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An antidemocratic philosophy called ‘neoreaction’ is creeping into GOP politics


J.D. Vance, who won Ohio’s GOP Senate primary, calls neoreactionist Curtis Yarvin a friend. Drew Angerer/Getty Images George Michael does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organization that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment.

President Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 election were brazenly antidemocratic. Yet Trump and his supporters nonetheless justified their actions under the dubious pretense of preserving American democracy – as a matter of getting the vote right, of reversing voter fraud.

There’s a good reason they took this approach. Authoritarianism has long been rejected across the political spectrum . Democrats and Republicans routinely lob insults like “ dictator ” or “ fascist ” to describe politicians of the other party who are in power.

But in recent months, a strand of conservative thought whose adherents are forthright in their disdain for democracy has started to creep into GOP politics. It’s called “neoreaction,” and its leading figure, a software engineer and blogger named Curtis Yarvin , has ties to at least two GOP U.S. Senate candidates, along with Peter Thiel, a major GOP donor.

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