So two people are all in a twitter about this "Dark Enlightenment" thing
I checked out the original article on Vocativ, and was left genuinely baffled. Not that racial supremacist geeks exist, but why PZ and Matt Sigl are taking them so deadly seriously.
Why pay attention to a niche movement of political extremists who pine for the good old days of European feudalism? Because these guys mean business.
What does Sigl mean, that they "mean business"? Meaning what? Are they really going to wear brown shirts and run through town breaking the glass windows on minority-owned businesses? Or just post strongly-worded denunciations of the Enlightenment on their own little forums? Oh, yeah, I'm terrified. Not.
As near as I can tell, this bunch is a couple of wannabe philosopher-bloggers and their hangers-on. It's common enough for libertarian bloggers to begin imagining themselves as more important than they really.
And it’s no coincidence that Dark Enlightenment advocates would be the ones to rule (again) should their philosophy become dominant.
Are you serious? There are a lot of better-organized real-world fascists who would eat them for lunch.
"Could the Dark Enlightenment become a major political movement? Probably not. To acquire momentum in the real world, the systems of modern democratic capitalism would have to suffer a blow far more damaging than any received so far. If it does, the members of the Dark Enlightenment believe they will be in position to take over."
Internet geeks, by definition, are the people least likely to survive a collapse of society. Without an Internet, we would lose contact with each other. Without meat-space skills, survivors would see little value in taking us into their communities. That goes double for tiny little isolated splinter-group subcultures who have lost all sense of proportion and reality.
In short, this is a bunch of embittered white-male-supremacist libertarian types who have formed their own little splinter group, and talked only to each other for so long that they've gotten an exaggerated idea of their own importance. Sadly, so have a couple of Net pundits.
It reminds me all too much of the absurd hysterics that too many liberals had over the fact that Amazon now offers a 99-cent translation of Mein Kampf on Kindle. They fretted that this would breed a whole new generation of Hitler admirers. In reality, Mein Kampf has been available for free for years in both the Gutenberg Archive and several other websites. I've probably still got a bootleg copy of it somewhere or other that I originally got off Usenet.
I have to wonder why liberals whip themselves into a hysterical frenzy over such insignificant, stupid shit as this. Are they trying to avoid talking about some elephants in the room?