Dating customs around the world fact monster
Michael is also quite smart, very prolific, and best of all for my purposes unusually willing to state Reactionary theories plainly and explicitly in so many words and detail the evidence that he thinks supports them.
Mencius usually supports a state-as-corporation model and Michael seems to be more to the feudal monarchy side, with both occasionally paying lip service to divine-right-of-kings absolutism as well.
Both “Reaction” and “Progressivism” are vast umbrella concepts on whose definition no one can agree.
Both combine many very diverse ideas, and sometimes exactly who falls on what side will be exactly the point at issue.
Reactionaries point out this is not the case, and actually see present society in a state of severe decline, pointing to historically high levels of crime, suicide, government and household debt, increasing time preference, and low levels of civic participation and self-reported happiness as a few examples of a current cultural and historical crisis.
Reactionaries usually avoid getting this specific, and with good reason.
This document needs extensive revision to stay fair and correct, but such revision is currently lower priority than other major projects.
If something else was worsening from 1950 to 1980 but has been improving since then, that doesn’t cut it either.
Neoreaction is a political ideology supporting a return to traditional ideas of government and society, especially traditional monarchy and an ethno-nationalist state.
It sees itself opposed to modern ideas like democracy, human rights, multiculturalism, and secularism.
Progressivism is supposed to be a worldwide movement, stronger than the vagaries of local politics.
I will not require complete concordance between all Western countries, but if the Anglosphere countries, France, Germany, and Japan seem split about fifty-fifty between growth and decay in a certain indicator, blaming Progressivism isn’t going to cut it.