If the Reactionaries can muster some data saying that something has been getting better up until 2005 but declining from 2005 to the present, that doesn’t cut it.
If something else was worsening from 1950 to 1980 but has been improving since then, that doesn’t cut it either.
This document needs extensive revision to stay fair and correct, but such revision is currently lower priority than other major projects.
Until then, I apologize for any inaccuracies or misrepresentations.] This is the Anti-Reactionary FAQ.
In this FAQ, I will be attacking not steel men but what as far as I can tell are actual Reactionary positions.
Some of them seem really dumb to me and I excluded them from the previous piece, but they make it in here. In particular, the movement seems to be divided between those who want a feudal/aristocratic monarchy, those who want an absolute monarchy, and those who want some form of state-as-corporation.
Michael is also quite smart, very prolific, and best of all for my purposes unusually willing to state Reactionary theories plainly and explicitly in so many words and detail the evidence that he thinks supports them.
Mencius usually supports a state-as-corporation model and Michael seems to be more to the feudal monarchy side, with both occasionally paying lip service to divine-right-of-kings absolutism as well.
0.1: What are the common beliefs of the political movement called Reaction or Neoreaction?Although debating the meaning of category words is almost never productive, I feel like in that case I have more than enough excuse.It is a staple of Reactionary thought that everything is getting gradually worse.[Edit 3/2014: I no longer endorse all the statements in this document.I think many of the conclusions are still correct, but especially section 1 is weaker than it should be, and many reactionaries complain I am pigeonholing all of them as agreeing with Michael Anissimov, which they do not; this complaint seems reasonable.I will not require a completely monotonic downward trend, but neither will I accept a blip of one or two years in a generally positive trend as proving all modern civilization is bankrupt.