The Dark Enlightenment Exposed

Bad news, folks. We’re going to have to close this blog down.  The brilliant investigative powers of Mark Shea, our age’s Sherlock Holmes, has exposed us.  He has someone report on his blog:

The Dark Enlightenment Exposed

I first heard about the Dark Enlightenment (aka “Neo-Reaction” or just “Reaction”) last year, the year after I graduated from college and was interning at a conservative think tank. I briefly become involved with the Dark Enlightenment and then left the movement in disgust. Here is what I learned:

- The Dark Enlightenment is controlled by what the media call “Sith Lords”. You have more public Lords like Mencius Moldbug and Nick Land, but there are even some Lords up higher whose names are not revealed. They say the Master Lord says ‘Et Ego in Arcadia’ which is an anagram for ‘Tego Arcana Dei’ (“I hide the secrets of God”).

- But only the media call them ‘Sith Lords’. In Inner Speak, they will often use phrases like the Men of Númenor or the Eldars.

- I never met any of the higher Eldars, but I did once meet an Eldar in Training. I don’t know his real name but people called him Legolas. He had long blond hair, was dressed like a 19th century count, and wore a pendant that had both a Christian Cross and Thor’s Hammer on it.

- The movement is a weird mixture of ethno-nationalists, futurists, monarchists, PUAs (“pick-up artists” like Chateau Heartiste), Trad Catholics, Trad Protestants, etc. They all believe in HBD (what they call “human biodiversity” i.e. racism) but disagree on some other minor points.

- The religious people in the movement (both Christians and pagans) practice what is called “identitarian religion” (religion that doesn’t deny ethnic identity).

- Some of the rising stars of the Dark Enlightenment on the internet seem to be Radish Magazine, Occam’s Razor Mag, and Theden TV.

- The Dark Enlightenment allegedly has millions of dollars of money to play with. They have a couple big donors. One is rumored to be a major tech tycoon in Silicon Valley. They actually had a private 3-day meeting on an island which was furnished with a French chef, etc. Different forms of formal attire were required for each day (tuxedos, 3-piece suits, etc), and some weird costumes were required too (capes, hoods, etc) — which sound like a pagan cult. (I wasn’t at this function but heard about it.)

- I was initiated into the first stages of the Dark Enlightenment, which involved me stripping down naked so people could “inspect my phenotype”. I was then given a series of very personal questions, often relating to sexual matters. I was then told to put on a black cape. (I really regret doing this but at the time I was younger, more impressionable and eager to please.)

- For the initial oath taking, everyone must swear on a copy of Darwin’s Origin of Species, just to show their fidelity to HBD. After that, for the later oaths, seculars will swear again on Darwin, while Christians will swear on the Bible, and pagans on the Prose Edda or Iliad.

- At one of the meetings I heard someone continuously chanting “gens alba conservanda est” (Latin for “the white race must be preserved”) and then others were chanting things in Anglo-Saxon, Old Norse and Old German, but I don’t know those languages so I can’t remember exactly what they were saying.

- They also have all their own secret handshakes, and their own terminology [like the Cathedral (“political correctness”), thedening (“re-establishing ethnic group identity”), genophilia (“love of one’s own race”), NRx (“neoreaction”), etc.].

- On the philosophical level, this movement is not entirely original. Much of it is borrowed from the Identitarian movement in Europe. They also all detest democracy. They are not trying to be a “populist movement” but are only trying to convert other elites to their way of thinking.

This whole movement is like a secret cult, which is why I left. Also, because of the valiant and brave efforts of people on the net exposing this movement, I saw this cult for the evil it truly is. Please stay away from it.

As you notice, we’re listed in the above post.  Our cover is blown.  With the impending pressure that will be brought upon us both from the Sith Lords and the Cathedral, we had better make our exit now.

Related:

The Laws of the Cathedral. Obey or Perish!

Updates:

Outside In has more here.

Vox Day here.

The cat is out of the bag: Shea knows it was a hoax.

But was it?  Confession time:  I am one of the authors of the above letter. Why?  Mark Shea is so ridiculous and the temptation was too great.  The fake letter can serve as the template for the secret society we’re in the process of forming:  The Sacred Order of the Aurochs. More fun to come…. .. But keep it top secret or you’ll be punished by the Eldar!

Damn, they’ve already figured out our smoke screen.

Important: Now that Operation Smokescreen has been thwarted, Operation Weasel is in effect.

HBD Chick has volunteered to give phenotype inspections.

Best Of Tweets: here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, etc.

Rod Dreher doesn’t have a sense of humor.

Mark Shea’s funny tags.  And derp enters the lexicon.

OK, the “DERP Excellence in Recruiting” Award has been proposed.

The Legionnaire summarizes Shea hoax.

Aimless Gromar: “How Dreher got punked describing Shea’s punking

All hail the Dark Enlightenment!!!

Lord, what fools these mortals be!”

45 thoughts on “The Dark Enlightenment Exposed

  1. - I was initiated into the first stages of the Dark Enlightenment, which involved me stripping down naked so people could “inspect my phenotype”. I was then given a series of very personal questions, often relating to sexual matters. I was then told to put on a black cape. (I really regret doing this but at the time I was younger, more impressionable and eager to please.)

    – For the initial oath taking, everyone must swear on a copy of Darwin’s Origin of Species, just to show their fidelity to HBD. After that, for the later oaths, seculars will swear again on Darwin, while Christians will swear on the Bible, and pagans on the Prose Edda or Iliad.

    Quite the fevered imagination. I can’t imagine, under any circumstances, this actually happening. They’ll make up any crazyness to discredit the DE. Hopefully he links to the places he defames. Better that people can read for themselves.

    • Heck, Shea’s a fervent devotee of a mediaeval cult that believes wine becomes blood coz some guy in a dress rang a bell over it.

      As for him being stripped naked for inspection by the high priests (whose capes are generally gold lame and brocade), that’s got to be some sort of altar-boy wish-fulfillment displacement (we hope).

  2. I am not the above John.

    I haven’t read Shea’s puffy-headed take yet, but I read the excerpt and I found it to be an intelligent and amusing expose of Neoreaction’s flaws, namely ideological insularity and political aestheticism. He nails the tendency to jargon and masturbatory shibboleth.

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    • I’m curious to see you do a response to this one, Davis. You took apart the Manosphere hit piece 60 Minutes tried to do. This one should be child’s play.

      Even when I was a Catholic, I couldn’t stand Shae. His sanctimonious manner smacks of the very Pride he claims to oppose. My favorite bit was when he claimed that 2nd Amendment proponents want to create a “garrison state.” Hey Mark, Jesus told his disciples to pack a sword when they went traveling. Wouldn’t ignoring his teachings because they’re inconvenient make you… a Protestant?

      P.S. Anybody know a religion that a) tolerates homosexuality, but doesn’t consider it equivalent with heterosexuality and b) isn’t riddled with progressive claptrap. I don’t know anything about Asatru, but apparently it ticked off Shae, so I should give it a look just out of principle.

  4. Taking vows, Latin chants, arcane rituals, elaborate outfits, retreats in secluded places, an atmosphere of secrecy, lofty titles. All paid for by generous donors.

    The greatest irony is that this parody is obviously informed by the rites of initiation into the clergy of a certain institution Mark Shea is a champion of….

  5. I don’t think he was taking that letter very seriously at all. Whether the letter is true or not in no way invalidates any of the points of his post, actually. As usual with DE types, you’re claiming victory where there pretty much is none. I don’t know why you guys are so prone to hyperexaggeration.

    • Shea has as much admitted that he cannot refute any DE theses. He just sort of handwaves toward non-specific writings about charity and universality and says racialism/pride = bad. He won’t touch the policy issues because he knows he’ll get hammered.

      The Catholic Church is losing Anglo and European adherents–there are, in fact, less Anglos and Europeans–and they have a ton of people and properties to pay for. The Church has lost Europe. Secularism and the Protestant tides just keep rising and rising. The Church’s ancient enemy, Islam, is resurgent.

      The Roman Church is still relatively popular and solvent in Central and South America. And just as the Church doubled down on liberalism in the 1960’s, she now doubles down on the Global South–there’s nobody else left. The Global South wants mass immigration to wealthier countries, so that’s what the Church preaches.

      Where this will end very badly for traditionalist Catholics is the Global South Church does not give a rat’s ass for the arcane theology and elaborate rites so beloved of white intellectuals. Their Church will be banished to history, just as the old WASPs’ Anglican and Episcopal churches are being banished. +Benedict is the last European Pope. +Francis is probably the last or penultimate European-descended Pope.

      That is the eventuality which all the nice white people with grins plastered in a sick rictus on their faces refuse to see: in a couple of generations, what they thought was their Church will simply vanish. There will no longer be any priests or hierarchs who remember the old rites or read the old theological works, much less in Latin or Greek. All the old Irish, Italian and Polish families have decamped to the suburbs already. Their children’s children won’t stick around to be the sole white faces in Latino and Filipino parishes. Rome will be a Third World, carneval-Church, because that’s what Rome is in the Third World, and Rome is joined with other fifth columnists in importing the Third World here.

      There may be a way for the white traditionalists (and other ethnics who want to join them) to get some accommodation. They may carve out their space like the SSPX, or worm their way into Melkite parishes. Otherwise, it will get very ugly. There are more people and properties involved, so it will be uglier than the American Episcopal break-up. Hell, it’s going to get uglier all around.

  6. I’d also add, I think it’s more of an example of how utterly stupid, ridiculous, and cultlike the DE sounds to outsiders that a person can even entertain such a letter was true in the first place, No normal movement would have a letter like that taken seriously, but DE types are so universally and stubbornly stupid and cultlike, it does actually seem plausible. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if many DE types, when reading the letter, fell for it themselves and felt jealous they were not included in the ceremony.

    If anything, DE types should be asking what does it mean that people can read such a preposterous letter and find it totally plausible for it to be true about them?

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  9. it’ll serve as the template for the secret society we’re in the process of forming: The Sacred Order of the Aurochs.

    It won’t be any good unless we have secret decoder rings, though.

  10. Nice try, Alfred.

    Everyone knows the truth

    (1) the letter was authentic — that’s what you all do.

    (2) the Eldars put pressure on you to lie and say you wrote it, in essence be a fall guy and say it was a prank only to provide a smoke screen to obfuscate and hide the Eldars’ true nefarious activities.

  11. “The thing about nascent movements like this is that it’s hard to know when to pay attention and when to ignore them. If you ignore them they can grow in the dark, like mushrooms on dung.”

    I promise, mushrooms will not grow unless you take good care of them. The idea that they will grow if you just ignore them is ridiculous. That Mike Shea is crazy.

  12. Hilarious prank. You guys deserve a Cathedral Destroyer badge.

    How someone can be simultaneously as stupid and arrogant as Shea is, is beyond imagination.

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  14. You actually make it seem so easy with your presentation but I find this topic to be actually something which
    I think I would never understand. It seems too complex and extremely broad for me.
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