The Sigma-ficant flaw in Vox Day’s socio-sexual hierarchy

Vox Day’s little socio-sexual hierarchy is not too terribly inaccurate in its portrayal of men.  It skews towards a decent breakdown of nerd guys, I am not sure how far it goes in utility for non-nerd, non-geek guys. But the flaw of his hierarchy is in considering the Sigma its own category.  In Vox Day’s hierarchy, the Sigma stands outside of it, but near the top.  But because he is a fish in water on this matter, he never noticed that Sigma is a quality of the other categories, not its own thing.  Sigma is simply the measure of how weird or unusual a guy is given his natural relative tendency to be in any of the other categories.

Donald Trump is a Sigma-Alpha, weird for an alpha.  Vox Day himself is a Sigma-Beta with some Omega traits.  A lot of nerds in general end up Sigma-Deltas, normal but with super weird hobbies.  There are Sigma-Gammas, a ready to hand example is the PUA or seduction artist.  There are even Sigma-Omegas, low end scary losers who are weird even for that group of men.  Milo Yiannopoulos is a Sigma-Lambda.

The link is in classic nerd fashion a little TL,DR about the categories, but simply put, they go like this:

  • Alpha: Super competitive, very conventional man with lots of success and charisma, generally able to pick and choose from fellow successful conventionally attractive and charismatic women.  Least likely to be “weird”.
  • Beta: Hospitable, affable, much less competitive than the Alphas, so more willing to be considered weird and paper it over with near-Alpha levels of success and charisma.  Usually prefers a conventional woman, but due to that affability totally able to navigate a sophisticated social scene with a weird wife or girlfriend if he feels she’s worth it. Weird themselves about 25% of the time.
  • Delta: The average guy.  Usually not very weird, can eventually find a girl, tends to be scared off by weirdness.  Weird maybe 5-10% of the time.
  • Gamma: A feminine man.  Attracted most to mannish women, followed by male-identified women.  Finds feminine women offputting, the more feminine, the more revolted the Gamma is.  Second least likely to be “weird” for their category.
  • Sigma: contrary to what Vox says, it’s just a tendency of the other categories.  Betas are actually very Sigma-ish compared to all the other groups because weird guys tend to make poor leaders of men but are themselves often loyal and trustworthy.  A lot of Sigmas are just weird Betas and most of what’s left is weird Deltas.
  • Lambda: men who prefer other men.  Weird for their group about as often as Deltas, which generally means a conservative bent or a modest interest in women for romance.

The College Bubble is driven by conservative credential snobs.

Liberals have an incoherent system of class status and rank, but perhaps because it’s so incoherent and derived so fully from will-to-power, there’s room to support people saying things they like who don’t have credentials.  Over and over again I see that (sadly, women overwhelmingly) conservatives are the ones far more likely to dismiss someone’s content or arguments because they don’t have a college degree, or not enough of them.  Liberals will let all kinds of people through and promote their arguments if it’s liberal-friendly stuff, regardless of whether they are “educated”.

You can see it with the token minorities in conservativeland.  “Why don’t liberals support such and such, he has CREDENTIALS!”  Yeah, but he’s not saying the right things, so he could have fifty Oxford degrees and twelve Harvard degrees and it wouldn’t make him worth considering by liberal standards.  It is, ironically with liberals, far more about whether you’re saying what they want to hear than whether you spent enough time steeping in the college pot.

You can also see it with homeschool stuff in that a lot of credential-invocation continues to be a substantial factor with conservative homeschoolers.  One of the reasons homeschool isn’t as awesome as it could be is that it mutated rapidly into just another college prep grind machine, with curriculums being selected and selling successfully based on how likely they were to get your homeschooler into Harvard.  All the talk about how homeschooling would provide depth and the ability to explore a wider or different range of topics after the the R’s were taken care of never panned out.

Encourage and fund hyperlocal journalism as a paid hobby

Hyperlocal and other local journalism must be considered a paid hobby, not a wealth vehicle or a guarantee of a secure job with benefits.  It’s a gap that needs to be filled, but the current problem is that people believe it can be a full time job with benefits, but there’s just not that much money.  Some partnerships or just plain asking for cash from local businesses and it would be possible to put together a quality pool of writers and editors with small beats at the town or neighborhood level who could provide decent news writeups of local goings-on in their communities.  It would be a paid hobby, but there is absolutely nothing wrong with paid hobbies and bringing back the compensated amateur is another tool in restoring normal life.