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Was mass murderer Elliot Rodger a “kissless virgin” because he believed his “white male privilege” as a “nice guy” made him entitled to sex with a beautiful blonde girlfriend? Or was it because of his introverted, misanthropic, narcissistic life spent wasting away in video games and online forums that perpetuated his anti-social personality?

The Freedom Report podcast today takes on the case in California where a disturbed 22-year-old  man murdered his roommates before driving to the University of California Santa Barbara to kill three more people. The media reaction has proven predictably insane on the level of the killer himself, with leftist rags proclaiming that the killer was motivated by his “white guy rage,” while conveniently ignoring the fact that Rodger was half-Asian, and identified himself as more Asian than white.

Meanwhile, the usual suspects of the feminist community are engaging in their regularly appointed rounds of blood libel, aimed at Men’s Rights groups in order to paint their activism as somehow responsible for the misogynistic hatred that Rodger displayed for blonde white women. Ignore the fact that the killer murdered more men than women and hated sexually active men just as much. You can always count on the feminist community to ignore the facts in order to confirm their irrational biases.

So what caused Elliot Rodger to go postal in California? Was it misogynistic hatred for women? Or was it more likely the entitlement mentality championed by the political left, who believe that at all times, someone, somewhere owes you something.

Listen to the Freedom Report and subscribe to us on iTunes for a fascinating discussion about Misogny, Men’s Rights and Mass Murder.

Editor’s Note: In the podcast we speculate about reports that claimed that Rodger was seeing a therapist and was a high-functioning aspergers sufferer. The Libertarian Republic has learned that Rodger was never officially diagnosed with Aspergers, but his parents believed that he was a sufferer.


About The Author

Austin Petersen

Austin Petersen is the founder of The Libertarian Republic, as well as the CEO of Stonegait LLC. Formerly an Associate Producer for Judge Andrew Napolitano's show "Freedom Watch", on the Fox Business Network. Austin was referred to by the Judge as "The right side of my brain". He built Judge Napolitano's social networks with over 700,000 fans and millions of clicks a month. Austin graduated from Missouri State University. He has written and produced award winning plays and videos, and previously worked for the Libertarian National Committee and the Atlas Economic Research Foundation.

  • Guest

    I wipe my ass with this bullshit.

  • Alden Smith

    Very insightful report. Thanks.

  • drjbowery

    I will confess that I did not listen to the entire podcast, but everything that I did hear (and everything else I have heard, read, or watched concerning this tragic story) supports the theory that Elliot was a “high-functioning aspergers sufferer”. His strange videos, the bizarre way that his mind worked, the grandiose ways that he would describe himself and his tormentors, even his pathetically unrealistic “plan” to win the love of a young woman by winning at Lotto; all point to someone with autistic spectrum disorder (ASD).

    Why is this relevant? Because no conclusion about Elliot’s attitude or why he did what he did is as important as that fact. He was NOT a normal young man. His actions and motivations can NOT be understood without understanding how the autistic mind works and how it reacts to what we would consider a “normal” environment.

    Young men with autism spectrum live in that “uncanny valley” of social rejection. Appearing almost normal, but strangely different, girls will soon sense that there is something wrong with the autistic young man. Elliot Rodger couldn’t see why girls “hated” him so much. They didn’t hate him, they just found him disturbingly different and unattractive. Because he lacked the ability empathize and read the nonverbal cues his peers were sending him (or the social skills to analyze relationships), the rejection that he experienced must have seemed completely irrational and unjust.

    Being the parent of a child with an autistic spectrum disorder is no picnic, but it is nothing compared to the trials of growing up and living with that handicap. Most health care professionals are almost as helpless and ignorant as the general public when it comes to understanding and helping such a person.

    Many people who will read these news stories will dismiss Elliot as some kind of sick psycho loser, the pampered son of a rich Hollywood director. It doesn’t help that there are so many people wanting to spin this story to support there viewpoints on race, gun control, and feminism.

    But I share Elliot’s rage and sense of tragedy. Of course his victims were innocent and deserve our deepest sympathies. But Elliot never had a chance. He was born with the cruelest of handicaps; one that would forever doom him to a life of loneliness and rejection, but never elicit any understanding or sympathy from the people around him.

    • Alden Smith

      This is what one of my feminist friends is doing. Spinning this tragedy to support her views. I call her out on it, but she would resort to the feminist tactic of shutting down the conservation by saying stop shaming me.

    • dave

      Great essay! Unfortunately, people are not interested in figuring out how young men might get to such a dark place, but the insults and the “he should have reacted to life differently” experts are all on the way.

  • Alexander T.

    A few quick points that need to be made. Note that I agree with much of what you said.

    1. A bit taken aback when Austin used the term “Negro” to describe the African-American reporter responsible for the disgusting article on Salon. Sure, it’s not the N-word, but just don’t use it: it alienates people, and it’s archaic in a bad way.
    2. Careful with the “Pokemon” example. A liberal could easily turn that around on you and say that spending a lot of time around guns turns people into killers. Sure, there are plenty of anti-social people out there who spend too much time playing video games and watching popular TV shows, but it’s not the video games or shows which turn people into killers. It’s the anti-social behavior, which might be augmented by intense exposure to non-interactive media. Kind of like how a deranged individual might become even more deranged when in the presence of firearms. Either way, neither gun control nor bans on violent media should be instituted as answers. Because they’re not; they just give government more power, and that’s the last thing the world needs.