Death of the Neoreactionary

A while ago a guy named Mencius Moldbug read some old books. He compared these books to the modern world and realised something did not add up. He wrote about his findings on this cool new invention, ‘the internet’, where everyone in the world could read what he wrote. And what did Moldbug write? Well, he wrote a lot, because Moldbug liked the sound of his own keyboard. But mostly he wrote that the enlightenment was never the start of the age of reason, but the start of a new viral religion. Enlightenment thinkers were not philosophers but priests, the radicalised offspring of Protestants. Throughout the decades their religion kept mutating and today we know the current incarnation of the enlightenment as Progressivism, a thoroughly stupid and suicidal religion, like Mao communism.

As people realised what Moldbug was saying, their natural instinct was to do something about the situation. Moldbug had some ideas himself as to what to do, including but not limited to bringing back the Stuarts, starting an anti-university (the Antiversity) and wearing some kind of code garment on friday to signal insurgency (a yellow tweed necktie or something). Also the USA should be broken up in compartments and ruled like companies.

People hip with Moldbug called themselves neoreactionary (#NRx) and summarised the problem and solution as follows: The core of our problem is that there is no one with the secure authority to fix things. The core of our solution is to find a man, and put him in charge, with a real chain of command, and a clear ownership structure.

This is theoretically all correct. Unfortunately you can’t backwards engineer power. As it turns out, ‘being in charge’ is not an open position you can leisurely fill up. LOTS of people want to be in charge. Man has tried to be at the top of other men since the dawn of mankind. Welcome to the game of power. Get in line.

This is why NRx strategies of ‘being passive’ have never really caught on. They were a bit silly; you live, therefore you play the game of power. You can not not play the game of power, except by suicide, and if you read this blog I prefer you not commit suicide (you have good taste, you are an awesome person, thank you very much).

In the end NRx is just one of many factions vying for power and NRx is not a particularly strong faction: spergy intellectuals tend to sound better on the internet than they do in real life. The Alt-Right, to throw around a name, is a much stronger faction fighting a similar fight.

The neoreactionary, unfortunately, will not catch on. Not in its current form. But the egg it has laid – the Dark Enlightenment – will. So there’s that.

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9 thoughts on “Death of the Neoreactionary

  1. Things used to be much more interest in these parts a couple of years ago. Before Reactosphere went full LARP, high on Black Pills, Outrage Porn, and Romantic Heroism, it had some pseudo-to-semi-realistic propositions on how to get things in Order. Well, one of those proposition was called The Deal. The idea was to approach to the people already in Power, and tell them “You see, such-and-such is how things really are. It’s a raw deal. It’s bad for everyone. Yourselves included. Wouldn’t it be better for everyone if you guys could maintain your hold on Power without having to import all those shitty brown people, and without making little boys cut off their dicks? It sure as hell would! Well, it’s your lucky day. All you have to do is stop pretending you are powerless, and make yourselves into lords. Get in charge. Steer the ship. Get the paycheck. Good deal huh?”

  2. Alf,
    This is way off topic but I need to ask.

    You mentioned reading somebody’s blog a while ago. I don’t remember his name and I can’t find a link in your catalog. The person in question made a heap of money in the Silicon Valley tech industry and used it to open a nightclub in San Francisco. The nightclub closed a while ago. Who is it? Am I mistaken that you know whop this is at all?

    1. Probably you are mistaken. Last blogs I mentioned were Ricky Raw and Last Psychiatrist, neither are in tech business AFAIK.

          1. I definitely didn’t remember him being so left-wing. Elections are bad for the soul.

  3. Maybe I’m missing something, but to me names like “NRx” or “Alt-right” are not that clearly defined that they can be seperated. Rather, their meaning seems to overlap. The all refer to the metapolical sphere which is important as it defines what can be said, and for many people even what they can think. But power is never in the metopolitical sphere, it is always in the political sphere.

    The metopolitical sphere makes ideas fashionable, it affects the political actors by giving them general goals. The philosophs don’t hold hard power, the best they can hope for is influencing ans shaping the general mood or “Zeitgeist”.

    So the relevant question is how are the opinions of political actors changing, what are the opinions of new political actors.

    I don’t know whether Trump, Wilders, LePen, or the German AfD politicians read NRx or Alt-right blogs, but sometimes it feels like they do.

    Whether we win or loose, the present progressive pseudo religion is dying. It’s just not sure what will replace it.

    1. NRx’ers have read Moldbug. Alt-Righters have fought in the meme wars of 2016.

      The politicians and Alt-Righters are connecting. Wilders is clearly enjoying the international Alt-Right attention.

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