Reaction, Repetition, and Time

Whether considered within the registers of physics, physiology, or politics, ‘reaction’ is a time-structured notion. It follows an action or stimulus, which it reaches back through, in order to annul or counteract  a disequilibrium or disturbance. Whilst subsequent to an action, it operates in alignment with what came before: the track, or legacy, that defines the path of reversal, or the target of restoration. It therefore envelops the present, to contest it from all sides. The Outside of the dominant moment is its space.

Reaction forges, or excavates, an occult pact between the future and the past, setting both against the present, in concert, and thus differentiating itself from progressivism (which unites the present and future against the past), and  conservatism (which unites past and present against the future). Its bond with time as outsideness carries it ever further beyond the moment and its decay, into a twin horizon of anterior and posterior remoteness. It is a Shadow Out of Time.

There is a far more immediately practical reason for reaction to involve itself in the exploration of time, however: to take steps to avoid what it could scarcely otherwise avoid becoming — a sterile orgy of disgruntlement. Finding nothing in the present except deteriorated hints of other things, reaction soon slides into what it most detests: an impotent micro-culture of vocal, repetitive protest. This isn’t right, this isn’t right, this isn’t right quickly becomes white noise, or worse (intelligible whining). Even when it escapes the ceaseless, mechanical reiteration of a critical diagnosis (whose tedium is commensurate to the narrowed times it damns), its schemes of restoration fall prey to a more extended repetition,  which calls only — and uselessly — for what has been to be once more.

If the New Reaction is not to bore itself into a coma, it has to learn to run innovation and tradition together as Siamese twins, and for that it needs to think time, into distant conclusions, in its ‘own’ way. That can be done, seriously. Of course, a demonstration is called for …

[Note: ‘physics’ deleted from the first line to pre-emptively evade a righteous spanking from enraged Newtonians insisting upon the strict simultaneity of actions and reactions within classical mechanics]

February 19, 2013admin 7 Comments »
FILED UNDER :Neoreaction , Templexity


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  • ? Says:

    Visser, M. E., Caro, S. P., van Oers, K., Schaper, S. V., and Helm, B. (2010) Phenology, seasonal timing, and circannual rhythms: Towards a unified framework. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 365 (1555). pp. 3113-3127. ISSN 0962-8436 (doi:10.1098/rstb.2010.0111)


    Posted on February 19th, 2013 at 2:59 pm Reply | Quote
  • admin Says:

    Thanks — I’ll check that out.


    Posted on February 19th, 2013 at 3:56 pm Reply | Quote
  • richeyrw Says:

    I know you have mentioned it on UF, but one thing missing from this apparent retrenchment is the eschatological angle, which while related to the “West is Doomed” criteria you mentioned as one of the two primary is nevertheless its own animal.

    The reason I mention it here, is that while I like the idea of an innovative singularity bringing to pass the neo-reactionary utopia, constitutionally I am inclined to think the world is going to end with more of a bang than a whimper. But I’m eager for a demonstration of innovation married with tradition as opposed to nuclear weapons domestically partnered with post-modernism.


    Posted on February 19th, 2013 at 9:24 pm Reply | Quote
  • admin Says:

    Lots on this topic to come.
    Sadly, though, my ‘demonstration’ is going to be far more about being adequately metaphysically stimulated as we nibble our radioactive roach-burgers in the ruins, than about the historical inevitability of ‘neo-reactionary utopia’ (I imagine you smiling twistedly as you wrote that).


    Posted on February 19th, 2013 at 10:41 pm Reply | Quote
  • richeyrw Says:

    (I imagine you smiling twistedly as you wrote that).

    Of course…


    Posted on February 20th, 2013 at 1:20 am Reply | Quote
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  • Wagner Says:

    Another day, another spiritual trial. Always looking up at the sky waiting for a ladder to roll down from a helicopter to take me to a facility to swap my fingerprints.


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