Neoreaction has blown up from its “foundation” by Mencius Moldbug into something which really cannot be described as Moldbuggian any longer. This is not such a bad thing, or at least it wouldn’t be if what it has blown up into resembled anything like legitimate reactionary fervour—but that’s debatable. At least the “dissident right” exists, which is more than can be said of the last couple of decades, although it cannot be said that the dissident right exists as a single entity. If you are part of the dissident right, you probably fall within one of these four categories: traditionalist conservative of the Russell Kirk/Roger Scruton school, or similar paleocon of some description with some vague hopes of preserving what remains of a dead system; “alt-light” liberalist/libertarian who has a bone to pick with Muslims but doesn’t care about much else; “alt-right” for whom there is no metaphysical existence beyond skin colour, perhaps you also like Dugin, or at least you claim to; or indeed an Orthosphere lurker, a Christian medievalist with angelic visions of the new Kingdom of GNON. All of these groups, whilst admirable in their own ways for attempting to make a clean break with conservatism, are also deficient in their own ways.
There is a fifth school of theorists beginning to develop, born from the fires of the feudalist counterrevolutionary tradition—that old and slightly Romanticised line of forgotten legitimists and royalist conservatives, but fully red-pilled and thus immune from the temptation to rebuild the technological aesthetics of the Ancien Régime. The political aesthetics, however, are fully up for grabs. This expression of the ‘Oldest School’ conservateur has been seen in a new wave of “neoreactionary” blogs, such as Carlsbad 1819, which has formed the purest inspiration behind this Metternichian offering. But there is a difference between myself and mainstream neoreaction, between myself and Christian reactionaries, between myself and Carlsbad. This brief introduction will attempt to outline those differences, just to try and persuade the curious reader that they have good reason to stay for the long haul.
We shall begin with Carlsbad’s diagnosis of the problem with the present schools of reactionary theory, for I believe him to be correct in the first instance. I shall leave the problems of Moldbuggian neocameralism to one side, and instead focus on the counterrevolutionary project:
The Orthosphere and other “theonomists” are probably closest to the counterrevolution, but being interested in a spiritual revival of Christendom they are more focused on the sacerdotium side of things and less on the imperium—understandably so.
The counterrevolutionary project of the 19th century succeeded and failed. It kept the lid on nationalism and liberalism for a time, but for all the Concerts of Europe, the Zeitgeist remained then, as today, firmly against the Old Order. But the result of this, of course, has been a complete loss of interest in the “conservatism” of that Old Order amongst mainstream conservatives and the liberal machine alike. The closest to such ideas you can get are found in those isolated regions of the internet populated by Catholic theonomists and traditional Burkeans whose ideology is firmly rooted in Enlightenment theory if not practice.
Reading a few more recent “New Right”-related theorist projects got me thinking: in the words of Moldbug, “I decided to build a new ideology.” Although in reality, I am not building anything overly new at all. Whilst Carlsbad approaches issues from a legitimist, perhaps we might even hazard to say ‘aristocratic cameralist’ position, being very much the child of political reaction, my own interests lie in the forward planning of those forces contemporary to Carlsbad’s political gods, who considered the future of Europe after the Revolution. The astute reader will recognise Klemens Fürst von Metternich in the title, and one can deduce easily enough that many of the “old books” which I shall be drawing on will be built from more of a Germanic, and for my sins, theoretical flavour. As this new formalisation of a modern counterrevolutionary Metternichian Theory is put together, the topics described in the About section shall be linked off.
There is a threefold purpose to this project: first, to build a systematic theory for counterrevolutionary forces in this new and valuable corner of the dissident right, then to offer insight into our own (meta-)political crises with the help of our own preferred intellectuals, pre-Hegelian and otherwise. Thirdly, in the spirit of our inspirations, to be a voice of aristocratic and old imperial thought, owing its loyalty to the First Reich, rather than the vastly overrated Third. This is the Old Right within the Old Right, long forgotten, but only half-dead. Hopefully this project will help it along the way to achieving limited self-fulfilment, and a new age of youthful exuberance.