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.
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.
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. 😉