After spending countless hours perusing the AltRight/Orthosphere Reactionary websites I have come to a conclusion that there are exactly 7 types of Reactionary. We are all undoubtedly Reactionaries, but of what particular ideological leaning depend largely upon which group you find yourself in. What is also noticable are the particular intellectual figures most emphasized by the members of each reactionary group and also their particular form of religiosity.
The 7 groups are listed below, in alphabetical order:
It is important to note that, since we are all Reactionaries, all the types listed above do have overlaps. This system of organizing must also be understood as a hierarchy. Because we are all Reactionaries, a classification along the lines of "Socialist" or "Liberal" or "Conservative", these are sub-groupings and within them are sub-sub-groupings. The following are the listings of sub-sub-groupings, to show what I mean:
Aristocratists - Nietzscheans, Neo-Pagans (Nouvelle Droite), and Conservative Revolutionists
High Culturists - High Tories and Elitists
Monarchists - Pan-Monarchists, Absolutists, Divine Rightists, Autocratists, and Caesarists
OrthoConservatives - Christian Reactionaries and Latin Conservatives
Right-wing Populists - Nationalists and Populists
Third Positionists - National Anarchists, Evolians, and White Nationalists
Traditionalist Conservatives - Paleoconservatives and "old school" Conservatives
All of the 7 types also have their own ideological figureheads, with certain figures this can overlap. Of the influential figures Joseph de Maistre has perhaps the largest influence. He has influenced all of the 7 types, although some more than others. Then there are figures specifically for a particular type who have very little, if any, influence outside of that type. In particular I believe Benito Mussolini has largely influenced only Third Positionists, others may enjoy some ideas of his but do not count him among their intellectual influences. The following are a list of significant figureheads in each type:
Aristocratists - Friedrich Nietzsche, Alain de Benoist, Oswald Spengler, Ernst Junger, and Carl Schmitt.
High Culturists - T.S. Eliot, Dante Alighieri, Aristotle, Niccolo Machiavelli, and Cicero
Monarchists - Joseph de Maistre, Louis de Bonald, Juan Donoso Cortes, and Jacques Bossuet
OrthoConservatives - Joseph de Maistre, Juan Donoso Cortes, Louis de Bonald, C.S. Lewis, and Charles Maurras
Right-wing Populists - Thomas Jefferson, Charles Coughlin, Pim Fortuyn, and Jean-Marie Le Pen
Third Positionists - Benito Mussolini, Julius Evola, and Francisco Franco
Traditionalist Conservatives - Edmund Burke, G.K. Chesterton, Benjamin Disraeli, Enoch Powell, and Joseph de Maistre
I find myself influenced in some way by most of these thinkers. Above all, for me at least, is the great Joseph de Maistre. He sits alone above the rest, as the greatest Reactionary intellectual in Western history. Of the types listed above, Right-wing Populist is the type I find least affiliation with. The group I identify with most is the OrthoConservatives; a good combination of tradition Christianity (specifically Roman Catholicism), moralism, hierarchy, and racial solidarity.
If you care to comment, of the 7 Reactionary types listed above, which do you believe best represents your philosophy?