Stop Using The Red Pill: 5 Reasons The Metaphor Sucks

And while you’re dropping this dead metaphor, PUA gurus, kill the James Bond references, too. He’s a caricature.

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Many libertarians like to use the red pill metaphor to describe teaching other people the lessons of libertarianism. I find it to be one of the most irritating metaphors ever for a number of reasons. Not only is it a downright confusing metaphor, it is also offers a completely distorted view of teaching libertarianism.

Forgive me if this is a minor subject but after hearing it so often, I think it’s worth mentioning.

The red pill is a metaphor from the Matrix. When I’m explaining this, keep in mind that I haven’t watch the Matrix in around a decade, so, sorry if I’m slightly off with precision. The main character of the movie, Neo, is given the choice between the red pill and the blue pill. The blue pill will make him forget everything he ever learned about the strange other world and the red pill will permanently…

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