Free Speech Isn’t Free: How 90 Men Stood Up Against the Establishment — And Won by Roosh V June 13th, 2016
Roosh V is an understandably polarising character but not really for the reasons often portrayed in the media. He gets a mixed response among the alternate right because he promotes sexual licentiousness while advocating traditional societies and sex roles. There is an obvious contradiction between the two which from what I’ve read and heard of him, he seems conscious of. While I don’t agree with the behaviour he both engages in and promotes, I support him because whatever he may be; he is not a leftist. I also get the impression that he is moving towards traditionalism and I pray that in time, he will come fully to Christianity.
I’ve read quite a few articles by Roosh but I haven’t bought any of his books because I’m generally not interested in the content. A lot of his articles need to be put through a filter but there is plenty of good that comes out the other end. After watching events unfold last year during his world tour, I got quite a lot of enjoyment from his antics, especially with my homeland. He successfully and hilariously trolled the media and political establishment with a few tweets. For that entertainment alone, I felt I owed it to him to buy this book.
This is more of a story of experiences than a book discussing freedom itself and it is often very personal. Most of the chapters are named after the cities he visits during his tour with the climax being in the cities of Montreal and Toronto where he got the biggest reaction from the local authorities, media and their unpaid SJW mercenaries. He goes through events as they happened, describing his reactions to the obstacles he encounters, mistakes made and how he worked through them. The end of the book details the worldwide meetup which provoked the reaction in Australia I mentioned above. Then right at the back there is some additional information including a transcript of his media conference in DC which I have embedded below and his lecture ‘The State of Man’. He also provides an appendix for surviving an SJW attack and his essay on neomasculinity. This along with the experiences described in the book makes it an excellent companion to ‘SJWs Always Lie’ by Vox Day.
The biggest takeaway for me and something he has previously discussed here describing a resistance pyramid which begins with self-improvement. This is really where I am at the moment but it isn’t an ideal place for open resistance. The title of the book and my slightly modified blog title is not just a platitude but the truth. The truth is that you need to be financially, physically and mentally secure before you can fight back. The events detailed in this book cost Roosh thousands of dollars and caused him a lot of stress. You need to be antifragile. That’s an argument for anonymity for many. I’m not anonymous and though I don’t openly post my details here, they are easy enough to find. It gave me pause though and I realised I need to be in a better position than I am now to resist attacks and especially if I want to fight back – which I do.
I haven’t gone into too much detail about the contents but it is well-written and engaging. I finished it in less than a week even with sparse time to read. If you’re not sure, he often deals with similar topics on his blog too. It is definitely worth reading whether you’re a fan or just a fellow traveller.