Blowhard, Esq. writes:
Whenever the topic of Moldbug came up in online discussion, I would confess to friends that I was never able to make it through an entire post. Too long-winded, too arch, too many references that admittedly went right over my head. With all the election year foofaraw in the air, though, I was inspired to give him another shot and I’m glad I did. Moldbug is still too long-winded and arch, but I also found these books to be fascinating, compelling, bracing, and head-clearing. And there are tons of Google Books and Wikipedia links to run down his obscure references.
The ebooks — A Gentle Introduction to Unqualified Reservations and An Open Letter to Open-Minded Progressives — compile Moldbug’s blogposts presenting his quirky take on the past 400+ years of Anglo-American history, politics, and economics. You don’t have to accept his conclusion that what the world needs is a return of the Stuart monarchy or Frederick the Great to appreciate his critiques of democracy, Whig progressivism, and the Cathedral axis. If nothing, his work a helpful corrective to the state propaganda we imbibe in college and through the MSM. Paleo Retiree is fond of arguing that the neoreactionary movement is the closest thing we have to a counterculture, so those looking for an alternate take on contempo society would do well to start here.