Curtis Yarvin

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Curtis Guy Yarvin
Mencius Moldbug.jpg
Yarvin's speaker biography photo from the 2012 BIL Conference
Born 1973 (age 43–44)[1]
Residence San Francisco, United States
Nationality American
Other names Mencius Moldbug
Alma mater
Website Unqualified Reservations

Curtis Guy Yarvin (born 1973), also known by his pen name Mencius Moldbug, is an American computer scientist, political theorist, and neoreactionary thinker.[1] His writings have played a foundational role in the formation of the neoreactionary movement.[4] He is the creator of the Urbit computing platform[5] and the author of the blog Unqualified Reservations.

He originally called his political philosophy of insisting on the alignment of property rights with political power formalism,[6][7] from the concept of legal formalism. The label "neo-reactionary" was applied to Yarvin's philosophy by Arnold Kling in 2010[8] and adopted by Yarvin's followers;[6] Yarvin accepts the label but self-labels as "restorationist".[9]

Yarvin's work on neoreaction inspired English philosopher Nick Land to brand the wider neoreaction-sympathetic movement the Dark Enlightenment.[6] Neoreaction and the Dark Enlightenment form part of the philosophical underpinnings of the alt-right.[1][10]


His opinions have been the subject of controversies. In 2015, his invitation to speak about Urbit at the Strange Loop programming conference was rescinded following complaints made by other attendees.[11] In 2016, his invitation to the LambdaConf functional programming conference resulted in the withdrawal of five speakers, two subconferences and several sponsors.[5]

His opinions have been described as "blatantly racist", with his writings interpreted as supportive of slavery and including "the belief that white people are genetically endowed with higher IQs than black people", although Yarvin himself maintains that he is not a racist.[5]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Kirchick, James (16 May 2016). "Trump's Terrifying Online Brigades". Commentary Magazine. Retrieved 20 May 2016. 
  2. Stanley; et al. (1 September 1988). "SMPY College Freshmen". Precollege Newsletter. Study of Mathematically Precocious Youth at Johns Hopkins University (10): 2. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 Yarvin, Curtis; Bukowski, Richard; Anderson, Thomas (June 1993). "Anonymous RPC: Low-Latency Protection in a 64-Bit Address Space" (PDF). Proceedings of the USENIX Summer 1993 Technical Conference. USENIX: 175–186. 
  4. Dyga, Edwin (14 October 2014). "The Future of Australian Conservatism". Quadrant. 58 (10): 46–58. ISSN 0033-5002. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Townshed, Tess (31 March 2016). "Why It Matters That An Obscure Programming Conference Is Hosting 'Mencius Moldbug'". 
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Finley, Klint (22 November 2013). "Geeks for Monarchy: The Rise of the Neoreactionaries". TechCrunch. 
  7. Mencius Moldbug (23 April 2007). "A formalist manifesto". Unqualified Reservations. Retrieved 11 April 2016. 
  8. Kling, Arnold (18 July 2010). "The Neo-Reactionaries". EconLog. Library of Economics and Liberty. Retrieved 21 June 2015. 
  9. Mencius Moldbug (28 November 2013). "Mr. Jones is rather concerned". Unqualified Reservations. Retrieved 11 April 2016. If I had to choose one word and stick with it, I'd pick "restorationist." If I have to concede one pejorative which fair writers can fairly apply, I'll go with "reactionary." I'll even answer to any compound of the latter - "neoreactionary," "postreactionary," "ultrareactionary," etc. 
  10. Gray, Rosie (28 December 2015). "How 2015 Fueled The Rise Of The Freewheeling, White Nationalist Alt Right Movement". BuzzFeed News. Retrieved 4 April 2016. 
  11. Auerbach, David (10 June 2015). "The Curious Case of Mencius Moldbug". Slate. 

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