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Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Wednesday, July 27, 2022

George Micheal: In recent months, a strand of conservative thought whose adherents are forthright in their disdain for democracy has started to creep into GOP politics. It's called "neoreaction," and its leading figure, a software engineer and blogger named Curtis Yarvin, has ties to at least two GOP U.S. Senate candidates, along with Peter Thiel, a major GOP donor.

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In my years researching the far right, I see this as one of the more significant developments in right-wing politics. Someone who calls himself a monarchist isn't being relegated to the fringes of the internet. He's being interviewed by Fox News' Tucker Carlson and has U.S. Senate candidates repeating his talking points.

Yarvin and Land believe that gradual, incremental reforms to democracy will not save Western society; instead, a "hard reset" or "reboot" is necessary. To that end, Yarvin has coined the acronym "RAGE" - Retire All Government Employees - as a crucial step toward that goal. The acronym is reminiscent of former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon's vow to deconstruct the administrative state.

Yarvin advocates for an entirely new system of government - what he calls "neocameralism." He advocates for a centrally managed economy led by a monarch - perhaps modeled after a corporate CEO " who wouldn't need to adhere to plodding liberal-democratic procedures. Yarvin has written approvingly of the late Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping for his pragmatic and market-oriented authoritarianism.

If it wasn't for articles like these I'd have less than a clue what antidemocratic meshuga lunacy is taking hold in the right wing fever swamps. But reading this information does seem to put Steve Bannon's rants into a more realistic context than his guttural anarchical utterances do, especially in light of who they're coming from.

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2022-07-27 01:30 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

- "Yarvin has written approvingly of the late Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping for his pragmatic and market-oriented authoritarianism."

Other experts agree with Yarvin...

"China may look different [from regimes like Russia or Hungary], but I don't think they're nearly as different as people think. Right? You have to look at Xi Jinping, first and foremost, as a nationalist Chinese leader, not a communist Chinese leader.

And in his brand of nationalism, he's very similar to Putin, and Orban, and Trump, and all the other leaders I could have done in this book."

fsi.stanford.edu

#2 | Posted by Corky at 2022-07-27 01:38 PM | Reply

"We have to destroy America in order to save it." - Current rightwingers throughout America today.

#3 | Posted by moder8 at 2022-07-27 03:21 PM | Reply

Boaz has wanted to end America since 2012 when Obama won his reelection.

It's taken the GOP a decade, but the nation hasn't been this divided since prior to the civil war.

#4 | Posted by ClownShack at 2022-07-27 03:32 PM | Reply

"It's taken the GOP a decade, but the nation hasn't been this divided since prior to the civil war."

Let's say they go for it and they actually succeed, though I'm having a hard time understanding what they think success would look like. Do they actually think that the rest of the world is going to stand by and just let it happen without doing anything? I'm not saying they'd invade to liberate the country but conservatives have to appreciate that it would completely crash the economy, right? That's just the most immediate consequence. Even genocide won't solve that problem, no matter how many nights fantasizing about it comforts their transition to sleep.

#5 | Posted by Hagbard_Celine at 2022-07-27 03:37 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

I dunno, the 60's were pretty f-ed up. Difference is these days the chumps falling for the big lie are out and out idiots with guns.

#6 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2022-07-27 03:57 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

@#1 ... If it wasn't for articles like these ...

I do agree.

TPM seems to be trying to move from a trash-reporting site to a site that provides more responsible journalism.

They are not there yet, but they continue to move in that direction. The articles on the site do need to move more towards journalism and away from opinions.

They may have a good future in journalism if they can separate the opinion from the reporting.


#7 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-07-27 09:51 PM | Reply

Too Much Joy - That's a Lie
www.youtube.com

Lyrics...

www.lyrics.com's%20a%20Lie

...
I'm tired of the stories that you always tell
Shakespeare couldn't tell a story that well
You're the largest liar that was ever created
You and Pinocchio are probably related

That's a lie
Hey, I wrote this song
You're a liar
Really I did man, LL Cool J stole it from me
Lie, lie, lie, that's a lie
He came over to my house one day and heard me humming it
You're a liar
He said, "Hey, that sounds pretty good"
You lie, lie

You lie about the things you've lied about
You even lied to your aunt when you went down South
You lied and a bodybuilder kicked your butt
If you was in Egypt, you'd lie to King Tut

That's a lie
...


#8 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-07-27 09:57 PM | Reply

New Model Army - White Coats
vimeo.com

Lyrics...
genius.com

...
Well, we know what makes the flowers grow, but we don't know why
And we all have the knowledge of DNA, but we still die
We perch so thin and fragile here upon the land
And the earth that moves beneath us, we don't understand

So we rush towards the Judgement Day, when she reclaims
A toast to the Luddite martyrs then, who died in vain
Down at the lab they're working still, finishing off
How do we tell the people in the white coats

Enough is enough?

Hey, hey, I listen to you pray as if some help will come
Hey, hey, She will dance on our graves when we are dead and gone
...


#9 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-07-27 10:26 PM | Reply

ILet's say they go for it and they actually succeed, though I'm having a hard time understanding what they think success would look like.

They don't know what success will look like. They haven't thought that far ahead.

#10 | Posted by Nixon at 2022-07-28 07:16 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

They don't know what success will look like.
#10 | Posted by Nixon

I was thinking that when the whole martial law discussion was going on. What did they hope to accomplish with that? What do they hope to accomplish with civil war?
Is the goal simply to kill all the Liberals?

#11 | Posted by TFDNihilist at 2022-07-28 07:54 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

They've always been fascists, at least during my lifetime. They've just stopped hiding it.

#12 | Posted by RJSquirrel at 2022-07-28 08:32 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Considering the GQP is going full Theocracy, this is nothing new. Theocracy and Fascism go hand in hand. Here is one GOP lead telling you they don't even want Jews unless they convert to X-tianity. You built this GQP!

www.jpost.com

#13 | Posted by Enlightened at 2022-07-28 09:40 AM | Reply

What do they hope to accomplish with civil war?
Is the goal simply to kill all the Liberals?

#11 | Posted by TFDNihilist at 2022-07-28 07:54 AM | Reply | Fla

Well their goals are to kill minorities. They also want to get rid of government so they don't have to deal with laws and taxes. They really don't understand just how much government provides to society.

#14 | Posted by Nixon at 2022-07-28 11:54 AM | Reply

Trust me, Reps aren't worried about any label that Dems give and it's their own fault, so there is no reason for any reaction to this. Once "neoreaction" doesn't match what Dems want it to in order to demonize Reps, they will just change the definition. Don't like it or don't agree? Then stop encouraging and propagating Dems to do it over and over.

#15 | Posted by humtake at 2022-07-28 12:40 PM | Reply

#15 | POSTED BY HUMTAKE

Just like the Right's use of "woke."

Spot on!

#16 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2022-07-28 12:49 PM | Reply

Trust me, Reps aren't worried about any label that Dems give and it's their own fault, so there is no reason for any reaction to this. Once "neoreaction" doesn't match what Dems want it to in order to demonize Reps, they will just change the definition. Don't like it or don't agree? Then stop encouraging and propagating Dems to do it over and over.

#15 | Posted by humtake

Who cares about the label? The point is - your cult can't win democratic elections so you're now openly against democratic elections.

#17 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2022-07-28 03:24 PM | Reply

I agree with the overall premise of the article. These people want a theocratic autocracy. Very un-American.

That said, I would change the premise a bit, to say that their disregard for our laws make them anti-republic, for which it stands.

Ironic, isn't it?

#18 | Posted by horstngraben at 2022-07-28 03:42 PM | Reply

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