Category Archives: Dark Enlightenment

Duesterberg on NRx

James Duesterberg’s “Final Fantasy: Neoreactionary politics and the liberal imagination” is a decently-written, liberal appraisal of NRx of the Mencius/Land variety.

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Andrew Sulllivan on NRx

Andrew Sullivan has a lengthy article in NY Magazine titled “The Reactionary Temptation”. The byline reads: “An open-minded inquiry into the close-minded ideology that is the most dominant political force of our time — and can no longer be ignored.” … Continue reading

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Spengler vs. Evola

In The American Conservative, Akhilesh Pillalamarri has a brief piece on “Spengler vs. Evola”: The apocalyptic worldview promoted by prominent political figures such as Steve Bannon in the United States and Aleksandr Dugin in Russia is premised on the notion … Continue reading

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The Ascent of Alfred

I just discovered this very trippy video animation by the talented NRx-er Emily Youcis, a video that celebrates the 4chan-fueled red-pilling of Alfred the Dog, his subsequent abandonment of his vegetative ways, and his eventual political ascent. Place LSD, Dali, … Continue reading

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A Brief Defense of Memes

If a photo is worth a thousand words, then a well-constructed, counter-signal meme is worth at least that much. In “A Quick Defense of Memetics”, August Rush writes: For those of us who prefer the written word, it’s easy to … Continue reading

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NRx Summary of Trump’s Victory

In “Reactionary Political Theory on Contemporary America”, Vincent Hanna summarizes the Mencius, NRx interpretation of Trump’s victory: Reactionaries attend to political reality, not to political form. In politics, reactionaries study power, because politics is the struggle for power. Reactionaries study … Continue reading

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Some Light on the Dark Enlightenment

“Behind the Internet’s Anti-Democracy Movement” is a scary piece in The Atlantic by Rosie Gray. “White House chief strategist Steve Bannon is reportedly a reader of neoreactionary political theory,” the byline reads, “A tour through the pro-authoritarian philosophy gaining visibility … Continue reading

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CA as Incubator for Trumpism

In “How the Golden State Became the Intellectual Capital of Trump’s GOP”, Jason Willick & James Hitchcock note the affinity that iconoclastic, California-based, Alt-Right styled conservatives have towards Trump, and believe it is because CA is experiencing first the radical … Continue reading

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Trump’s Terrifying Online Brigades

Historian Tom Holland compares Trump to Caligula. You can’t make this stuff up. Articles like this are just too common now to warrant commenting on. Here’s just one more. In Commentary, the Tribe (as channeled through James Kirchick) is fretting … Continue reading

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The “Strange Viral Appeal” of NeoRx

Wow, things appear to moving fast. I never expected, not for another 15 to 20 years, a NYT columnist to devote an entire column, in this election cycle no less, on the Neoreactionaries (a subset of the Alt-Right). In his … Continue reading

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