Recently I have seen a bunch of Facebook posts by my friends doxxing Roosh. Doxxing is the act of publishing home addresses and other identifying information online. Roosh is also known as Daryush Valizadeh, aka the asshole behind the website Return of Kings which is a site about pickup artist technique, misogyny, and anti feminism. Roosh is the worst. He advocates for all kinds of disgusting regressive things including but not limited to not letting women vote, forced gender roles, and outright male supremacy.
But doxxing Roosh isn't the right path here. I see this as similar to capital punishment, in that it can feel great to see the guilty punished savagely, but we must take care not to become evil in the process. While the things Roosh has done are much worse than doxxing him, we should not be so quick to punish people in ways we would not tolerate in return.
Many of the people doxxing Roosh have been horrified at the way Gamergate has doxxed or threatened feminists. But how can we criticize it when we engage in the same behaviour? Can we in all honesty talk about how we must protect one person from a heinous act while gleefully inflicting the same on another? I think this is terribly hypocritical and is definitely not the just course.
We can and should talk about how awful and wrong Roosh is. When he tries to hold meetings we should talk to businesses he associates with and make them see how they should drop him immediately. If he can be brought to justice for crimes committed, by all means we should pursue that vigorously. We should, in short, do all the things we can to stem the flow of filth from this man, but we should not stoop to terror tactics and violence, because that is tacitly condoning those tactics as a legitimate way to deal with these disagreements.
Moreover I think that Roosh may even *want* this. His message consistently tries to portray men as the victims, as the ones being punished by the matriarchy. Doxxing him and threatening him just furthers this part of his agenda. He has cancelled events on the basis of threats against him, citing safety concerns, and I think that is actually his plan. Getting his followers to believe they are being oppressed cements his influence.
Roosh isn't likely to suffer from his address being published. He cultivates this image of himself being under assault at all times. But doxxing being a normal thing we do to people we don't like is something that will cause a lot of real suffering among other people. We need to spread the idea that it isn't okay, at all.
You can't go about saying "Do as I say, not as I do." and expect to change the world for the better. It is hypocritical, wrong, and, perhaps most tellingly, ineffective.