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Predictable responses to resistance against the system 4

The Huey P. Newton Gun Club protested against police shootings with an armed march in Dallas on Wednesday. Dallas-Fortworth Fox News reports:

Earlier Wednesday, other demonstrators held an open carry gun march through South Dallas to protest against police shootings.

Organizers there said the show of force served as a reminder of the right to bear arms to protect themselves from criminals and from police.

About 30 men and women with the Huey P. Newton Gun Club rallied through the streets, focusing on deadly police shootings from the Ferguson, MO shooting death of teen Michael Brown to shootings by local police.

Some carried long guns, rifles, shotguns and AR-15s, while others carried signs others and wore messages.

“I think it’s a good thing,” said Reginald Cofer with Mothers Against Teen Violence.

“They are trying to protect the community,” said Jacey Cofer with Mothers Against Teen Violence. “At the city hall meeting the other day, we got no answers. It’s been a bunch of murders, the cops are not being accountable for it, and we want answers.”

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How the “Race is a Social Construct” Construct Undermines Nationalism 8

By Batidan Batu

Black Liberation Army

The denial of evolutionary sub-speciation, encapsulated by the “race is a social construct” mantra, is not merely a product of the Progressive’s confusion of scientific theory: it is also a political organ intended to quell Nationalistic sentiments among the races and to ultimately propagate the destructive memes of racial integrationism, ever-expanding statism, and globalization. It is necessary to note that by “Nationalism” (as denoted with a capital-letter for the sake of clarity), I am referring to the solidarity and affinity that one retains towards his race, in lieu of the conventional use of the term “nationalism”, which is more or less flag-and-dirt worship. More…

Revolution and American Indians: “Marxism is as Alien to My Culture as Capitalism” Reply

The End of Capitalism

This is one of the most striking and intelligent articles I’ve ever read, encouraging a total reconfiguring of how to view capitalism and revolution.  Russell Means was a leader in the American Indian Movement (AIM) of the 1960s and 70s, and remains one of the most outspoken Native Americans in the U.S.

I came across this essay while researching for my upcoming critique of Marxism, and was blown away by its clarity. This is Means’ most famous essay. It was published in Ward Churchill’s book “Marxism and Native Americans”, under the title “The Same Old Song”, and has appeared elsewhere under the names “Marxism is a European Tradition,” and “For America to Live, Europe Must Die.” Yet, it is actually not very available on the internet.  I hope by republishing it I will raise some much-needed debate on the nature of the revolutionary project today.

I want to point out one difference I have with the essay, namely that the “European culture” Russell Means criticizes is capitalism, and before it could commit genocide and ecocide on the rest of the planet, this social system had to be imposed upon Europe first. Silvia Federici’s book Caliban and the Witch is key to my understanding of these violent origins of capitalism. The importance of this distinction is to clarify what Means says at the end of the essay, that he is not making a racial argument, but a cultural argument. For me, we need more than that, we need a political/economic argument which cuts to the core of why capitalism is destroying the planet and making us all miserable. Only then does revolutionary change appear possible. [alex]

“For America to Live, Europe Must Die”

Russell Means

Reproduced from Black Hawk Productions.

The following speech was given by Russell Means in July 1980, before several thousand people who had assembled from all over the world for the Black Hills International Survival Gathering, in the Black Hills of South Dakota. It is Russell Means’s most famous speech.

“The only possible opening for a statement of this kind is that I detest writing. The process itself epitomizes the European concept of “legitimate” thinking; what is written has an importance that is denied the spoken. My culture, the Lakota culture, has an oral tradition, so I ordinarily reject writing. It is one of the white world’s ways of destroying the cultures of non-European peoples, the imposing of an abstraction over the spoken relationship of a people.

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Anarcho-Monarchism: The Portland Declaration Reply

Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn’s classic Portland Declaration would seem to be a decent program for the right-wing of pan-secessionism, particularly those with a religious or traditional conservative bent, just as the “Wisdom and Vision” statement is an excellent model for the left-wing of pan-secessionism.

by Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn.

The Free World today is menaced not only by hostile armies, but by sets of ideas which either reduce man to a purely materialistic animal, or present a philosophy of doubt if not despair. The effect of these ideologies, if they are not opposed, must be to crush us, or at least to undermine our will to resist.

The Free World has to rise to this challenge and declare a firm, coherent, and consistent belief in its values, values well grounded and anchored in a great tradition, for which we ought to be ready to make sacrifices, to fight, even, if necessary, to die. Such a belief might be called a philosophy, a world view, or indeed an ideology; whatever we call it, we cannot hope to survive without it.

Webster’s Second International calls “ideology” (under 4b) a “systematic scheme of ideas about life.”

Outstanding thinkers on both sides of the Atlantic have insisted that man, for better or worse, is an ideological creature distinguishing himself from the beasts by having, besides reason and religion, a coherent and logical view interpreting his personal and social existence.

Yet since, for many, this comprehensive view tends to be incoherent and indistinct, traditional thinkers in the Free World have a duty to give it a more precise profile, form, and color. Carefully, though: what can be said critically about utopias can also be stated about ideologies: as concrete visions set in the future, they can be thoroughly unrealistic, achievable only by unreasonable sacrifices out of all proportion to their value to mankind. Or they can be legitimate goals.

Finally, we must have before us a guiding vision of what our state and society could be like, to prevent us from becoming victims of false gods. The answer to false gods is not godlessness but the Living God. Hence our ideology must be based on the Living God, but it should appeal also to men of good will who, while not believers, derive their concepts of a well-ordered life, whether they realize it or not, ultimately from the same sources we do.

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In Defense of Petty Nationalism Reply

By Greg Johnson

Counter-Currents.Com

As I write, the Scottish independence referendum remains undecided, but the “No” camp is in the lead. Regardless of the outcome, though, Scotland will have more independence, either leaving the UK altogether or enjoying greater autonomy within it. 

I was, frankly, surprised that many White Nationalists and Alternative Rightists oppose Scottish independence, which strikes me as a rather simple application of the ethnonationalist principle that different peoples need independent homelands to express their distinct identities and pursue their unique destinies, as free as possible from the meddling of others.

When different peoples are forced to share the same system of government, it breeds conflict, resentment, even violence. Thus to preserve peace and promote the well-being of all peoples, multicultural states should be replaced with ethnically homogeneous ethnostates.

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The Scottish Referendum: A Win for England Reply

What do our English or Scottish readers think of Sean’s analysis here? I’m not familiar with enough with the issues he raises to have an opinion on them. Besides, I’m neither English nor Scottish, so it’s none of my business.

By Dr. Sean Gabb

Libertarian Alliance

Last week, in Bodrum, I wrote my Thoughts on Scottish Independence. In this, I made three points:

  1. That the issue was a nuisance, and I regretted the need to discuss it;
  2. That a narrow vote against independence would allow Scottish politicians to continue demanding English money with menaces until they could find an excuse for another referendum;
  3. That a vote for independence would at least save England from the Labour Party.

Well, the votes are now counted, and the result was rather close. Yet, rather than gloomy, I feel increasingly pleased. The difference between then and now is that I could not be aware of two important facts.

The first of these facts was the promise, made last Monday, that, if the Scottish voted to stay in the United Kingdom, they could have nearly full domestic autonomy and an eternity of English subsidies. I saw this in the newspapers at Gatwick Airport, and it threw me into a rage. That swinish fool Cameron had sold us out, I told myself. He should have told the Scottish to vote for the Union or to get stuffed – preferably the latter.

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Exclusive: Angry with Washington, 1 in 4 Americans open to secession Reply

We’re gaining ground, folks. Just keep pushing.

Scott Malone

Reuters

A girl holds a U.S. flag next to a sculpture after a naturalization ceremony in New York July 22, 2014. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

A girl holds a U.S. flag next to a sculpture after a naturalization ceremony in New York July 22, 2014.

Credit: Reuters/Shannon Stapleton

(Reuters) – The failed Scottish vote to pull out from the United Kingdom stirred secessionist hopes for some in the United States, where almost a quarter of people are open to their states leaving the union, a new Reuters/Ipsos poll found.

Some 23.9 percent of Americans polled from Aug. 23 through Sept. 16 said they strongly supported or tended to support the idea of their state breaking away, while 53.3 percent of the 8,952 respondents strongly opposed or tended to oppose the notion.

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Homogamy Most Heterodox Reply

 

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Last Friday proved a more eventful one than usual in New Zealand: on top of the usual weekend hustle, the Kiwi nation hosted the wedding of one Travis McIntosh to his partner, Matt McCormick. As it took place at the hallowed rugby venue of Eden Park, the union attracted a fair bit of attention from the national press, as well as the customary curiosity of queer advocates.

Sounds like your modern run-of-the mill gay wedding ceremony if one subtracts the disproportionate fanfare, right?

You’d be forgiven for thinking so at first glance.

Apart from, and above, the matter of the venerated venue, another aspect of the event distinguished it from others of its ilk: whilst Messrs. McIntosh and McCormick do indeed share similar genitalia, the only balls they express any interest in are those scrummed over by the athletes frequenting their selected spot. With a professed preference for females rather than fellas, the best-friend duo tied the knot as part of a radio competition for tickets to next year’s Rugby World Cup, here in Blighty.

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What Scottish Independence Means for Anarchism Reply

By Daniel Hawkins

The Art of Not Being Governed

Something earth-shattering is about to happen.

Tomorrow, the British-ruled country known as Scotland will vote for their independence.

The news has been focusing almost entirely on what this will mean for the UK and Europe. Most people have been completely preoccupied with what this will mean for the area economically. But that isn’t half the story; the trivialization of the matter should not be surprising. In all likelihood, if you’re an American reader, you probably hadn’t even heard of the Scottish independence referendum until the last week or two. But don’t be fooled; this is a momentous and historic event. This vote has the power to change the world forever. This may seem like a long-winded article, but I beg you to stay with it, and watch for the results of what may be the most important vote in history.

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Should Large Nations Split into Small Nations? Reply

By David Morris

Alternet

Since 1945 the number of nations has soared from about 60 to more than 180.  The first wave of new sovereign states came with the decolonization movement of the 1960s and 1970s; the second in the early 1990s with the break-up of the Soviet Union. If Scotland votes for independence it may ignite a third wave  Dozens of would-be nations are waiting in the wings:  Wales, Catalonia, Flanders, Brittany, the list is long.

In 1957 in his classic book The Breakdown of Nations economist and political scientist Leopold Kohr persuasively and rigorously argued that small nations are the natural order having been throughout history the engines for enlightenment, innovation, mutual aid and the arts.  The large nation state, he argued is not a reflection of improved efficiency but of superior force.

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Humans Naturally Follow Crowd Behavior Reply

Wall Street Journal

Luci Gutiérrez

It happened last Sunday at football stadiums around the country. Suddenly, 50,000 individuals became a single unit, almost a single mind, focused intently on what was happening on the field—that particular touchdown grab or dive into the end zone. Somehow, virtually simultaneously, each of those 50,000 people tuned into what the other 49,999 were looking at.

Becoming part of a crowd can be exhilarating or terrifying: The same mechanisms that make people fans can just as easily make them fanatics. And throughout human history we have constructed institutions that provide that dangerous, enthralling thrill. The Coliseum that hosts my local Oakland Raiders is, after all, just a modern knockoff of the massive theater that housed Roman crowds cheering their favorite gladiators 2,000 years ago.

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Crypto Convos Weekend Edition with Mike Kimberl of Sean’s Outpost Reply

I do a weekly show titled Crypto Convos where I interview various members of the bitcoin counter-economy and every now and then I’ll do a weekend edition. Mike Kimberl is a good friend and homeless rights activist who works alongside Food Not Bombs and the bitcoin-fueled homeless outreach Sean’s Outpost. He works tirelessly feeding hundreds of people a week and managing Satoshi Forest, a nine acre homeless campground, which is facing a battle with Escambia County over the right to allow homeless people to reside on private property.

I have interviewed Mike a few times before, and this interview takes a somber look into the problem of homelessness. We also explore how bitcoin can help the most unfortunate and the success Sean’s Outpost has had with bitcoin donations and helping people get off the streets.

Here’s the full interview:

You can also gain more insight into the background of our discussion by checking out my Youtube channel:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtO9Ty9V8gpwecykz9jdceg

Women in Bitcoin Panel at Porcfest XI 2014 Reply

I was recently on a Women in Bitcoin panel at Porcupine Freedom Festival, an anarchist/libertarian themed festival sponsored by the Free State Project. Stephanie Murphy of Let’s Talk Bitcoin moderated and the panel featured Paige Peterson of MaidSafe, musician Tatiana Moroz, myself representing Bitcoin Not Bombs, and Lyn Ulbricht the mother of Ross Ulbricht (suspected to be the Dread Pirate Roberts) who is currently facing charges related to the dark web site Silk Road.

These women are inspiring and involved in multiple projects and I was happy to be a part of this panel. We discussed bitcoin conferences, our experiences in the space, the projects we are working on, and Ross Ulbricht’s complex battle with overzealous agents of the state. Featured at the end is a QR code you can use to donate to his defense fund which is desperately needed as new charges have been added and his case is one that can set a very troubling legal precedent.

Watch our discussion in the video below.

I also run a weekly interview show called Crypto Convos of which I will be posting videos of more frequently.

Resistance is Futile: The Violent Cost of Challenging the American Police State 1

This is, along with foreign policy and international geopolitics, is the issue that anarchists, libertarians, and anti-statists of all types should be focused on, rather than arcane economic theories or sectarian tribal/cultural rivalries.

By John W. Whitehead

Rutherford Institute

“Police are specialists in violence. They are armed, trained, and authorized to use force. With varying degrees of subtlety, this colors their every action. Like the possibility of arrest, the threat of violence is implicit in every police encounter. Violence, as well as the law, is what they represent.”—Kristian Williams, activist and author

If you don’t want to get probed, poked, pinched, tasered, tackled, searched, seized, stripped, manhandled, arrested, shot, or killed, don’t say, do or even suggest anything that even hints of noncompliance. This is the new “thin blue line” over which you must not cross in interactions with police if you want to walk away with your life and freedoms intact.

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Secession, Northern Leftists & Southern nationalists Reply

A very important piece illustrating how pan-secessionism is not just for leftists or rightists, but for everyone who genuinely opposes the system, or who simply wants self-determination for their own community or culture.

By Michael Cushman

Southern Nationalist Network

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Some Northern Leftists in the United States are willing to explore the idea of secession, as Robert Kuttner‘s latest article for the Huffington Post reminds readers. His title, ‘Free Scotland, Free New England!’ makes that point. Kuttner finds a sense of common cause with the Scottish secessionists who are now leading in the polls with less than two weeks to go until the independence referendum. Kuttner notes:

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“Taking the game away from the left” 4

I’m sure we’ll get honorable mention at this conference.

Nobody is taking the game away from the Left. Instead, the Left is giving the game away. The Left is now the center, and unfortunately some anarchists have failed to adapt to the 21st century. The would prefer to be dragged along by the reactionary Left. As Murray Rothbard pointed out, anarchism and libertarianism are historically to the left of socialism and Marxism. Some anarchists continue to function as an appendage of Marxism, and others among us are breaking new ground and sailing into uncharted territory.

Anarchist Dot News

On September 13th The TORCH antifascist network is holding their first annual conference in Chicago via south side Chicago ARA. This conference has 2 parts; a private portion for those within the TORCH network and a public portion open to all antifascists. The public day is going to be on September 13th and will consist of workshops/speakers followed by an antifascist show. We are inviting any and all antifascists to come out and network, see speakers, see bands, and grab literature. There will be also be tons of free antifascist merchandise (shirts, CD’s etc.) for those who come out. This will be a benefit for antifascist prisoners. Below is a detailed schedule with all the necessary info for our public day.

5pm – speakers/workshops- This portion of our public day will be donation based. No one turned away.

Speakers and their workshop descriptions:

*Matthew N Lyons
from the Three way fight blog
http://threewayfight.blogspot.com/

“Taking the game away from the left”

One of fascism’s most dangerous features is its ability to present itself as radical or even revolutionary. From Third Position anti-capitalism to Nazi ecology, from National-Anarchism to the slogan “Women’s Power as well as White Power,” far rightists have embraced many leftist ideas in distorted form. What are some leading examples of this dynamic today and where do they come from? To what extent is this empty posturing, and to what extent does it reflect real conflict between fascism and the established order? What kind of challenges does it pose for antifascist work?

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Philadelphia Is About To Be America’s Largest City To Decriminalize Marijuana Reply

This is an example of why I have suggested in past that anarchists, libertarians, and allied others attempt to gain political preeminence at the local and municipal level, even within the context of the overarching state system. This was a strategy pursued by the Spanish anarchists, and later suggested by Murray Bookchin as well.

Huffington Post

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Pretty soon, you won’t be considered a criminal for carrying around a little weed in Philadelphia.

Philly Mayor Michael Nutter confirmed Monday that he will sign a bill into law that will make his city the largest in America to decriminalize marijuana possession, Philly Mag reports. Essentially it softens the penalty for such an offense from possible jail time to a $25 fine.

Nutter wasn’t a fan of the bill in the past, but he told KYW Newsradio that he agreed to sign the bill — with a caveat — because he’s seen too many of his citizens slapped with charges for small amounts of pot.

“So I think the agreement ends up putting the city and our citizens in a much better place,” Nutter told CBS News, noting that signing the bill won’t be the same as condoning marijuana use.
 

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