- Everyone lives in a physical neighborhood, but most people don’t talk to their neighbors. A physical neighborhood is symmetrical; if you live in Apartment Tower #7, you are necessarily the neighbor of everyone in Apartment Tower #6, whether you like them or not.
- Almost every blogger has a “neighborhood” of blogs and sites that he frequently links to. However, these relationships are typically less symmetrical. I can link to Steve Sailer every day, but he’s not going to give my blog a link unless he likes it enough to bestir himself.
I’m not crazy about calling our blog neighborhood the “Manosphere.” I am even less enthusiastic about being labeled as a “neoreactionary,” because I disagree with Moldbug on most things. However, when I link to guys like B’Man or UncaBob or Ex-Army, I can’t exactly call them “Anti-Moldbuggians.” They never signed on to vituperate against Moldbug. (They never signed anything. We don’t agree to any list of shared “campaign planks.” We just link to each other a lot.)
By contrast, the Moldbuggers are willing to sacrifice their personal preferences for shared identity. The atheist Moldbuggers who hate Christianity with a passion are willing to remain silent and never criticize the Christian Moldbuggers. The Christian Moldbuggers say “Deus Vult” and refuse to recognize the incompatibility between the Nicene Creed and white ethnic nationalism. And so on.
The tendency in most modern consumeristic societies is to form leisure affinity groups. This is probably not a good thing, and I want to explore its dysfunctionality in a way that ultimately ties back to current events.