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Transhumanism? How can something that envisions a new future/form of technology be reactionary if reactionary by definition means "reversing the wheel of history", to paraphrase Marx, or the "status quo ante"? --P3A58NT86 00:01, 2 February 2014 (UTC)

It's probably the result of crank magnetism combined with cognitive dissonance. Anyways the "reactionary" really refers to government (monarchy), politics (quasi-fascist dictatorship) and culture (extreme social conservatism, racism, sexism), not technology. ClothCoat (talk) 00:22, 2 February 2014 (UTC)
And, for that matter, the allegiance of some of them to the Austrian school isn't exactly consistent with the whole pose, either. Joseph de MaistreWikipedia, Hilaire BellocWikipedia, Oswald SpenglerWikipedia, and the rest of their other mentors would have nothing to do with this free-market nonsense. - Smerdis of Tlön (talk) 04:58, 2 February 2014 (UTC)
I don't know why LessWrong gets lumped in with those guys. LW has some problems but last I checked they aren't advocating monarchy. Wehpudicabok [話] [変] [留] 12:08, 3 February 2014 (UTC)
AFAIK, it's because LessWrong used to attract such types, at least before the establishment of More Right. The LessWrong crowd takes pride in being open for discussion of ideas that are considered taboo elsewhere.--ZooGuard (talk) 15:31, 3 February 2014 (UTC)
More Right? What's that? Some sort of Conservalesswrong? Wehpudicabok [話] [変] [留] 07:21, 4 February 2014 (UTC)
Pretty much - David Gerard (talk) 08:38, 4 February 2014 (UTC)
Because LW is pretty much the only place in the blogosphere outside their own blogs who gave them any attention - David Gerard (talk) 08:38, 4 February 2014 (UTC)
Michael Anissimov (the neoreactionary guy the article cites) used to be the Advocacy Director at Singularity Institute. Basically, a bunch of ideological reactionaries who used to form a single group have split into those who are most reactionary towards science, and those who are most reactionary towards democracy (those pro-monarchist neoreactionaries). Dmytry (talk) 12:58, 15 February 2014 (UTC)
Because the Bay Area is a strange place - David Gerard (talk) 08:38, 4 February 2014 (UTC) (talk) 11:47, 7 February 2014 (UTC)

social capital stub[edit]

The social capital link was red, so I'm adding a stub with the some information from Wikipedia. I'm not sure how the term is meant here, though. -- MarkAHershberger(talk) 20:45, 7 February 2014 (UTC)

I just went ahead and added a link to the WP article. - Smerdis of Tlön (talk) 21:12, 7 February 2014 (UTC)

The Cathedral[edit]

Could somebody who understands what this "Cathedral" thing is write about it in the main article. From what I understand its a loose progressive conspiracy that dupes citizens into not considering anti-democratic movements viable, making it more or less the same as the Bourgeoisie in the Marxist theory of false consciousness. Is that about right? ClothCoat (talk) 06:37, 8 February 2014 (UTC)

I think that's pretty close, but it's not all that loose. From what I understand the neoreactionaries see "Cathedral" as controlled and orchestrated by universities, specifically Harvard and Yale. Although I've also heard one of them blame UC Berkeley in the 60s for giving the keys to Western civilization to the Morlocks. --Marlow (talk) 07:01, 8 February 2014 (UTC)
So it's a planned conspiracy? God these guys are crazy, and they think of even the most right-wing faction of the GOP as being "progressive". They're similar to Glenn Beck and hardline libertarians in that the word "Progressive" seems to mean "anything I don't like." I suppose that makes sense, given that most of these guys are techno-libertarians and anarcho capitalists who "gave up" on the public because they could be bought with bread and circuses. Goes to show that "libertarianism" doesn't always translate into being pro-democracy, or at the very least some libertarians are willing to quickly give it up in the name of "free" markets and combating the "librul elite". ClothCoat (talk) 07:57, 8 February 2014 (UTC) though I don't know what exactly that entails in this context Nullahnung (talk) 10:42, 8 February 2014 (UTC)
Not related - David Gerard (talk) 18:01, 8 February 2014 (UTC)
As Scott Alexander puts it, they walk a fine line. They can't say that progressive policies are supported and in some cases developed by regular rational people acting in their own self interest because that would make the whole progressive movement seem reasonable and insufficiently insidious. No, the sheeple must have been duped by some elite group. But they can't say that it's a regular old conspiracy by the lizard men, JEWS, or Illuminati because that would make them look stupid and irrational. Instead they come up with the "Cathedral" a "distributed conspiracy", one for which there can be no smoking gun, no deep throat, no Protocols of the Elders of Zion; a conspiracy which cannot be disproved. --Marlow (talk) 16:56, 8 February 2014 (UTC)
I actually find this idea of a 'distributed conspiracy' interesting, and one I'm prepared to accept. The financial system of late capitalism seems one; no one appears to have planned or (until its later stages) intended it. It arose at the confluence of many streams of profit-seeking and rent-seeking behaviors. There's no person or group with their hands at the throttle. It exerts a powerful influence on all levels of human society, and causes a whole lot of counterintuitive behavior. If there were a 'distributed conspiracy', this is what it might look like. The distributed conspiracy of the SSSM and progressive egalitarianism might exist, but it seems feeble by comparison. Escape academia and you've largely escaped its grasp. - Smerdis of Tlön (talk) 05:09, 11 February 2014 (UTC)
I seem to agree with your views on our current financial/industrial system. It has a fascinating mind of its own, a drive towards ultimate optimization with regard for almost nothing else. It seems to be beyond the control of any individual or group and it is certainly far more powerful than any progressive movement towards an equitable society. Although I do think that it has subsumed parts of the social progressive movement simply because they further optimize the system. Diversity seems to actually improve the efficiency of the work force, especially at higher levels where creativity is required and thus we see this drive to improve equity, not because of some inherent value it might have, but because it actually helps the bottom line. The problem with the neoreactionary idea of the distributed conspiracy is that concept of the "Cathedral" can simply replaced with the concept of culture, something that is present in any society. What the neoreactionary argues, I believe, is not that there's a powerful and largely unreachable cultural force directing human activities (sometimes in a less than beneficent directions), but that contemporary progressive society is directed in a top down manner by these academics who are manipulating the system towards particular ends and stifling any thought that goes outside the bounds of what they deem acceptable. This is the part that I think is bullshit. Neoreactionaries seem to be fond of saying that outsiders have failed to grasp the concept of the Cathedral, so maybe I'm reading it wrong, but if this "distributed conspiracy" is simply the normative force incontemporary socio/cultural body than this is hardly a revolutionary idea or something that is unique to the current system and if it's this top down conspiracy orchestrated by some guys at Yale, than it's nonsense. --Marlow (talk) 17:17, 11 February 2014 (UTC)
I'm not an opponent of capitalism, nor would I call its development and operation a conspiracy, "distributed" or otherwise, but I do agree it's generally rudderless, broadly speaking. Communism (as a large-scale economic system, not small-scale informal communes which one might describe as proto-communist) grew out of an ideology invented by some dudes in the 19th century, who'd given it a name and platform decades before any nation attempted to implement it. What we know as modern capitalism, on the other hand, grew pretty organically out of trends of social and economic interplay in the past few centuries or so (I don't wish to squabble over how old the system actually is, hence the qualifier "modern" to denote the industrial/post-industrial system we know today), being given a name later. Also, I don't consider Adam Smith or others founding thinkers, as Smith was just attempting to describe a system that already existed rather than inventing a new one. I don't consider laissez-faire thinkers to have given it a formal platform, either, especially considering that the laissez-faire types, Keynesians, and moderate social democrats can all be regarded as being within the "capitalist" umbrella. As for the neoreactionary concept of "Cathedral" in describing modern society, it seems like a way to make otherwise unsubstantiated claims of brainwashing against people who reject their ideas, rather than simply admitting outright that people just don't like them. Perhaps this is a straw argument, but it's the impression I'm getting. Whatever the case, it appears many neoreactionaries have admitted it would take some really disruptive catastrophe for them to take power (much in the same way the Nazis exploited widespread economic turmoil in the Weimar Republic), and they eagerly look forward to such events. The One They Call Mars (talk) 06:27, 16 March 2014 (UTC)
On the contrary capitalism is rather fangless in dethroning an obstructive government, as seen the world over. And having a military trumps everything. We are living in a fluke (in as much as nothing is permanent) caused by the outcome of WWII, rather than something which is the high and mighty will of the people -- (talk) 18:13, 16 March 2014 (UTC)
Still better than Marxism. --Raysenn Get the paddles, he's having a cancer! 19:02, 16 March 2014 (UTC)
To be honest, I'm not sure if the BoN is a Marxist or a neoreactionary/apologist of same. (I should note, however, that it appears many neoreactionaries go back even further than WWII and claim world trends took a wrong turn at the time of the French Revolution or even the Enlightenment, hence why a number of them claim to adhere to a "Dark Enlightenment.") Either way, the BoN's assertion seems to imply there's some sort of "natural" state of affairs or course of action to which the world is "supposed" to return and that the "true" will of the people must be aligned with this imaginary constant. As you might guess from reading this, I think this is a crock, and I believe the "will of the people" amounts simply to what most people happen to desire and will to do. If what people desire and will to do today is the product of postwar thought, that's the will of the people, full stop. The One They Call Mars (talk) 21:08, 16 March 2014 (UTC)
This is ridiculous. Just examine your own bloody beliefs for one second! You probably regard the entire conservative movement (including these neoreactionary types) as just this sort of unplanned, "distributed conspiracy". Forget for a second that you are utterly correct about everything and that all your political conceits are distilled from the purest rationality. Tricky, I know. The idea that elite groups lead society is also utterly unremarkable and consistent with commonly accepted history. Also, the neoreactionaries DO believe that regular rational people acting in their own self-interest have created this "Cathedral". They obviously don't believe that lizard men or illuminati are responsible, which is why they do not claim such a thing. Your remarks are truly baffling. I am NOT a reactionary/conservative BTW just in case you're ready to insult me too. There are actual criticisms to be made of these "dark enlightenment" types, but you're so far off the mark here it's sad. I'm sorry to say it but they would run rings around you in a debate given the confused quality of your remarks. Pro-democracy = correct and rational. Anti-democracy = mistaken and irrational. The really strange part is the total unfamiliarity with arguments against democracy which are thousands of years old. The list of renowned and respected thinkers who expressed anti-democratic arguments is fairly extensive. (note: not an argument for their validity, just trying to demonstrate context)Oldoddjobs (talk) 15:14, 23 March 2014 (UTC)
I think you may have read my flippant comment a little too literally. Read what I wrote more carefully. I never wrote that neoreactionaries believe in Jews or lizardmen. I was using those beliefs as a comparison in order to place the neoreactionary idea of a distributed conspiracy relative to other, more extreme and specific, conspiratorial ideas. I also never wrote that neoreactionaries didn't believe that regular people acting in self-interest created the Cathedral. I don't actually know what motive neoreactionaries attribute to the founders of the Cathedral. What I wrote was that neoreactionaries don't believe, or perhaps don't want to believe, that regular non-elite people don't like neoreactionary ideas because the ideas themselves are bad for them. Instead they believe that the regular joes have been duped by a top-down conspiracy to reject via kneejerk all their brilliant discoveries. --Marlow (talk) 16:40, 23 March 2014 (UTC)
It would seem to me that an "unplanned, distributed conspiracy" is not a conspiracy at all, by definition. The problem with the neoreactionary concept of Cathedral, as I understand it, is that they're attempting to describe a non-conspiracy using language that makes it sound like a conspiracy. I'm not sure if this is their intention, but it certainly gives them the benefit of being able to rally people with conspiracist rhetoric and theory-crafting while simultaneously retaining plausible deniability if someone points out that Cathedral resembles a conspiracy theory. I don't deny that elite groups lead society, and I also find that idea to be unremarkable and uncontroversial (the ideas of some philosopher are more likely to spread over a greater distance than those of some beggar). They may very well believe that Cathedral was created by regular rational people acting in their own self-interest, but the agency-denying portion of their "theory" lies with what appears to be this implicit (if not explicit) assertion that the masses believe democracy is better only because the Ivory Tower elites told them so. Their idea that modern pro-democracy beliefs are the result of dogma put out by the Cathedral also carries the implication that rational people would reject democracy if they knew the "truth" and examined the systems fairly. It would be inconvenient for their ideology if they openly admitted that many people look at the systems, examine the pros and cons, and conclude that they still find democracy most appealing. The One They Call Mars (talk) 17:11, 23 March 2014 (UTC)
I think you're missing the point. They don't want the people to democratically reject democracy - they don't seek democratic legitimacy, because they don't have it and they know they will never have it. They think most people are stupid and/or avaricious and unworthy of even the small political power that a vote grants them. That is why some anarchocapitalists find neoreaction so attractive: because they think the same way about "common folk".--Greenrd (talk) 21:41, 29 August 2014 (UTC)
You're definitely right about neoreactionaries believing that the average joe shouldn't have what the political power he currently has. I could be wrong, but the point I was trying to make is that the neoreactionary position seems to favor the idea that the average joe's support for democracy/multiculturalism/whatever stems, not from his own self-interest, but from being duped by the conspiracy of the Cathedral. The fact that society at large rejects their position, which they believe to be rationally self-evident, requires an explanation. The Cathedral functions, in part, as that explanation. --Marlow (talk) 22:09, 29 August 2014 (UTC)

Frankfurt School[edit]

A valid comparison, although I certainly prefer the gnarled prose of someone like Adorno to the pretentious garblygook spouted by some of theses neoreactionaries. I'm curious about the footnote that says Dialectic of Enlightenment presaged a movement like this. Any chance you could give me a page number or section? --Marlow (talk) 18:09, 9 February 2014 (UTC)

Probably because they are both counter-enlightenment. Nebuchadnezzar (talk) 18:14, 9 February 2014 (UTC)
It's been aeons since I've read the original. But my understanding is that Adorno took a position not too far from de Maistre: reason, elevated to be the sole reliable guide, leads to a crisis of legitimacy, because human social ties are not founded on reason. There does seem to be something of the same thing going on with at least some of the neo-reactionaries, and why they desire ethnically homogeneous societies, believing them to be bound by shared kinship. - Smerdis of Tlön (talk) 18:43, 9 February 2014 (UTC)
I certainly agree that there is an interesting similarity here and your reading of Adorno is, at least in my appraisal, correct. Adorno claims that the Enlightenment value of reason, when raised to the point of ultimate authority as he believed it was, subsumes the other Enlightenment values like truth and humanity and leads to a society where nothing can rise above the instrumental -- a means to an end. I got the impression you were saying that in "prefiguring" neoreactionary thought the Frankfurt school gang actually predicted its future emergence, rather than just embodying some of its qualities as I now understand you to mean. Might want to clarify the footnote. What's interesting is that paleocons like Pat Buchanan, who I believe are borderline neoreactionaries, are always railing against the Frankfurt School giving it more or less the same status as the "Cathedral". --Marlow (talk) 20:37, 9 February 2014 (UTC)
The Cathedral is like the "Cultural Marxism" of the neo-reactionaries. Nebuchadnezzar (talk) 20:51, 9 February 2014 (UTC)
Sounds about right. --Marlow (talk) 21:03, 9 February 2014 (UTC)

Smerdis, (off-topic?) this neoreactionary belief in social trust based on shared kinship reminds me of "in-group bias". The question is how should one react to "in-group bias"? Are all biases inherently bad and if so, why? To what extent is one morally obliged to (or even CAPABLE of) resist a bias once it has been recognised? To what extent is one obliged to conform to existing in-group bias in the name of peace and social cooperation? Whatever the answer is, it is not immediately obvious. The Adorno/de Maistre position as you have paraphrased here sounds eminently reasonable to me as a positive observation of what humans actually get up to, and not some crankish frenzied bigoted insufficently progressive blah blah blah. I had imagined that the rationalwiki would not be satisfied with calling someone a "racist", as it begs too many questions to inquiring minds. What IS racism? Does it consist of bad thoughts? Are racists mentally ill, deserving of help and sympathy? Or demons intent on usurping all that is holy and true? - diversity, democracy, equality etc,. This wiki seems weirdly incurious about the phenomenon, content instead to deploy the word as a useful slur to signal to your own bien pensant group.Oldoddjobs (talk) 15:40, 23 March 2014 (UTC)

Adorno is pretty far from what you're talking about. His argument was, primarily, a moral argument; that rationalism when taken as the sole arbiter in social decision making creates a society in which leading a moral or good life essentially impossible. He certainly wasn't concerned that rationalism and the enlightenment were impeding our natural racists biases. --Marlow (talk) 16:59, 23 March 2014 (UTC)

I'm sure this will make everyone feel much more informed[edit]

Eric Raymond has a series of blog posts planned on the topic - David Gerard (talk) 22:56, 12 February 2014 (UTC)

Here is what appears to be the first of those planned posts. The One They Call Mars (talk) 15:04, 26 March 2014 (UTC)


I'm pretty certain neoreactionaries would consider the MRM a progressive movement: Anissimov calls the MRM "whining" (and BTW is explicitly anti-manosphere as well) (talk) 01:14, 6 March 2014 (UTC)

It's like any other such loosely defined movement. Not all of the themes are going to be shared by all of the participants. While Anissimov may well reject MRA as "whining" (I guess Anissimov is not entirely removed from reality yet....), other participants such as Roosh V, Chateau Heartiste, and The Rational Male seem much more sympathetic to masculism of various sorts. - Smerdis of Tlön (talk) 17:16, 6 March 2014 (UTC)
Like Smerdis, I'm not surprised. Subfactional differences emerge all the time. Austrian Schoolers, for example, are split between people who think private banks would use safe, sensible gold if it weren't for filthy government money interfering and people who think private banks would all create competing currencies, continually emerging and failing in a testament to the glories of a dynamic free market. Star of David.png Radioactive afikomen Please ignore all my awful pre-2014 comments. 18:21, 6 March 2014 (UTC)
I think Smerdis hit the nail on the head by pointing out that the Neoreactionary movement/"Dark Enlightenment" is highly factional. I'd also point out that MRAs are factional as well. On one hand, you have those who purport to desire gender equality but claim feminism, while it began as a noble movement, "went too far" and has become a PC female supremacist movement. (I disagree with this view, but it's not as insane or anger-inducing as what's ahead.) On the other hand, you have hardcore reactionaries such as RooshV, Chateau Heartiste, and the loveshies who claim that letting women vote, get jobs outside the home, and have any sort of equality with men was a huge mistake and has resulted in women oppressing "beta males" by refusing to sleep with them in favor of "alpha males" (which, to be honest, looks like nothing more than an effort to frame their own personal frustrations and jealousies in a glorified social conspiracy theory). Unsurprisingly, several members of the latter group saw enough overlap between neoreaction and their own views to get on board with neoreaction, even if folks such as Anissimov don't appreciate it. The One They Call Mars (talk) 22:43, 16 March 2014 (UTC)
The latter are called "redpillers", by the way, and are a separate group from MRAs. While MRAs are sane yet massively misguided, redpillers are just batshit.
Anyway, what movement doesn't fall to factionalism at some point? Even atheism fell into this: New Atheism, Atheism+, antitheism, agnostic atheism, gnostic atheism; this seems to happen whenever your central ideas are too broad (like atheism) or too vague (like neoreactionaries). --Raysenn Get the paddles, he's having a cancer! 20:21, 21 March 2014 (UTC)
I fail to see any reason to distinguish redpillers from any other MRA. What the fuck - David Gerard (talk) 21:59, 21 March 2014 (UTC)
FWIW, having spent a bit of time mucking around "Chateau Heartiste" (trust me, I'd rather go back to reading Moldbug....) they do seem to share a number of similarities, including the use of normative arguments based on evolutionary biology, and various prescriptions for human sexual behavior they imagine flow from it. Any successful movement like this will have several paths that lead to it, and PUA woo is apparently one of them. - Smerdis of Tlön (talk) 03:00, 22 March 2014 (UTC)
Through a bit of procrasturbatory research tonight, I found that Red Pillers seem to distinguish themselves from MRAs by saying that while MRAs want to "fix" what they see as wrong with society, Red Pillers accept the current situation as reality and aim to adapt their own lifestyles to use that reality to their advantage (in other words, learning "game"). The One They Call Mars (talk) 05:49, 22 March 2014 (UTC)
I think you're really over-emphasizing the various distinctions and sub-distinctions of the same movement here. MRAs are not mainly misguided. One could come to that conclusion by merely listening to their claims about themselves, but if one looks at the actual "movement" (such at it is), you will see a different picture. It's not just their fringe; even influential MRAs are pretty vile people, and the pathetic excuses at theory crafting they do are explicitly anti-feminist and anti-egalitarian, not just "for men's right". The whole movement is gender authoritarian and toxic. As for the redpillers, well, they're just the extra insane and vile end of that movement. But that doesn't mean the rest of it is any good. Octo8 (talk) 07:25, 22 March 2014 (UTC)
Raysenn has just been on Reddit a bit long. Talking about Atheism+ as if it's even still a thing - David Gerard (talk) 13:11, 22 March 2014 (UTC)
Quite possibly yes. I hang out in the most bitter corners of the Internet too much. Going on /a/ or /tv/ too much can embitter a the sweetest and purest of men.
Also, Atheism+ people still talk about Atheism+ as if it's still a thing. --Raysenn Get the paddles, he's having a cancer! 13:39, 22 March 2014 (UTC)
See, that's the thing I'm not seeing happening. Its previous advocates (PZ, etc) hardly seem to mention it, if at all; mostly it's a catchphrase used by Thunderf00t fans for everything they despise - David Gerard (talk) 17:24, 23 March 2014 (UTC)
Which, if we're honest, is the most extent of what these movements and submovements do, anyway, so in that sense A+ is in fact a thing :p MRAs, too. Not much actual activism there, either, another thing setting them negatively apart from feminism. Octo8 (talk) 13:59, 22 March 2014 (UTC)
From my perspective (which is admittedly limited), it looks like Atheism+ gives sex-positive New Atheists who are disgruntled with sexism among other New Atheists a new place to go. As for their relevance, I remember they were recently pretty active in promoting Secular Woman's petition to get the SPLC to recognize TERF groups such as Gender Identity Watch as hate groups (they currently don't, and they once even cited Cathy Brennan as a source in an Intelligence Report piece on MRAs, but that's a can of worms I plan to open elsewhere on this site). Sure, it was an online petition, but at least it got a response from an SPLC representative (who said TERFs couldn't be listed as they don't meet the standards of being a "group," but again, that's for another time and place). Also, I've seen some relatively tame MRAs out there (some of whom are ex-feminists) who really are just misguided, but they tend to operate more independently and haven't really been indoctrinated into MRA "theory." The One They Call Mars (talk) 18:41, 22 March 2014 (UTC)
Welp, so A+ is dead outside of Reddit's /r/ShitRedditSays and its related subreddits. Never cared much for the movement, nor I can claim to be particularly impressed that it's dead. The SPLC thing was nice, though.
About that last one, a good deal of the ex-feminists I've met in the Something Awful forums seem to be the ones who were turned away from the movement by Dworkin-worshipping, Tumblr-style radical feminists in the Retarded Forum for Assholes (Something Awful Forums' Laissez's Faire, or it was before being renamed [and shortly after, deleted] and having its regular posters banned unless they paid US$6). I can't really blame them, honestly. Its member were, well, retarded assholes. --Raysenn Get the paddles, he's having a cancer! 23:17, 23 March 2014 (UTC)

──────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── That latter is something that precedes the Internet; I'm old enough to remember Dworkin and Brownmiller in their 1980s heyday, and they struck me then as not being on the same page of the countercultural liberation project that I had understood as being the point. They seemed to represent a backlash, like Nancy Reagan and the fallout from the death of Len Bias did, or Tipper Gore's PMRC censorship campaigns. This was when I started having second thoughts about feminism; that, and the fact that the sociobiologists seemed to be on to something. - Smerdis of Tlön (talk) 03:54, 24 March 2014 (UTC)

Actually onto something, or just telling a compelling story? Those aren't the same thing. There's a reason it euphemism-treadmilled to "evolutionary psychology" - David Gerard (talk) 08:18, 24 March 2014 (UTC)
Evo Psych is such a shit field. A good part of it ain't really falsifiable or intellectually rigourous.
@Smerdis: So, in your vision, Dworkin and Brownmiller horseshoed back into the puritanical fundamentalists that feminists fighted against. Nah, that's a place reserved for Redstockings, who not only were sex-negative, but also disapproved of male homosexuality. Let that sink in for a minute.
However, Dworkin was kind of crazy, yes. She's the Freud of feminists; her theories contributed to the field, but was overrun by better theories as time went on, and look kind of crazy nowadays for us in the third wave. --Raysenn Get the paddles, he's having a cancer! 13:31, 24 March 2014 (UTC)
I think we can all at least agree that there are varying degrees of crazy in every broad social and political movement. Feminists, Men's Rights Advocates and Atheists all have their own problems. Things like, dismissing evolutionary psychology off hand and claiming it's unfalsifiable (when all you would need to do is show a strong and persistent number of psychological traits in humans that are not beneficial to reproduction and survival) and saying that we need to go back to men working and women staying at home. These are problems, but if you look closely enough you will see that moderate MRAs and Feminists have a pretty clear overlap. That overlap is equal rights and representation for all, and because of this the number of people calling themselves MRAs or Feminists and support that modern and reasonable ideal is growing. As MRAs gather traction they become less radical. In this same way, feminism has become more radical and less relavent (not irrelavent) and has lost traction, inculding Warren Farrell who was leader of a chapter of the NWO for 3 years and has written books both for feminism and for the MRM. Does the Neoreationary Movement have an overlap with the more radical MRAs? Yes, it does, and this should be mentioned, but it should be noted that this is not ALL MRAs, especially not the modern MRA movement which has grown a long LONG way away from these ideals. - Hobby (talk) 14:44, 24 March 2014 (UTC)
the modern MRA movement which has grown a long LONG way away from these ideals - where the heck do they hide out. All the MRA sites that I find are the ranting and raving of the deranged. Please, seriously, some links to non radical MRA sites. Placeholder (talk) 15:38, 24 March 2014 (UTC)
The Good Men Project comes to mind, but I'm not sure they're "MRA" so much as "men's issues" (see my distinction in my other comment below as to why I don't think pro-feminist men's movements should call themselves "men's rights"). There was once a controversy over someone writing an article there trying to figure out what motivates date rape by including an account from a rapist that came across as too sympathetic to the rapist (earning the GMP a knee-jerk denunciation on, and Hugo Schwyzer (a strung-out hypocrite who represents an embarrassment to male feminists and sex-positive feminists alike) sometimes writes for them, but most of the site's content is progressive and agreeable (and sometimes downright awesome). The One They Call Mars (talk) 16:54, 24 March 2014 (UTC)
Firstly I'd like you to remember that this is MRAs and how they link in with the Neoreactionary Movement, which believes we should not just send out people back 100 years, but also out system of government. Something that left-wing and liberal MRAs would be strongly against.
As for non-radical sites, you can start by reading the AVfMS Values and Mission page which, among other things, promotes True Equality, Compassion and Fairness Regarding Victims of Rape and False Rape Accusations and Freedom of Speech and Expression. Next I'd try the Good Men Foundation, which even people on RW agree is actually trying to promote equality. Finally, check the Father's Rights Movement: who want a new paradigm - "Look at it this way—mother, home and work; father, home and work. It’s an equal timeshare, payshare, liveshare, loveshare… and everything else."
Now, I will admit that I don't have time to go through every single page on these websites, although you must admit that the core principles of AVfMS is enough to at least show that they are not malicious. Also, as this is a student project it naturally attracts more liberal, left-wing, internet using advocates.
As I said before, as this movement is becoming more visable it's drawing in more neutrally grounded men and women. It's a long way off at the moment but it's getting there. - Hobby (talk) 16:24, 24 March 2014 (UTC)
A Voice for Men? Hah. That is a misogynist hatesite, and Paul Elam is a twat. It's as I've said before on the other discussion: What MRAs proclaim are their principles, how they present themselves differs sharply both from how they act as people, and from the underlying ideology and 'theories' of their movement. The latter part is important; after all one can be an asshole and still be right. But it's not just the people in the movement, but also the very ideas and ideology which define the movement. As for the father's rights movement, they always appeared more pragmatical towards their (indeed very important) issue, rather than being ideologically grounded in any larger movement, though I admit this may be a bit of a No True Scotsman argument. Octo8 (talk) 16:36, 24 March 2014 (UTC)
Are we sure A Voice for Men and A Voice for Male Students are run by the same people based on anything other than the similarities in the names? The One They Call Mars (talk) 16:54, 24 March 2014 (UTC)
They share similar writers but AVfMS is not run by Elam. It is ran by Jonathan Taylor who has written for AVfM. Same stupid antifeminist circlejerks too [1] --Drowninginlimbo (talk) 16:47, 3 November 2014 (UTC)
NOW (National Organization of Women), not NWO. I know it was a typo, but I had to look up Warren Farrell to realize what you meant. Be careful not to accidentally shoot your credibility in the foot with an NWO reference (;-P). Granted, while I've seen people slip New World Order references into the most unrelated of conversations, I gave you the benefit of the doubt as this one was far too casual and did not make sense in context. As for Farrell himself, he's exactly what I meant when I was talking about sane MRAs who hadn't been immersed in the nasty propaganda the MRM is known for perpetrating today. Despite what looks like (from reading his Wikipedia page) hints of frame-flipping and mild denialism (he reminds me of Christina Hoff Sommers), he appears nevertheless relatively admirable. It's great to see people who think independently enough to critique issues in their own movements. All too often, however, I see the constructive critiques turn into diatribes, and the folks making the critiques end up resembling S.E. Cupp. As an aside, I prefer to use the term "men's issues" rather than "men's rights" when referring to people and movements advocating for men's issues that are allied with feminists. Not only does it set this activism apart from the reactionary misogynist movements calling themselves the MRM, but it's more accurate. "Men's rights" implies that men need to be liberated or are suffering violations of their rights, when in reality, men don't need much liberating, though they do face gender inequality on fronts that are often overlooked (the fact that misogynist MRAs bring up legit issues such as custody law hurts the cause by contaminating it with their poison). Another problem is that a number of well-intentioned pro-feminist campaigners for male issues make the mistake of downplaying women's issues by claiming they've been "fixed" or that they aren't really facing any problems anymore, when this is demonstrably untrue. Can't people wrap their heads around the fact that human rights activism is not a zero sum game, and that we can focus on both very real men's issues and very real women's issues simultaneously? The One They Call Mars (talk) 16:54, 24 March 2014 (UTC)

And the predictable derail about evolution and evopsych[edit]

Back to the neoreactionary movement?[edit]

Please?--ZooGuard (talk) 10:03, 25 March 2014 (UTC)

What about it ol' buddy ol' pal? Hobby (talk) 11:34, 25 March 2014 (UTC)
This section was about links between the neoreactionary movement and the MRM. That discussion had run its course and burned out by the point where you split the EP threadjack. In fact, the last direct reference to neoreactionary/MRA links was SoT's comment on March 22 (or 22 March to you Brits) talking about how there is some overlap in neoreactionary and red pill thought, and that a movement such as neoreaction will have several paths leading to it, with MRA/PUA woo being among them. After that, there wasn't much left to talk about concerning the question of whether the two movements were truly related in spite of Anissimov's denunciation of the manosphere. Hence, we got the derailment about Atheism+, Dworkin, evo-psych, German Shepherds, and "sexual division of labor" or somesuch. The original discussion is largely a dead horse. The One They Call Mars (talk) 13:16, 25 March 2014 (UTC)
In fairless I did mention it on the 24th, but whatever. I think we can all agree that there is some overlap among the movements, but until non-radical MRAs (who I believe should now be refered to Men's Issues Advocates, thank you The One They Call Mars) separate themselves from the more radical and hateful side of the MRM, we can't put broad and sweeping statements that claim that the entire MRM has an overlap with a large part of the Neoreactionary Movement. In this same way we cannot say that all feminists have the goal of equality as many radical feminists are anti-transgender and attempt to unscientifically suppress them. We can however say that this is just a portion of the movement, and therefore not representative of the whole, while saying that most feminists strive for equality. Really this should be a talk on how many MRAs are radicals that subscribe to this line of reasoning, how many are radical but would still no accept this movement and how many are not radicals at all. - Hobby (talk) 14:10, 25 March 2014 (UTC)

Oh my goodness[edit]

I'm finally reading A Confederacy Of Dunces. My God. Ignatius stepped out of the cathedrals of text on More Right into fifty years ago. Perfect. Perfect. A bit argumentum ad cellarium, but then a logical fallacy is not necessarily a Bayesian one. YOU MUST ALL READ THIS BOOK. - David Gerard (talk) 09:41, 26 March 2014 (UTC)

Tol'ja. Really is one of the funniest books of the twentieth century. - Smerdis of Tlön (talk) 14:25, 26 March 2014 (UTC)
Already done. Nebuchadnezzar (talk) 18:54, 26 March 2014 (UTC)
I first read about in Anthony Burgess' Homage to Qwert Yuiop, his brilliant collection of book reviews with the worst title ever. That was about 25 years ago. If only I'd picked up the clue back then ... - David Gerard (talk) 19:17, 26 March 2014 (UTC)
I just started reading A Confederacy of Dunces as well -it's been popping up everywhere I look, though that's obviously just coincidence. The novel is pretty amusing -I haven't laughed out loud yet, but I'm enjoying it. --TheLateGatsby (The end of the dock ) 13:32, 23 April 2014 (UTC)
I finished the novel a few weeks ago. It was funny, and yeah, Ignatius is a full-blown Neoreactionary... and Myrna wouldn't be out of place on Tumblr. --TheLateGatsby (The end of the dock ) 21:15, 5 June 2014 (UTC)

I suppose we should write an actual article[edit]

Today was brought to you by the number 37,941 - David Gerard (talk) 21:27, 8 June 2014 (UTC)

This is the worst episode of Sesame Street I think I've ever seen. - Smerdis of Tlön (talk) 05:10, 9 June 2014 (UTC)
Brought to my attention by Justine Tunney, who has a previous history of supporting neoreaction and particularly Moldbug's stuff. Twitter thread. I suspect logorrhea-fatigue - David Gerard (talk) 09:10, 9 June 2014 (UTC)
I see Justine Tunney's now deleted all those tweets, but you should be able to get the gist from the replies - David Gerard (talk) 19:10, 28 August 2014 (UTC)


Do neoreactionaries have an overarching opinion on bitcoins/cryptocurrencies? ·Femilisk 13:13, 14 June 2014 (UTC)

Not that I've seen, though the LW associated ones seem to be familiar with them - David Gerard (talk) 22:24, 14 June 2014 (UTC)

Humour detected[edit]

[2] - David Gerard (talk) 00:12, 14 July 2014 (UTC)

Endorsed by Anissimov[edit]

At least this is how I read this.--ZooGuard (talk) 18:17, 14 July 2014 (UTC)

Anissimov versus Tunney[edit]

OK, I'm not gonna just place a cite tag. I'll research a bit.

CONCLUSION: There are many reasons for horror and laughter at the things Justine Tunney says and does ... but being a transwoman isn't one of them, this should be fucking obvious to anyone claiming to be a decent human, and Anissimov fails even more than I'd already thought. These people are just fucking awful. Anissimov pontificates without saying what he's talking about. Now he says what he's talking about. Other neos don't buy it. (Mreeoooww.) Fucking awful comments here. Nyan Sandwich, not quite so awful. more: [3] This stuff is just terrible and I don't even want to read it enough to substantiate the section. But we still need to. Ew. - David Gerard (talk) 19:08, 28 August 2014 (UTC)

Folded in. AUGH MY EYES - David Gerard (talk) 23:50, 29 August 2014 (UTC)

Anime fandom will out[edit]

Weaseloid removed the tangential bit on neoreactionaries as anime villains. I concur it was a bit of a stretch. OTOH, in other regards, we have stuff like this tweet (for this question) as screenshotted by this tweet and originally brought to my attention by this tweet, which made my day. Anime is pretty clearly in there, and all it needs is some examples. I note this post which starts "When I first got started with my reactionary writings, I thought I would be the only anime fan in these circles. Boy was I ever wrong." - David Gerard (talk) 18:28, 23 September 2014 (UTC)

I noticed something similar as well with obnoxious racists and social darwinists on Youtube comments but remember the association fallacy, alot of mass shooters brush their teeth but that doesn't mean that's what caused them to go nuts. Alot of people enjoy anime. The only reason I can think of for this is overlapping demographs (teenagers who spend too much time on the internet), unless there's a more direct connection between the two. ClothCoat (talk) 19:04, 23 September 2014 (UTC)
The claim is that neoreactionaries are disproportionately into anime. The cause is a good question. Obviously not just anime. But something about the cultural environment, and particular tropes. I think I can pretty clearly state that the "I simulate your simulation of me" in Roko's basilisk is straight out of Death Note and similar manga/anime, for example - David Gerard (talk) 19:33, 23 September 2014 (UTC)

An interesting takedown[edit]

I just found this critique of the neoreactionary movement by a self-identified anarcho-monarchist on NSG. I thought he would have been on board with Neoreaction, but it turns out he's not a fan. He makes some curious observations, some of which might be worth integrating into the article. The One They Call Mars (talk) 21:04, 4 October 2014 (UTC)

One of his conclusions is not terribly different from my own. Even if a non-racist version of this could be constructed (fairly trivial, actually), while the "global free market" exists it isn't possible. Nor will they be able to keep the global market's IT infrastructure while Balkanizing the globe. He also arrives at the conclusion that it's an essentially literary fantasy; the Byronism that seems to be at its heart is its one attractive feature. - Smerdis of Tlön, for the defense. 02:35, 5 October 2014 (UTC)
WTF is an anarcho-monarchist? How does that even make sense? *head asplodes* Surely a parody of how libertarians don't realise that the right to emigrate is similar to the right to change jobs, not a real political position.--Greenrd (talk) 12:32, 4 January 2015 (UTC)
The logic in Distruzio seems to be that the monarch is essentially powerless... or something... We're into Poe territory here (I can't figure out if it's serious alternative scenario thinking or simply for fun). Here's another take on anarcho-monarchism. I'll have to agree that this chimaera makes little sense to me (particularly in the light of the origins and history of anarchism). ScepticWombat (talk) 15:53, 4 January 2015 (UTC)

Phalangists, huh?[edit]

It's good to know that old traditions never die out completely.--Monarchofascist (talk) 13:48, 3 November 2014 (UTC)

Nyan is aware, doesn't care - David Gerard (talk) 14:59, 3 November 2014 (UTC)
It's semniotic, apparently. - Smerdis of Tlön, for the defense. 02:48, 4 November 2014 (UTC)

External links[edit]

Getting a bit fat ... anyone want to work on digesting them into the article? I'd expect the Scott Alexander and Nick Land links to stay, but if there's useful stuff in the others ... - David Gerard (talk) 17:39, 23 February 2015 (UTC)

The one I added, was mainly for the comparison of Moldbug to a Rainbow Brite villain, which made me chuckle. - Smerdis of Tlön, A ⇒ ¬A. 20:58, 23 February 2015 (UTC)
Oh yeah, I'm not suggesting taking an axe to the ELs without getting the goodness out. There's likely a lot more to say about NRx, particularly as this is pretty much the go-to article on the topic of what the fuck these people are on - David Gerard (talk) 13:05, 24 February 2015 (UTC)

A marvellous summary by Nostalgebraist[edit]

Ex-LWer (well, slightly) Nostalgebraist sums up the appeal of NRx as the ultimate defiant subcultural embrace of defectiveness:

It is the ultimate edgy subculture, in that it has no appealing qualities except being an edgy subculture — like a musical subculture that consists of congregating to listen to pure silence. (It’ll still shock, or at least baffle, your parents — and maybe that’s all you want.)

I'd have quoted it in the article, but, y'know, Toole for every pull-quote is way more artistically perfect.

Need to ask him about redigesting his post on the problem with Moldbug (and how the Anti-Neoreactionary FAQ out-Moldbugs Moldbug) too - David Gerard (talk) 08:53, 20 March 2015 (UTC)

Know Well[edit]

By the way, RationalWiki edits their capchats to make them look like death threats, and why would anyone know I'm gay if not for Facebook? I actually am. Saw it on Bill Maher's news feed WellWellWell (talk) 06:23, 8 May 2015 (UTC)

This tends to shut people up when Emma Silcowicz is brought up again. Buzzfeed censors their comments, too. Watch out for the thought police! WellWellWell (talk) 06:25, 8 May 2015 (UTC)

The lack of responses clearly shows that there's a strong amount of intellectual dishonesty going on here. You all were so fast before. The last two times. Third time's the charm?

For anyone looking on here: This was called "trolling" until I pointed all of these facts out. Why does it have to come to this? I don't care if people have different opinions from me but it doesn't change logic. Why would I retract for a reason like this? I honestly thought my computer was being hacked or something. (talk) 06:35, 8 May 2015 (UTC))

Someone didn't look through Bill Maher's facebook news feed because I'm there ;). There's people who were here who know what I'm talking about. Let's not kid ourselves. WellWellWell (talk) 06:40, 8 May 2015 (UTC)

And they're getting rid of all of their talk on here. What a shocker. They were singing the praises before. Why not now? I don't get it. I really don't. Can someone explain? Or can this go under my name on here as original research? Somehow you people already KNEW My name so why not just use "ActualReactionary"? It would be a given, considering this article's obvious slant. WellWellWell (talk) 07:01, 8 May 2015 (UTC)

"WellWellWell" works just as well in by book by the way. WellWellWell (talk) 07:02, 8 May 2015 (UTC)

For the benefit of the random passers-by: It was labeled "trolling" because the author admitted it was and tried to remove it.--ZooGuard (talk) 07:16, 8 May 2015 (UTC)
WellWellWell, your ramblings are all over the place, but I'll do the polite thing and attempt to respond:
  1. I didn't respond quickly to you, because I'm not at my keyboard 24/7, my earlier quick responses were simply because I happened to spot the comment in the recent changes feed. Why would you think otherwise?
  2. As for the capchas, I really doubt you're right. It would be both complex, pointless and perhaps even of dubious legality. The allegation simply makes you sound like a conspiracy nut - sorry to say.
  3. My lack of response is not consent, as already mentioned.
  4. Bill Maher? WTF? What has he got to do with anything?
So, what are the actual points here? Apart from some random personal griping, I really can't find anything relevant to improving the article in your meandering rants. If actually do have suggestions for changes to the article, I recommend you make a bullet pointed/numbered list, rather than this stream of consciousness spray & pray. ScepticWombat (talk) 07:23, 8 May 2015 (UTC)
You may have to wait a bit for an answer. DG whacked them with a three-day block.--ZooGuard (talk) 07:34, 8 May 2015 (UTC)
I've unblocked WWW to check the response, but encourage a reblock if DG's suspicion of a cut/paste bot is correct. Such a bot would explain the completely disjointed posts so far. ScepticWombat (talk) 07:54, 8 May 2015 (UTC)

Maybe I would if you didn't permaban my.Ip . Now please respond to my posts. Stop calling my ideas trolling. (talk) 19:15, 8 May 2015 (UTC)

No, no one is required to respond to your posts.
Your "ideas" look like trolling to me.
Either make substantial edits or fuck off. --Castaigne (talk) 19:20, 8 May 2015 (UTC)
Proof. Unblock me. unblock that IP. Thanks.
1) Sign your posts.
2) Indent correctly.
3) Couldn't unblock you. I'm not a Sysop and so do not have unblocking privileges. Sorry. --Castaigne (talk) 19:27, 8 May 2015 (UTC)

I was never being sarcastic (talk) 19:28, 8 May 2015 (UTC)

Unblock that ip. (talk) 19:29, 8 May 2015 (UTC)

Why? ʇυzzγɔɒтqoтɒтo (talk/stalk) 19:32, 8 May 2015 (UTC)

Why not respond to my posts instead of ad homium rumors? Or critiquing my "stream of conciusness" writing? You people don't care about science. So what if Correlation isn't causation? The history of Ideas is legit. And yes for the record I'm actually gay so why does it matter? Does anyone else see what I'm doing? This wasn't trolling so leave it here. Censorship isn't rational (talk) 19:36, 8 May 2015 (UTC)

Troll oʇɐʇoԀʇɐϽʎzznℲ (talk/stalk) 19:37, 8 May 2015 (UTC)

Don't feed the trolls? Unblock my ip and give me a real response. What are you people so afraid of? When you're right you shouldn't have to censor people (talk) 19:40, 8 May 2015 (UTC)

It's clear you are unblocked. Stop trolling, please. ʇυzzγɔɒтqoтɒтo (talk/stalk) 19:41, 8 May 2015 (UTC)
Eh, what are those points actually? So far I can make neither head nor tail of the rather random accusations and gripes that seem to have been tossed in willy nilly. Repeat: Make a list of your points and we might be able to respond. Haven't seen much beyond Even the block-bitching to suggest this isn't indicates a cut 'n paste bot. ScepticWombat (talk) 19:43, 8 May 2015 (UTC)

I'm not a bot. Why can't I see the this on my computer but not my phone? Oh yeah I'm blocked. Once again I haven't been sarcastic. Censorship isn't rational (talk) 19:51, 8 May 2015 (UTC)

My apologies! There are in fact people who post like this naturally, and you appear to be one - David Gerard (talk) 20:05, 8 May 2015 (UTC)

Anissimov's latest series of posts...[edit]

... probably ought to be featured more prominently, and I may add more about it. It's at least trying, in their way, to put forth a mission statement. It contains many interesting features: the repeated resort to the trope, if you're really smart you'll agree 110%, and its curious belief that advocating the abolition of democracy is somehow illegal (when it seems to me that democracy has been pretty much coopted into irrelevance with the conniving of the law.) Hell, we're rapidly approaching his ideal of a proprietary government, but the wrong people are in charge, which means it's never really been tried. - Smerdis of Tlön, LOAD "*", 8, 1. 04:20, 19 May 2015 (UTC)

Mmm. Other nrx are linking them a lot. May turn out to be worth attention. OTOH, take care with what's nrx in general and what's just Anissimov's little ways - David Gerard (talk) 13:07, 19 May 2015 (UTC)
what the
(It's fairly important, in considering this stuff, that NRx is a really pretty tiny and tight-knit internet subculture. It's like reading a newsgroup on a subject you don't actually care about to the point where you are familiar with the players. Analysing it like it's a product rather than a folk culture risks missing the point.) - David Gerard (talk) 23:52, 19 May 2015 (UTC)
Yeah, everyone else at MoreRight has dumped Anissimov - David Gerard (talk) 17:08, 23 May 2015 (UTC)
Oh good Lord. I just went down the rabbit hole. The NRx subculture has been having a GODDAMN HILARIOUS meltdown in the past couple of months. Expulsions, schisms, shitposts. They have successfully recreated student communism, except without anyone even getting laid. Hestia Society: Official Statement on the Leadership of NRx; Future Primaeval, a schism from MoreRight; "there’s an extremely intriguing experiment in authority taking place within the shadowy halls of NRx right now"; Weev vs Anissimov.
So um yeah. There's a lot more to NRx than Anissimov. To what degree it's worth researching is a separate question - David Gerard (talk) 19:07, 23 May 2015 (UTC)
I read through those links, Seems entirely ED grade material; probably some note should be taken of some of it, but I'm at a loss to say what. I'm thinking along the lines of 'it's actually an easy and attractive strategy, if you travel in hard right-wing or pseudolibertarian circles, to try to pose and market yourself as a more intelligent alternative. But, given human nature, any movement founded on such a premise has sown the seeds of its own destruction.' - Smerdis of Tlön, LOAD "*", 8, 1. 04:20, 25 May 2015 (UTC)
Literally ED-quality - these are actual ED and /pol/ people. (And Weev is odious enough to be a category of his own.) The Hestia Society is at the (pseudo-)intellectual end of NRx. Oh, Anarchopapist (Bryce Laliberte) has also dropped out/been hounded out of NRx after a blog post of his from 2010 mentioning his sexuality was quoted by another neoreactionary in 2015 and the homophobic little shits went "OH MY GOD FAGGOT". (Suggesting all these novel-length blog posts are write-only.) It really is student communism in action - David Gerard (talk) 21:48, 25 May 2015 (UTC)
I (the pseudonymous Ted Colt) am not a so-called neoreactionary even if I empathize with many such arguments. Also, please correct the link to my post regarding so-called entryism into so-called neoreaction: the post does not describe so-called entryism or accuse anybody of entryism but is a response to such accusations. Like ya'll, I think the entire kerfuffle within so-called neoreaction is silly student communist style stuff, and said so in the post you reference. Please accurately represent my years of crappy writing. Yes, I called my writing "crappy." - Tteclod (talk) 19:59, 14 July 2015 (UTC)Ted Colt
I've now described it as "an observer on the accusations of entryism flying about in neoreaction". I linked that post because it seemed a relatively coherent description of some events and concerns within the subculture (meaning most of what else I found was /pol/ and /aristoi/ posts), though of course there was Free Northerner hilariously worrying that people who are assholes but have actual social skills might steal his dank PUA tips. I shall look for sources that are more primary - David Gerard (talk) 20:38, 14 July 2015 (UTC)
I suppose there is something useful to be written about the infighting. Anissimov/Tunney would best go under there (it's a minor kerfuffle really). The question is what. It's teenage political drama from people who are definitely old enough to know better - David Gerard (talk) 09:47, 30 May 2015 (UTC)
Cheers to Ikanreed for giving a place to note this. I've compressed Anissimov vs Tunney into a footnote on schisms and purges, which is about what it deserves - David Gerard (talk) 17:24, 2 July 2015 (UTC)

Is the opposite of the neo reactionary[edit]

... the archaeo-modernist?

The moving finger write, and having writ Moves on. nor all thy Neoreactionary piety nor reactionary wit...' (talk) 16:06, 9 June 2015 (UTC)

Well, considering that Jefferson or Locke would hate the fuck out of their views, that's probably not too far off. ikanreed You probably didn't deserve that 17:53, 9 June 2015 (UTC)

Other possibilities might include retro-modernist.

For more quatrains see [4]. (talk) 18:02, 9 June 2015 (UTC)

Thiel and Friedman aren't antecedents[edit]

They're contemporaries (and in Friedman's case, part of the same social circles). Thiel is a famous proponent of very NRx ideas, so likely rates a mention; I'm not convinced Friedman does. Any disagreement? - David Gerard (talk) 20:23, 3 July 2015 (UTC)

Yup, Thiel is simply too contemporary to be called an antecedent, and judging from the Friedman stuff linked to, it's more that he includes NRx stuff in his eclectic mishmash of Galt'ish libertarianism geared towards seasteading. Though Friedman seems to share the NRx dim view of democracy, he mainly uses NRx-style "voters are stupid"-scenarios to explain away why the brilliant ideas of libertarianism haven't triumphed at the polls (citing Hoppe, a source of current NRx inspiration on the topic, along the way). By contrast with Friedman's use of the supposed flaws in popular democracy (having the wrong people) to push for a "tabula rasa" (his words) which he equates with seasteading, actual NRx'ers want to replace the government in the actual countries in which they live with some idealised autocracy that they think existed in their misty-eyed view of the past. Friedman doesn't seem to be advocating any such ideas (at least in the linked material) and doesn't seem to envision an NRx-style government for his sea utopias which seem to are envisioned as becoming libertarian wonderlands simply by having (only?) libertarians inhabit them. ScepticWombat (talk) 21:10, 3 July 2015 (UTC)
Cut Friedman (there's probably a place for it somewhere in RW, though it'd be work to make it fit seasteading, streamlined Thiel a bit - David Gerard (talk) 21:37, 3 July 2015 (UTC)

Reddit[edit] Sir ℱ℧ℤℤϒℂᗩℑᑭƠℑᗩℑƠ (talk/stalk) 19:54, 11 January 2016 (UTC)

The Channer Connection[edit]

I'm curious if anyone knows if/how the neoreactionary ideals found on the chan community derived from the various communties in the bulk of the article?

I've had a masochistic fascination with /pol/ for years and this article correctly identifies some common positions espoused there. However, I've never seen anyone specifically link out to or ever discuss the authors here. I had known of LessWrong and Over coming bias for about as long as /pol/, but never delved far enough into their cesspool to uncover their political writings, so I wasn't even aware of the similarities until reading this.

Quick aside, it's been established The Daily Stormer regularly astro-turfs /pol/ to push their views further toward TDS, as well as stormfront doing this years back.

Tl;dr what route does the information trickle from the prime neoreactionary community to the chan community? With the (possibly mistaken) observation that there do not seem to be a lot of cross-posters in these communities. I would suggest channers are at least one source removed if not more from the prime community. (talk) 23:11, 26 January 2016 (UTC)

As far as I can tell, the neonazis adopted some of the NRx jargon; and the two form a continuum of views, because the main difference is the neonazi don't bother pretending not to be 14/88 24/7 - David Gerard (talk) 17:24, 27 January 2016 (UTC)

New quotes[edit]

Yea, Toole is nice. But we've got sections sans quotes -- the horror! There's already some good quotes available from Talk:Neoreactionary_movement/Archive1#A_marvellous_summary_by_Nostalgebraist,,

And a personal favorite:

Reactionaries: The embarrassing racist relatives of tomorrow today!

oʇɐʇoԀʇɐϽʎzznℲ (talk/stalk) 22:52, 5 April 2016 (UTC)

Does every article section really need a quote? I think some articles have too many. --Ymir (talk) 23:09, 5 April 2016 (UTC)
There's nothing wrong with the quotes unless you're saying "I think reading is hard" - David Gerard (talk) 23:46, 5 April 2016 (UTC)

Phil Sandifer's book is kickstarting[edit]

[5] I edited it and have had months of lulz from it. Perhaps you will too - David Gerard (talk) 12:07, 1 May 2016 (UTC)

I think what David means to say is "if you want to see where the next wave of footnotes in this article are going to come from..." (talk) 21:23, 7 May 2016 (UTC)
And on Roko's basilisk, where I'm desperately waiting for the final release of the book so I can quote him ... - David Gerard (talk) 13:17, 17 May 2016 (UTC)

Angry birds alt right[edit] (talk) 12:53, 17 May 2016 (UTC)

This suggests more to me that alt-right could do with being broken out as a separate article - David Gerard (talk) 13:17, 17 May 2016 (UTC)

Alt-Right vs Neoreactionary[edit]

Is it just me, or are the alt-right and neoreactionaries two different (albeit overlapping) concepts? I'm not an expert on these things but stuff like The Red Pill or R/The_Donald don't really seem to be the type to invoke feudalism and traditional Catholicism while Menicus Moldbug and his ilk don't really seem like the "4chan: the political movement" atmosphere of the alt-right. MidnightBlue766 (talk) 06:46, 10 June 2016 (UTC)

Different but closely related. Need to cover the wider Dark Enlightenment (the assorted right-wing shitheads in that chart) in general - David Gerard (talk) 14:18, 10 June 2016 (UTC)
I wouldn't be surprised to find out they're literally mostly the same people. ikanreed You probably didn't deserve that 14:41, 10 June 2016 (UTC)
Well, they seem to share the ideological closeness that, say, fascists and nazis share (add or take). Meaning: they're certainly not that different from each other, but they are different enough. Reverend Black Percy (talk) 15:15, 10 June 2016 (UTC)
The alt-right just seem to be younger, less-educated neoreacts. Neoreacts are more willing to take their far-right conservatism to its logical conclusions and consider real-world implementation. The alt-right seem to be more content with just being anti-altruism dickholes content in wallowing in their misanthropy and antagonizing others for "teh lulz". Their primary driving force is maintaining the white, patriarchal status-quo, but without so much of the economic theorizing. Alt-righters who never grow out of it will probably progress into neo-reacts. That being said, i think the Nazi:Fascist analogy is appropriate too. Petey Plane (talk) 15:46, 10 June 2016 (UTC)
I've split off alt-right as a separate article - David Gerard (talk) 21:44, 11 August 2016 (UTC)

The Frankfurt School & The Neoreactionary Movement[edit]

The text I edited out seemed oddly reasoned. It for one, simply stated "right-wing" politics in its dotage. That is to say right wing politics are in a dying state which is what dotage implies. Plus, the description of such dotage being seen in all of right wing politics, is a fairly general statement. It puts a lot of weight on members of right wing ideology who may not fall to the irrationality of the Neoreactionary movement and/or may reflect a sort of "energy" that refutes the "dotage". I do think the point of Neoreactionaries reflecting charlatanry was true and consistent with the rest of the article, so I merely edited "right wing" to be "extreme right wing", as well as the phrasing of the description that followed the colon.

The even larger edit was that of tying the Neoreactionary movement to the Frankfurt School. The Frankfurt School was in itself an academic movement formulated at prestigious academic places. It is an ideological movement that set a lot of standards in social sciences and the humanities. Some of the writers are up there in the most cited social science authors in history. The Neoreactionary movement, on the other hand exists mainly on web pages and out of the mouths of incredible commentators/websites. Well it is true both ideologies are fairly deep into their sides of the political spectrum, and both tend to show verbose, they have little else in common. The acclaim and credibility of the Frankfurt School sets it up to be respectable movement in history, agree with it or not. Plus, the Frankfurt School did not represent the banner of a political movement. It was a school of thought formed by academic intellectuals who aimed for criticism of society, which did not exist to push a certain political policy, so the comment about it being to outlandish to vote for is odd, as it did not represent something nor did it push for something to vote for. It seems whoever edited this piece originally, had some gripe with right wing politics in general, as well as the Frankfurt School, as the tying together of the two movements is done by shoehorning and an "apples to oranges" reasoning. If you have any comments to make about my edit (positive, negative, or neutral), please feel free to engage in discussion with me and others below. I'll be sure to check the comments (by tomorrow at least).

PagesUponPages (talk) 02:42, 21 June 2016

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While I really can't follow the arguments made above, the basic edit is correct: there's no legitimate connection between Neoreaction and Frankfurt. The original prose was perhaps too high-minded for its own good. As for "dotage," well, at least in the US, it could certainly be argued that the conservative coalition that has led the American right for the last 50 years or so is falling apart. Jagulard (talk) 03:14, 21 June 2016 (UTC)

I think the Frankfurt School and the neoreactionary movement resemble each other in interesting particulars. Obscurantist prose is the most obvious. This obscurantism struck me as a confession of an inner weakness. At least as practised in the USA, the sorts of academic politics informed by the Frankfurt School do indeed seem like they represent leftism in its dotage. There is a flight from the center, a desire to assume ever more 'radical' poses, all expressed in 'critical theory' because this sort of extremism has more or less abandoned any attempt to do actual politics -- persuading people to adopt a political agenda, or anything else that would actually make a difference in people's lives. It's the performance of paper-radical leftism for the benefit of a tiny audience. My impression on reading especially Moldbug struck me as if I were looking at a similar phenomenon. I may have been wrong about that. In any case, I think that at minimum the comparison to Adorno and Horkheimer should stay. - Smerdis of Tlön, LOAD "*", 8, 1. 04:24, 21 June 2016 (UTC)
But is obscurantist prose enough to compare one of the 20th century's most important philosophical schools to a contemporary movement that exists solely in obscure internet websites and forums, with little academic credibility? It does not seem reasonable to think Frankfurt represents left wing politics dying out. Just look at many millennials. Many of them are center-left at least. There is a resurgence in left wing politics today, like we have not seen in quite a while. Plus, for your comment on the Fossil record summary that at least some citation to Adorno and Horkheimer, what exactly do you mean by that. Nevertheless, thanks for the response, hope you respond below and ocntinue this discussion. - PagesUponPages (talk) 13:55, 21 June 2016 (UTC)PagesUponPages
I'm seeing a point to PagesUponPages' concerns, though - the comparison is tenuous. Also, even if there is a comparison, the Frankfurt School clearly succeeded and Moldbug is utterly inept. I've seen neoreactionaries try to write in postmodernism (when they were responding to Phil Sandifer) and end up writing like Moldbug, it's ... amazing. The comparison does the neoreactionaries way, way too much credit - David Gerard (talk) 08:40, 21 June 2016 (UTC)
Glad you see my point. Especially the person referred to, Moldbug, is a good example as to why comparing Neoreactionaries to the Frankfurt School is a bit odd. It seems like a stretch to compare a movement with thinkers like him, to a movement (agree with it or not) that produced incredibly important philosophical works in the 20th century. And it is true, I agree, with even those who agreed with the initial edit, that maybe Frankfurt was a bit flowery in their language. And, maybe Jagulard is right, and the American right is falling apart. But the initial text still seems out of place and in need of editing. Plus, Smerdis of Tlon's comment assumes an interesting point, that anything out of center is a part of some flight to be radical and posture, thereby anything non-center is bound to be tied up in flaws. Which is, to me, horseshoe theory misapplied, an apples to oranges comparison. PagesUponPages (talk) 13:45, 21 June 2016 (UTC)PagesUponPages
I can definitely see Smerdis' point, too: both Frankfurt and Neoreaction are prone to very bad writing, either from deliberate obscurantism, poor writing skills, or having nothing substantial to write about. But, of course, the similarity does not necessarily demonstrate a connection. On the other point, I must disagree: Frankfurt does not suggest a collapse of the political left. The academic left, or the decline of the humanities in general? Sure, that's a definite possibility. Jagulard (talk) 14:36, 21 June 2016 (UTC)
If we define the problem as the 'alt-right' rather than neoreaction narrowly defined, they appear to have captured one of the major US political parties, which seems a remarkable achievement. Leftism in the USA has been mostly an irrelevant force until the past year or so. It is rooted in the college towns, and is too easily distracted by purely symbolic controversies. This is because it is improperly focused on 'whose voices are getting heard' rather than who has bread to eat. It has thrown the labor movement under the bus, and perceives manual workers as retrograde troglodytes, to focus on the concerns of well-educated bien-pensants. And ultimately, the influence of the Frankfurt School bears much blame for this weakness. - Smerdis of Tlön, LOAD "*", 8, 1. 16:59, 21 June 2016 (UTC)
You are correct that the alt-right has captured one of the major political parties in the United States, but I must disagree on Leftism. Your comments are essentially criticizing the turn in focus that the Left had seen around the 1940s, where the Old Left, focused on labor concerns, was left in the dust for the more identity focused New Left. And while some problems have certainly come out of this movement, I do not think the left is a completely disorderly movement because of this. It seems that this idea that Frankfurt lead to the Left's downfall is flawed, as it plays into the idea of Cultural Marxism, which is to any sane person pure conspiracy. And, it seems that the image of the Left today, being a movement that only cares about identity politics rather than practical application, is within itself flawed. Much of the Left does work towards rational and practical approaches to problems, very much so improving the lives of the economically downtrodden. The image of the Left only caring about identity politics is a poor caricature conceived by many right-wingers to downplay the movement. Plus, identity politics are typically not bad. The idea that identity politics is a waste of time is flawed, as understanding the character of individuals in society can help us (society) work to make society as a whole a better place for persons with characters that are prone to bigotry. Analyzing identity certainly is not some ivory tower, college campus mode of thinking, rooted in posturing or slacktivism. Identity analysis can reap great benefit. PagesUponPages (talk) 17:15, 21 June 2016 (UTC)PagesUponPages
The comparison is horseshoe theory in action: "I don't like these disparate things so I'll call them the same". I think the comparison should be removed - David Gerard (talk) 18:13, 21 June 2016 (UTC)
Agreed. I want to revert the changes. I corrected the page initially, removing the comparisons. But Smerdis of Tlon undid what I did. I do still want the comparison removed, but fear undoing his undoing will only bring about an edit conflict, so I will wait for him to respond. PagesUponPages (talk) 18:31, 21 June 2016 (UTC)PagesUponPages
I also think it should go, unless we can find a stronger connection (this is also a good example of why the horseshoe is such a poor theory). Jagulard (talk) 18:47, 21 June 2016 (UTC)
I'm not wedded to the text, although I think the comparison is valid. I remember reading a piece which basically said that neoreaction chose its positions mostly for the shock value of their sheer awfulness, although I seem to have misplaced the link. I do think that the comparison to Adorno and Horkheimer should stay, but don't care much about the rest. - Smerdis of Tlön, LOAD "*", 8, 1. 19:30, 21 June 2016 (UTC)
Thanks for the response. I still want to make a change, yet did not want to offend you as you redid my original one. Can I still make that change, as you have claimed not to be "wedded to the text"? If not, what do you recommend? PagesUponPages (talk) 21:26, 21 June 2016 (UTC)PagesUponPages
Good job. - Smerdis of Tlön, LOAD "*", 8, 1. 02:15, 22 June 2016 (UTC)
I can live with the current wording - David Gerard (talk) 08:28, 23 June 2016 (UTC)