The name Ulysses pact comes from an Greek Myth by Homer, the Odyssey. In this myth at some point the protagonist Ulysses (which is Latin it’s Odysseus in Greek) wants to hear the siren song. However it is commonly known that no man is able to resist the call of the sirens. Thus he makes a pact with his crew. Whilst they all stuff their ears with beeswax so as not to be able to hear the song, he is bound to the mast and the crew promise not to untie him until well out of range of the sirens.
Self-help has gotten a bad name over the past few years and to be honest somewhat rightly so. This is partly due to the slow but steady decline of the popular myth of “becoming the best version of yourself” as though there is even such a thing as a “best version of you” or even a “self”. Add to this the horribly American way in which most self-help books are written, like how Dale Carnegie still seems to deem it necessary to market the book to you on page 60 in “How to win friends and influence people” with its endless anecdotes about the effectiveness of the techniques. And lastly, the general lack of any scientific underpinnings of the marketed techniques should be examples of why self help really isn’t very much of a Continental-European thing.
If you look at Google trends today with the search terms “Alt-Right” and “MGTOW” you’ll see that over the course of the past couple of months MGTOW caught up to and shot beyond the Alt-Right in terms of searches. MGTOW searches have yet to surpass the Alt-Right peak of Charlottesville however this is only a matter of time. This however, is not a great indicator of absolute size as much more MGTOW media tends to have that word in it’s title and thus more MGTOW search for the word MGTOW than white nationalists search for the word Alt-Right. My personal guess would be that for now the Alt-Right is about 3x or 4x more numerous than MGTOW