Saturday, June 13, 2015

Neo-Confederates the original neoreactionaries, the original Dark Enlightenment practicioners

There is a new movement called neoreactionaries and they also call their views the Dark Enlightenment (which is a self-contradictory term, Dark Enlightenment.)

It has gotten more attention since recently a technical conference invitation to a neoreactionary was rescinded when his neoreactionary advocacy under the pseudonym Mencius Moldbug became known. This is his blog:,

There are some articles giving an explanation of their views.

They believe in a society where a few dominate the many and are anti-democratic and anti-egalitarian.

Reading about their views you can see that they are largely the same as those of the neo-Confederates. They share neo-Monarchist views with the people.

It may be that some neo-Confederates are consciously self-identified as neoreactionaries, I don't know, I just discovered the movement.

It seems that one of my critics, J. Arthur Bloom, opinion editor of the Daily Caller, a right wing website, is a neoreactionary or close to it. Though with this article it seems that he is writing about neoreactionaries as if he wasn't part of their movement. It is hard to tell:

I had blogged about J. Arthur Bloom's writing about myself in these blog posts.

It appears that his forum at which posted his attacks on me is neoreactionary or a forum for these views or a forum with neoreactionary contributors.. This is one posting.

This is one of Blooms postings. He would like to see Lindsey Graham stage a coup.

I don't know how much of a threat this movement really is. If you go to and read the descriptions you see a list of people who really think they are so very clever.

Now that the neoreactionaries are in the news the neo-Confederate movement will likely be interested, though some of the views of the neoreactionaries will upset the neo-Confederates. I think will be most receptive to them.

One reason the neoreactionaries are in the news and the article by which I discovered their existence is the following Slate article in which the author David Auerbach is upset that neoreationary Curtis Yarvin was dis-invited from a technical conference.

David Auerbach doesn't see the relevance of Yarvin's views to the technology conference. However, there are several.

One is that it is the purpose of most STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) organizations to work to get URM's (Under Represented Minorities) involved in STEM fields. Giving Yarvin a platform to enhance his credibility would undermine a goal broadly shared by the STEM professions. Yarvin has a right to freedom of speech, but not a right to be invited by an organization.

A great many people in the STEM fields are in these fields by a series of measures of a democratic American society over the centuries to enable people to get a scientific education starting with free public education, land grant colleges, G.I. Bill for veterans to get a college education, the system of Community Colleges, etc.  The ability to pursue interests and a career in STEM fields is not limited by caste or privilege. It should not be surprising that a speaker who advocates a political system where the majority or at least a large minority of the people in STEMs fields would be rejected or excluded is not going to be welcome by people in the STEM fields.

Finally, science was a central part of the Enlightenment so if you are an advocate of the "Dark Enlightenment,"if you are anti-Enlightenment, don't be surprised that the STEM societies don't want you.

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