Proud Boys: The Pro-oppression Rebels

Dan Hanrahan
2 min readJan 30, 2021

It emerged in 2020 that self-parodic Proud Boy head Enrique Tarrio provided “prolific” cooperation with the Feds in a 2014 case, placing him in such esteemed company as fellow tough guy nihilist, Whitey Bulger. Tarrio is revered by thousands of insecure male chowderheads as a swaggering, cigar-chomping, pro-oppression rebel — a lamentable archetype that US America specializes in producing. Indeed, if there’s one icon that intellectually anemic American men have turned to over the years, it is the lone wolf Bruce Willis/John Wayne/Clint Eastwood/Sylvester Stallone “I just can’t take it anymore” faux everyman who “rebels” in support of maintaining a system that masticates and sacrifices men. In reality, the archetype offers a garbage, self-destructive notion of freedom and masculinity — the freedom to be a simmering, self-pitying, quietly hateful, even homicidal man slowly drinking himself into decay. The archetype has been with us since it coalesced back in the colonial era, just in time to power the westward genocidal push across the continent. That Tarrio and the Proud Boys — with a priceless shout out from fellow hateful male nihilist Donald Trump — are pushing this corrosive crap as any kind of a balm to the psychically broken and emotionally confused American male is really quite obscene. Tarrio and co. like to say that they are a “drinking club with a patriot problem.” They are, in reality, a pity party with a violence problem.

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