After Pope Francis published his Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium, which, in part, attempted to highlight the concern that the rich should have for the poor and the marginalized, he became known in conservative circles as the Pope of the Redistribution of Wealth; to which, liberals would have preferred a more fun title – Pope of Economic Justice. Nevertheless, due to the Pope’s interest in governments and corporations sharing their booty he was compared to President Barack Obama.
Perhaps, to a very limited degree, Pope Francis and Barack Obama do have a common interest in economic justice, but what everyone has missed is the most unique and historic similarity that these two men share. For the first time in the history of the world, the leader of Christians in the world, and leader of the most powerful/influential government in the world are Beta Males.
Where Did the Alphas Go?
The natural order of things dictates that there always be more Betas than Alphas. Alphas are the leaders who everyone naturally has confidence in following, and historically, Alphas have always been the leaders in every field of play, but ever since the 1960’s things began to change. There were rapid and seismic moral and ideological shifts in society. There began to be an increase of fatherless homes due to ‘free-love’ (i.e. contracepted fornication without consequence); there began to be a breakdown in the family structure due to no-fault divorce; there was a precipitous rise of radical feminism, which rejected all the trappings of Alpha male patriarchy; and all of this contributed to a fall and disinterest in true masculism. Eventually, we ended up with men carrying man-bags (purses) and wearing skin-tight jeans (oftentimes worn with their underwear showing).
Together, all of this created a vacuum of leadership in the community in which people began to become uncomfortable with the natural masculine leadership traits of the Alpha male. The male and the father became an object of ridicule and buffoonery. Strong male characters on television and in commercials were replaced with jokes – Homer Simpson type of men, whose home was led by a strong and competent female.
Then there was the rise of social media into this space, which stimulated and satisfied the extremely strong need of the Beta male to be affirmed and validated (liked and accepted by as many people as possible). Also entering this space was the term ‘non-judgment’, which is completely foreign to the Alpha male’s sensibilities. Then he was told that the manner in which he needs to publicly resolve conflict (although at times on a very immature and abusive level) was deemed to be bullying. Altogether, what were natural ways for him to lead and negotiate through life became darn near criminal behavior. Now, with his descent into the shadows and margins of society emerged a new form of male leadership, of which there were plenty – the Beta Male.
In my article What is an Alpha Male and Why was Jesus the Epitome of all Alpha Males? I went to great lengths to explain what an Alpha Male is and is Not, because there are many misconceptions about what/who Alphas are. I think Beta Males get even more of a bum rap. They are often portrayed as being the opposite of Alphas, as nerds, as being timid, indecisive, creepers, greatly lacking self-confidence, needy, complainers, invisible to society. Inasmuch as those are some great identifiers of a Beta Male, which could also just as easily fit Omega Males, a distinction needs to be made here between transparent Betas and Betas who are posing as acceptable Alphas (i.e. having the pretense of confidence, surety, reliability, and strength). Yet, even as hard as they try to pretend, Beta males cannot escape their urgent and obsessive need to be liked and accepted.
How to Spot a Beta Male? The Five Things They Can’t Hide
Indeed, the first thing that Betas can’t hide is the fact that they’d sell their own mother’s soul to be liked and accepted. This is how you can always spot them. They might have learned how to be outwardly decisive; they might invoke confidence; they might not look like creepers; they might not be outwardly complaining and needy; they might have learned how to be popular in this new social media space, but at the end of the day, the fact of the matter is that they do all of this posing for the sole purpose of being liked and accepted by those they need it from most.
Both Pope Francis S.J. and President Barack Obama need to be liked and accepted. This is so clear with Pope Francis, I need not elaborate any further about it. With President Obama, don’t let the second-term poll numbers fool you. With those whom he needs acceptance (e.g. homosexuals and radical liberals), he is a god.
The second thing that Betas can’t hide is their hatred towards Alpha Males. Betas believe that everything that is wrong in the world is due to Alpha males having been in charge. So, the first thing you’ll notice about a Beta Male is that when you give them a position of leadership, their primary task is to undo EVERYTHING that the Alphas had put in place. Betas are complete destructionists and rejectionists of tradition until they realize that the Alphas were right, which they eventually do. Eventually, they will send troops back to Iraq, so to speak.
It’s clear by now that President Obama hates everything that the United States of America has previously stood for. Since 2008, he has been on a vicious rampage to tear down every vestige of American excellence and decency. As Obama grew to hate America while looking at her from afar in Indonesia, so too has Pope Francis grew to hate the emotions that the ‘rigid teaching’ and ‘detached theology’ evoked in the marginalized people he served in Argentina. Since his pontificate began, he has received it has his calling to respond to his hatred by attempting to dismantle the traditional expression of the faith and to make it nicer and more appealing to sinners.
The third thing that Betas can’t hide is their insecurity and cliquish nature. They can pretend to be the most confident people in the world, but that posing is exposed by this one thing they all do. They put into exile anyone who disagrees with them. A friend of mine told me a story about Catholic Bishop James W. Malone who served the Diocese of Youngstown, Ohio from 1968 to 1995. The question was, ‘Why is that as you get further and further away from Cathedral in Youngstown that the parishes tend to be less and less liberal.’ Her contention is that it began with Bishop Malone who would keep all of the liberal priests close to him in Youngstown, while he sent all of those conservative priests as far away in the diocese as possible. Now, I never knew Bishop Malone, so I don’t if he was an Alpha or a Beta, but that is precisely what a Beta would do.
If you place a Beta in a leadership position in an organization heavily influenced by Alpha Males, the first thing they will do is establish a clique of very like-minded people. Remember, they hate Alphas. They don’t trust them further than their mother can throw them. They will not rely on them for anything. They spent far too many years being subjected by and oppressed by Alphas, that, now that it is their time, they will not depend on them for anything. Most people thought it was a show of humility when they saw Pope Francis reject the traditional residence of the Pope, reject the traditional garb; reject the Popemobile; reject this; reject that. That wasn’t humility. No, that was simply a Beta doing what a Beta does. A Beta is not going to indulge in the very thing he hates that the Alpha has built and that he wants to tear down as soon as possible.
President Obama has been notorious for stacking his inner clique with people who are equal to or more liberal than he. When it was discovered that Pope Francis S.J. was going to demote/exile Raymond Cardinal Burke from the head of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura to being Patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta it came to no surprise to me. There was no way conceivable that a Beta Male, such as Pope Francis would keep such a strong and vocal Alpha Male, like Cardinal Burke, anywhere near him. If it were possible, Francis would have sent Burke to the Diocese of Uranus (pun intended).
The fourth thing that Betas can’t hide is their inability to lead. Betas can be just as ambitious, if not more so, than Alphas. The key difference is that an Alpha will tell you he is coming, while a Beta will play cloak-and-dagger with you. In a game of baseball, an Alpha will be at the plate and will signal to the pitcher with his bat exactly where he’s going to hit the ball that the pitcher is about to throw his way. In contrast, a Beta will have that very same ambition to hit the ball, exactly where the Alpha said he was going to hit it, but he’ll never let you know.
This inability and disinterest in being transparent is the fatal flaw in the Betas character make-up. It forces him to try to lead through public validation and consensus and to withdraw into his clique of agreement. A Beta cannot hide his inability to publicly confront people to their face. While the Alpha is quite comfortable in public confrontation (even nastily so at times, resulting in being called a bully), the Beta would do everything possible to avoid face-to-face conflict. As is the case, his ability to sway people to his position and win negotiations is greatly impaired. A Beta is a horrible salesperson. His way of winning an argument is to try to find as many people as possible to agree with him. Everything is a public campaign to try to win broad public of support of everyone who doesn’t really matter.
Notice how every time President Obama is having a difficult time getting his way with Congress, how he goes on the campaign trail to try to win their support of his ideas? Why would a President go hold rallies of his supporters, rather than go speak man to man with those whom he needs to buy into his ideas? Because that’s what Betas do! The thought of sitting down man to man with an Alpha to win their support makes their knees tremble. Similarly, Pope Francis’ idea of winning public support of his reformation is by giving interviews to a secular atheist, and by appearing to be a man of the people. For this, non-believers and unfaithful Catholics love Pope Francis’ program; that is, everyone who doesn’t matter in helping in him actually implements his program.
The final thing that Betas can’t hide is their machiavellian plots to get their way. Eventually, the Beta realizes that building public support isn’t the way to achieve actual voting success with their peers. Something else needs to be done.
Alphas are a funny breed. An Alpha will happily follow another Alpha who is equal or stronger than them, but he will not happily follow a weaker Alpha or a Beta. In contrast, all Betas will follow an Alpha, either happily or unhappily. Even though an Alpha will allow himself to fall under the lead of a weaker Alpha or a Beta, usually there is a time limit to his patience. In contrast, a weaker Alpha or a Beta will follow a strong Alpha until he dies. My favorite example of a strong Beta who followed a strong Alpha is French Bishop Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord who was a dominate and mischievous indispensable Beta under Napoleon, Louis XVII, Charles X, and Lous-Phillippe. I also enjoy NBA Forward Scottie Pippen under the classic Alpha Male Michael Jordan.
With his ambition unleashed and unblocked in this modern Beta-friendly society, the Beta Male finds himself in leadership positions quite often where he inherits discontent Alphas under them. Betas understand that the Alpha Males they inherited do not really respect them as leaders. They view the Alphas as subversives and threats. As I said in point three, they’ll exile the Alphas, but what they will also do is stack the deck against them.
To accomplish this, Betas will maintain their inner clique, but so that they can overcome their inability to lead; particularly lead Alphas, they will attempt to diminish their power by overwhelming them with other Betas. In the case of Obama, he stacks the Federal Courts and tries to build a Democratic congress, and Pope Francis stacks the magisterium with his people.
Thank goodness for Vladimir Putin to remind us what Alpha Male political leadership looks like on a global stage, and thank goodness for the narratives about Christ Jesus in the Gospels to remind us of the character of a true Alpha Male. Nevertheless, it is hard to imagine in this feminized and homosexualized society that the Alpha Male will soon make a return to be the acceptable choice of leadership. Until then, we will have to deal with the Rise of the Beta Male, and all of the passive games that come with it.