But there is some content, and some of it is disconcerting.I started reading a little about Reaction after incessantly being sent links to various Mencius Moldbug posts, and then started hanging out in an IRC channel with a few Reactionaries (including the infamous Konkvistador) whom I could question about it.So our advantage is that we admit our society’s imperfections, reward those who point them out, and so keep inching closer and closer to this ideal of perfect government. Suppose you went back to Stalinist Russia and you said “You know, people just don’t respect Comrade Stalin enough. It’s only when you tell them something they actually don’t want to hear that you get in trouble.Western society has been moving gradually further to the left for the past several hundred years at least. ”, society will call you a bold revolutionary iconoclast and give you a professorship.
Having judged past societies positively, we’ll then look at what aspects of their cultures, governments, and religions made them so successful, and whether we could adopt those to modern life.If you absolutely insist on imprisonment, you can always go to Europe, where there are more than enough “hate speech” laws on the book to satisfy your wishes.But a system of repression that doesn’t involve obvious state violence is little different in effect than one that does.I originally planned to follow this up tomorrow with the post containing my arguments against these positions, but this argument took longer than I thought to write and I expect the counterargument will as well.Expect a post critiquing reactionary ideas sometime in the next…week? [EDIT: The Anti-Reactionary FAQ is now available] In any case, this is not that post.