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Summary

The world economy and its entire, historic, economic production has been fueled by one thing, and one thing only - sex. Specifically, men’s desire to have sex with young and beautiful females. It’s not specifically female youth and beauty per se, as much as it is the fertility these things signal. But make no mistake, female youth and beauty has powered the world economy since the beginning of time. And men are the economic engines that run on it.

Consequently, in their pursuit of women, men have not only produced nearly every penny of GDP, but have created nearly every technological innovation in the history of the world. They’ve built civilizations from the ground up. Cured diseases through amazing medical advances. Laid incredible multitrillion dollar transportation and communications infrastructures. And it isn’t even these great, Herculean achievements of man, as much as it is the daily grind billions of men today and in the past went through to attract wives and support families. 

From waking up in the morning to going to school, to suffering a commute to working overtime, to hitting the gym to majoring in STEM, to going to war, and even to the granular level of choosing which shirt to buy or what car to finance, nearly all of a man’s post-pubescent life is directly or indirectly dedicated toward the pursuit of women. And if there were no women, $90 trillion in global GDP and $360 trillion in wealth would simply disappear overnight. And the army of 50 billion men who’ve existed on this planet would never have produced the $3 quadrillion in total historic GDP that built society. Without female youth and beauty, humanity would simply not exist.

But there is an opposite side to this total, historical, global GDP coin. Because while society screams bloody murder over wealth and income gaps between the sexes, nobody asks how all this economic production, let alone these financial disparities, came about. And while men no doubt out-earn women and own the lion’s share of global wealth, it is only because for every penny of GDP, a man’s labor was put into it. That for every technological innovation, a man paid a price in terms of time, effort, toil, and mental energy. And the $90 trillion in global GDP we see today is not just cryptically “the total economic production of the world", but can also be viewed as the total price men pay for their pursuit of women.

And this essay asks just one simple question - “Is it worth it?”

To date, no serious economic analysis has been conducted on what is nothing short of the most important economic question facing men. And since men will likely account for the majority of economic production and technical innovation in the future, this also makes it the most important economic question facing the world. However, while the economic ramifications of men's pursuit of women are truly global, this essay has no grandiose ideas of convincing the world, let alone the economics profession, about the importance of whether it's in men's best interests to continue this pursuit. It only cares about the individual man reading this essay and whether the pursuit of women is personally worth it to him. In that regard, this essay aims to inform the reader about the real mathematical chances of success he faces in the pursuit of women, as well as the modern-day risks, so that he may make an informed economic decision as to how he best invests his life. It also aims to align the reader's expectations with reality so his life is not ruined by delusion or hope, both of which have ruined millions of lives in the past. But in short, this essay is nothing less than the most important cost-benefit analysis any man will read, which makes it mandatory reading for any man who wishes to take his life seriously.

©2020 Aaron Clarey (P)2020 Aaron Clarey

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Very important information for single men of all ages

I bought this primarily to support the work of everyone in the manosphere, and after watching Aaron’s interview on Rollo Tomassi’s YouTube channel.

I think that the information contained in this audiobook is a perfectly condensed summary of the trainwreck that is modern relationships.

I’m over 40 years old, but if I had this information in my early 20s, I would be wealthy beyond my wildest dreams by now. I highly recommend this book to all young and single men. Take the advice Aaron gives and you will be unstoppable in life.

A fantastic compliment to this book in my personal opinion would be “How To Make One Hell Of A Profit” by Dr John DeMartini (read it on Kindle, not the audiobook). The reason I recommend it is because the 7 areas in life that Aaron recommends towards the end of his book are discussed in much more depth in John DeMartini’s book. It is the first truly red pill book I ever read, and it has nothing to do with the manosphere.

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Great Analysis

This will give you a realistic look at the cost involved in chasing women, a sobering look at the biggest decisions you'll ever make.

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Enjoyed more than expected to. great insight.

well, the book doesn't beat around the bush, it's also structured in a great way to make things actually make sense and push men to do the righ thing which is keep chasing excellence and play the game part time when you want, never make it a sole purpose. overall great breakdown obviously numebrs are not 💯 but the concepts presented are eye opening. at 25, it's not a bad time to find out.

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A really good book

Another great read from any man chasing excellence. Seriously it’s really that good. Like it breaks things down to numbers and describes ‘ECONOMICS’ as sexy.

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precious words of wisdom

We must face reality as it is, not as we would want it to be. This book not only slaps you in the face with reality but also plants the seeds of hope for those of us who are willing to do the work. This book is a MUST READ.

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Numbers doesn't lie.

Great book, plain and simple explanation of confusing things. Most definitely enjoyed it and do highly recommend for young men and men in particular.

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It couldn't be so real

Savage and direct. Straight to the point. factual!
Good points made. If only I knew these points when I was younger. oh well.

One every male needs to read.

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One of Clarey's better works.

Clarey is starting from the basis that you already agree with him about what constitutes a desirable wife. If you don't, then I guess none of this applies. But assuming you do agree that your ideal woman is both moderately attractive and considers her marriage to be important, then this thought experiment with numbers will make for some fascinating if sombre reading. His statistical breakdowns of your exact chances of meeting the lady of dreams could no doubt be quarrelled with by those determined to do so, but the broad-brush picture he paints with them are none the less illuminating.

To his credit, he is not preaching a doctrine of "Black Pill" despair, and is emphatic that even an unremarkable man can do many things to dramatically increase his chances. But his core message, to put self-improvement rather than skirt-chasing at the heart of your life: is a surprisingly uplifting one at the end of an otherwise slightly depressing read.

The narrator does a good job, and keeps up a brisk pace.

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Genuinely life-changing

Alas I'm only 21 but listening to this book has slapped some cold hard reality at me and completely changed my outlook for my future. Very highly recommended for any and every man

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Entertaining read

Really funny and thoroughly entertaining book, although the maths and statistics presented is completely detached from reality. Best bit is the last chapter, only scratching the most valuable take aways from the book though....

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  • 11-03-21

An overly political circle jerk for incels

Politically whiney and fairly boring,unfortunately. If you're a libertarian "incel" you'll probably be really into this drool fest.

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  • 07-03-21

Not worth the time

While I agree with the outcome of this book I disagree with the author on quite a few things. He refers to feminism and the Democratic party as cults while upholding Libertarianism and the Republican party as though they are not also cults. I'm not a Democrat but I live around a bunch of Republicans and Libertarians and can mirror his same complaints about the democrats but with different examples. He seems to have contrived some of his data and the book seems to be a work of confirmation bias. I did not find this book to be worth my time.

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  • Daniel jones
  • 04-02-21

The book about the bottom line.

Eyeopening review on the ROI of the most important thing in a guys life and the reason they will ho through hell to get it: the pursuit of women. If you have a son, get this book and break down the numbers with them.

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  • 21-02-21

Depressing.

This book is informative but discouraging. Sounds about right though. Yet another example of why men should chase self excellence instead of women.

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  • 21-01-21

Outstanding

This book is eye-opening, really puts modern dating into perspective. Must read can’t stress it enough.

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  • 10-03-21

Intriguing and Insightful

He correctly identifies how Feminism and the Democratic party have hurt the modern woman by lying to them and telling them what they want to hear.

Life is far easier for women from 14 to 29. Women are not in a competition with men but with other women for the best men. During this time women in this youthful category have an easy time gaining the attention of high value men. However, after 29 these women now must compete with the next crop of young women and are at a significant disadvantage.

I have daughters and I am glad that they have this information now before they leave this youthful period; this is their time to maximize their chances for love.

Mr. Clarey does an excellent job of explaining how men who want a loving relationship must level up and enter the top twenty percent of men.

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  • 07-03-21

Interesting Idea Plagued by Methodological Issues

Ideologically-motivated back of the envelope calculations riddled with basic errors in statistical reasoning are not what this issue deserves.

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Women with education degrees or liberal political views are considered 'unmarriage-able.' (What?!)

The author declares ALL (not some, not most, but ALL) social science research worthless.

Rates of successful happy marriages are calculated with the total divorce rate instead of the first-marriage divorce rate.

I could go on.

Nonetheless, until we find a reputable economist that will research this issue with a clear head, the book remains an interesting, if flawed, initial analysis of the expected value of pursuing marriage as a young man.

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  • 06-02-21

Excellent, honest and informative

I loved this. I recommend it to anyone who wants to know the truth about modern dating and gender relations.

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  • 04-02-21

I'm 18 and I would recommend this book

I would recommend this book and the rational male books!
it will change your out look and have you just focus on yourself

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  • 08-02-21

loved it

took some work to break it down like that. respect to cappy. thanks to cappy.

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