Given the recent kerfuffle over MBTI, I thought I’d put together a quick guide to the more common types exhibited in the Neoreactionary arena. It’s a bit tongue-in-cheek, but it is definitely in no way biased whatsoever.
What does your MBTI say about your neoreactionary tendencies?
INTJ – The Self-proclaimed “Master Race”:
Cold, unfeeling, moralistic bastards and proud of it. They love to weave their webs like spiders and build up intricate schemes. The best way to annoy them is to mess up their plans and/or make them be social.
Notable INTJ neoreactionaries: Basically all of them. Nick Land is particularly proud of it.
ENTJ – The Fearless Leader:
Decisive, action-oriented, take-charge individuals who always and inevitably rise to the top. Pathologically incapable of doing anything other than taking charge. Have been known to literally explode if prevented from doing so.
INTP – The Absent-minded Professor
Air-headed folks who like to daydream and let their thoughts fly off to strange places. They make for great friends and loyal companions, as long as you don’t mind that they are literally incapable of remembering your name. Very good at seeing contradictions, which has been known to push them away from ideologies like progressivism, which are driven less by objective reasoning than by social logic, a strange and confounding thing that INTPs will never understand no matter how hard they try.
Notable INTP neoreactionaries: Millennial Woes, A whole bunch of other people who won’t admit it
ENTP – The “Sex-Bomb”:
Funny, smart, popular, and OUT OF HIS FUCKING MIND. This dude could literally take the most boring shit imaginable and make it FUCKING RAD AS BALLS. Want to do something AWESOME? Bring along this guy. Want to stay at home and watch a dumb movie? This guy will pass because he’s too busy FEEDING COCAINE TO A BEAR JUST TO SEE WHAT WILL FUCKING HAPPEN. An ENTP is probably a neoreactionary because nothing else rocks on nearly as hard as smashing the Overton Window with his bare hands. Fuck yeah!
There is no one in Neoreaction who is not an xNTx type of some sort. Anyone who claims otherwise is confused and/or lying.
All jokes aside, there definitely was a bit of light-hearted ribbing and sniping over the past week on MBTI lines. I pity the people who not only don’t take it seriously, but also have contempt for the whole thing. They missed out on all the fun!
Anyway, it seems that the Great NRxMBTI Civil War has cooled with few permanent scars. Underwhelming really is the best word for it, but that’s probably for the best.
But because I love it when the last word on any matter is tongue-in-cheek:
Did I just get nominated to be super-purged?
Also last week, Ash Milton hammered out a piece that over in this corner of the internet can be considered a ringing endorsement of the United States of America. The basic thesis is that things really aren’t quite as bad as we sometimes make them out to be (a position that I’ve been gravitating towards over the past several months).
There’s something dramatic about the idea that the world could come crashing down every minute. It is seductive in its own way, a way that is similar to that of a car accident or a horror film. A slow, moderate decline over time isn’t nearly as sexy.
That said, there is a quite a lot of wiggle room between “Things aren’t going to be as good as they used to be” and “HOLY SHIT EVERYTHING IS GOING TO COLLAPSE AND EXPLODE WITH FIRE AND DEATH AND SUPERMASSIVEMEGAINFLATION AND NUKES FLYING EVERYWHERE AND BLACK PEOPLE EATING ALL YOUR BELOVED FAMILY PETS”
I guess I’m being a bit harsh, but that’s only because I really did expect a grand collapse at one point and I’m a little embarrassed that I ever did. Now, I expect a period of steady decline and a couple of deep humiliations on the world stage as we sink from being the world’s number one country to maybe even ONLY being in the top ten (barring something PHENOMENALLY stupid, which is admittedly nowhere near out of the question).
The long-term plan is to make it while I can and then get out while the going is good, but I think it’s a safe bet to make to assume that I don’t only have one to five years left to make good on that.
Speaking of Social Matter, Mark Yuray decided to examine the recent assessment by Pentagon contractors that Russian President Vladamir Putin has Asperger’s Syndrome.
Do I think this is likely? Of course. Spies are, after all, famed for their lack of good social instincts and inability to move fluidly and dextrously through intricate and delicate social environments. This social ineptness would also have served Putin equally well in his political career in the corrupt and dangerous web of spies, mobsters, and billionaire oligarchs that pull weight at the highest levels of power in post-Soviet Russia.
Yeah, that sounds right. Totally right. Yep. No problems here.
Imagine, if you will, a strange future in which American political operatives are bid on for their expertise. Ambitious political contenders in a variety of nations spend vast sums of money to buy veteran gladiators from the American Political Colosseum to serve as generals and advisers to their own campaigns. This behavior is tacitly encouraged and supported by high-level US political heavyweights, as it binds foreign countries to the Leviathan while the political class profits. Why put all your faith in formal alliances and trade agreements when the loyalty of your clients is assured by your kingmakers? Why forsake those who would pay you for the privilege of shouldering the chains you would lay upon them?
I’m speculating with a hammer here, of course, and it’s tipping my hand. We already do this, and I expect to see a lot more of it in the future.
Finally, this Valentine’s Day, remember that “50 Shades of Grey” is not only the movie we deserve, it is also the movie we need.