Left-NRx is a very neglected field in accelerationist-adjacent circles, because some modern leftists (mainly left-anarchists like the anarcho-communists, and the anarcho-syndicalists) are afraid to research things outside of leftism in fear of making them seem like fascists, and because to left-accelerationists, it’s a contradiction of ideals. However, NRx (which we will term as Right-NRx) can be very valuable to the philosophy of anarchism, and if we’re going to have an anarchist society, it will inevitably (and biologically) take influence from moldbuggian schools of political thought (patchwork or neo-feudalism for example).
This is a guide to guide you in understanding Left-NRx, and in understanding this blog (Correan Collar).
PART 1: Right-NRx.
Right-NRx and it’s adjacent scenes are one of the starting points for discussion about Left-NRx. It’s systems for abolishing liberal democracy are very useful for Left-NRx thought because it lays the grounds for a critique of capitalism without going through the loopholes of dialectical materialism (the dying-from-contradictions that those espousing ML talking points, for example, are doing) or social democratic utopianism.
The founders of Right-NRx are Nick Land and Mencius Moldbug, the latter founding a tech company called Urbit, and the former being a former academic steeped in the marxist tradition, being one of the founders, along with Sadie Plant, xenofeminist author, of the CCRU (Cybernetic Culture Research Unit).
Right-NRx Reading List:
Mencius Moldbug - An Open Letter to Open-Minded Progressives
Mencius Moldbug - Patchwork: A Political System for the 21st Century
Mencius Moldbug - A Brief Explanation of The Cathedral
Hans-Herman Hoppe - Democracy: The God That Failed (as an ideological precursor)
Nick Land - The Dark Enlightenment
Part 2: Left-Accelerationism
Left-Accelerationism (also known as L/Acc) is a branch of accelerationism that is espoused by people like Mark Fisher and Alex Williams, that moves further away from CCRU-era Land and Deleuze (but not fully, as Deleuze has many thoughts that was a precursor for Left-Accelerationism) in order to fully embrace a Marxist understanding of accelerationism. It proposes that since communism/socialism via revolution is dead and inefficient to the eyes of the western world, revolution isn’t possible anymore , the only way out of capitalism, is in fact, through it.
L/acc reading list:
Mark Fisher - Capitalist Realism
Alex Williams and Nick Srnicek - #ACCELERATE: Manifesto for an Accelerationist Politics
Giles Deleuze and Felix Guatarri - Anti-Oedipus
Nick Land - Meltdown
Mark Fisher - The Weird and the Eerie
Part 3: Situationism
Situationism was a movement that was started in the mid 50s as a part of a Lettrist schism. One of its founders, Guy Debord, wrote the book The Society of the Spectacle, which serves as the basis for Left-NRx’s critique of mass media, and how it effects late stage capitalism and the human condition. Unfortunately, it split after the last issue of it’s magazine (a comment on the events of may 68), but it’s legacy is impossible to ignore.
It also paved the way for other theorists going into the same vein critiquing mass media, like Baudrillard. Adorno is also a good precursor and also one of the most valuable Marxist philosophers to Left-NRx, along with Gyorgy Lukacs.
Situationist Reading List
Guy Debord - Society of the Spectacle
Raoul Vaneigem - The Revolution of Everyday Life
Theodore Adorno and Max Horkheimer - Dialectic of Enlightenment
Jean Baudrillard - Simulation and Simulacra
Theodore Adorno - The Authoritarian Personality