Last comments on neoreaction

I do not see much use in further criticism of neoreaction from this point onward, and will merely content myself with the following comments.

The underlying philosophical problems that currently beset neoreaction appear to have no possibility of resolution. In fact, they seem to be completely ignored or not understood at all except seemingly by Nick Land. The main problem is one of determinism versus non-determinism, with Land being fully cogent on the issue. This is the battle ground of modernity, and the central key point derived from Unqualified Reservations via the call for sovereignty of judgement. Land has happily discarded all traces of non-determinism where he could find it, and has retro fitted it with a deterministic modernist core. Right wing Marxism, Calvinism, Guattari and Deleuze – the whole Liberal tradition is reformatted under the guise of neoreaction as an attempt to at once refute modernity whilst affirming its central points of hyper subjective individuality (post modernism?). The echoing in Fascism is curious, and I say that not as a form of reproach.

In less cogent and self aware form, this rejection of non-determinism is incorporated through the approach to governance as a form of scientific endeavor which is accepted prima facie by the rest of neoreaction. Exhibit A in this can be seen from head quarters of neoreaction – The Hestia Society where it is declared:

“We don’t know enough to get all the details right yet, and the idea is too speculative for huge funding, so we can’t pull this off with a monolithic all-or-nothing moon shot strategy like Apollo. We will have to use an incrementally developed and incrementally profitable strategy like SpaceX: To build worthiness, we are doing research and working out the details of the key social technologies on a series of increasingly ambitious civilization-building projects. Eventually we will be able to build city states and fix our whole civilization.”

The clear implication here being that society is testable in a positivist manner, and is fundamentally deterministic. I follow the tradition revived by Moldbug, which can be traced through the likes of Carlyle, De Maistre and others that this is wrong, very wrong. With this in mind, compare the following quote from the Letter to France with the Hestia pronouncement:

“There’s a kind of laser called a femtosecond laser. For one quadrillionth of a second, it’s brighter than the sun. If you are acting politically on the basis of reason and reality, rather than instinct and emotion, you are not starting a fire; you are building a femtosecond laser.

The entire neoreactionary project from both the Land angle, and from the Hestia angle is an attempt to reaffirm modernity. Land is consciously doing so, Hestia is doing so without thinking it through, and in contradiction to the reactionary heritage.

With the above in mind, and disregarding the sub issue that arise from this core issue (as well as many other core issues -see how many of my points from here are refuted by neoreaction) I see no value in continuing to criticize neoreaction as I see no possibility of convergence of opinion. Determinism is built into it, and rejection of modernity is skin deep at best, though most do not see it.

This blog will attempt to carry on the development of the tradition of judgement led formalist political theory in contrast to neoreaction.

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