When the Enlightenment of the 17th and 18th centuries hit the scene, it captured the imaginations of forward thinkers in the arts, science, philosophy, and even religion. But that Enlightenment began to twist and turn back on itself with the French reign of terror in the late 18th century, the fashionable nihilism of the late 19th century, the militant leftism of the early 20th century, the contortionist post-modernism of the middle 20th century, culminating in a thoroughly foul and corrupt “politically correct” quasi-leftist pseudo-enviro-kleptocracy of the 21st century.
It goes without saying that these excesses of “the old enlightenment” will create a lashback effect. But although one can see aspects of emotional lashback in various writings that fall into the numerous categories of “The Dark Enlightenment,” that is not what TDE is primarily about.
If one looks closely at essays such as this or this, or the essays of Nick Land, the deeper thinkers of TDE movement are not only pointing out the mistakes of the old enlightenment, they are attempting to reveal a more honest and intellectually sustainable path to the future.
Only a small proportion of those who would ordinarily be sympathetic to the ideas of TDE will actually take the time to learn what it is all about. Not many modern university professors will have students read TDE essays or books, and the topics will be rarely discussed seriously at cocktail parties in Manhattan, London, or Toronto in the immediate future. But some of the seeds are putting out both green shoots and deep roots, and the ideas are too widely spread to be easily eradicated.
Revolutionary movements tend to incubate in whatever patches of ground that will sustain them, until they are ready to take advantage of an unforeseen opportunity to emerge in apparent strength.
I suspect that TDE will require at least one more human generation of cross pollination and incubation before it is ready to impact global thought from a position of power. It will not likely be referred to as TDE by then, and few if any of the most outspoken proponents of TDE will still be around to see the movement to any sort of triumphant entrance on the world stage.
But the old enlightenment has created a broadly degenerative and dysfunctional political and governmental environment across the western world. Anger and alienation are increasing, and strong and violent pockets of anarchy are sprouting from Paris to London to Philadelphia to Sydney.
You do not have to go to Durban or Sao Paolo to see that kind of wanton third world violence any longer. Since the election of US President Obama, the growing sense of high level anarchy and lack of accountability have only become stronger.
Do not expect your government to save you. Just try not to let your government destroy you.
It is never too late to have a dangerous childhood.