Expect a post critiquing reactionary ideas sometime in the next…week? [EDIT: The Anti-Reactionary FAQ is now available] In any case, this is not that post.This is the post where I argue that modern society is rotten to the core, and that the only reasonable solution is to dig up King James II, clone him, and give the clone absolute control over everything.
We’ll make a lengthy digression into social justice issues, showing how some traditional societies were actually more enlightened than our own in this area.
Trying to sum up their ideas seems like a good way to first of all get a reference point for what their ideas are, and second of all to make it clearer why I think they deserve a rebuttal.
We’ll start with the meta-level question of how confident we should be that our society is better than its predecessors in important ways.
And just as well try to give a quick summary of the sweeping elegaic paeans to a bygone age of high culture and noble virtues that is Reaction.
But there is some content, and some of it is disconcerting.