One of the tricky parts about accepting the ideas of The Dark Enlightenment is understanding how all the pieces come together. Meta-analysis of who we are has been happening for a while now. This is a necessary step towards understanding who we are and how we can best achieve our goals.
To my knowledge though (feel free to correct me if I am wrong), no one has performed such an analysis on The Cathedral, that entity against which we strive. It occurred to me that The Cathedral can easily be described as pieces on a chessboard, so that is the avenue I shall pursue.
First off, the pawns. Pawns get a bad reputation for being dispensable, but this viewpoint lacks nuance. Pawn position shapes the field of play across the board, and one correctly positioned pawn can subtly destroy an offensive or viciously undermine a defense. Similarly, the positions taken by your average progressive (but especially the brahmins) hold sway over the political discourse in the United States. Most liberals and progressives thus fall under the classification of pawns.
The minor pieces (the Knights and the Bishops) are more flexible and far-reaching than the pawns. Their Cathedral equivalent would be entertainment fixtures and public figures who perhaps do not comment on the news, but voice progressive viewpoints and support progressive causes. Websites like Cracked, Jezebel, and Salon would fit into this category, as would celebrities like Angelina Jolie and Jim Carrey. Many lower-level elected officials fall into this category.
Next, we move to the major pieces, which in chess parlance refers to the Rooks and the Queen. The rooks can be thought of the majority of universities and media outlets across the country. Working together, they provide a powerful punch to alter how the pieces move across the board. Similarly, universities and media outlets are a potent combination that fundamentally controls how the debate over all issues in the western world is framed.
The Queen is the most powerful single piece on the board. However, its real world equivalent is not a single entity, but several. The queen is The Cathedral itself, and more specifically, all the organs that compose it. This means The New York Times, the three branches of government, Harvard, Yale, and Princeton, and a few other high-level and incredibly influential organizations. The top-level figures in news, education, and government all fall under this classification.
And what is the King, the piece that signals the end of the game if it falls? The ideology of modern liberalism itself. Without it, all these other pieces mean naught.
I could probably stop here, but it seems distasteful to leave this metaphor only half completed.
Extending the analogy to the Reactosphere is nebulous, in part because it is still growing and developing, as opposed to the established order of The Cathedral, and also in part because Chess fundamentally implies a symmetrical conflict, of which this war of ideas most certainly is not. However, after wading through the muck, I think I’ve dragged out a reasonably accurate characterization.
The core distinctions that form the framework of this analogy are based off of Anarcho-Papist’s Taxonomy of the Reactosphere. It would be prudent to familiarize yourself with that piece before reading further. Understanding the various themes and specialties of certain bloggers might also help one better visualize the pieces in play here, but it is not necessary for the comprehension of this particular interpretation.
The pawns in our side would be your average individual who reads reactionary blogs and sometimes even comments, but lacks a blog or other platform from which to espouse such ideas. These foot-soldiers will become increasingly important in the long-term (very long-term?), but for the next few years growth in the number of pawns will only serve as a measure of how easy it is to notice the societal dysfunction.
The minor pieces would be those Dark Enlightenment blogs categorized as Commentary, as well as those considered Data Theory/Sciences. Invaluable in when it comes to recruiting pawns, their writings are crucial to help make sense of and understand concepts and principles on a basic level. Without the Data Theory/Sciences blogs, many Dark Enlightenment theories would have no legs on which to stand. The flexibility of these units will prove invaluable in the coming struggle.
Moving on to the major pieces, the Rooks would be those blogs defined as Low-Theory. Powerful in their own right, they are most effective working in teams to discuss and refine the thought on issues and questions put forth by the High-Theory blogs.
The Queen of Reaction? The High-Theory blogs, without which none of the other pieces would be able to function as effectively. The minor pieces and rooks are meant to be the ones in the thick of the fighting. The queen is rarely meant to throw itself into the fervor of combat, , struggling over the minutiae of claiming squares, but to be a force hanging over the board and inflicting its will over all the other pieces. The imprint of Moldbug will forever lie heavy upon the Reactosphere.
Progressivism and Reaction. The two kings on this chessboard. If either one falls the game is over.
So is that it then? No. Assuming this struggle to be a clash of kings is a mistake. It’s a sign of not having enough grasp of the big picture.
Do chess pieces move on their own? Of course not. It is the player that pushes the pieces across the board. If the King falls, the game is over, but a new game can begin. If the player falls, then the chance of any further games is done (at least until another player appears).
It is not enough to fight the King. You need to fight against the player.
Marxism. Progressivism. Classical Liberalism. All of these ideologies are Kings, not players. What is the player that spawns all of these kings? A simple, but pernicious idea:
Everybody is equal.
If this idea falls, than everything else falls with it.