Radio towers are expensive.
They cost millions in steel to build, millions more to power and send out a radio signal. Hundreds of thousands to maintain and operate. And millions more in electrical equipment housed in the radio station below. It's no wonder radio show hosts are paid so little, yet the advertising fees cost so much - radio show companies need huge margins to simply cover the huge physical investment costs necessary to run a radio station.
But then the internet came and fundamentally changed everything.
With a mere $100 used laptop, a $50 microphone you can get on Amazon, and internet access, a sole individual can broadcast to the world, potentially reaching billions across the planet, while a radio tower AT BEST can reach millions in a 50 mile radius. Throw in smart phones and (if you're like me) you rarely listen to radio any more, because why would you? You can download the latest episode from your favorite podcast, listening to what you want, when you want, from anywhere there's internet in the world. And thus, not only is radio dying, podcasters are flourishing with every Tom, Dick, and Harry starting their very own podcast.
But there are other industries that the internet and the near-free transmission of information and media has obsoleted.
The education industry, for example, simply should not exist. We should not be forcibly busing millions of kids every day to
and student loans.
Legal and accounting services is another example as well. I have a friend who is a partner at one of the most prestigious law firms in the Twin Cities. She and her other younger partner colleagues cannot wait until the old guard retires or dies off so they can get rid of their expensive downtown lease, allow all lawyers to work from home, saving them millions in rental costs, not to mention the horrific commute Minnesotans consciously vote in. My colleague Chad Elkins had one-upped this law firm with his CPA firm, working from the comforts of his own home because the service he provides is nothing more than information. Information that can be commuted over the internet, just like 100% of all legal work done in the US today.
I could go on, pointing out different industries that have been obsoleted/revolutionized because of the internet, but the short version is "if your product is a service or information, you no longer need a physical presence"....enter in "Podcast Pastor."
Podcast Pastor is a brilliant idea I have and can potentially make me (and any pastor willing to work with me) millionaires. And the concept is very simple:
Why spend millions on physical churches, pews, hymnals, day care facilities and staff when sermons and the Word of God can be conveyed over the internet? Not only will Tilly who is in a nursing home, or Bob who is stationed in Iraq, who both cannot attend church physically be able to get a sermon, but millions, even billions of younger people today are glued to their phones, preferring to take in everything digitally instead of physically. Overnight churches could reverse the loss of members in the church, bringing the church to them instead of forcing people to commute to the church. And what's brilliant is to cover the costs of spreading the word of the lord over the world would be a collection plate that links to a PayPal account. I take my Heath-Ledger-Joker 50% cut, and the pastor has a handsome compensation and budget by which to fund whichever church initiatives he'd like.
Of course there is a problem (because there is ALWAYS a problem). And that problem is finding a pastor who has the vision to see how this digital version of church is drastically superior to the brick and mortar version of church. Pastors also don't like paying out 50% to me since I am not religious (though they will happily pay out 70% of their budgets to a soulless bank for their mortgage). But none of these hurdles change the fact that the internet has fundamentally changed the religious industry...it's just the industry hasn't realized it yet.
However, the parallels between churches, radio stations, law firms, and schools do not end there. And it is also no coincidence that I'm a podcaster who came up with the idea of "podcast pastor." But how I came up with the idea of podcast pastor was NOT having the epiphany that the internet has obsoleted traditional means by which to convey information, and I could profit off of it by turning churches digital. It was realizing instead that the "Red Pill" community operated nearly identically to a church, and in a sense I already had a congregation. It would merely be applying the same skills I learned having an online presence to that of a digital church.
For example, like a church I have a "congregation." You can call them "readers," "subscribers," "listeners," "followers," "fans," etc., but the thousands of people who tune in regularly to my podcasts or read my posts effectively form a congregation. And other online personalities or "Red Pill Pastors" have their own congregations. Rich Cooper, Terrence Popp, Roosh, Rollo Tomassi, Donovan Sharpe, all have "congregations" unto themselves, congregants who tune in regularly to hear their message.
There is also the message itself. Like a religion, these "Red Pill Pastors" convey terabytes of information and wisdom about life, careers, family, love, women, dating, finances, philosophy and more. And if you take a secular view of religion, this message serves a very "Leviticusian" purpose in explaining how to go about living your life, managing your life, and being successful in life. One could argue most religions are simply the wisdom of "life management," but with all the added fat of singing, pointless ceremonies, the afterlife, and "believe in me or die" type threats that forces you to believe. Still, most red pill podcasts are nothing more than sermons from older men trying to pass on life-wisdom to younger ones.
And there's even the donation plate. Though there are many ways to monetize these metaphorical Red Pill Churches, a quick click on somebody's PayPal link is no different than dropping $5 into the collection plate, just as becoming a Patreon member is like becoming a member to the church. Having a red pill channel is really no different than the theoretical "digital church" I wished to create in Podcast Pastor.
A More Practical Message
There is, however, one major difference between the "The Church of the Saint Red Pill" and all other major religions. And it's also the reason why more and more men will replace their traditional religions (if any) with the red pill - practicality.
The message of the red pill is infinitely more practical to young men today because it addresses the thing they want the most - women. Cheapened as you might find this, it is true. Men, above all other things, want women. It's why the lions share of material you'll hear in the red pill community is about women. It's why the majority of time, effort, and resources in the red pill is about marriage, dating, sex, and love. And whereas you can barely get a traditional church congregant to stay awake for a 15 minute sermon about salvation or Christ, you can get thousands of men to fully-tune in for 4 hour podcast extravaganzas on how to get a date with a woman. It's no shock that while membership in churches are declining, the red pill community is growing exponentially because the message the "red pill religion" conveys addresses the most important issue young (and old) men have in their lives - women.
Red Pill, Black Pill, God Pill
The problem with having the Red Pill supplant religion is that it is somewhat short sighted. Yes, it addresses the number one thing in life for men - women. Yes, it addresses all other aspects of life that most of modern day religions don't (career, education, health, etc.), or at least in modern, more practical terms. But while men have the horse-blinders on in their pursuit of women in the here and now, the day will come you either get married or simply get old and face your own mortality, which will then necessitate you seriously revisit traditional religion.
This is the "red pill, black pill, god pill" transition that I CANNOT CLAIM to be the originator of (it was somebody else who, if you can inform me, I will gladly provide credit here). But the basic evolution of these pills is such:
You are introduced to truth through the red pill. This requires a (roughly) decade-long journey undoing all the lies and propaganda you've been fed to simply get back to square one, and reorganize your life so you make the most of the remainder of your life on this planet. Your decisions are based in truth and reality, they become more effective, and you start to have success in life.
This will then lead you to the "black pill" or "nihilism." In part because you will be so angry at how society lied to you and itself, but also once you do base your life in reality and get back on track, you will have success. This success will come in the form of solving most of your major problems. And once these major problems are gone, you will be forced to look into the future ask what is life all about. Those stuck addicted to the blue pill are too busy slaving away as debt slaves, stuck in traffic, never having the time or luxury to contemplate the meaning of life. They're too busy just treading water, spending every second dealing with the mistakes they made in the past be it student loans, divorce, illegitimate children, etc. But you get to stare the monster right in the face and contemplate your existence on this planet.
This will then lead to the "God Pill" as exhibited by Roosh's recent conversion to religion. It is not coincidence that Roosh sought religion AFTER he had completed his journey conquering women and gaining all the wisdom the red pill had to offer. It was what was foremost on his mind as a young man, and will be what is on the mind of most young men today. But the day is coming either through success with women or by forfeiting the pursuit of women, your focus will no longer be on women, careers, educations, travel, philosophy, hobbies, or life, but the after-life.
It is because of this both religions (traditional and "The Glorious Church of Saint Red Pill") will play necessary roles in all men's (and women's) lives. You cannot deny your nature or programming, and for the first half of men's lives, the Red Pill will teach them the vital lessons needed to navigate this all-important part of your life. But the day is coming you will either get married, commit to a woman, or simply tire of them and throw in the towel. And once that happens the only other major problem you will face in life is that it will end. This will be a choice up to you to decide whether you want to take the "God Pill" and become religious, or take a more secular view that you will return to "nothingness" existing as you didn't before you were born. That choice I cannot make for you. But if there's anything I've learned about humans it is that we need two things in life - vice and religion. Take the time to resurface from your consumption of the Red Pill religion to occasionally contemplate traditional religion, even if they are stuck in the dark ages, forcing you to attend a physical church, when Podcast Pastor could make it so much more convenient.
Editor's note: This article was originally published at Captain Capitalism and has been rerun with permission.