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$toicism, Broicism, and stoicisM — Part III: Stoicism and the Military
Here comes the last installment in a series of three essays concerning what I perceive to be internal problems of the modern Stoic movement — as distinct from criticisms coming from the outside, a phenomenon that has been going on for almost two and a half millennia.
In the first round, I have discussed the notion that Stoicism is a conduit toward becoming rich and famous, a distortion of the philosophy popular in Silicon Valley and among sports coaches. In the second installment I tackled what I termed “Broicism,” an attitude that seeks in Stoicism the philosophical foundations — or at least some high-powered philosophical help — for the jumble of ideas popular within the so-called Manosphere.
Now is the turn of the complicated relationship between Stoicism and the Military. There is no question that there is a — superficial, I argue — affinity between Stoicism and military life. Certainly the standard stereotypes of Stoics as people who endure hardship, suppress emotional reactions, and go through life with a stiff upper lip resonate with soldiers and officers alike, and have done so at least since the time of Cato the Younger, the archenemy of Julius Caesar.
$toicism, Broicism, and stoicisM — Part II: the Manosphere
Last time, I have argued that the modern Stoic movement has three internal problems, which I called $toicism, Broicism, and stoicisM. The first one is the notion that Stoicism is a conduit toward becoming rich and famous, and it is popular in Silicon Valley and among sports coaches. I have argued in the first post of this series that while Stoic techniques may indeed be instrumental for all sorts of goals — after all, they are at the roots of modern cognitive behavioral therapy — Stoic philosophy is about just the opposite: do away with concerns with externals such as wealth and fame, and focus instead on the improvement of your own character.
Next time I will address stoicisM, the perversion of our philosophy that has been welcomed by the Military. Today we will talk about the second issue: Broicism, an attitude that seeks in Stoicism the philosophical foundations — or at least some high-powered philosophical help — for the jumble of ideas popular within the so-called Manosphere.