Saturday, 8 May 2010
Gordon R Dickson's Dorsai novels present some interesting ideas of great value to Anglo-American men looking to leave the Anglosphere for more equitable climes (i.e. as far from the Anglobitch as humanly possible), or at least seeking normal relationships. The emerging discipline of evolutionary psychiatry casts an intriguing perspective on these books, and offers some profound insights for Anglo-American men wishing to wash their hands of the venomous Anglobitch.
In Dickson's remote future, different planets have genetically-distinct populations who specialize in different skill-sets. The Dorsai are warriors who hire out their military expertise to other planets at vast expense. Dorsai! the first book in the series outlines the adventures of one Donal Graham, a young Dorsai of great ability, among the planets of this loose economic federation. What is immediately apparent in the novel is his immediate and obvious attraction to women. Of course, he is a young, handsome warrior/near-thug, all qualities intrinsically appealing to women. However, another factor at work is his exotic foreignness. As an outsider among non-Dorsai, Donal carries an inherent mystique into every situation.
If we submit this trope to analysis from the standpoint of evolutionary psychiatry, it makes perfect sense. Initiated by British psychiatrists John Price and Anthony Stevens, evolutionary psychiatry is a relatively new discipline that argues many modern mental illnesses were actually adaptive in a hunter-gatherer context. One of their more interesting claims is that schizophrenia persists in modern populations because schizoid individuals (those most prone to schizophrenia) must have indirectly offered early human communities certain adaptive advantages. Their compelling argument claims that schizoid individuals would have prevented community overcrowding by becoming charismatic leaders and founding new communities. Interestingly, schizophrenia occurs in about one person in a hundred, which would have engendered community splits at beyond fifty individuals, about the right figure to prevent over-exploitation of natural resources and social calamity.
So far, so good. However, for the strategy to work effectively, the schizoid/sociopathic individual (if male) must have been able to woo sufficient women away from the main group to found a new community. This doubtless explains why women have retained a primordial attraction to sociopaths and psychotics - the Rosetta Stone of Game.
The case of Charles Manson is a good example of this psychotic 'wooing' process at work. Clearly a schizoid psychopath deeply alienated from mainstream society, he was quickly able to seduce a number of young, fertile women to his deranged 'cause'. Of course, we all know women are strongly attracted to such 'charismatic' psychotic male types - and evolutionary psychiatry begins to explain why.
Dorsai Game incorporates some of these concepts, permitting Anglo-American males to maximize their sexual success in settings beyond the Anglosphere. Essentially, the foreign traveller is an outsider in wahtever country he finds himself, and this 'outsider' status mimics the alienation of the psychotic, charismatic group splitter of ancient times, naturally attracting women. There is also the messianic frisson of being the wandering, foreign cult-founder come to found a new society.
With all this this evolutionary baggage lighting his way, the wandering Dorsai Gamester will find foreign women putty in his hands. Merely adopt a mysterious, eccentric air, and the women will flock to you. Consider also that non-Anglo women are generally free of the awful Pedestal Syndrome that makes Anglo women so insufferable, are generally thinner and more attractive, not to mention free of Anglo misandry, making the Dorsai Game Plan absolutely indispensable.
In short, travelling to foreign lands and courting their women is a vastly-advantageous option for nearly all Anglo-American men. What is the alternative? Remaining in misandrist matriarchies like Britain, Canada and the United States, where you have a 50% chance of losing 80% of your wealth in the more-than-likely event of divorce, and spending the remainder of your life in a trailer-park?
Besides, when a male travels abroad another biological factor comes into play. For most of history (and indeed, prehistory), a foreigner moving unmolested through any community would have been an elite alpha - a merchant, diplomat or military advisor like Donal Graham: in short, a wandering Dorsai. Hence, just by being a foreigner, you raise your sexual status exponentially. This is especially true for Americans, since America is the world's most glamorised and powerful nation. While American women infused with Anglobitch feminism despise American men, foreign women will see you as a wandering elite knight swathed in exotic radiance. Carl Jung's studies of the animus - the template of male attraction embedded in the female mind - correspond closely to the Dorsai Game concept, in that the animus is usually a wanderer from some foreign, distant city, come to sweep the female away into a new world. Valentino's character in the Sheik also embodies the principles of Dorsai Game - a sociopathic, schizoid foreigner of high social standing, indifferent to Anglo-American mores.
By nature, men must have strong inducements to marry, and a fifty percent chance of losing 80% of your personal wealth is hardly a strong inducement - not when American males can simply jet down to Mexico, Venezuela or Puerto Rico to enjoy a nubile string of Latin lovelies. Moreover, most Anglo-American women are rampant narcissists armed with wholly unrepresentative expectations of life, work, relationships (and pretty much everything else), rendering marriage even more absurd. Armed with the principles of Dorsai Game, and knowing his true power and mystique in situations outside the Anglosphere, the Anglo-American male is now primed to avoid these pitfalls and exploit the unique Game opportunities afforded by exotic destinations.