Dark Acceleration

There’s been a virtual post on the worse, the better* simmering in the kitchen here for a while, without reaching the stage of being ready for the table. ‘Max’ exuberantly pre-empts the topic in this comment thread. How deeply is this speculative position insinuated into the DNA of neoreaction? (The provisional Outside in response: very deeply.) There’s no longer any keeping it off the ‘to do’ list.

Also (on the same thread): don’t miss the trial application of the Lesser Bull / Gnon terminological creation Ruin Voting. It has a dazzling future, because it so exactly captures a devastating empirical reality. (If successfully slogan-synthesized with one or two additional words, it will be despatched immediately to the T-shirt  factory. Perhaps antagonistic ghetto punks would be prepared to pay for a ‘Ruin Voter’ shirt already?)

*Wikipedia attributes the origin of the phrase to Nikolay Chernyshevsky, who seems to have been systematically lexo-pillaged by Lenin. (Chernyshevsky was also author of the novel What is to be done?)

September 3, 2013admin 35 Comments »
FILED UNDER :Neoreaction


35 Responses to this entry

  • Max Says:

    To be clear, I don’t agree with “the worse, the better.” Worse is worse, and better is better. What I argue is that a temporary increase in the rate of change may serve as a wake-up call. Inertia makes the masses think we’re standing still instead of hurdling ourselves off a cliff, and this must change if we are to reverse course. The best method for achieving this end is debatable, but I feel like exposure to multicultural vibrancy works pretty well – living in an all-black/brown area for awhile certainly did the trick for me.


    admin Reply:

    I think the meaning of ‘the worse, the better’ in circulation is pretty much exactly what you are saying, rather than the meaning you are attributing to the phrase. The ‘worse’ is a step to ‘the better’ (even for Lenin, in his dreams).


    Posted on September 3rd, 2013 at 5:07 pm Reply | Quote
  • Saddam Hussein's Whirling Aluminium Tubes Says:

    Worse is worse but faster is better. Wasting five or ten years fighting a holding action against transsexual rights would be a terrible mistake. Let them win that one ASAP and move on to something more divisive like pedophile rights or a heavy focus on white privilege.

    If we can move leftward more quickly, dysgenics will have less time to take effect, the culture will change at a more superficial level (some living people will have a memory of what things used to be like and will have been raised under a very different set of norms) and there will be more capable individuals left alive to teach the young people.

    It may still be possible to influence policy as long as it is influenced in an impeccably leftist direction. We should probably be trying to encourage the Cathedral to run over a cliff. Our only other option is to do nothing.


    admin Reply:

    “If we can move leftward more quickly, dysgenics will have less time to take effect, …” — this is a key point, thanks. The longer the decay process lasts, the deeper it trawls into bio-cultural heritage, and the greater the danger that its effects become irreversible. I can’t imagine a fully-articulated neoreactionary case for Dark Acceleration that didn’t stress this strongly.


    Posted on September 3rd, 2013 at 5:45 pm Reply | Quote
  • James Says:

    Chernyshevsky was not only lexo-pillaged. Lenin and his ilk were inspired by the character Rakhmetov from What is to be done?, whose inhuman asceticism seemed to describe the model revolutionary. Lenin’s success bears this idea out; it was said that he came to power because unlike anyone else, for every hour of every day for many years he would only think about the revolution.

    Lenin also hoped that millions of Russian peasants would starve in a famine, because “the worse, the better”. Whilst I think it’s OK to joke about people like him, and after all he wasn’t quite as thoroughly evil as Stalin, if one shares a similar worldview to the Bolsheviks one’s political views probably would not serve the commonweal.

    As I quite often say, though I’m a fan of Moldbug I think his memes were always bound to create such an unpleasant and anti-epistemological micro-culture. All this stuff about dressing in orange and overthrowing every vestige of the “incurably insane” government that’s developed since Erasmus is perhaps the most plausible rendition of What is to be done? that could be written at this time.


    admin Reply:

    I don’t think the communist famines are a great example of ‘the worse,the better’ as the term is presently used. The core of the idea — which might be general to all ‘regime change’ politics — is that the worsening failure of the present regime speeds its end. It loses this (central) sense when applied it to the internal politics and rhetoric of revolutionary governments. If they apologize for the ‘worse’ it’s for other reasons.


    James Reply:

    The famine in question was a black mark against the regime he wanted to overthrow.


    admin Reply:

    OK, sorry, I misunderstood the reference.

    James Reply:

    I’ll forgive you this once 🙂

    Posted on September 3rd, 2013 at 5:56 pm Reply | Quote
  • Vxxc Says:

    Stealing Lexo-pillage. The Lenin / Stalin is a great example of why plan ruin sucks. Stalin was only worse then Lenin and Trotsky because he lived. Ernst Roehm wasnt as bad as Hitler for the same reason. We can go on. This plan sucks. Timur or Chinghis perhaps. They were businessmen. Neither under any circumstances killed the skilled artisans. Like me. Communists and particular American Progs hate people like me intensely. So no dice.


    Posted on September 3rd, 2013 at 7:20 pm Reply | Quote
  • Vxxc Says:

    But relax. Repo squeeze in progress. $$ and US T. So if you know what happened 5 years ago this month and would do different. Heres Mulligan


    Posted on September 3rd, 2013 at 7:23 pm Reply | Quote
  • Kalki Cultista Says:

    Take a step back, inhale on that zen cigar, and watch the havoc of mad utopianism devour its subjects. If you see that someone is falling, push them, or quote Nietzsche.

    Or turbodynamism? ->

    Turbodynamism is the glorification of the gratuitous, violent and inconsiderate gesture, with deference and consideration towards dressing up smart.

    Art has been dead since days of yore, and is able to relive solely in the immediacy of bravado and hazardous action, and relegates its fruition to bragging about it in a pub with your mates.

    To whoever will ask us about what kind of task the pounder’s job is, we will tell them briskly that he dispenses virtue within the age old apnoea of superficial skulduggery.

    To confine art in enclosed spaces and events sanctifies its captivity, while we will organize spectacular breakouts in the typical fashion of the 1920’s rogue.

    The good people in the world of art, the tricksters, the institutionalized, and these villains have ransacked all of the wild spirit and hubris, and we’ve come round to take it all back again.

    Against your airbag anxiety and your padded walls, we glorify the sutures and orthopaedics, first aid and maxillofacial surgery, for we need fractures in order to flirt with nurses.

    We’re sick of hearing songs of victims and renegades, of witnessing desert prophesies exalted: We lay claim to that certain style needed in order to start a fire.

    To those anesthetized by do-goodery we proclaim that we will systematically rip everything to shreds for the pure relish of doing so. We are well aware that always replying “because it’s funny” to who enquires for the reasons behind such intolerance only enlarges our halo of wickedness, but hey: it’s funny.

    Our tendency towards the absolute is constantly tempered by the lust for exuberance, within reigning stagnation we impose the law of mercury. But the fact that we practically hate everyone does not stop us from courting a woman with red roses.

    Turbodynamism celebrates life, with the paradox of destruction, it celebrates the flesh and the titanic acceptance, hiding the tragic pulse and metaphysics of war behind a grin. We will sip some good ol’ whiskey while everything burns, we have decided that the future belongs to us.



    Posted on September 3rd, 2013 at 8:13 pm Reply | Quote
  • VXXC Says:


    I have found him. He lives. He is in power!! You have only to discover his secret Identity. He is hiding for the usual Moldbuggian concerns. I adduced his existence over on Chicago Boyz..

    “*by policy the Contractors aren’t counted. But equal to the actual Federal govt is the best estimate.

    I would love to have the job where you hire contractors without counting them.

    If it were one man, now that would be our King.”
    This was concerning “who governs”. I had to convince them it certainly isn’t the People.
    The number of contractors in USG is not counted by policy.

    Find this policymaker. Who decided that?

    And this is Your High King.


    Posted on September 3rd, 2013 at 10:23 pm Reply | Quote
  • VXXC Says:

    And by the way, that is a real King. BTW.


    Posted on September 3rd, 2013 at 10:29 pm Reply | Quote
  • Scharlach Says:

    At the level of micro-actions, “dark acceleration” is my preferred trolling tactic on Twitter. It’s just a play on reductio ad absurdum, really. Take the holier-than-thou preening that circulates, join a conversation as someone on Team Progressive, but push their arguments just one or two steps further than where the interlocutors have thus far taken it, or apply their reasoning in one domain to a larger domain.

    When I do this, however, I realize very quickly that even one or two steps “further leftward” are sometimes unthinkable to run-of-the-mill progressives. So, this strategy of encouraging acceleration will not, I think, be too accelerated. Leftward movement to the edge of the cliff takes time. We’re moving quicker, yes, but not exponentially so. Apropos discussion at Foseti’s, I honestly don’t think that NAMBLA will be a Civil Rights poster child any time soon.

    In light of nydwracu’s recent post, I can’t imagine he will be on board with this program. I’m not sure where I stand on it, just yet. Contra Max, I do live in California . . .


    admin Reply:

    “I honestly don’t think that NAMBLA will be a Civil Rights poster child any time soon.” — I thought that a week ago.


    admin Reply:

    … the teachers’ unions know where progress is heading.


    Scharlach Reply:

    We shall see. But both of those stories involve post-pubescent teens. In that context, I agree that it shouldn’t be criminalized. If I start seeing op-eds like that when it’s elementary school kids being diddled, then I’ll let everyone say “I told ya so.”

    Heartiste’s archives contain some good info on why being attracted to a post-pubescent teen, far from being “pedophilia,” is in fact quite normal. Creepy? Sure. Teacher gets fired? Definitely. But it’s puritanical to act as though it’s bizarre and criminal to be attracted to, e.g., the busty, curvaceous, 15 year old Olivia Hussey in Romeo and Juliet. (Gratuitous image: http://bethtrissel.files.wordpress.com/2010/02/juliet1.jpg?w=300&h=224)

    The entire Catholic priest “pedophilia” scare predominantly involved post-pubescent teen males. So, it wasn’t a pedo thing at all; it was just a gay thing.


    VXXC Reply:

    It’s not a pedo thing, It’s a Gay Thing.

    Now that’s a slogan for a T-shirt.

    Mark Warburton Reply:

    I prefered Hussey in Black Christmas, but you have a good point. Good taste. 😉

    Jack Crassus Reply:

    I’ve often considered doing the same thing. When I saw this article on Slate, I began to wonder if others were already doing it.


    Posted on September 4th, 2013 at 2:15 am Reply | Quote
  • Lesser Bull Says:

    Dark acceleration doesn’t work because you can’t meaningfully accelerate the pace, and if you can, it involves changing the original substrate that you intend to be shocked by the dark acceleration in the first place such that you can no longer be sure of its shock.


    Saddam Hussein's Whirling Aluminium Tubes Reply:

    Think about the Trayvon Martin / George Zimmerman story. Bad for the left, good for reaction.

    Was it inevitable that George Zimmerman would be maligned as a racist white Hispanic? Was it inevitable that the story would get so much coverage?

    Probably not. The story could easily have been ignored like many similar stories over the years. But someone working at a major media outlet made a mistake and failed to notice that Zimmerman was a Pardo, not a white guy. The other media companies ran with it and the rest is history.

    Next time a story with that kind of potential for backlash comes along, maybe a deep cover reactionary working in the media is there to ensure that it blows up with a careful nudge.

    Sure, it’s kind of ridiculous to work at a leftist media company hoping that you can apply a slight nudge to a couple of stories every few years, but you’ll be well compensated and SWPLs often live hypocritical, reactionary personal lives, so you’ll only be sacrificing your honor. Pretty soon most companies will be leftist, one way or another, so those of us who aren’t self employed or independently wealthy will be keeping our unprogressive thoughts secret anyway.

    Beats the alternative of doing nothing.


    Posted on September 4th, 2013 at 3:01 pm Reply | Quote
  • John Hannon Says:

    20 years ago, this notion of a catastrophic worsening of presently existing bad craziness being a prerequisite for anything better emerging was expressed along these lines –

    “… perhaps the flows are not yet deterritorialized enough, not decoded enough… Not to withdraw from the process, but to go further, to ‘accelerate the process,’ as Nietzsche put it: in this matter, the truth is that we haven’t seen anything yet.”

    Then as now, the speed of the process was of concern – a prominent Mexican of the time, for instance, arguing that “if we want to transform this world into something a little less homogenous, resistance has to become pragmatic, and not destratify too fast lest the strata fall on us harder than ever – that is, avoid a careless destratification/acceleration that might provoke restratification with a vengeance.”

    Yes, the 90s were such a fun time. Well worth a revival.


    admin Reply:

    It’s hard-coded into the Neo-Puritan DNA.


    Posted on September 5th, 2013 at 9:04 am Reply | Quote
  • Puzzle Pirate (@PuzzlePirate) Says:

    I’m only aware of one academic resource on this, but I think a lot of Americans would be more open to reaction than may seem obvious. I say that because of this book, “Left Turn”, that was featured over at Volokh: http://www.volokh.com/2011/08/29/my-new-book-left-turn-how-liberal-media-bias-distorts-the-american-mind/

    The [media] bias has shifted the average American’s views about 20–25 points on the “political quotient scale”—about the difference between the average voter in a purple state (such as Iowa or Nevada) and the average voter in a solid red state (such as Texas or Kentucky).

    The author of Left Turn also said this at Washington Times: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/jul/26/pernicious-effects-of-media-bias/

    What if media bias were suddenly to disappear? In such a world, how would America look and act politically?

    The answer is, approximately like Texas.

    More specifically, if media bias were to disappear, according to the analysis, then America would think and vote like any region that voted around 56-43 percent for Republican John McCain in the last presidential election. Besides Texas, such regions include Kansas, North Dakota, Kentucky, Salt Lake County, Utah, and Orange County, Calif.

    When I was younger and living on the East Coast, I felt like conservatives / right wingers were only a tiny fraction of the general population. But then talk radio came along and showed that actually a lot of Americans have more right-leaning thoughts than I would have believed. After that cam Fox News (yeah I know they suck, but still it shows the market exists). Then once the Internet really got going there were all of these blogs that would be seen as “extreme” right wing by mainstream America. It makes me wonder just how open to a more “hard” right a lot of Americans would be.

    Think I’m being too optimistic? Remember that there is a difference between people’s stated preferences and people’s revealed preferences. Trends like the Tea Party as well as State-secessionist movements makes me think people’s actual preferences are very different than what the Cathedral’s propaganda arm would like us to believe: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Partition_and_secession_in_California#21st_century

    Part of the problem I think is that the majority of Americans are still used to getting their news & views from the TV. If America got its news & views from the Internet then what would politics look like? Would that make us as red as Texas?

    Does the West really need wide spread destruction, or would something as plain as shifting from the TV to the Internet be enough to swing things in a very different direction? Could the Internet be used to corrupt the young?


    admin Reply:

    If this is true we should all cheer up massively — which can’t be right, can it? (I’ve still got a wave of Zack-catastrophe posts lined up.)

    Those figures for TV influence are extraordinary, but — for whatever loose change intuition is worth — they make a lot of sense. If they didn’t, the plausible image of power wouldn’t look like the Cathedral (run by swipples with smart phones), but instead like something far more fangy and Leviathanesque.


    Puzzle Pirate (@PuzzlePirate) Reply:

    If this is true we should all cheer up massively — which can’t be right, can it?

    That’s what I thought too. I have the “Left Turn” book around here somewhere on my Kindle and I’ve been meaning to read it. It really seems almost too good to be true, honestly. Which is why I’d like to see more academic research in this vein. Maybe I should read the book and email the author to see if there is any follow up data since it’s been published. (I’ve noticed academic authors typically respond to personal emails.)

    If America would be as red as Texas from a LACK of bias, what would America look like if the media were flipped from liberal media bias to conservative media bias?


    Lesser Bull Reply:

    First, catch your rabbit.

    Imagine a dissenter from the Russian state having a brainwave. “Friends, if it weren’t for the KGB, this country would be much less communist! And imagine if the organs for state security were on our side!”

    But I’m being too harsh. This is a real insight that suggests two different lines of inquiry.

    First, it challenges or at least complicates the dominant neoreactionary account of the leftward ratchet. Either its not inherent but has been the result of a factional (Cathedral) capture of the instruments of opinion formation in the dominant world power, or else the ratchet is inherent but the dynamic isn’t culture wide. Instead, there is a mechanism in the modern world that somehow tends to concentrate the left around those instruments.

    Second, it suggests the insight that Utah and Texas and Idaho and etc. are actually fairly progressive/left in the scheme of things. But they also seem to be doing fairly well. If leftism didn’t metatastize, there is probably a point up to which Progress is, well, progress. What’s needed is a leftist cowpox virus. What is it about those places that gives them greater immunity, and can it be scaled?

    Puzzle Pirate (@PuzzlePirate) Reply:

    What is it about those places that gives them greater immunity, and can it be scaled?

    First thing that comes to mind is more farmland / more rural areas. Also more religion.

    Posted on September 5th, 2013 at 5:12 pm Reply | Quote
  • VXXC Says:

    Of course we don’t need to secede, we’re the majority.

    The Intellectuals need to exit from the Cathedral. The ones that can still think or who’s brains have suddenly just recovered.

    That’s all the exit talk.

    I am not running from THAT. By the way, where the Hell would we all go? The cloaking device on Galts Gulch [yes, it required one] would need Sol itself as an energy source.

    The despair, the exit…the zombies [the zombies are the people or their avatar democracy, get ready, get set, get used to it] the doomsterism …all of this is knowing it’s over.

    However in the thread of things I want to help. Here’s a brilliant idea from Slate:

    Swipple Forced Busing . Well, actually it’s my idea.

    No their actual idea is this idiot shaming peeps to get status, to makeup for the fact that he’s too damn cheap to send his kids to private school. And would rather terminate their existence than Homeschool.



    Puzzle Pirate (@PuzzlePirate) Reply:

    Of course we don’t need to secede, we’re the majority.

    I didn’t mean secede like the Confederates wanted to. But the idea of maybe breaking the states up into smaller more manageable areas seems like a good idea. I’d also like to see some transfer of sovereignty from the Feds to the States so States can have more control over local laws so people can build voluntary communities perhaps similar to that book “The Diamond Age”.

    The fact that these kinds of movements exist and seem to have some force at all makes me think that maybe more people would be willing to think outside the Cathedral’s box then the MSM propaganda machine would lead you to believe.


    Lesser Bull Reply:

    If that’s what you want, maybe you need larger states instead of smaller ones. With our mobility and communications, smaller states have a hard time forming the kind of regional identity that *must* exist if there is to be more federalism.


    admin Reply:

    Creating larger states is even more impractical than breaking down into small ones, isn’t it? A serious war is the minimum requirement. Plus the fact that large countries tend to be growth-retardant horror stories with super-parasitic states.

    Geo-political fragmentation needs pushing hard. The alternative is ruling over people who end up wrecking your society, breeding social chaos, and slurping up handouts. The more borders the better (it doesn’t have to be made at all hard for civilized people to cross them).

    Psykonomist Reply:

    As I think I stated before elsewhere, I consider “balkanization” (a more recognized but negative term for geo-political fragmentation) inevitable in the future of the United States. I also consider it a good thing. How far in the future this will occur is of course anyone’s guess. As urbanization most likely will increase, semi-autonomous regions dominated by one or more Megalopolis appears to be the future blueprint for geopolitical organization.


    Posted on September 6th, 2013 at 1:22 am Reply | Quote

Leave a comment