Curtis Yarvin, also known by his pseudonym Mencius Moldbug, is a computer scientist, blogger, and political theorist. He gained prominence for his writings on political philosophy and his unorthodox ideas about governance and societal organization. Yarvin's writings have been associated with the neoreactionary movement, also known as the "Dark Enlightenment" or "NRx."
He started a rather Anarcho-libertarian minded blog in the late 2000's under the pseudonym Mencius Moldbug - Unqualified Reservations. He proposed a critique of democracy and advocated for a return to more hierarchical forms of government, emphasizing the need for strong and centralized authority. Several long multi-part book-length articles in UR have established Yarvin as one of the key figures in the resurgent Neoreactionary movement.
An Open Letter to Open-Minded Progressives, in particular, is a must-read for anybody interested in this space and learning about the major ideas. This article is the origin of the concept of The Cathedral.
In the mainstream, his views are considered highly controversial as he critiques democracy and democratic principles and suggests their legitimacy.
- (6) Gray Mirror | Curtis Yarvin | Substack
- Unqualified Reservations:Vol. I by Curtis Yarvin - Passage Publishing
2021 & Prior:
Mencius Moldbug's Unqualified Reservations
- An Open Letter to Open-Minded Progressives - Chapter 1| Unqualified Reservations by Mencius Moldbug
- Chapter 1: The Red Pill | A Gentle Introduction to Unqualified Reservations | Unqualified Reservations by Mencius Moldbug
- Chapter 1: A Really Ugly Bug | How Dawkins Got Pwned | Unqualified Reservations by Mencius Moldbug
- Chapter 1: From Mises to Carlyle: My Sick Journey to the Dark Side of the Force | Moldbug on Carlyle | Unqualified Reservations by Mencius Moldbug
- Chapter 1: A Positive Vision | Patchwork: A Political System for the 21st Century | Unqualified Reservations by Mencius Moldbug
- A Gentle Introduction to Mencius Moldbug - YouTube - The Distributist
- The Fire Down Below (Featuring Curtis Yarvin) | Good Ol Boyz on Patreon
- The Cathedral
- Yarvin popularized the metaphorical concept of the "Cathedral." The Cathedral represents a network of institutions, including academia, media, and government, that collectively shape and maintain the dominant ideological framework of society. It suggests a perceived ideological hegemony and the influence of specific institutions in shaping public discourse and policy.