Another liberal (or maybe not) notices the Dark Enlightenment

The Dark Enlightenment: The Creepy Internet Movement You’d Better Take Seriously
They may believe in the Dark Side of the Force, but these Sith Lords aren’t joking around

Blossoming on the Internet like a fetid rose, a mysterious new political movement has generated a serious and not un-terrifying critique of modern society. Its members are loud and growing in number and they demand nothing less than the elimination of the democratic system. Mostly white, male and angry, they lie in wait for the imminent collapse of civilization.

Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to the Dark Enlightenment. The Empire is striking back.

Much as Christianity grew out of the cult-sodden ferment of the Roman-occupied Middle East, the Dark Enlightenment has sprouted from the hyper-anxious anti-liberalism precincts in the darker recesses of the Internet.

So we’ve dug deep into the Web, where the movement lurks. We’ve talked online to its philosopher king, Nick Land, and we’ve conversed with his faceless adherents.

Where does the term Dark Enlightenment come from? Inspired by the pugnacious writings of Mencius Moldbug, the prolific blogger who serves as the movement’s unofficial center of gravity, the neologism is the creation of philosopher Nick Land. In 2012, Land wrote an impressively thorough manifesto titled simply The Dark Enlightenment, which boldly articulates the movement’s central thesis: “For the hardcore neo-reactionaries, democracy is not merely doomed, it is doom itself. Fleeing it approaches an ultimate imperative.” The essay continues, ”[Neo-reaction] conceives the dynamics of democratization as fundamentally degenerative: systematically consolidating and exacerbating private vices, resentments, and deficiencies until they reach the level of collective criminality and comprehensive social corruption.” No, this isn’t your grandpa’s conservatism. (Unless your grandpa was General Franco).

Why pay attention to a niche movement of political extremists who pine for the good old days of European feudalism? Because these guys mean business. The Dark Enlightenment’s desire to raze the democratic edifice of modern civilization opens the movement to darker and more subversive views. Nowhere is this more evident than its focus on human biodiversity, or HBD in insider parlance.

04 Nov 2013, Amsterdam, Netherlands — A Terre des Hommes researcher points to one of the chat sessions in a public chat room where users try and contact purported 10-year-old Sweetie from the Philippines, upper left in a computer-generated image, during a media opportunity in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Monday Nov. 4, 2013. The Dutch children’s rights organization is warning of an epidemic of children being paid to perform sexual acts via webcams and is urging police and politicians around the world to crack down on the practice. Terre des Hommes, a Dutch-based organization that battles to stop child exploitation around the world, said Monday that to gauge the scale of the problem it created a fake 10-year-old girl called Sweetie and she was bombarded with online offers to pay for webcam sex shows by child predators from around the world. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong) — Image by © Peter Dejong/AP/Corbis

What is HBD? Human biodiversity is the rejection of the “blank state” of human nature. Creepily obsessed with statistics that demonstrate IQ differences between the races, the darkly enlightened see social hierarchies as determined not by culture or opportunity but by the cold, hard destiny embedded in DNA. One blogger calls it “The Voldemort View” (adding Harry Potter to the Star Wars/Matrix mix), claiming that, “mean differences in group IQs are the most likely explanation for the academic achievement gap in racial and SES [socioeconomic status] groups.”

Cue the adherents of The Bell Curve, eugenics enthusiasts, believers in white supremacy and sympathizers of the National Socialist German Workers’ Party. In the Dark Enlightenment, we seem to have stumbled across a place where pseudo-intellectually grounded racism is flourishing in a way it hasn’t since before World War II.

In our discussion, Land was explicit in his view on this: ”HBD, broadly conceived, is simply a fact. It is roughly as questionable, on intellectual grounds, as biological evolution or the heliocentric model of the solar system. No one who takes the trouble to educate themselves on the subject with even a minimum of intellectual integrity can doubt that.”

Unsurprisingly, the Dark Lords of the Sith despise modernity’s preoccupation with “equality,” viewing it as a triumph of democratic ideology over science.

Did I mention that almost all of the darkly enlightened are white men?

Is this fascism? Desire for genetically determined ruling classes, distrust of popular democratic reform, distaste for the aesthetic standards of mass culture, and nausea over the political correctness of modern life—the Dark Enlightenment does have all the markings of a true neo-fascist movement. It’s here that the dangers of the Dark Enlightenment are hard to dismiss.

Rest at link! Good stuff!

This article is supposed to be against us. That’s the exoteric appearance. But it’s going to bring a lot of their lurkers to us. That’s the esoteric intent, that the author himself may not be aware of. Calling us Sith Lords is a nice touch, and warning that “you’d better take (them) seriously.”

This is a very positive development. The upper middle class techies are coming to our camp. We’re going to get an infusion of money and competence and real live men and women who are newly radicalized.


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37 Responses to Another liberal (or maybe not) notices the Dark Enlightenment

  1. jewamongyou says:

    Thanks for bringing our attention to this. Overall, the article is not entirely unsympathetic. Hopefully, it will get some of those faceless liberal followers to think outside the box.

  2. Paladin Justice says:

    A decade ago at least I began to feel increasing dissatisfaction with the Republican Party’s brand of conservatism. George W. Bush’s Compassionate Conservatism just wasn’t getting it done for me. Although my ancestors were liberatarians before there was such a thing, it was also becoming obvious to me that libertarianism had at least one fatal flaw–open borders. Although the summers and winters of my discontent grew, I had no intellectual structure upon which to hang my hat. In fact, I was too busy to try to develop a personal statement articulating my own views and how they differered from Conservatism, Inc. and the Rothbard/Rockwell brand of Jewish libertarianism.

    Imagine my surprise when one day about six months ago, doing research related to my race realism, sex realism, and educational realist views, I stumbled upon this website:

    The graph above I saw for the first time there. Who was this Thomas Carlyle the website named? Who was this Mencious Moldbug fellow? Excitedly, I spent many days reading and thus confirming that my own views are much closer to Neoreactionary than Reagan Republican or Rockwell libertarian. Claiming a label like Neoreactionary is certainly a radical step, but I’m probably going to do it. A country that has strayed so far into degeneracy as the US must have had a fatal flaw built into it from Day One. Certainly, I do not suffer from normalcy bias. Things are not going to ease back to normal. This clusterf*** gutter Republic is what it is, and it won’t change. But a healthy Neoreactionary movement offers a real alternative.

    Unfortunately, Moldbug’s writing style is NOT very accessible. The jargon of Cathedrals and Voldemorts is also offputting. I wish these Neoreactionary pioneers would write for the uninitiated and spell things out more clearly. Nonetheless, I get the basic idea and have seen the promised land.

    • mindweapon says:

      Awesome! Great story Paladin Justice. It’s always good to hear how people got here, because there’s certainly more people on the way!

    • Kerry Oky says:

      I always enjoy your comments. Have you read any Hans-Hermann Hoppe, in particular Democracy: The God That Failed? If not, you should as I think you will enjoy it and it will complement all of your other research. Mainstream libertarianism is indeed flawed and inconsistent in that open borders and unrestricted immigration violate property rights which are a fundamental tenet of libertarianism. Hoppe discusses this along with the degeneracy that is nutured under democracy, and lays out his vision for a society without democracy. A natural aristocracy plays a crucial role in his vision and his views seem similar in some ways to those of the Neoreactionary movement, based on the little knowledge I have of it. Please read and let us know your thoughts in future comments!

      • Paladin Justice says:

        Will check it out. Thanks for the tip. Years ago I signed a petition to stop UNLV from firing Dr. Hoppe, which they were going to do because he dared say something briefly in class that the PC crowd considered anti-gay. It wasn’t anti-gay, but the elite saw a possible way to silence him by firing him. He kept his job, but I think he may have later retired. Anyway, will check it out.

      • Matthew says:

        Paladin, I recommend skipping the first essay in The God that Failed. It covers much the same material as the other essays, but is frustrating as an overview.

  3. Mike says:

    How kind of liberals to give me a list of sites, some of which I’ve never heard of. They even put it in catagories. although I might mentally come up with my own. I clcked on a few, and they look like good stuff. Thanks, liberals!

    • mindweapon says:

      Are you talking about the site with the Dungeons and Dragons cards? that would be which is our guys. But the libs linked to Radish Mag, which is awesome.

      What’s going to happen is that their lurkers will read Radish Mag, will look into the various Dark Enlightenment sites such as Derb and Vdare and Amren and others, and self radicalize.

      • Mike says:

        I didn’t look at the radishmag site, but I will now, as you piqued my curiousity. I looked at Captian Capitalism and a little bit of Nick Lund. Pretty good stuff. I’ve never heard of Mencius Moldbug, or that he ,”was the movement’s unofficial center of gravity,” Hmm.

        I see all kinds of vectors slowly and spontenously converging into what is sometimes called “The American New Right” I don’t think it’s any one person, it’s, IMO, more like a force of nature that’s just happening. It’s highly decentralized, and that’s a good thing: White Men don’t like to be micro-managed. It’s softer than WN but harder than conservatism, inc.

        Along with the meltdown of Libtardism and the “recovery” of some conservatards, like recovery from alcoholism, it’s a beautiful things to watch unfold.

      • mindweapon says:

        I don’t think it’s any one person, it’s, IMO, more like a force of nature that’s just happening. It’s highly decentralized, and that’s a good thing: White Men don’t like to be micro-managed. It’s softer than WN but harder than conservatism, inc.

        Great point Mike. It’s the Hive Mind coming together!

  4. vikingbitch says:

    I am going to reblog this.

  5. Will says:

    I notice the Northwest Front is missing from Ethno-Nationalist portion of the chart. There has been an ongoing campaign to scrub from the web all mention of them, especially since they’ve begun to steadily gain traction. The PTB seek to keep the outdated WN 1.0’s around as a punching bag as long as possible and for good reason; they’re just so darn useful(as tools).

  6. vikingbitch says:

    Reblogged this on vikingbitch's Blog and commented:
    I like this piece. I like this site; however, a segment of White Nationalism, National Socialism, White Liberation, etc that keeps being overlooked is just regular white middle and working class women.

    The author is this blog at the end of this piece mentions how hopefully upper middle class and techie types will hopefully be attracted to the Darke Enlightenment. Great. I ask though what of working and middle class white women? What of middle class and working class whites? What of those middle aged (50s) andf older young adults (40s) who are underemployed due to the economic downturn? Is this Dark Englightenment only interested in men and money?

    I get that money is needed, but what good is that when the crash comes? Skills and relation building are key. I’ll be frank in saying that the White Nationalist Movement is remiss in reaching out to women and working and middle class whites.

    I met with a gentleman the other day who is an old White Nationalist. He stated that one way to boost the numbers of whites in the USA was/is to bring on loads of Eastern Europeans. These people are poor generally due to Bolshevism that racked their countries. He said these folks could also drive out the Mexicans. Ok.

    I don’t disagree entirely BUT, are there not hordes of redneck, middle, and lower class whites already in the States that could do that? And why aren’t they joking our ranks?

    I have a friend who comments on my blog who is composing a piece as to why White Nationalism appears hostile to women. Clytemnestra mentioned at one point the founding feminists as aligning with people of color. No doubt, but perhaps their alignment with these folks was out of economic necessity and to battle classism more than anything.

    Economics rules everything. Many lower class and middle class whites have experienced economic isolation due to the class warfare that continues to pervade White America. Many feel betrayed by Conservatism and rightfully so

    I am poor by NOVA standards, yet I live my kids and fight everyday for them. My home is clean and they are clean and friendly, yet people look down on my family because my kids share a room and we shop for second hand clothes. I am also a single and older mother and that plays a part as well. Yet I advocate for the rights of ALL whites. Many lower class and middle class whites have abandoned the idea of fighting for this country because they figure why the hell should they? The same people mascot them , use them, and then throw them under the bus.

    Money is great, but loyalty is greater. I have NEVER trashed white men, yet when I first started coming to these boards ( SBPDL, Amren) I got trashed all over the place. I have worked dangerous and hard jobs (catering, teaching and counseling in the inner city) and worked through school. Never have I experienced white privilege.

    I hope that whites from ALL socioeconomic brackets and regardless of gender or sexual orientation can unite. We need the numbers and our spirit!

    • Craig says:

      VB have you read much of Fascist Italy and women? You’d probably like it, they had feminist and traditionalist women in their ranks. Apparently the feminist women were allowed to fight and the traditional women would provide the future volk. The feminists received gongs for fighting and the traditional women received a gong(medal) after giving birth to 10 or 12 children.

      That’s what an Italian woman who has appreciation for WW2 Fascist Italy told me, she seemed like a feisty fighter.

    • Mr. Rational says:

      when I first started coming to these boards ( SBPDL, Amren) I got trashed all over the place.

      Because you eschewed the two-parent family in favor of a go-it-alone approach.

    • Thanatos says:

      “I get that money is needed, but what good is that when the crash comes? Skills and relation building are key. I’ll be frank in saying that the White Nationalist Movement is remiss in reaching out to women and working and middle class whites.”

      What the hell are you talking about? Are these not Whites and Nationalists?

      Literally like every other spot on this blog is an attempt to appeal to women. Some pieces are quasi-idolatry of white women. What more do you fucking want? The level of focus on white women by white nationalists is actually embarrassingly high,considering the lack of race loyalty the majority of them have shown.

      Why isn’t it higher? Well,let’s see…because the sun doesn’t shine out of your cunt,that’s why. Deal with it. In white nationalism,being white is enough to earn you a seat at the table. Neoreaction,however, is a different story. Neoreactionaries court the elite. The best of the best are,more often than not,men. That’s nature,cupcake.

      “I have a friend who comments on my blog who is composing a piece as to why White Nationalism appears hostile to women. Clytemnestra mentioned at one point the founding feminists as aligning with people of color. No doubt, but perhaps their alignment with these folks was out of economic necessity and to battle classism more than anything.”

      Bullshit. It was because women, of every color, tend towards collectivism. Democracy is of women. It’s practically the only thing they instinctively grasp. Democracy is hostile to whites, which is probably why WN’s eschew it, as a rule,huh? Maybe WN is “hostile to women” because women persist in believing their demotic urges have something to do with the work at hand?

      “I have NEVER trashed white men”,you say. But here you are calling them,in effect, misogynist, classist,indifferent to women, and nothing could be further from the truth. You are lying about them, or you are making pronouncements about them while being recklessly ignorant of the facts. Either way, it has the effect of trashing them. Warrantlessly.

      Everyone, take a look at the link I have placed in this comment. See for yourself the “hostility to women” of nationalist whites! Where is it? In the tasteful and quasi-religious Madonna and child-like depictions of white women jumping at you from every nook and cranny of this website? In the almost feminist “ass-kicking white woman” advertisements? In the pictures which use blonde beauties to depict the superiority of nationalist politics over democrats and communists?

      What have they failed to do to promote white women,exactly?

      That’s a rhetorical question,obviously. I don’t actually care. Your comments are more Team Woman jockeying for status that you have not earned. In neoreactionary circles,Das ist verboten. Not only are you wrong, odds are that you don’t even deserve the amount of deference and celebration you already receive as a woman.

      If you are trying to play hardball with WN,keep in mind that you are not actually needed to achieve their goals. A fertilized zygote that is pure white can, at this very moment,be created and inserted into even a non-white,perhaps a West Asian or Arab, and since white women of child-bearing age are a very tiny minority, it would be easier to do this than to strengthen our numbers the old-fashioned way. The insistence of WN’s on this method is either for mere propriety’s sake,or because this angle has simply not occurred to them. There is,however, something deliciously Machiavellian about the idea of using the wombs of the invaders as a weapon against them. It can be done.Easily. We can get the eggs from lib white women who would have no clue what they are being used for and probably wouldn’t care if they did, or using our technological prowess, create them ourselves. Human genome studies are quite far advanced, as you probably well know.

      It is only a matter of time before my idea catches on,especially if women like yourself insist on ruining it for the rest of you. My advice is to quit whining about your fee-fees and find a way to be productive, because nobody’s going to allow women to castrate the WN movement for a futile nest-building exercise that will eventually drive people away in droves as you poison the environment with your progressive hostility against masculinity. Ain’t happening,sister.

      We can do without you, but we can’t do without ass-kickers and wisemen who are,by definition,male.

  7. Cj aka Elderofzyklons Blog says:

    Reblogged this on ElderofZyklon's Blog!.

    • Interesting quote from the Sith page:
      “If you seek to aid everyone that suffers in the galaxy, you will only weaken yourself … and weaken them. It is the internal struggles, when fought and won on their own, that yield the strongest rewards… If you care for others, then dispense with pity and sacrifice and recognize the value in letting them fight their own battles.”

  8. Dan Poole says:

    A liberal website played a roll in sending me down the road to pro-White activism. That website was Media Matters. They ran several hit pieces in September, October, and November of 2011 that perked my curiosity. By March 2012 there was no turning back. That’s when I started writing pro-White articles on my Examiner channel – albeit with many of my conservative/libertarian/patriotard beliefs still infused. The Amren conference that I attended in April 2013, not to mention a heavy dose of readings by James Kirkpatrick and Paul Kersey, knocked those naive delusions out of me. Then when the Jason Richwine affair happened a month later, I came to view Conservatism Inc. with more disgust then I do liberalism.

    Anyway, here’s the point: The more these liberals point and stutter at “Dark Enlightenment” sources, the more they risk accidentally opening the minds of our uninitiated kinsmen. This is a good thing indeed!

    • mindweapon says:

      Yes! I did the same thing! Some black Boston Globe affirmative action kwalumnist, Derek Jackson, was pointing and sputtering about the Council of Conservative Citizens back in the mid 1990’s, when the Internet was still an infant. I looked them right up, and I was on my way!

      • Thanatos says:

        I love the badass titles the libs give us,i.e.”suicide bombers”,”terrorists”,”arsonists”,”fascists”,”neo-nazis”,”the Sith”,etc.

        Once they no longer have the power to vote and can be imprisoned at any time for promotion of democracy,communism, etc, we should allow a few of them to live just to think up these titles and descriptors for our PR efforts. Lord knows we haven’t exactly been top of the heap when it comes to self-promotion.

  9. TabuLa Raza says:

    Read this: P.C. libertarianism and the Jewish taboo


  10. TabuLa Raza says:

    Race & Groups: The Libertarian Blind Spot

    By John “Birdman” Bryant

    Birdman passed almost five years ago- a tragic loss. Look at the rest of his site!

    • Paladin Justice says:

      I also recommend the Birdman as he’s another one I discovered about six months ago. However, as I recall isn’t he pro-pornography. I get the impression that most of the dissident right and WNs view porn as a tool of enslavement of the white race, although there are some exceptions like the late Birdman.

  11. Attila says:

    Great networking chart —- now many of us can go check out other sites. It also shows SOMEONE has been tracking the traffic.

    • Thanatos says:

      That chart actually originated in our quarters. I believe it was Karl F Boetel of Radish who either came up with it or popularized it.This is actually the revised version. There was an earlier one which wasn’t as complete (partially because some of these guys didn’t exist at the time) and did not use the constellation model you see in this one.

  12. Attila says:

    In the meantime – please enjoy this clip about the ancient Iranian-Aryan traditions of Zurkhaneh!

  13. Attila says:

    They should worry — just the introduction to this piece of Iranian classical music (Iran, 1977) should get them to think about the Aryan soul and the darkness therein. Skulls can be heard exploding when Shajarian and Lotfi go up the scale and take off:

    • mindweapon says:

      wow great find Attila! Thanks!

      • Attila says:

        Glad you like it- music is one of the best ways of reaching down to the root, where words and concepts can’t go. This scale/mode evokes passion, struggle and patience.

      • Attila says:

        And here is another knock-out — this one evokes war drums, and the scale struggles to rise and float toward the light. Incidentally- then name of the piece is “The Place of No-Place”.

  14. AnalogMan says:

    Those who have recently found and enjoy Radishmag may be also enjoy the archives at his previous blog,

    On a less intellectual plane, here’s a Facebook page that aggregates White news and commentary. With 235,000 subscribers (the last 40K added in about the last week), it will warm the cockles of your heart if you’ve been feeling you’re all alone. These people are like children, still at the “I’m not racist” level, but teachable. There’s a wave running, and it’s running our way.

    American White History Month.

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