NeoReaction is a term that has become widely used as a sort of vague classification of the new burst in online interest in reactionary thinking, a sort of ‘new wave’ that is sometimes referred to by its more playful title ‘The Dark Enlightenment’ (a play on the original ‘Enlightenment’ period that acts as a boundary point between the Traditional and Modern Worlds)
For some reactionary thinkers however, this term is anathema, as it is seen as too closely applying to a secular and in some cases anti-Christian ideological network. The criticism is put forth by two thinkers I enjoy reading, namely Zippy Catholic and Bruce Charlton (who is Mormon for those who are wondering)
Charlton expands his criticism to encompass the infinitely more vague ‘Alternative Right’ as well as the ‘Manosphere’, the online network of men’s rights activists who have become disenchanted with the gynocracy present in modern society, particularly in the legal and judicial realm. The general feeling is that those seeking reactionary political goals without their necessary religious undercurrent are to be cut off.
I actively identify this neoteric blog with the ‘Orthosphere’, which I would say is the religious counterweight within NeoReaction, sometimes referred to under its more classical name ‘Throne & Altar Traditionalism’. This is recognized as one of the three branches of the new wave in reactionary thinking. Michael Anissimov puts it in the following way in his posting ‘http://www.moreright.net/neoreaction-is-analytic-rightward-synthesis/‘.
“Neoreaction (NRx) has been described as a trichotomy between Scientifically Aware Ethno-Nationalism, Techno-Commercialism, and Throne-and-Altar Traditionalism.“
Most of the attacks against the Faith have come from the Techno-Commercialist strain which is largely centered in California, San Francisco in particular, though I will note with regard to Anissimov who is a leading voice within this strain, despite not being a Christian to my knowledge, he appears to hold the moral system in high regard and has gotten into trouble with other reactionaries due to a zeal for purity against such deranged individuals as ‘transgender’ deviants. Though I disagree with him on many issues including his love of transhumanism, I have to admire his bold social traditionalism in the black heart of homophilic America.
The Ethno-Nationalist branch of NeoReaction has a cordial alliance with the Christian Traditionilists with the exception of some crazy Nordic-Religious-Revival enthusiasts. I think this may be due to the similar geographical spread of Ethno-Nationalist focused reactionaries and Christian Traditionalists. This is in contrast to the cosmopolitan nature of the tech junkie side of the new wave, which is saturated due to its environment with the presence of anti-Christian ideas and social decadence.
In closing, I feel strongly we should analyze the work of men like Moldbug and his contemporaries, and engage with them as the theonomic wing, with the intent to swallow this movement into our own vision for a new golden age. Christians do not run from heresy and sin, they seek to purify it and drive the evil forms from their host.
God willing, the reactionary dawn will leave secularism in the dust where it belongs, and ignite a new age with the fire of the Divine Realm.