I realise that I have stumbled into a den of goblins. This is also true, although I remind him that the nuclear family as it is currently conceived is actually a fairly recent social format.
He insists that it’s thousands of years old, and asks me if I truly believe that it’s right for gay men to be able to adopt children. He appears as flummoxed by this as I do by his presence at what is supposed to be a party to celebrate Gay republicans.
The same is reportedly true of Trump, of people like Ann Coulter, of Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage: They are pure antagonists unencumbered by any conviction apart from their personal entitlement to raw power and stacks of cash.
Milo puts on a bulletproof jacket before his big entrance.
They are the single most massive individuals I have ever met. He slides into the front seat, all bleach and bling and giant sunglasses—I won’t get to see his eyes all evening. According to the law of the wild web, the spoils go to those with fewest fucks to give.
There follows the single most terrifying car ride of my life. “Everyone’s a good person deep down,” I whisper to myself.Then the crew livestreams the delighted Twitter martyr’s Reservoir Dogs strut through to the VIP room—a carpeted ballroom on the seventh floor of hell full of manic trolls and smug neo-fascists from every slimy corner of the internet. And there is Daryush Valizadeh, also known as Roosh V, self-styled leader in the “neo-masculinity” movement, author of a suspicious stack of sex travel guides and headline-hunting nano-celebrity in the world of ritualised internet misogyny. I have opportunity to observe this because he puts himself right up in my personal space, blocking my view of the room with his T-shirt, and proceeds, messily and at length, to tell me what my problem is.Over by the bar, Geert Wilders, the Dutch far-right leader, is having a nice chat with two republicans of the sort who look like they’ve been poured into their suits. Number one: my haircut, and he’s telling me this as a man, makes my face look round. Number two: I seek to destroy the nuclear family, and disturb traditional relationships between men and women.He’s here for the same reason I am: Milo invited him.What surprises me about Roosh is that he seems to be a true believer.