Withdrawal is a type of passivity or defensiveness like hippies and emo culture. Metal was always assertive or aggressive like an invader or intruder.
Like having people follow a metalhead "fashion" of torn jeans and band t-shirts? By having a "scene" that frowned down upon non-scene bands? Metal isn't some great weapon against modernity. It is just a genre with some good bands and good music.
How is withdrawing "passive?" Honestly. Is one passive for seeking shelter from the rain? Show me one man who can end a storm. You have one life, who gives a fuck about a faceless horde that could care less about you?
Same concept apply: the sheer size of of the system makes it impossible for any real "change" to occur. When something does change, it only follows certain parameters in regards to how mass humanity thinks. Nothing ever truly changes except cosmetic differences and transient fads.
Smart people *THINK* differently than the masses do. It's like trying to speak to your dog, you'll just get nowhere. You can't make the masses into anything but a gigantic farm of patsies for whatever schemes those in charge of directing social reality engage in. Really, they have the money, power, and media. What does anyone else have? A fucking blog? Please.