In the 1999 film The Matrix, the protagonist, offered a blue pill that would allow him to continue living as before and a red pill that would show him “how deep the rabbit hole goes,” famously chooses the latter and learns that he lives in an elaborate simulation. The derivative term “red-pilling” has since entered the lexicon, first by way of the early-2010s “manosphere” — an Internet subculture dedicated to pick-up artistry and men’s-rights advocacy in which to be red-pilled was to understand that women leverage their sexual power to secure things they are biologically conditioned to want — and …
This article appears as “Inhuman Ideologies” in the January 25, 2021, print edition of National Review.
Something to Consider
If you enjoyed this article, we have a proposition for you: Join NRPLUS. Members get all of our content (including the magazine), no paywalls or content meters, an advertising-minimal experience, and unique access to our writers and editors (conference calls, social-media groups, etc.). And importantly, NRPLUS members help keep NR going. Consider it?
If you enjoyed this article, and were stimulated by its contents, we have a proposition for you: Join NRPLUS.