Introducing the Official Neoreactionary Canon

“Let us say you are newly introduced to all this neoreaction business.  You’re aware that the coverage and representation given us by the media has likely been stricken by inaccuracies due at least to simple human limits, if not sheer malevolence, and you are willing to gaze into this void at its source. To assist with that end, this is a sequence of readings selected for their representation of the overall theme of the Dark Enlightenment. The point is less to offer up neoreactionary texts with the intent of persuading you of particular premises (though that is still an intent) but to provide an introduction to the neoreactionary mode of thought.

Altogether this canon must be hundreds of thousands of words in length; the Open Letter to Open-Minded Progressives is by itself more than 100,000 words long. For that, this selection is not remotely exhaustive, but thorough. You shall become acquainted with arguments which favor monarchy, patriarchy, anarchy, ethno-nationalism, and a number of other modern triggers even horrifying. Most will reject our thought without any reading of the source material, but for those who find themselves stricken by a morbid curiosity and a desire to grapple with ideas you would never hear in the halls of academia, this is for you. Be warned, however. The nature of engagement necessitates, whether you agree or disagree with our aims, that you shall be changed. For better or worse, that is up to you.

A strict top-to-bottom reading isn’t necessary, but the categories have been arranged in an order conducive to complete beginners. The Major Works can be skipped for brevity, but it is certainly the case that the hard core of neoreaction is found in those texts. Initial Remarks will provide an introduction to the broad areas of agreement and the boundaries between neoreaction and related thought systems. Taking the Red Pill is a series of trenchant analyses of civilization which shall instruct in new hermeneutics for the interpretation of experience and social phenomena. Whipping Up a Society from Scratch delves into theory concerning the conditioning of individual’s lives by the social structures they participate in. Finally, Tinkering with Ideology illuminates insights as to the propagation and spread of ideas.

Best of luck.”

The above serves as Bryce LaLiberte’s introduction to the official Neoreactionary Canon.  He, and several others (including myself), will be devoting pages on our sites to listing what you might jokingly call the sacred scriptures of Neoreaction.  There are a few reasons why it was deemed necessary to organize certain writings into a core canon, but chief among them was a wish to facilitate greater ease in communicating Neoreactionary philosophy to non-Neoreactionaries.  That in mind, there’s still a lot of required reading in this list, and I’ll admit even I haven’t read all of the works listed on it.

That’s a situation I intend to remedy, and if you’re in the same boat as I (which I predict to be the case), I recommend you do the same.  It’ll take some effort, but isn’t that true of everything in life worth doing?



8 thoughts on “Introducing the Official Neoreactionary Canon

  1. Holmgang 01/23/2014 / 5:46 PM

    Would it be difficult to form a simple platform for neoreactionary ideology? One that let’s say a man could approach colleagues, friends and family and state this is what I believe and why it is the answer to our problems. Something clear, consistent and short enough for the reduced attention span of the modern day man.

    • Legionnaire 01/23/2014 / 6:27 PM

      A simple Neoreactionary ideology? That might be difficult. Neoreaction is more about building a meta-ideology within which to develop new ideologies than it is to develop new ideas of government and that sort of thing.

      Still, I’ll give it a shot. Simplest way to put it might be: “Not everyone is equal and democracy doesn’t always work. We need a society that incentivizes both leaders and civilians to make sacrifices in the short-term in order to benefit in the long-run. This is the best way to have a stable and prosperous civilization.”

      If you still have their attention, you might continue with something like: “Monarchies have worked before, and they weren’t nearly as bad as our modern, democracy-loving history books often say, but even well-ordered Republics can work in certain circumstances as well.”

      • neovictorian23 01/23/2014 / 7:35 PM

        “Some things really are better than others.” People, Societies, Gins.

        Not all-inclusive of a meta-ideology, but sweet and sour and pointed.

        • Holmgang 01/24/2014 / 3:44 AM

          All great replies. Thank you.

          Up till now I have only tried to spark interest by making statements such as “we gave up a monarchy for this?” and follow it up with “at least with a monarchy we would only need to hang one head instead of thousands.”

          Pure emotion.

      • Bar 01/26/2014 / 8:21 AM

        “Not everyone is equal and democracy doesn’t always work.

        Democracy would work a better if it had accountability and involved a relatively homogeneous and well-informed peer group. The Exact opposite of a universal franchise.

  2. neovictorian23 01/24/2014 / 12:47 PM

    “Some things really are better than others” was simply lifted from The Diamond Age, BTW. That’s why the title of the book is in my blog’s name. When I read it over 15 years ago, I was gobsmacked by that one simple phrase and it’s dead-on negation of all the Pretty Lies I’d been told all of my life.

    So, just to give credit where credit is due…

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