Curtis Yarvin, also known by the pen name Mencius Moldbug, is an American blogger. One of the sharpest and most articulate critics of contemporary (US) democracy, Yarvin has gathered a substantial online following over the years, first with his (now-defunct) blog Unqualified Reservations (2007 – 2013), and more recently with his substack Gray Mirror. A self-described ‘monarchist’, and often credited as the founder of ‘neoreaction’, Yarvin has long been one of the leading writers and intellectual figures on the dissident Right.
As part of a series of interviews which will see various ‘dissident’ figures featured in our pages, we decided to reach out to Curtis for an exclusive interview. What follows is a written exchange between him and Lomez, one of our contributors and long-time reader and appreciator of Curtis’ work.
— The Editors
“Power owns [the] body, but has no purchase at all on [the] soul.”
— Curtis Yarvin
Lomez: In a recent post on Gray Mirror you identified three kinds of dissidents: 1) anons 2) pundits, and 3) “outsiders who DGAF.” While you concede that anons are capable of the best art — which you seem to imply is distinct from the best ideas — you also accuse anons of playing tennis without a net. So, having written for so long under a pseudonym, was Mencius Moldbug playing tennis without a net?