Dennis Mangan has some very good thoughts on what it means to be a reactionary.
My own definition – opposition to democracy – was admittedly a bit wanting. However, all the addenda that have been offered also seem to fail to capture the essence (perhaps this is why the topic has come up several times at Mangan’s).
Perhaps the best way to illustrate the shortcomings of the definitions would be through an example.
Edward Bellamy is clearly not a reactionary. Unfortunately for our definitions, one could write a book arguing that Bellamy was opposed to democracy, distrusted the masses, loved the military, and longed for order (more on the book next week when I get back from overseas). (Moldbug has linked to this particular book many times).
Perhaps another note is required to make it clear that the reactionary does not seek perfect "solutions" to "problems."
Anyway, blogging may be light until the end of the week as I’ll be travelling.