April 21, 2011
IN THE PREVIOUS entry, a reader wondered at the popularity of the term “beta man.”
Vishal Mehra wrote:
Regarding this alpha-beta thing, we don’t see this usage in any older writers. So either they used different words for this phenomenon or the phenomenon of beta men is itself novel. Or the phenomenon itself is illusory and this classification is wrong and incoherent.
One characteristic of the beta man may help explain why the term has become so common. The beta man is white. No one refers to a non-white as beta. The need for a new name for the spineless white man may have been prompted by racial reality. Never has the white man been so weak. The beta man is not weak vis-a-vis women so much as he is weak vis-a-vis his own ancestry and heritage. He is the dispossessed, a stranger in his own land, passively assenting to the decay of his civilization. Read More »