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This paper examines the impact of neoreactionary (NRx) thinking – that of Curtis Yarvin, Nick Land, Peter Thiel and Patri Friedman in particular – on contemporary political debates manifest in ‘architectures of exit’. We specifically focus on Urbit, as an NRx digital architecture that captures how postneoliberal politics imagines notions of freedom and sovereignty through a micro-fracturing of nation-states into 'gov-corps'. We trace the development of NRx philosophy – and situate this within contemporary political and technological change to theorize the significance of exit manifest within the notion of ‘dynamic geographies’. While technological programmes such as Urbit may never ultimately succeed, we argue that these, and other speculative investments such as ‘seasteading’, reflect broader postneoliberal NRx imaginaries that were, perhaps, prefigured a quarter of a century ago in The Sovereign Individual.
Author(s): Smith H, Burrows R
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Theory, Culture & Society
Pages: epub ahead of print
Online publication date: 09/04/2021
Acceptance date: 15/08/2020
Date deposited: 21/08/2020
ISSN (print): 1460-3616
ISSN (electronic): 0263-2764
Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd.
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