More Dark Enlightenment self-reflection via Spandrell.
We can thank Nick Land for coining the phrase “optimize for intelligence” because it provides a terministic frame for discussing the vital heart, the gravitational center, of neoreactionary thinking. We all agree, as Spandrell says, that progressivism is no good. Why isn’t it any good? Because it optimizes for stupidity, dysgenic breeding, racial spoils, resentment, a crumbling infrastructure, corporate cronyism, an ever-decreasing space exploration budget, an education policy that caters to retards, 30 low-IQ immigrants into the West for every Brahmin genius, et cetera, et cetera.
Critiquing these facts is fine, but we must also ask the obvious follow-up question: For what should society optimize instead? What should we incentivize, and what should we disincentivize?
I side with the techno-capitalists in saying that we should optimize for intelligence and scientific advancement. I don’t know about you, but I like living in a world with electricity, penicillin, indoor plumbing, air-conditioning, airplanes, automobiles, the internet, chemotherapy, SpaceX, cell phones, breathable fabrics, artificial limbs, 3d printing, and the possibility of avoiding human extinction at the hands of a rogue asteroid or natural climate change. Part of the reactionary awakening is the realization that technological advancement is not guaranteed, and that the West had better reclaim its mandate for scientific excellence unless it wants the Far East to take the mantle.
If there’s any intellectual project that should go forward in the reacto-sphere, it should be a collaborative study of the history of science, in order to better understand under what conditions intelligence thrives and scientific advancement leaps forward.
Of course, if the West is incapable of sustaining its techno-commercialist trajectory, then optimizing for ethno-stability seems a second best option. Europe still has enough time, barely, to curtail its suicidal immigration policies and, following Switzerland or Liechtenstein, to settle into a comfortably regionalist (though technologically stagnant) existence. America is a lost cause in this regard; white Anglos will be only half the population in our lifetimes. This demographic reality is one of the major reasons I side with the techno-capitalists; ethno-nationalism is not a luxury afforded to a white American circa 2013. And anyway, I’d much prefer living life in a world run by high-IQ East Asians than in some ethnic bunker, limned on all sides by barbarian hordes.