Culture of Neoreaction

I have recently been making the argument that neoreaction is a school, not a movement and not an ideology. I did not see far enough.

Bryce Laliberte’s eyes were keener —neoreaction is a culture, a culture of striving rightward:

First, neoreaction is not a movement. It cannot be identified with any individual person or group. It is a culture, with its own bywords and norms which are intended to exclude anyone who might shrink from the task of striving rightward. Individuals, groups, and organizations may persist within neoreaction, but neoreaction is always an idea beyond capture of any person, doctrine, or magisterium.

This is much better, much clearer, and more powerful. Neoreaction is not owned or managed as a school would be, because it is a culture and a culture is the creation of a society. He sees what eluded me: that while the interactions of the neoreactionaries may take the form of detailed debates among peers, academic in nature, this is merely the expression of the culture. There may be a school of neoreaction but the physical manifestation is not the thought or the soul or the animating force, merely its expression. When the finger points to the sky, the fool looks at the finger. Neoreaction as a school is the finger, but the finger points to neoreaction as a culture.

Then Bryce takes us a step further. A culture exists outside of the group, and this culture exists outside of us and has its own destiny, quite separate from ours. We cannot bend it to our will, we must bend to it. One is called into its service, for a purpose not yet foretold:

Third, neoreaction is always to your right. It does not exist for any right-oriented group’s purpose. Rather, those on the right exist for it. Neoreaction is not even for so-called neoreactionaries. You are allowed to enter its salons and discuss ideas with other like-minded and intellectually virtuous individuals, but this not for your own purposes but the purpose of neoreaction. Neoreaction is memetically sovereign; it picks and chooses what it likes from you, and not you from it.

The next step is unthinkable, logical to the point of madness.

Bryce leads us to a precipice, to an abyss and bids us stare into it.

As we peer into the infinite expanse, the mind flails and shudders:

Fourth, neoreaction cannot ally itself with anyone, but you can ally yourself with neoreaction. It cannot be subordinated, but as it is the manifestation of an organic, rightward telos, whatever would subordinate it misunderstands neoreaction and thus fails. You simply cannot get to the right of neoreaction, because neoreaction already occupies the extreme limit of rightward thought. Or at least that is the intent, and if it has not yet gone as far as it can, it will find its way there.

A culture. Striving rightward. Always to our right. At the extreme limit. Expanding across infinity, an unknown destination. It is outsideness. Nick Land called it ‘Draconian Teleology‘.

To our left is our animal nature: barbarism and savagery. To our right is transcendence. To our right lies the path to transcend our animal nature, to become more than an animal, to become something better. Man is stage of development, a path to something more than an animal. But small is the gate and narrow is the road that leads to transcendence. On either side of the road lies annihilation, oblivion, extinction. The path is narrow, stretching like a rope over an abyss. Our destiny awaits on the other side. The call comes from outside, calling forth our best. Nothing but our best will suffice. Each generation of Man is a step along the path, or a step onto the steep and slippery slope into the abyss, into annihilation, into extinction. The odds are against us.

Great men have seen this rightward voyage, this narrow path, and the black oblivion that waits to swallow all Mankind should we fail in the endeavor. Should we fail in becoming capable of making the dangerous journey. Should we fail in our striving rightward. Thus spoke Zarathustra:

Man is a rope stretched between the animal and the Overman — a rope over an abyss.

A dangerous crossing, a dangerous wayfaring, a dangerous looking-back, a dangerous trembling and halting.

What is great in man is that he is a bridge and not a goal: what is lovable in man is that he is an over-going and a down-going.

I love those that know not how to live except as down-goers, for they are the over-goers.

I love the great despisers, because they are the great adorers, and arrows of longing for the other shore.

I love those who do not first seek a reason beyond the stars for going down and being sacrifices, but sacrifice themselves to the earth, that the earth may become the Overman’s.

I love him who lives in order to know, and seeks to know in order that the Overman may hereafter live. Thus he seeks his own down-going.

I love him who labors and invents, that he may build the house for the Overman, and prepare for him earth, animal, and plant: for thus he seeks his own down-going.

I love him who loves his virtue: for virtue is the will to down-going, and an arrow of longing.

I love him who reserves no share of spirit for himself, but wants to be wholly the spirit of his virtue: thus he walks as spirit over the bridge.

I love him who makes his virtue his inclination and destiny: thus, for the sake of his virtue, he is willing to live on, or live no more.

I love him who desires not too many virtues. One virtue is more of a virtue than two, because it is more of a knot for one’s destiny to cling to.

I love him whose soul is lavish, who wants no thanks and does not give back: for he always gives, and desires not to keep for himself.

I love him who is ashamed when the dice fall in his favor, and who then asks: “Am I a cheat?” — for he wants to perish.

I love him who scatters golden words in advance of his deeds, and always does more than he promises: for he seeks his own down-going.

I love him who justifies the future ones, and redeems the past ones: for he is willing to perish through the present ones.

I love him who chastens his God, because he loves his God: for he must perish through the wrath of his God.

I love him whose soul is deep even in the wounding, and may perish through a small matter: thus he goes willingly over the bridge.

I love him whose soul is so overfull that he forgets himself, and all things are in him: thus all things become his down-going.

I love him who is of a free spirit and a free heart: thus is his head only the bowels of his heart; his heart, however, causes his down-going.

I love all who are like heavy drops falling one by one out of the dark cloud that lowers over man: they herald the coming of the lightning, and perish as heralds.

Lo, I am a herald of the lightning, and a heavy drop out of the cloud: the lightning, however, is the Overman!

What is the culture of neoreaction? It is obvious now, we have named it before. It is the Cult of Gnon.

Gnon is the Vast Abrupt, and the crossing. Gnon is the Great Propeller.


12 thoughts on “Culture of Neoreaction

  1. This still seems wrong to me. And, the incorrect understanding of Neoreaction seems to be leading towards grandiose delusions on a wide scale. I have a critique of things in this corner of the Internet that I have been thinking for a little while.

    Follow along for a moment please.

    The Dark Enlightenment is the realization that the main, well-reasoned, philosophical idea from the European Enlightenment is incorrect; that furthermore it’s promulgators may have put it forth as a justification for usurping temporal power from the ancien regime; and that current societal mores and various institutions founded on this lie are doomed to failure. This lie, of course, is that different people are equal and equivalent, despite observations to the contrary.

    Similar to how the study of proctology is performed by proctologists at various proctological institutions and that these people have their own jargon and conferences and journals, Neoreaction is the study of past social and governmental structures in order to assess their civilization-promoting features by people who call themselves Neoreactionaries and their various clubs. Neoreactionary jargon, publishing, debate, and other cultural artifacts are by-products of this loosely-organized study.


    Idea (Dark Enlightenment) ->Inspires further study (Neoreaction) -> by Neoreactionaries -> whose study organically produces Neoreactionary culture as a byproduct.

    Now, what inspires Neoreactionaries to the study of Neoreaction is a quite natural desire to maintain the well-being of their persons and property (i.e., to maintain Order) in the face of the realization that the United States and by extension their client states and official opposition (i.e. 99.9999% of the rest of the world) are founded on and completely animated by the the lie of the European Enlightenment and is thus doomed to failure. The Neoreactionary desire to fix this seems entirely reasonable to me.

    And, the study of Neoreaction seems to have organized itself into three phases:
    1) Rediscover (for example, issue-specific studies on Victorian crime rates or the effects of cousin marriage)
    2) Revitalize (for example, the evangalization of Sedevacanist Catholicism or Neo-Paganism transmogrifying in Gnon)
    3) Restore (for example, the Phalanx fraternity or Moldbug’s proposed Reaction Day).

    These steps, on the surface seem reasonable as well. But in fact they are probably delusional Utopian.

    It’s okay. Take a breath.

    In order to save the world (Utopian warning signal!), Neoreactionaries want to apply structures and concepts to the United States that are entirely alien to the national character of Americans. This means that Neoreaction’s imaginary god Gnon will eventually eat it’s worshipful child-servants in a cannibalistic feast.

    Americans are Englishmen (even the women and non-genetically English have been adopted as Englishmen) who have never had much use for a King, who fought one of the most gruesome wars (see origins of trench warfare, mechanized warfare, total war, and the concentration camp) in history to deny a substantial portion of their countrymen the right of Free Exit, and a large portion of whom act as if they are already holier than Jesus. Is there any difference, then, between the Prog Transsexual who rejects its gender and the Neoreactionary who wants Americans to accept monarchical rule? Reality still exists no matter what part is rejected by whom.

    Any appeals to Americans on the grounds of balkanized ethno-states, rule by natural aristocracy, or state-mandated traditional religion, no matter how clever, will fail in rhetoric or implementation or both. If these or other Neoreactionary suggestions are forced on the Americans, it will awaken the Mountain Of Guns in the United States, leading to widespread chaos in the worst case, or it will fail to remove the European Enlightenment-based socio-governmental structures in the also-just-as-worst case.

    Now, if Neoreaction’s Utopian ideals for the creation of long-term order in the world will fail and instead create chaos, that means that Neoreaction doesn’t occupy the extreme right of the political spectrum because the extreme right is that which promotes and actually results in long-term order. All of this talk about Neoreaction being a sovereign idea and impervious to entryism is hubris (as a thought-experiment proof, just imagine what happens when reactionary neo-chivalrists petition for equal rights for trisexual chimeras).

    In conclusion, sorry dudes. But, there is something else out here in the furthest Right, and it is waving hello to you from within the murky dusk, so to speak. It is an Order-building Order that accepts the world as it is for raw materials. And, it probably has not previously set foot in the world of men.

    But, do not worry too much. Neoreaction still has value in translating what has worked well before for promoting civilization into modern experience and terms. It just isn’t going to fix anything, though.


    • Well, I appreciate the concern troll, I know you’re offering this criticism for our own good. 😉

      You understand just enough about neoreaction to fall prey to misconceptions such as those in ‘Geeks for Monarchy’. Of course, you didn’t get the gist of this post, which is that neoreaction is not an ideology or a movement. No-one is imposing anything on anyone here. Forget all your non-sense about Kings and mountains of guns.

      We must cross the abyss or join the other 99.9% of the species on this planet that are already extinct. If neoreaction is anything, it is those who are willing to stare into that abyss and face the stark reality: the odds are against us. We live in an age of lies, but why does it matter? Not because kings are better or religious tradition is a more ‘natural’ form of government. It matters because the engines of Progress are not attempting to produce the best. They are focused on meaningless consumption, and not focused on attaining the highest goals of man. Transcendence is an imperative.

      We are pointing at the sky and you are looking at the finger.


  2. “This still seems wrong to me. And, the incorrect understanding of Neoreaction seems to be leading towards grandiose delusions on a wide scale”

    I concur. Its putting on airs without having to do the work.

    To be fair if Neoreaction was a cult it wouldnt have any of the problems it has right now. I would go more into navel gazing but this is already on the docket for a jackal hour coming in the near future.


    • Well, if this comment was meant to be a teaser for the ‘jackal hour’, you should have put an URL or how to find it. That’s just poor promotion, man. 😉

      Or maybe posting a comment with no constructive content is like ‘putting on [comments] without having to do the work.’

      Or maybe you think I literally mean NRx is a cult. In which case, you should come to our private island so we can check your phenotype. The Cult of Gnon is a reference to a post by that name by Nick Land, in which Gnon was neologized. The Cult of Gnon simply denotes those who are committed to discerning the hard truths of reality, aka Neoreaction. This seems to be getting past a lot of people. Perhaps the reference is a bit too occult.


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