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    This page is about Dark Enlightenment philosophy. For political aspects of Dark Enlightenment, see the Polcompball Page

    The Dark Enlightenment is a political and philosophical ideology that rejects many of the values and principles of the Enlightenment, such as democracy, egalitarianism, and progress. It advocates for the rule of a select elite, who are seen as superior to the masses, and a return to traditional social and political hierarchies.

    Beliefs[edit | edit source]

    Neoreactionary Neologisms[edit | edit source]

    The Neoreactionary movement introduced a plethora of neologisms to describe various concepts, which have since made their way into political discourse beyond the movement's confines.

    The Neologisms include:

    • The Cathedral - "The Cathedral" refers to a society's intellectual elite, a group of people who determine what the average person considers true or false, right or wrong, and important or unimportant. This role was traditionally played by religious institutions, hence the term "cathedral." In modern times, however, this function is fulfilled by a network of institutions that includes schools, universities, media outlets, and the entertainment industry, which promote themselves as "secular."

    It is worth noting that the Cathedral is not a formal institution to which people belong, but rather an informal network of leaders from the aforementioned institutions who generally agree on important matters. For example, institutions such as Harvard, The New York Times, Disney, and The Guardian rarely disagree on critical issues.

    • Redpill - In Neoreactionary discourse, a "Redpill" refers to any realization or experience that severs an individual's ties with the established Cathedral, named after the popular film trilogy, The Matrix. It is arguably the most influential term to have emerged from the NRx movement, having become virtually ubiquitous across the political spectrum.

    The concept of the Redpill is THE most influential term to come out of the NRx movement, being practically ubiqutous within political discourse on both the left, right, centre and beyond. The term "Redpill" spawned many off-shoots generally named after the specific realisation the redpill provides (including terms Blackpill (Pessimism), Whitepill (Optimism), Greenpill (parnamormalism) and more) and also the combination with the term "Based" forming "Based and Redpilled". The various pills have also expanded into apolitical contexts, especially on dating (examples of dating-specific pills being the Purplepill and the Dogpill) and fitness (example of a fitness-specific pills including the Onionpill).

    A variant of the term "Redpill" that originated from the NRx movement is the Clearpill, which refers to the idea that the most effective way to arrive at political conclusions is to detach oneself from emotional attachments to current political factions and assess policies and systems from an outsider's perspective.

    • The Iron Polygon - The Iron Polygon is an extension of the concept of the Iron Triangle.
    • Red and Blue Empire also called the Red and Blue Governments - The concepts of the Red and Blue Government, clipped to RedGov and BlueGov is a specific power analysis of U.S. politics, it's the notion that the United States is not under the control of a single government, but rather of two each with their own internal and foreign policies.

    Those two Empires being the Military and Police-based Red Empire represented in the U.S. congress by the Republican Party and the Blue Empire based around every other part of the iron polygon represented by the Democratic Party.

    The Trichotomy[edit | edit source]

    The Trichotomy is a political theory introduced by Spandrell in his influential blog Bloody Shovel, and later popularized by neoreactionaries like Nick Land. The Trichotomy posits that there exist three distinct schools of thought within the reactionary movement, analogous to the three estates of the realm. These are: the ethno-nationalists, who prioritize the interests and identity of their respective ethnic groups (depicted as ); the techno-merchants, who value innovation, capitalism, and market forces (depicted as ); and the traditional-religious, who uphold the importance of faith, tradition, and social hierarchies (depicted as ). Despite their differences, these three factions share a fundamental opposition to egalitarianism in any form. Each faction has its own unique structures and hierarchies, which intersect and interact with those of the other factions. This theory has been widely discussed and debated within the reactionary and neoreactionary circles.

    Unprincipled Exception[edit | edit source]

    An unprincipled exception is a political or ethical maneuver that deliberately transgresses a fundamental principle or value endorsed by the decision-maker, yet is never explicitly recognized as such a contravention.

    Types of Societies[edit | edit source]

    According to Moldbug, societies can be categorized into three types based on their relationship between opinion and authority.

    Type 1: The Loyal Society treats public opinion as a matter of state security. In this type of society, thoughts are divided into two categories: bad thoughts that pose a threat to the safety of the state and good thoughts that are beneficial to the state. People are punished for expressing bad thoughts and rewarded for expressing good thoughts, ideally both. The state supports a set of official information organs which are used to promote good thoughts and prevent or prohibit the spread of bad thoughts among the population.

    Type 2: The Society of Consensus is a society where the press and media control the authority. This society is characterized by the phenomenon of spontaneous coordination, which involves producing an official information system that closely resembles that of a type 1 society but is not accountable to any central authority or institution.

    Type 3: The Open Society is a society where there is a free market of diverse ideas and institutions competing to see which ones are closer to reality.

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    Moldbugism[edit | edit source]

    Moldbugism is a philosophy of Curtis Yarvin, co-founder of Dark Enlightenment.

    Landianism[edit | edit source]

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