Jack Donovan Patches

The “Start The World” and “Violence is Golden” patches have all shipped out, and most have been received. I ran into some mail merge and postage issues, so a few of them came back or were never received. I’ve re-shipped every missing order I’ve heard about but if you are in the US and you have not received your order, email me at mr.jack.donovan@gmail.com. Still getting the hang of mass mailings and I want to make sure everyone gets what they ordered before I make any more available.

UK and Canadian guys – let me know when/if you get your order, so I can gauge whether or not International mail is going to be timely and reliable enough to be worth the effort.

Thanks to the guys who sent in photos. These were just a few.

I’ll probably order another run of patches in June for those who missed this run, or want to order more.

Instagram

Also, since I’ll be doing some traveling, making gainz, meeting like-minded men and participating in all kinds of things this summer, I set up a new Instagram account @starttheworld.  Follow me there, as I’ll be using it more than Facebook. (Better photos, less fake “news” I don’t care about)

Violence is Golden Patches

 

“I prefer to not to use the words, ‘let’s stop something’. I prefer to say, ‘let’s start something, let’s start the world’.

– Peter Fonda, 2011

I’m putting 150 of each patch up for sale to the US, Canada and the UK at my new big cartel store. I expect both to sell out pretty quickly. I will also be putting up the remaining 40 or so limited edition Way of Men art prints from Danger Press (their stock is sold out) but I’m still trying to figure out shipping costs. They will be available in a week or so.

http://jackdonovan.bigcartel.com/

 

Read the Essay: “Violence is Golden”

professor in the cage coverThe Professor in the Cage: Why Men Fight and Why We Like to Watch

Jonathan Gottschall
Penguin Publishing Group, 2015. Kindle Edition
ISBN-10: 1594205639
ISBN-13: 978-1594205637

 

 

I downloaded Jonathan Gottschall’s The Professor in the Cage: Why Men Fight and Why We Like to Watch and started reading it the morning it came out. I stopped two chapters in, because I had to head to my boxing class.

Gottschall and I aren’t the same, but we know something about each other.

When a man on the far side of thirty-five decides to learn how to fight, he’s got some reasons. He doesn’t do it because he’s already good at it, and he doesn’t do it on a whim. He’s not trying to keep his lunch money away from the school bully and it ain’t about impressing girls.

When you’re in your twenties, if you have any sense of self worth, you figure you could to do just about anything if you really put your mind to it. After that, you start to realize that doors are closing behind you, and you can see more closing doors in front of you. Thirty and forty aren’t nearly as old as they seem when you are twenty, but they aren’t twenty, either. You can probably still do almost anything, and you can still surprise yourself, but you know that you can never go back and do some things as well as you could have if you’d started earlier. Fighting is one of those things.

Gottschall did two courageous things in the process of writing The Professor in the Cage. First of all, the man took a fucking MMA fight. That takes a plumper sack than you’ll find between four average football fans. It doesn’t matter if he won or lost. And that courage only reached its pinnacle in the octagon. As he wrote in one of my favorite passages, it would have been much safer to avoid training altogether:

“The very last thing I feel like doing most nights after dinner is getting in a series of fistfights with a bunch of twenty-year-olds — is doing anything requiring strapping armor to my genitals. But since I began work on this book , trading punches with twenty-year-olds has kind of been my job , and so I drag myself to the gym like a shift worker dragging himself to the factory. I limp onto the mat feeling tired and old, and after I warm up and get going . . . I have so much fun. The blubbery, congested sensation of incipient middle age gives way, and I feel young again, and strong. When I’ve competed well, and especially when I’ve held my own in the sparring, I leave the gym feeling so awake, my whole system revving with something purer than a runner’s high. I drive home knowing that I’ve been going through life half asleep, and I feel a euphoric gratitude for my living muscle and bone and blood.”

The visceral joy of a man being a man, of this beautiful thing that we are losing and that fewer and fewer men will ever feel or know or understand — it is right there, exposed and palpable.

The book wasn’t all like that. Gottschall’s accounts of his fears about training and fighting felt overplayed to me, and were a little cringey in spots. It even seemed like he wanted to lose his fight — like it was a kind of good-guy writer’s martyrdom. But he still fought, and I’d buy him a beer for that.

Social courage, on the other hand, is a lesser form of courage, but the metaphorical beatings come from more angles and the bruises hang around longer. If only the bitchy snipings of critics were as clean and simple as a punch in the face…

The second courageous thing Gottschall did was dismiss a lot of civilized groupfeel about gender, men, and violence. While he unconvincingly argued that manly bloodsport is no threat to the feminist project, he convincingly argues that men are and have always been more inclined to violent competition than women, and that it has as much to do with nature as it does with nurture. The increased male tendency to pursue violent competition is not merely verifiable in our species, it is consistent with animals with similar reproductive abilities and behaviors throughout the natural world. “Across species,” he writes, “most male aggression is ultimately tied to a shortage of female reproductive supply relative to male demand.” We do a lot of the same “monkey dances.”

And humanity hasn’t “evolved” past the point where this sort of male violence is no longer necessary, as many spoiled and sheltered airheads like to believe — it is simply contained and suppressed by state-sanctioned violence.

Wrapping up one of several entertaining and informative tangents in the book, this one on the rise and fall of dueling culture, Gottschall makes the point that the disappearance of the kind of honor cultures that made fighting and dueling a normal part of life is not owed so much to the “evolution” or “moral enlightenment” of modern people as it is to the rise of the efficient Leviathan. The highly policed state protects families and property, and punishes men who take matters into their own hands, so demonstrating publicly that you will stand up for yourself is not only unnecessary, but potentially more costly than doing nothing. In early America and pre-20th Century Europe, this was not the case, and it is not the case in failed or weak state pockets of the world where honor cultures thrive in various forms.

In several statements sure to be deemed heretical by his Chardonnay-sipping academic peers, Gottschall sketches out a familiar definition of masculinity that is rooted in both biology and evolutionary psychology. It’s not different everywhere, or completely subjective. The differences are differences of degree. He writes, “Masculinity is simply strength and toughness— of body and mind. There are many valid ways to be a man, things that cultures respect or disrespect, but there is no masculinity without strength.” Check. “…in every culture, men were seen as more active, adventurous, dominant, forceful, independent, and strong. And in every culture except for one (but not always the same one), males were seen as more aggressive, autocratic, daring, enterprising, robust, and stern.” Check. Further:

“stereotypes about masculinity became so entrenched for a reason: they are mainly true. To be timid, muscularly weak, and emotionally shaky is now and has always been unmasculine. Masculinity is not a cultural invention. It is not the result of a conspiracy by men against women. It is a real thing that has evolved over millions of years as a response to the built-in competitive realities of male life.”

Strong, Courageous and Able. He also notes that, everywhere and always, masculinity has been something that needed to be proved through rites of passage. Women simply became women through reproductive maturity, but, “To earn the status of a real man, not an ersatz one, a guy must prove he has the right stuff.” That is to say, he must prove himself to other men. He must earn his reputation, and be willing to defend it. He must have some sense of… Honor. The Professor in the Cage is the first mainstream book I’ve read that verifies the cross-cultural reality that the tactical virtues I listed in The Way of Men — Strength, Courage, Mastery and Honor — are the most basic components of human masculinity as a universal concept.

Gottschall also explores the connection between masculinity and violence, and the lingering desire in men to find something to fight, even if they don’t have to. He compares modern men to Don Quixote. “They conjure dragons just so they can try to kill them,” because something in them still wants to prove, “they have inherited the legacy of their grandfathers, the pure stuff of manhood: courage and strength.”

The Professor in the Cage is supposed to be about MMA, but it is more about masculinity than mixed martial arts. MMA fighters and fans won’t find much they don’t already know, though they may walk away with some academic ammunition for arguments about why they do what they do and like what they like. As a narrative about a nerd learning to fight, I preferred Sam Sheridan’s more straightforward and less self-deprecating A Fighter’s Heart. But as Gottschall and I are in the same age range, his experience was useful in helping me reflect on my own. As a book about masculinity, it deserves a place on a shelf right beside Harvey Mansfield’s Manliness and James Bowman’s Honor: A History. Like Mansfield’s Manliness, though, it ultimately seems to have been written more for women and fellow academics than for a general male audience. It’s more apologia than manifesto, explaining to “others” why men, despite strong efforts to turn them into nice little girls, still persist in being…masculine. It’s not because we fear the mystical power of women, or because we secretly hate women and want to oppress them. Men still want to behave like men because we like ourselves better that way.

I won’t ruin the story of Gottschall’s fight for you, but it is worth noting that the book wasn’t just a stunt. He may never take another real fight, but he’s going to keep training and sparring until he finally leaves the gym on a stretcher.

I’d buy him a beer for that, too.

Buy The Professor in the Cage on Amazon.

The Way of Men Audiobook

 

The Way of Men audiobook is finally finished, and it is now available on Amazon, Audible and iTunes.

Readers are enjoying it so far, but please be advised that there is a known quality issue with the chapter “The Perimeter.” The whole chapter is there and can be understood, but a few listeners have reported that there are a few clicks or skips. I will re-record and re-submit that chapter when I can find the time, but for those of you who have been waiting for the audiobook either to share with friends who would rather listen than read, or for your own enjoyment, I wanted to put it out there.

I hope you enjoy my narration — I felt strongly that it had to be me who read the book, since so much of it was written in first person.

As always, your positive and constructive reviews are greatly appreciated. Eventually, as with Amazon, there will be some reviewers who write “one star” reviews without reading the material, because they don’t like whatever they think the book might say. (They are probably right about that…)

I think the audiobook will help the message of The Way of Men expand its audience substantially, and while it is a lot of work, I’d advise other dissident writers to look into the Amazon’s ACX service.

A full chapter sample of the chapter “On Being a Good Man” is now on YouTube.

 

Start The World Patch

“I prefer to not to use the words, ‘let’s stop something’. I prefer to say, ‘let’s start something, let’s start the world’.

– Peter Fonda, 2011

Many readers have asked for The Way of Men-themed patches for gear bags, backpacks, jackets, cuts, and so forth. I also wanted some myself, so I created my first patch.

Life comes from Death, Creation from Destruction.  The modern world must be plunged into chaos and destroyed to make way for a new age of virility.

Spin the wheel and get the world started.

I used the upward Algiz/Elhaz rune, the elk or elk-sedge rune, to symbolize life, and the downward facing rune to symbolize death.

The first batch of 100 will ship to the Continental US only.

START THE WORLD RUNE PATCH
Price: $6

Shipping: $1
Total (each): $7

THESE SOLD OUT IN 3 HOURS 

I am ordering more, and will make an announcement when a second run is available.

I’d like to thank Justin Garcia, also known as “Master Chim,” and in Middle Earth, “Gimli,” for including me in the 100th episode of his bold and unapologetic Pressure Project podcast. Garcia had me on one of his first episodes, and since then has tirelessly devoted his efforts to talking about the failing state of American manhood and other taboo topics from a pro-strength and masculinity perspective. To put it simply, he and his guests approach the issues of the day like a man would approach them. Episode #100 is one of the best podcast conversations I’ve been a part of, on par with the Art of Manliness podcast and Mating Grounds with Tucker Max.

The other guest on the show was Thomas Kier from Sayoc Tactical. I’ve met Tom in person, so it was good to see him again at least on-screen and talk about tribalism, violence, multiculturalism, feminism, masculinity and self-reliance with him.

One thing that stuck with me after the podcast was Tom’s discussion of “feeders” and “receivers.” He uses the concept to teach an aggressive mindset, but it certainly has broader applications. In particular, it made me think of our relationship with “the media” and how, as I mentioned in the podcast, people who we wouldn’t respect in person are able to drive our discussions. I noted this a year or so ago in my piece “I’m Sorry, I Just Don’t Keep Up With The Ladies’ Magazines” for Counter-Currents. Since then, while I sometimes agree to write about a “hot topic” or get caught up in the outrage of the moment, I’ve tried to avoid “reacting” to the daily clickbait. I would never pay attention to someone like Lindy West or Micheal Moore or Anita Sarkeesian or Jessica Valenti or any of he finger-wagging SJW fags at Gawker media. Their opinions have zero value to me, and their interests are in conflict with my own. As long as we remain “receivers” of their “attacks,” we will always be reacting and defending — even when we are “mocking” and “criticizing” them. They are still calling the shots. I want to be a feeder of ideas, not a receiver. I want to produce and demonstrate and take action, not merely “comment.” To create meaningful change, those of us who see the world differently and who want to live differently need to become feeders.

I think it should be LE Voie, just on general principle…

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Today I received my author copies of Éditions Le Retour aux Sources French language translation of The Way of Men with Introduction by Piero San Giorgio, author of Survive: The Economic Collapse. They look great, though of course I can barely read a word of my own writing, which is a strange feeling.

If you speak French, here is a spirited video introduction by Piero San Giorgio.

 

And here is a French translation of my speech, “Becoming The New Barbarians.”

I have finally started writing my new book, “Becoming A Barbarian,” though I have no idea when that will be finished. Hopefully before the end of the year.

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This year I quit driving delivery trucks and opened my own by-appointment tattoo shop, attached to my good friend Chris Duffin‘s powerlifting gym. I’m starting to develop a consistent blackwork style, and in 2015 I should have that dialed in enough to add a tattoo portfolio to this site. I also started taking boxing classes and broke my ankle in a SAMBO but came back strong with a 510lb gym pr deadlift and a 315lb bench in the second half of 2014. Not bad, considering I also turned 40 this year. I spent a lot of time being a gym rat who occasionally writes and tattoos, but I write about men and masculinity, so standing around bullshitting with powerlifters and strongman competitors counts as field research. Or that’s what I tell myself. Mostly it’s just fun. I was kicking around competing in participating in a strongman competition for fun this spring, but some nasty bicep tendonitis in my right arm stalled my training in December, so I’m wavering.

For most of the year, I wrote monthly for RADIX, my favorite “alternative right” site, and also managed a few pieces for Counter-Currents and this site. I started Start The World, my podcast, but decided to produce it only when I had someone I particularly wanted to talk to or introduce to my audience. I was also interviewed on numerous podcasts, including Tucker Max’s Mating Grounds, Master Chim’s Pressure Project, Hangover Radio, Radio3Fourteen, Knowledge For Men, Practical Tactical, Alpha Man Project, Dating Skills Review, and probably a bunch more I’m forgetting and one recorded yesterday that isn’t out yet. I also did some interviews for international publications in Greece and Germany that may or may not have come out yet.

All of this extra promotion meant that 2014 has been the best year for sales of The Way of Men, and December 2014 has been the book’s biggest month ever (thanks in part to a boost from that viral Breitbart piece that quoted me). The Way of Men has sold well over 13,000 copies at this point and seems to be picking up steam. It came out in a French language edition this month, and there are Spanish and Portuguese translations in the works. I’ve finally started recording the audiobook, and I’ll be releasing that via audible.com in January. My book of essays, A Sky Without Eagles also came out this year, and it’s done surprisingly well.

Reflecting on my books recently has reminded me that somehow I became an author, and my books are the accomplishments I am most proud of in my life. I’m going to focus even less on writing essays and reviews in 2015, and am committed to starting and finishing my next book, Becoming A Barbarian (or something like that) before the end of the year.


Below are some my favorite projects I worked on in 2014.

 

A Time for Wolves

In June I traveled to Virginia to observe a moot and ritual with a tribe of heathens called The Wolves of Vinland, wrote about it for this site, and recorded a podcast with Paul Waggener — outlaw country singer and one of the leaders of the Wolves. Since then, the Wolves have become part of my life, and a couple of them flew out to perform a ritual with me and others here in the Pacific Northwest.

A Sky Without Eagles

Collecting my best essays, writing some new ones, recording an audiobook and drawing up the right cover art took up a big chunk of my time this year.

Start The World Podcast – Episode #5 – “Deep Conan” with Piero San Giorgio

This is my favorite STW podcast so far. The author of Survive: The Economic Collapse and I discussed the deeper themes of one of our favorite movies.

“That’s Ms. Potato Head To You – Transsexuality, Transhumanism, Transcendence, and Ecstatic Rites of Highly Conspicuous Consumerism”

In terms of style and insight this is one of the strongest pieces I’ve written.

“Beauties in Beast Mode

This had a lot of crossover appeal, in that it pissed off many groups of people, and re-reading it has me disgusted all over again about the way that men sell out men and fawn over women who do…anything. Also see my 10% Law of Female Sex Pollution, which isn’t so much an argument as it is absolute truth. So many comments I got about that post were along the lines of “I’ve seen it play out exactly like that at my gym/workplace/etc.”

“What is Masculinity?”

Making this video was the hardest thing I did all year, hands down.  Big learning curves in several areas, combined with late night shoots.

Chris Duffin’s Ourobouros Tattoo

We clocked in about 37 hours of tattoo time wrapping this Nordic wyrm all the way around a guy who walks around at about 250lbs.

“Rape Culture Isn’t About Sex, It’s About Power”

While it is true that women enjoy sex, they are also pragmatic and especially interested in safety and security. If there has been a “war of the sexes” raging throughout human history, men have almost always been the victors, precisely because they are bigger and stronger, more willing to take risks, and more inclined to be violent. Women see the potential for violence in men and they recognize that it is the greatest threat to the new order of society–their order. A majority of women in the developed world now have more political and economic power now than they ever have in human history, and this increase in status is utterly dependent on the continued pacification of men.

So they lie. They lie about male sexuality the way men lied about female sexuality.

They’re willing to trade satisfying sex for quasi-coital man-milking if it means holding on to their newfound political and economic power. They’re willing to use the tragedy of rape as a tool to cow men morally–to make normal, decent men prostrate themselves to prove they are not rapists or enablers of rape. As with “privilege,” men will always be guilty until proven innocent, and no matter what they do, no matter how they dishonor themselves, they will never be innocent enough. To release men from guilt is to relinquish power over them, and this power has already corrupted the hearts of the women who revel in it and gain from it.

Especially prescient, and even more relevant now, given recent scandals in feminist journalism like the UVA gang rape hoax and other fake rapes fabricated so that feminists could acquire more power and resources.

Oh yeah…almost forgot one of my most important essays from RADIX.

“I Don’t Care.”

The expectation that we are supposed to care about everyone’s happiness is what gives social justice warriors power. If you admit that you don’t care about their feelings, they have nothing. They don’t know what to do with “I don’t care if Barbies make girls feel bad about their bodies. So what?” Own it and tell them to fuck off.

La Voie Virile, The Way of Men, French Language EditionThe French publishing company Le Retour aux Sources has released a French language edition of The Way of Men, titled La Voie Virile.

Le Retour aux Sources has published a range of interesting books about survivalism, economics and globalism, including the work of American author James Howard Kunstler.

La Voie Virile includes a Preface by Swiss speaker and survivalist Piero San Giorgio, author of Survive: The Economic Collapse, Rues barbares – Survivre en ville and Femmes au bord de la crise. For more on Piero San Giorgio, watch his 2013 NPI speech, “The Center Cannot Hold,” or check out the Start The World podcast where he and I talk about Conan the Barbarian.

The French edition of The Way of Men also includes a French translation of No Man’s Land, which is available in English on this site for free.

I look forward to seeing how the book is received in France.

La Voie Virile

Sortie : 14 déccembre 2014
Prix public : 19,00€
ISBN : 978-2-35512-061-9
Broché : 292 pages

Here is a French subtitled version of my “What is Masculinity?” video, courtesy Le Retour aux Sources.


Qu’est-ce que la « masculinité » ? Introduction… by Scriptomaniak