The Paleo-Game Cult...Just Who Are They?
First off, I did not invent this term, however I will use (despite the controversy of the word 'cult') it for the sake of continuity in this post.
It is a label (coming from the anti-feminist blog The Black Pill
: I don't agree with much of this blog's content, but I believe their description of this group is spot on) used to denote an
internet subculture that utilizes elements from two or three unrelated subcultures.
I believe Paleo-Game Cultists are prevalent and easy to spot here on ATS as well as throughout the 'conspiracy-sphere' at large. To begin, I'm
going to quote The Black Pill's list of characteristics. You'll probably know somebody who shares these traits:
2. The Paleo Diet
3. Meaningless “Self Improvement” (This means self improvement without objective metrics.)
4. Conspiracy Theory (This can include everything from 9/11 & New World Order conspiracy theories to conspiracy theories about individuals such as
5. Collapse Porn/Compulsive Doomsaying
6. Ron Paul as some sort of “secular messiah” (This is distinct from the Libertarian Party and libertarianism as a political movement.)
7. White Nationalism or some degree of racism and/or anti-semitism
8. A belief that their “truth” is superior to science and an opposition to scientific inquiry and experimental evidence when it comes to their
ideology (a similarity they share with creationists)
I'd like to elaborate on each of these points and flesh them out a bit, because I believe there's some room for clarification and a synthesis of how
these characteristics relate to each other and form a nascent group identity. Before we begin, I'd like to lay a few predominant characteristics of
this loosely-woven group:
1. The group is predominantly male.
2. The age range is predominantly from 30-60 years old.
3. They are socially and economically conservative
4. They are not, necessarily, overly religious. In fact, they may be vehemently opposed to some religions such as Islam, Judaism or the New Age
Now then, let me explain a bit about the points The Black Pill listed.
What The Black Pill refers to as 'game' is more commonly known as the Pick-Up Artist (from here on referred to as "PUA") community. Think of
people like the semi-famous 'Mystery.' Pick-up artistry in the context of the Paleo-Game Cult goes deeper than just people going to Mystery seminars
though. Many members of the Paleo-Game Cult are militantly misogynist in their views towards women, which they rationalize through the use of 'pop
anthropology' and evolutionary psychology. They are also probably involved with 'Men's Rights' advocacy. The paradox lies with the fact that
despite the negative views of women shared by Cultists, they share a seeming obsession with being sexually successful. More on this in the
Let's start with what the Paleo diet is, for those who are unaware: the Paleo diet (popularized by writers such as Loren Cordain) is a diet that
seeks to eliminate processed and 'Neolithic' foods. In general, Paleo dieters cut out grains, dairy, legumes and beans, some nuts, and some go so
far as to also eliminate all starchy plants, Nightshades and other food groups. While the diet doesn't prescribe macronutrient ratios, most dieters
assume a low-carb, moderate-fat, moderate or high protein version. The average paleo diet meal would, for example, consist of lean meats and select
vegetables. Ketogenic, 'Zero Carb,' or 'Carnivorous' paleo diets are growing in popularity.
The dark side of the paleo diet is that it isn't accurate as to what our ancestors ate, because there's never been a worldwide, monolithic diet
before in human history. The reduction and elimination of processed foods is admirable, but paleo often veers into orthorexia - an eating disorder
marked by a crippling obsession with 'clean eating,' to the point that it affects one's social life. To Paleo-Game Cultists, the Paleo diet is also
symbolic of a wider resistance to not just modern medicine and nutrition, but also to modern society, which is viewed as 'corrupt.' To Cultists, the
mindset represents a utopian vision of a dog-eat-dog, 'pre-progressive' world.
3. Meaningless Self-Improvement
This is the one that I thought warranted the most elaboration, in my opinion. Paleo-Game Cultists are often involved with what used to be called
'self-help' or 'self-improvement' (think Steve Pavlina) and is now called 'lifestyle design' (think Timothy Ferriss). They often will be stuck
in a 'self-help' cycle and will rely on inspirational or motivational material (whether it be seminars, podcasts or ebooks) to give themselves a
Many Paleo-Game Cultists believe in working for themselves. This isn't such a bad idea, except they demonstrate a total dependence on being told what
to do by 'gurus' such as Tim Ferriss, Dave Asprey, Ramit Sethi or Robert Kiyosaki. They read a large number of books on personal finance, investing
and entrepreneurship, and usually will be in the process of attempting to support themselves via a 'lifestyle business,' which is usually an online
business that relies on information products (such as selling marketing guides, offering personal finance information or the ever-popular SEO
consultancy). They probably will have a blog.
4. Conspiracy Theories
Paleo-Game Cultists are, inevitably, conspiracy theorists. They can be introduced to the 'conspiracy theory world' through one of their other
characteristics. For example, a PUA could become a conspiracy theorist through exposure to anti-feminist conspiracies, or a paleo dieter could become
a conspiracy theorist after reading about the USDA's abuse of power in regards to public health.
Paleo-Game Cultists, once in the conspiracy-sphere, tend to focus on NWO conspiracies, usually due to their first conspiracy 'exposure' being about
a supposedly underhanded systemic plan - for example, the government is run by feminists, or by Jews, or by Big Agro. However, they aren't restricted
in any sense and once they're a conspiracy theorist, nothing is off-limits.
5. Collapse Porn/Doomsaying
This goes hand-in-hand with conspiracy theory. Paleo-Game Cultists will usually detest 'hopeful' conspiracies (for example, the currently viral
'imminent mass arrests' meme) and will instead embrace 'doom,' which can take the form of imminent martial law, imminent culling of the
population, imminent natural or economic disaster, and so on.
In the event of a total 'collapse' that doesn't involve an NWO takeover, Paleo-Game Cultists will usually treat the subject favorably due to their
interest in survivalism and relative confidence that they would be able to thrive in a post-Apocalyptic world without civilization.
I'm running out of room in this post. In my next post I will finish expounding on the last 3 traits (a Messianic vision of Ron Paul; white
nationalism, militancy and other prejudices; and the hypocrisy of only embracing 'truths' that fit the Cultists' personal vision) and will offer a
few closing thoughts on the subject.
Thoughts so far? Surely this type of character is common on ATS. Do you believe a less offensive group name should be invented? There's enough varied
viewpoints and non-Cultists on ATS to warrant a discussion, I believe.