I started this blog as an outlet for my feelings. My workplace, my social circle, exhibit a depressing ideological conformity and ruthlessly police deviance. I had no mouth, and I needed to scream.
Until recently this blog’s traffic was in the single digits. Most referrers responsible for the recent uptick of visits come from elsewhere in the Reactosphere — the excellent Commodore Henry Dampier, Nick B Steves, Free Northerner. Because of this, I have used in-group jargon and have not defined my terms.
For the benefit of my readers who are not familiar with Neoreaction, I present a Brief Introduction to Neoreaction, often abbreviated as NRx and also known as The Dark Enlightenment.
TL;DR; what is NRx?
NRx is the uncomfortable truth.
NRx is recognizing that much of what you have been taught, while it sounds nice, is a lie. Human races and genders do not have identical abilities. Democracy is not an effective or moral system of governance. Western society does not cycle between liberalism and conservatism; we move left with alarming speed.
That bit about races and genders is scary. Are you some kind of … racist?
“Racist” is just hate speech for “white.” (As progressives will tell you, minorities can’t be racist.)
I believe in natural selection. You are probably familiar with Darwin’s “On the Origin of Species”. Read its full original title, if you will.
On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life.
Neo-reactionaries actually believe in evolution. It’s absurd to think that populations in different climates and surroundings would evolve identical brains, identical behaviors. It’s also absurd to think that males and females have identical selection pressures. The only type of person who could believe this is a religious lunatic.
Are neo-reactionaries religious?
I am not. Some are believers in one form of Christanity or another, and I’m happy that their faith sustains them.
A core Nrx tenet on religion: Progressivism is a demented, mutant heresy of Christianity — Universal Unitarianism, which we can abbreviate as Universalism.
But all my progressive friends are atheists! They brag about how they don’t believe in God!
Do Buddhists believe in God?
Progressives believe that all persons are equal, as a classic Christian Universalist might believe that all souls will be saved. Progressives believe in spreading democracy and “human rights” to all nations, in the same manner as a 19th-century missionary spreading the Good Word to the darkest corner of the globe. Progressive rituals such as excessively detailed recycling are akin to religious rituals.
Progressives compete with each other to see who can be holiest, who can have the most outre theology.
If progressives are a problem, does that mean I should vote against them? I voted Republican once when no one was looking, but nothing happened.
Progressives control the popular media and the civil service. Electing this or that politician is pointless; the media makes sure his politics stay within acceptable bounds, and the civil service will just ignore him.
Republicans are elected and given money due to popular discontent with the system; they have no incentive to actually do anything about it. Because progressives have coopted America’s intellectual class, conservatives must pretend to be anti-intellectual, with disastrous results.
As Moldbug said, “Voting in a democracy makes you feel powerful, much as playing the lottery makes you feel rich”.
Who is this Moldbug guy that you quote all the time?
Mencius Moldbug is a third-generation progressive (his father was a diplomat and his grandparents belonged to the CPUSA). He managed the almost impossible feat of seeing the water in which we swim. He read books from the 19th and 20th century, and thought critically about democracy and liberalism — and how we are trained to believe in them as beneficial.
Moldbug wrote long and meandering blog posts from 2007 until last year. While somewhat unfocused, his writing is entertaining and informative. You can find a helpful organization of his posts at Moldbuggery; the most popular series are An open letter to open-minded progressives and How Dawkins got pwned.
Supposing NRx is true … what good is it? To be blunt, what’s in it for me?
Even if the truth is uncomfortable, you should know what it is. The truth helps you understand the world better. There are many phenomena that I could not explain in the past; now I can do so.
It is liberating to examine how you were programmed by society. You can choose whether to cringe when someone says “sexist” or “racist.” You’re an adult; act like one.
Ask yourself which explains the world better, neoreaction or the default liberal-democratic belief system:
Default: If politician X is elected, he will enact policies I like and reverse policies I don’t.
NRx: Presidents behave the way you would expect of the leader of a large country with trade ties to the rest of the globe, who is in charge of a powerful military. The only Republican rollbacks of noxious Democratic policies in my lifetime were welfare reform (with the connivance of a Democratic president) and much of the federal government’s economic regulations (which were of course gradually replaced, then expanded).
Default: We gave blacks trillions of dollars and special privileges. They have not achieved equality with whites. The reason for this is “racism”, which apparently operates like a Higgs field — it doesn’t matter how “liberal” or “conservative” the locale or institution, blacks are arrested at higher rates and represented in professions requiring high intelligence at a lower rate.
NRx: Blacks are not equal to whites. Therefore the “inequality” between these races is expected and makes perfect sense. (This also explains why progressives are unable to come up with a black martyr who was not killed while committing a crime.)
Default: Democracy is an unqualified good. Any country that switches to a democratic government can expect peace and prosperity.
NRx: Democracy can only operate in countries whose citizens respect order, property, and the rule of law. (Even those countries cannot survive democracy indefinitely.) For most nations, democracy is a disaster, which is why Egypt’s military had to intervene to snuff out that country’s nascent government — and why America won the war against Afghanistan and Iraq, then lost the peace.
Default: The progressives of my acquaintance are tolerant, gentle people who would be accepting of my deviance from mainstream intellectual ideology.
NRx: The progressives of my acquaintance hate and fear people with normal mainstream views. They would foam at the mouth with outrage upon discovering that one of their 50,000 fellow employees was a neo-reactionary.