I know this isn’t exactly a constructive critique, but I’m genuinely shocked by how much Moldbug sucks. He’s a stone cold high IQ idiot. Even when he almost makes a good point he dances past it each time, partly because he’s a bad writer, partly because his generalizations are consistently off center from reality, partly because he’s gratuitously antagonistic and overshoots the mark. It’s really bad! On a paragraph by paragraph level!
That said, “the Cathedral” is a solid and reasonably insightful pejorative for America’s meritocratic monoculture, and it is important to draw attention to the flaws of that culture. It’s unsurprising that’s outlasted everything else. Though AFAICT, Moldbug incorrectly sees it more as an evil cabal, rather than as a class with its own class interests, for the reasons listed above.
sometimes you write someone off for years without engaging, then you finally dig in and like sheesh, I was being too generous.
Here’s the thing, the actual thing, about the Cathedral:
As soon as it becomes common parlance, the idiots who claim “Coastal Elite” means “Jew” will start to claim “The Cathedral” means “Jewishness.”
And while it soothes my soul to know that those people will be first against the wall, in the meantime I will have to read their stupid opinions.