The University of Minnesota Football Boycott: A Forlorn Stand

The recent University of Minnesota Football boycott is reminiscent to me of a certain historical event, however unlikely it may seem. On May 6th, 1527, the Eternal City, Rome, was sacked by a mutinous Habsburg army commanded by the traitorous Constable of France, Charles, Duke of Bourbon. In the chaos, a brave band of 189 Swiss Guards stood to defend the Pope Clement VII as he got out of harm’s way. Against overwhelming odds, most of them were massacred as they fought bravely, but they accomplished their mission. To this day, the 189 are commemorated by the contemporary Swiss Guards, who are sworn in on May 9th in their honor. More recently, their deeds were sung by Sabaton in their new album, The Last Stand.

Why such a seemingly outlandish comparison, you inevitably ask?

I must confess that the significance of this event at first eluded me. Longtime readers of The Masculine Epic know that I despise the culture around what we in America call “football.” Yet, the University of Minnesota football players’ boycott was, to my knowledge, the first major event dissenting from the mass hallucination of “the sexual assault epidemic on university campuses” and its accompanying Title IX inquisition.

The facts of the case (as I understand them) seem to be the following:

  1. An incident occurred in September where several players engaged in a sexual encounter with a woman.
  2. Four players were suspended while the police investigated the incident. This number later increased to 10.
  3. The police found insufficient evidence to prove a non-consensual sexual assault had taken place and a judge removed a restraining order.
  4. Despite this, the University of Minnesota had its own system, which promptly swung into action in deference of the omnipresent Title IX.
  5. The names of several players involved were publicized, associating them with “sexual assault” and blotting their reputations, without any kind of due process and after the police investigation had ended with no charges.

As a result, the University of Minnesota football team announced it would not be partaking in any athletic activities, including the Holiday Bowl, an event worth around $2.5 million to the university, unless the suspensions were lifted.

This was a watershed event. It marks the first time (to my knowledge) that a major demonstration against a Title IX kangaroo court has taken place.

The boycott didn’t last long. Two days later, the players backed down. They knew that “the lifting of the suspensions wasn’t going to happen” and they would resume play, including in the Holiday Bowl. Publicly, the story that many of the players hadn’t read the report from the university about the alleged incident and that it gutted their morale (a sublime use of emotional manipulation – and not the first), was cited as the reason for the reversal of the boycott. Privately, I wouldn’t be surprised if sticks such as the rescinding of scholarships or the like were also used as negotiating tools from the university.

It was all expected. Currently, trying to defeat the Title IX inquisition, and the “social justice” machinery it is ultimately part of, is basically like…

And so the modern incarnation of the 189 or the forlorn hope of the trenches were defeated. The University of Minnesota football team’s boycott never had a prayer against Title IX. The propaganda system worked magnificently, unleashing a withering bombardment.

I’m very pleased that the football team has realized the opportunity to represent the university and come out strong in support of the victims of sexual violence. They’ve come out strongly in support of the victims of sexual violence. I have promised a very fair hearing to the students involved and charged and I intend to have that be true. We will judge them very fairly.

This from the University of Minnesota’s president. Whether he himself put out this release or consulted with someone else, it’s clear that whoever was behind it knows what he’s doing.

“Victims of sexual violence” is, as familiar as it may be, highly engineered, as Scott Adams would say. It instantly conjures up a terrible visual (as does the report itself). We all saw a few Law and Order: SVU episodes. We always want to support those victims.

But what’s even cleverer is that the statement presupposes that the person is indeed, a victim of sexual violence, which, as horrifying as the report reads, is still only an allegation, one which the actual criminal justice system has already found inadequate. In other words, the way it’s delivered makes you think past the sale.

“They’ve come out strongly in support of the victims of sexual violence.”

Now you aren’t debating whether the accuser is indeed a “victim of sexual violence,” but you lump that person into a powerful category that you don’t want to come out in any way against. Now you’re only debating what the appropriate action is in response.

The entire thing is domination of space par exellence.

As of now, there was no way that dissenters like these football players at the University of Minnesota could counter such an arsenal with their boycott.

Sack of Rome, 1527, 189 Swiss Guard
The Sack of Rome in 1527, which saw the forlorn stand of the 189.

But it is defeat that memory, inspiration, and experience can distill into victory later on, when combined with the desire and will to win. The fact that for the first time, a high profile organization in the University of Minnesota football team used their short-lived boycott to stand up in protest of the witch hunts and star chambers that is the modern university system’s devotion to “social justice” and specifically Title IX was a signal to me that a shift may be occurring.

After this boycott event, others throughout the university system may find the strength and will to resist the neopuritan “social justice” tyranny on campus. They will have learned, recognized their own power, prepared counteroffensives, and engaged.

And help may soon be on the way. The era of Title IX hysteria may soon be coming to an end.

The right won big in 2016. Politics has shifted massively, and I think that next year, culture will be the primary battleground, and I’m preparing to act on that field with The Red War especially.

But it must be admitted that the strongest fortresses, the headquarters and home bases of the “social justice,” regressive, Year Zero left are the universities. They are the primary spaces, probably above even Hollywood, from which these forces mobilize. Conquering the universities will therefore be one of the keys, if not the key, to winning the entire culture war.

As the University of Minnesota football boycott incident demonstrates, these fortresses are still far too strong to assault directly (even should the Title IX hysteria soon end), but campaigns like Milo’s Dangerous Faggot Tour and other incidents seem to be demonstrating that guerilla tactics are having an impact, and influencing the larger popular culture promises to weaken their foundation further.

An exciting horizon seems to be upon us, with the sun inching over it with every step closer. While the University of Minnesota football incident has a lot more credibility than other campus rape hoaxes of recent years, the way that due process was once again thrown to the winds, even after the police and courts failed to indict or even arrest anyone, speaks beyond all doubt that this system is rotten. Title IX has become an entity unto itself, a Zerg-like swarm that grows with its creep.

We will continue to march onward.

Learn how to dominate space by reading Stumped, especially if you’re currently attending a university. It may mean the difference between getting caught up in a kangaroo scandal and knowing how to protect yourself from the persuasion tactics of the left.

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