Where Does Al Fin Fit in the Dark Enlightenment?

One Web Topography of the Dark Enlightenment

One Web Topography of the Dark Enlightenment from HabitableWorlds.Wordpress.com

As you can see from the images above and below, “The Dark Enlightenment” is not a simple movement. The image above divides the movement into 9 different categories, listing some of the members of the individual groupings. The Venn diagram below fuses three separate categories into the one category of neoreaction, in an attempt to illustrate how things come together.

Nick Land  Dark Enlightenment Venn

Nick Land Dark Enlightenment Venn

Technically, Al Fin does not strictly belong in any of the categories pictured above. But much of the material one finds in the Al Fin blogs does tend to overlap with “The Dark Enlightenment.” What is TDE?

In brief, TDE is an acknowledgment of everything that humans have learned about themselves since the enlightenment of the 18th century. The enlightenment that gave birth to both the American and the French revolutions did not have the benefit of modern science, or the centuries of observation of the human condition under the rules of that very enlightenment. Humans have learned some hard lessons since then.

First of all, TDE rejects political correctness and egalitarianism. We have learned from genetics and biometrics — as well as from simple observation over time — that human evolution was divergent for isolated breeding populations. Different groups of humans have different characteristics, physical, emotional, and cognitive.

TDE looks to many of the time-proven traditions of the past to provide stability, as well as to the promise of the future to provide more choices.

TDE rejects democracy in its purer forms, as a “rule of the mobs,” leading to deep and long-term dysfunction every time it is allowed to continue for a long period of time.

And much more. For a long list of reading material on TDE, go here and scroll down.

Here is an article containing information and links providing more reading about the ongoing web discussions and essays on TDE.

Heroes of Dark Enlightenment

Library of the Dark Enlightenment: Books & Articles

The Dark Enlightenment Reading List: Books

What does Al Fin say about TDE? It is a movement still in its infancy, but it has the potential to spread to young people who are looking to rebel against the stagnation and quasi-fascist drone-like conformity of most philosophies found at university, in the media, within government, and in the most prominent intellectual circles.

Anyone much over university age is likely set in their ways and less receptive to different approaches to familiar ideas. But university students and others who have been alienated and disenfranchised by the politically correct dysfunction within modern western democracies, might resonate to some of these ideas if presented properly.

Al Fin’s Next Level comprised of interlocking networks of very Dangerous Children is a much grander vision, of course, but it is not for everyone. 😉

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4 Responses to Where Does Al Fin Fit in the Dark Enlightenment?

  1. Craig says:

    I’ve been following the “Reactionary” movement via blogs – probably found linked on Al Fin’s blogs – for some time, but still find the whole thing ambiguous, wanting… Perhaps that’s the point. It’s like we all know instinctively things can’t go on the way they are much longer, but there’s no clear consensus on which thruster to grab onto and ride it to the next level as you call it. There’s like this whole universe of insight, ideas even some brilliance on the Internet that has almost zero application in one’s day to day life.

    Every interesting concept, every revelation of a higher concept I find myself giving it the Shirley test. Shirley is a friend in her 50’s, perhaps the single finest human being I know, but she is so very conventional, so brainwashed and so typical I try to imagine how any of it would apply in her world. Frankly the whole reactionary movement might as well be pure Romulan to her. This is why I feel this is going nowhere and world will continue spiral downward.

  2. alfin2101 says:

    Right. The Dark Enlightenment would not register on the psych-o-meter for conventionally programmed persons. The same would have been true for every large scale revolutionary mass movement, one generation before the deluge. These things tend to happen quickly, once they pick up steam and take over the brains of the opinion-makers (or the brains of the people who control the opinion-makers).

    But your criticism is quite apt, as to the lack of cohesiveness or direction in TDE. It still seems to be in the bull session mode, without any outstanding voices. Anyone who stood out would be hammered by the mainstream. But since Obama, the PC mainstream itself has grown more erratic and confused.. Sooner or later something has to give.

    But you are probably right that the TDE is a long way from being ready for prime time. But even without TDE as a mass movement, the ideas can’t be suppressed or kept from the truly bright and curious. Perhaps that is why the PC mainstream has worked so hard to dumb down as many children as possible over the past few decades.

    The idea for The Dangerous Child is still in its infancy, but there has never been any question in my mind as to the need.

  3. Craig says:

    There was a guy a few years ago that went by the name Doc Zero. He wrote essays that were pretty hard hitting – mostly political – with such clarity of thinking and morally upright that I was reminded of Ender’s brother Peter from the classic sci-fi novel Ender’s Game (which I hear is coming out as a feature film soon). Orson Scott Card was way ahead of the curve in so many aspects with that novel, but the one that stuck with me was Peter and Valentine’s essays each would write under a pseudonym on Card’s version of the Internet. It literally was a reactionary movement that changed the world. I’d pretend that Doc Zero was Peter. He had gained a solid following and I thought it just might turn into something big.

    But alas the mainstream came knocking at his door and he went to work for Human Events as a rather conventional commentary writer named John Hayward. I have since lost track of him. And you’re right – there is some outstanding writing and even brilliant insight in this burgeoning TDE realm, but no one is really a rock star yet.

  4. Borepatch says:

    Not sure about the whole “everyone over college age is set in their ways” thing. I found myself harboring deviationist thoughts in my 30s, and making a clean break in my 40s. The blogosphere certainly helped in the second, but I was doing the first (e.g. Gun Control is stupid, despite what you read in the Washington Post) all on my own.

    I’d think that in this day of Reddit, peoples philosophies will remain fluid much longer. Probably a good thing considering how the Academy is nothing but an indoctrination camp now.

    BTW, bust found your new site. I’d say “welcome back” but you haven’t been gone. Got some reading to do in your archives.

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