Western society has been moving gradually further to the left for the past several hundred years at least. ”, society will call you a bold revolutionary iconoclast and give you a professorship.
It went from divine right of kings to constutitional monarchy to libertarian democracy to federal democracy to New Deal democracy through the civil rights movement to social democracy to ??? If you catch up to society as it’s pushing leftward and say “Hey guys, I think we should go leftward even faster! If you start suggesting maybe it should switch directions and move the direction opposite the one the engine is pointed, then you might have a bad time. Mention that you think we should undo something that’s been done over the past century or two. Go back to sterilizing the disabled and feeble-minded.
If you really need convincing, suggest re-implementing segregation, or how about slavery? In America, it will get you fired from your job and ostracized by nearly everyone.
Depending on how loudly you do it, people may picket your house, or throw things at you, or commit violence against you which is then excused by the judiciary because obviously they were provoked.
Having judged past societies positively, we’ll then look at what aspects of their cultures, governments, and religions made them so successful, and whether we could adopt those to modern life.
Much of this will be highly politically incorrect and offensive, because that’s what Reactionaries do.
I started reading a little about Reaction after incessantly being sent links to various Mencius Moldbug posts, and then started hanging out in an IRC channel with a few Reactionaries (including the infamous Konkvistador) whom I could question about it.
Obviously this makes me the world expert who is completely qualified to embark on the hitherto unattempted project of explaining it to everyone else. But the fact is, I’ve been itching to prsent an argument against Reactionary thought for a long time, but have been faced with the dual problem of not really having a solid target and worrying that everyone not a Reactionary would think I was wasting my time even talking to them.
And when I ask them to explain, they say it’s complicated and there’s no one summary of their ideas. ” Part of me secretly thinks part of the answer is that a lot of these beliefs are not argument but poetry.
Try to give a quick summary of Shelley’s Adonais: “Well there’s this guy, and he’s dead, and now this other guy is really sad.” One worries something has been lost.