Some Basic Reading via Nick Land

If a person doesn’t understand the background and historical parallels that help clarify current events, he cannot make sense of what is happening or where things are likely to go. Most of the important data is concealed, so that one must complete the picture from just a few pieces. And the picture is constantly changing.

Nick Land is one of the most seminal thinkers of an emerging political philosophy sometimes referred to as The Dark Enlightenment. Land’s web articles, essays, and links on his sidebar, provide useful ideas and point to other things that need considering.

Probably the most cogent introduction to the ideas surrounding “The Dark Enlightenment” can be found in Nick Land’s 10 part essay on the topic:

The Dark Enlightenment – Part 1
The Dark Enlightenment – Part 2
The Dark Enlightenment – Part 3
The Dark Enlightenment – Part 4
The Dark Enlightenment – Part 4a
The Dark Enlightenment – Part 4b
The Dark Enlightenment – Part 4c
The Dark Enlightenment – Part 4d
The Dark Enlightenment – Part 4e
The Dark Enlightenment – Part 4f(inal)

We have learned a great deal about humans and human nature since the grand 18th century enlightenment ideas were first put into practise. Political philosophies which seemed not only admirable, but also practicable, no longer appear so promising. In fact, it is fair to say that things can no longer continue as they are, for very long, in the liberal enlightenment western world.

One of the links at the lower end of the sidebar, points to . This PDF document describes some critical instabilities in the current international banking system. It explains how the entire system might easily collapse.

Another link near the one above, points to “Dysgenics”. This PDF document looks at human genetic change, and how such change affects average human IQ levels — and how such changes in average IQ levels are likely to affect the ability of human societies to solve problems and continue to function in an increasingly complex technological world. More useful background

Both of the above documents look at innate instabilities in modern human societies, but from different standpoints. It is crucial for humans who would like to be aware of what is happening to be able to analyse important phenomena on multiple levels, from different directions.

After reading the material provided by Nick, one could easily conclude that the modern world that we know is doomed. And that is very likely. Not that we are doomed, not that humans in general are doomed, but rather the modern “enlightenment” world as we know it is doomed.

Most of us are entangled in a world of over-specialisation, requiring us to trust “the experts” to handle their various fields of expertise. Such a system works as long as the experts are kept honest. It is clear that such is not the case today, in fields where politics plays an important role. From government to media to academia to law to the full range of political activism and lobbying, spokespersons can never be fully trusted to reveal what ordinary persons need to know, without misleading them.

Some forms of war, collapse, large scale political dissolution, and widespread anarchy seem likely to occur over the next few decades — for purely political/economic reasons. No nation is likely to escape unscathed, and some will be wiped from the maps altogether.

Napoleons, Hitlers, and Alexanders still walk the Earth hungry for conquest. We have not yet seen the end of history.

Smart persons will choose their locations carefully. They will select among communities, choosing those that incorporate the highest levels of trust, cooperation, resiliency, and understanding of differences in personal habits and beliefs.


More: Michael Anissimov recommends the building of communities of like mind

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4 Responses to Some Basic Reading via Nick Land

  1. Craig says:

    Well, I hate to say it, but this was either mostly over my head or some level of gobbledygook. I could follow much of it and make sense of some of it. Unfortunately it seemed short on any conclusions or the roundabout was more than I could hang on for.

    I went on to read Moldbug’s Open Letter and was far more informed and entertained. They both are saying essentially the two choices we have in the West are both false. Conservatives come off badly – stupid, uncritical. Progressives come off as intolerant, blind and overly confident of their brilliance – which is exactly what they accuse the right-wingers of being (as well as being criminally stupid).

    Regardless, I’ll still throw my hat in with the right if these are the choices we are forced to endure. I fail to see a third way emerging any time soon. (yes, it is depressing)

    • alfin2101 says:

      The most meaningful third way is a careful and methodical step by step separation from as many levels of government as possible. It would be best done on a community level, or better yet on a county level.

      People who live in deep rural areas already learn to provide most services for themselves. I like the Arthur Robinson model as well as any. Homeschooling on the ranch while doing high level scientific research, running multiple home businesses, and participating closely in a number of local and national activist associations, both political and scientific.

      If you could grow multiple communities of families like that, you would have the beginnings of an extended cooperative of competent people with similar goals.

      The Obama administration has worked hard to make more and more people dependent upon government. That is the path of rapid and large-scale decay.

  2. Sam says:

    The ideas of the Dark Enlightenment are reasonable. The conclusions of what to do about them are absurd. The Dark Enlightenment crowd says we should have kings. What nonsense. We had a perfectly reasonable way to handle the societal problems of the Dark Enlightenment. Pole taxes and literacy requirements for voting. It is my belief that this is just another distraction like Libertarianism.

    • alfin2101 says:

      There are multiple trains of thought running through The Dark Enlightenment, with multiple forms of government being proposed. Some form of monarchy is one of the many types of rule being proposed in order to oppose the mob-rule aspects of modern democracies, which appear to be in death spirals of debt and demographic decline.

      The mob will no longer tolerate poll taxes — or even valid ID requirements in many places. The mob has taken over, and the chain reaction of decline is well and truly reaching critical mass in cities across the western world.

      True, productive, realistic political philosophy is very difficult, dense with information, logic, and history. The 17th/18th century enlightenment was truly a wonder, involving the participation of great minds the likes of which the world may never see again.

      But the foundation they laid was not good enough to prevent the eventual takeover by the mob. And now, things have gone much too far to simply turn back the clock using simple tweaks.

      Things are likely to get interesting, and it is best that people start thinking about what they may wish to see emerging on the other side.

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