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Anissimov and Company Declare Themselves Reactionary December 1, 2013

Posted by Summerspeaker in Despair, Evo psych, Technology, The Singularity, Transhumanism.
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so it has come to this

See Klint Finley’s take on this new movement:

So what exactly is the Cathedral stopping neoreactionaries from talking about? Well, the merits of monarchy for starters. But mostly, as far as I can tell, they want to be able to say stuff like “Asians, Jews and whites are smarter than blacks and Hispanics because genetics” without being called racist. Or at least be able to express such views without the negative consequences of being labeled racist.

Speaking of which, neoreactionaries are obsessed with a concept called “human biodiversity” (HBD) – what used to be called “scientific racism.” Specifically, they believe that IQ is one of – if not the – most important personal traits, and that it’s predominately genetic. Neoreactionaries would replace, or supplement, the “divine right” of kings and the aristocracy with the “genetic right” of elites.

To call these claims “controversial” would be putting it lightly, but they underpin much of anti-egalitarian and pro-traditionalist claims neoreactionaries make. Delving into the scientific debate over race, genetics and IQ is beyond the scope of this article, but I’ve included some links on the topic in the reading list.

It’s not hard to see why this ideology would catch-on with white male geeks. It tells them that they are the natural rulers of the world, but that they are simultaneously being oppressed by a secret religious order. And the more media attention is paid to workplace inequality, gentrification and the wealth gap, the more their bias is confirmed. And the more the neoreactionaries and techbros act out, the more the media heat they bring.

I don’t have time to address this in any detail, but it’s worth being aware of. These folks literally want closed hierarchical societies in the mold of nineteenth-century Europe but with super tech. It almost seems like self-parody or trolling.

P.S. Check out Michael Anissimov’s Twitter feed if you really want to be horrified.

P.P.S. Also see Rick Searle’s take.

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1. Aisling - December 7, 2013

As someone who is currently working on a critique of Anissimov and friends, the more I learn about these people, the more bizarre they seem. It’s almost like they’re just a bunch of sci-fi/fantasy nerds who got waaaayyy too into steampunk and started basing their political views around neo-victorianism or something. I will say that they don’t strike me as particularly dangerous simply because they’re very small in number and weak in argument, kind of like the ideological equivalent of a racist uncle who is unpleasant to listen to, but also near impossible to take seriously. Oh well, I suppose every generation needs it’s own contingent of past-fetishizing sentimentalist curmudgeons.


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