has some classics.
Back to the accusations of “materialism” and of “just making money off of MGTOW”
In regards to this, I am rabidly on the side of Sandman. I have seen more good political causes bite the dust and good leaders of those good causes impoverished by these idiots that think they can sit on their dead asses and consume the time and produce of another man’s work and life for free and then bitch when he tries get some compensation back for that lost time and money in order to keep his own life on track – or outrageously, even bitch when he tries to fund his own efforts in the cause he believes in.
No one knows the future. Anyone that does not build a net worth for old age; or even illness, stress breakdown, or accident even when young, is a fool. The future will be one of rapidly increasing depletion of the welfare and social safety nets, and we all have a really bad feeling about the future of the economy.
People that have sacrificed their time (which always equals money and security) for good causes are too often the ones that hit that wall first, when adversity strikes. Does not MGTOW knowledge warn men about sacrificing themselves (their time, labor, potential income, and future) for the approval or benefit of others? Well, those OTHERS include bitchy MGTOW that don’t like content producers so-called “making money off the MGTOW cause”. Like a woman, they expect to consume the life and labor of a man, for free.
The distrust of money, in a cause, is hard-wired in many people and with good reason. The ironic downside is the fact that the hard-wiring often overrides reason.
Everything is life is a balancing act. Causes that don’t fund themselves will remain small, UNLESS they have the potential for popularity. But what will do the most damage to a pure cause – self-acquired and self-directed funding or development according to mass taste? If the purists create something popular, they always lose control of it to the masses. Anything that becomes popular enough will generate money FOR SOMEONE – whether that someone cares about the cause or not. A good cause, riding the wave of rising popularity, must fund itself with that popularity. In a civilization, outsmarting Mammon is possible, but don’t bet (your cause) on it.
If the purity of the cause is paramount, then perhaps it can exist on charity, and serve the few. But if a critical part of that cause is to reach others, then part of that cause must be to grow itself. To fulfill its purpose it must fund itself. And no MGTOW has any right to expect sacrifice from another man so he himself can consume – for free.
If a man produces good beer, good custom motorcycles, or is a chef at your favorite restaurant, he should be well compensated for his labor, his time, his life. If a man produces good MGTOW content, he should be well compensated for that also.