Visualizing Neoreaction

It’s a sign of maturity that the neoreactionary movement has begun to go “meta” on itself. Scholars of the Dark Enlightenment are beginning to ask self-reflexive questions about who they are, where divisions lie, and what it all means.

1. AnomalyUK frames neoreaction as a critique of the abstract ideals of democracy, justice, and equality.

2. Nick Land charts three paths in neoreaction: traditional theonomists, ethno-nationalists, and techno-commercialists.

3. Spandrell charts more or less the same paths: religious/traditionalist, ethnic/nationalist, and futurist/capitalist.

4. At Thumotic, Frost categorizes neoreactionaries as secular, Christian, and nihilistic.

Here, I try to visualize the topography of Neoreactionary Space, taking from the frameworks above as well as adding my own. This visualization is a work-in-progress, and I hope it will eventually be interactive. Please do leave suggestions, corrections, or additions in the comments section. Click to enlarge.

Networks of Dark Enlightenment


Updated to include a couple bloggers. If you leave suggestions about other bloggers to add, also leave suggestions about where they should go or how to tweak the labels.

And while you’re at it, take Rachel Haywire’s fucking hilarious Reactionary Quiz.


123 responses

  1. bolo451

    You left out the section for the Theocratic Anarchist. Most of you here, don’t have a clue as to how the world really works. But, I suppose someday you will. Either from “within” or “without.”

    You need to come to terms with the designation, DVD. I’m not talking about the Digital Video/Versatile Disc. Nor, am I speaking of the Deutsche Vereinigung für Datenschutz. Try adding Verteidigungs Dienst, in the second and third positions.

    In this world, we have to learn to become proactive, far more than we have displayed to date, reactive. The last century alone, is too much evidence to this — reactive.

    April 28, 2013 at 10:53 am

  2. (Ex-Army, Libertarian Nationalist)
    Belongs somewhere in between Steve Sailer and Dennis Mangan.

    April 28, 2013 at 1:35 pm

  3. You should add Bob Whitaker under ethno-nationalists.

    May 6, 2013 at 6:21 am

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  5. The founding text for The Dark Enlightenment ought to be Ruth Millikan’s Language, Thought, and Other Biological Categories: New Grounds for Realism. That is where the connection between Darwinism, semantic realism, realism about truth, scientific realism, realism about knowledge were all laid (way back in 1984).

    May 10, 2013 at 5:31 pm

  6. lucklucky

    Hmm i notice a shift… Democracy and Equality is still contradictory, not much as Freedom and Equality but still is…

    May 19, 2013 at 12:39 am

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  9. I’m a bit surprised Captain Capitalism isn’t linked at all to “economists” – he doesn’t obsess over it but he is one and does bring economics up every once in a while.

    May 28, 2013 at 3:05 pm

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  16. William R.

    You should add Brandon Adamson in there. He runs a group called (organization of politically conservative artists.) He has a blog called randombrandon and would fit a bit to the northeast of John Derbyshire…up toward the futurists but not quite that high.

    February 24, 2014 at 4:55 pm

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