It seems to me that in the last couple of years “free market anarchism” in its various forms has grown to the point where it’s now starting to eclipse or even surpass the “anarcho-Marxists” in terms of size and influence. I base this observation on the number of public events sponsored by both, and the online presence of both. Am I right or wrong in this perception?
This article from C4SS by Carson is fine in so far as the discussion of alternative economic paradigms and the falseness of the “big government vs big capital” dichotomy is concerned. Those are Carson’s primary areas of specialization. But this piece is more problematic for what it does not say. Notice there are only a few phrases in this lengthy piece expressing actual criticism of the state, and only one casual mention of the military industrial complex, and nothing about the police state. Instead, it’s all egalitarian, social justice, hipster culture stuff. Like the rest of the Left, “left-libertarianism” puts the cart before the horse.
Opposition to US imperialism has to be the flagship issue of any serious radical movement in North America, followed by opposition to the domestic police state, followed economic considerations (which is the area where left-libertarianism is the most helpful), followed by social issues (and there needs to be recognition of the complexity of these beyond what left-libertarianism allows for).
Support for the left/right conservative/progressive libertarian/populist positions that ARV-ATS has long advocated for is starting to enter the political mainstream on the both the left and right, and not because there’s anything uniquely wonderful about us, but because more and more thoughtful people are realizing this is where the future of opposition politics in the US lies. Ditto the continued growth of interest in secession movements. The goal is not to make libertarianism, or any other kind of radicalism, into a fad among hip and cool young people, but to engage in outreach towards those who are most under attack by the system and are therefore most likely to take action against the system.
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n recent weeks both Thoughts on Liberty and Reason have published articles on the Millennial generation’s social and political attitudes, as they relate to libertarianism. One is a good example of how libertarians should approach Millennials. The other most decidedly is not.
Perhaps not. But opposition to American imperialism is certainly the first prerequisite for any kind of political radicalism worthy of the name, libertarian or otherwise. Apparently, some libertarians want libertarianism to be just another faction within the U.S. empire.
Over the past year, I have noticed a number of casual, though important, errors that libertarians often make. Knowing these things may save you from mild embarrassment or help you in your internship application.
Many times in the past we anarchists have heard the argument that human nature is what’s stopping humanity from being free, is this true? Could it be that maybe were asking the wrong question? Could it be that the statist are right in some sense? Could it be that our human nature is our strong point? Could we evolve past our human nature? Should we? Have we already?
Human Nature is defined as the psychological physical and behavioral characteristics of humankind. Let’s examine what psychological characteristics are prevalent to mankind. What psychological condition that the “human nature” argument is addressing is the capacity for violence that each individual has. The common ground is that all humans are capable of violence; it is a basic survival characteristic to be able to use violence. This capacity for violence is necessary even today. The human capacity for violence is necessary not just for protection against other humans trying to govern them but also against other more violent species. So is the capacity for violence keeping us from achieving a free society? No. More…
While I endorse this proposal, I would qualify my endorsement by pointing out that this is merely a plan for decentralizing the state of California. That by itself is a worthwhile ambition, but the wider aim of pan-secessionism is much more radical, i.e. the overthrow of the American empire domestically and the overthrow of neoliberalism internationally. Still, it’s a step in the right direction. If this succeeds, or even becomes widely publicized, it will most likely open the door for the growth of new and more radical secession movements.
Thanks to the signatures of more than 807,000 concerned Californians, an ambitious idea has moved that much closer to becoming a reality. The “Six Californias” Initiative, sponsored by Silicon Valley venture capitalist Tim Draper, seeks to create areas that are more governable, more productive, and more successful. As I wrote in this column back in February, the initiative would achieve the triumvirate goal of proportionately distributing California’s debts based on population, ending all tax collections and spending by the existing State of California, and creating new, more representative governments with the ability to enact public policies that make the most sense for the new state.
Official music video for “Love Is Death In Your Veins” filmed and directed by Anarchist Films.
Liberals are increasingly religious about their own liberalism, treating it like a comprehensive view of reality and the human good.
At the risk of sounding like Paul Krugman — who returns to a handful of cherished topics over and over again in his New York Times column — I want to revisit one of my hobby horses, which I most recently raised in my discussion of Hobby Lobby.
My own cherished topic is this: Liberalism’s decline from a political philosophy of pluralism into a rigidly intolerant dogma.
I recently read an article on the Left-wing website in Great Britain, The Guardian. This has been the most consistently Left-wing publication in Great Britain. It was part of the organized Left as early as the 1920′s, and it has never varied in the slightest.
The author interviewed a former American spy. The spy is a very well read man. But he cannot think straight. He is a super Leftist. He talks about “the commons.” He does not like private property. He sees all of capitalism as an attempt to take away from the commons and privatize wealth. But there never was a state-free commons. The commons was always a state agency. Throughout men’s history, when there is common land, it is run by an agency that possesses political power. It possesses the power of coercion. Every time you see the word “commons,” think “commissars.” You don’t have commons without commissars.
This man is singing the same old song that he sang in his youth. He says there’s going to be a revolution. No, there isn’t. He says that the open source technology will create the revolution. No, it won’t.
The essence of revolution is centralized power. Engels knew this early, and reminded us of it for years. There is nothing more centralizing than a revolution. Every revolution in history has moved towards the centralization of power, including the American Revolution. This ex-spy, singing the songs of his youth, says that we are right at the edge of a revolution.
We are at the edge of a non-revolution.
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The drastic long-term drop in Americans’ trust for government since the 1950s periodically evokes pearl-clutching on the center-left. Liberal radio talk show host Leslie Marshall recently tweeted, as apparent cause for concern, a Pew Research poll finding the percentage of the public that trusts government to “do the right thing” most of the time or “pretty much always” at 19% in 2013 (by way of background, it peaked at 77% in 1965). She linked to a piece by Julian Zelizer at CNN (“Distrustful Americans still live in age of Watergate,” July 7), lamenting the low level of faith in government (“which is necessary for a healthy society”) as a cultural inheritance from Vietnam and Watergate and calling for political forms to root out corruption, restore public trust and render the political system once again functional.
By James Delingpole
‘Why did you leave us?’ said the old Sudanese man in Omdurman market. ‘Things were so much better when you were here.’ He was talking about the British empire, of course, and apologies if I’ve told the story before, as I know I have. It’s just that it’s such a fantastically satisfying way of winding up all those guilt-ridden post-colonial types who find it a source of shame and embarrassment that the world’s atlas was once half-covered pink.
Note: See this news story for background: “A bakery owned by a Christian family is facing legal action after it declined to make a cake printed with a message supporting gay marriage.” (Belfast Telegraph, 8th July 2014)
Speaking in London today, Sean Gabb, Director of the Libertarian Alliance, made this statement:
I have spent much of my life denouncing the persecution of homosexuals. More recently, I have turned to denouncing the persecution of Christians by homosexuals. I do both on exactly the same grounds, of freedom of speech and freedom of association.
I urge our gay friends to join in these denunciations. The current persecution is wrong in itself, and is also undertaken without regard for its consequences. These, I have no doubt, will eventually include the recriminalisation – probably indirectly in the first instance – of homosexual acts. Homosexuals are the weakest element in the pc coalition of the oppressed. On the one hand, they are widely hated within the other groups. On the other, most of them have the option of creeping back into the closet the moment the winds shift direction – one whiff of persecution, and the gay lobby will become a leadership without a membership.
Now is the time for us all to take a stand for the traditional liberal values of freedom of speech and association. These cover the right of gay people to live as they please – and also of traditionalist Christians to have nothing to do with them.
Robert Stark interviews former Porn Star Dick Smothers Jr.
Growing up the son of Dick Smothers of the Smothers Brothers and how he had a fairy normal childhood
Why being a Porn Star was not his main dream growing up
His rock band Kamikaze and his 80′s tribute band
Why he likes to create what he performs
The corporate environment of the music franchise
Why there’s more independence in the Porn Industry
Why The Porn Industry resembles the Publication Industry rather than the Film Industry
How his first Porn debut was in a Showtime Soft Core series My First Time
The Soft Core Genre
His preference for couples scene and the Genres he refused to act in
Abusive and degrading Genres of Porn and how girls are often coerced into those films
How guys like Max Hardcore harm the industry and appeal to a dark side of human nature
How the Porn Industry includes both kind and abusive individuals
His appearance on Howard Stern’s Show
Luke Ford and his observations on individuals in the industry
People who are traumatized or have long term psychological problems from porn
Dating women in Porn
A Dominatrix film he refused to act in
Why he was considered straight-laced by the standards of the Porn Industry
Why he wanted to be a positive male representative of the Industry
The interview with Reuters were he said he wanted to be the Orson Wells of Porn
Why there needs to be more creativity in Porn
How Porn becoming more accessible has harmed the profits of the industry
Why there’s a mean streak in America and how that influences it’s Porn
Why he left the industry
The AIDS Scare and how the industry is regulated for STD’s
The types of men who act in porn
The Narcissistic celebrity culture in America
His advice to someone looking to get into porn
Jonathan Bowden’s Mad
The theme of teenage angst and alienation with modern society
Jonathan Bowden’s Sade
How the Marquis de Sade symbolizes the dark side of the Enlightenment
Sade’s honest nihilism versus the politically correct moralistic degeneracy of modern liberal society
How human nature becomes animalistic once it is stripped of morality
How Bowden labeled Andrea Dworkin a female de Sade
Parallels between Dworkin, Sade, and Elliot Rodger’s manifesto
Camille Paglia as a dissident feminist
This is a reply to Greg Johnson’s “Moses the Egyptian” at Counter-Currents.
By Todd Lewis
Mr. Johnson’s Moses the Egyptian is yet another ill thought-out screed against Christianity worthy of the atheistkult. In fact most of Mr. Johnson’s claims are taken verbatim from atheistkult in this and other screeds. For the sake of brevity I will deal with his completely ridiculous gloss on paganism.
“Ancient polytheism did not just promote religious tolerance. It also helped promote peace between nations in an age of constant warfare and bloodshed. The idea of a universal divine order served as a foundation for international law and peace between nations. “
Despite the fact that you provide no evidence for this preposterous claim, there is absolutely no historical evidence to back it up.
With support for interventionism at an all-time low, the War Party is constantly on the lookout for fresh justifications of their failed and increasingly unpopular overseas meddling. The old saw about how “terrorists” mustn’t be allowed to establish “safe havens” is getting a bit stale, and was never all that persuasive to begin with: after all, the 9/11 attacks were planned in Hamburg, Germany. For the first time ever a majority of Americans think the ideal US foreign policy would be “minding our own business,” as the wording of a recent Pew poll put it. So the old tart has to put on a new coat of paint and dress up in more fashionable raiment in order to keep her clientele and perhaps even attract some new ones.
Joe Biden is just the man for the job: brazenly opportunistic and happy to bloviate at a moment’s notice, the grandstanding Vice President declared this week that “protecting gay rights is a defining mark of a civilized nation and must trump national cultures and social traditions,” according to NBC News.
“I don’t care what your culture is,” he said, not telling us anything about American imperialism we didn’t already know. “Inhumanity is inhumanity is inhumanity. Prejudice is prejudice is prejudice.”
Robert has some very interesting interviews available featuring cutting edge political dissidents and topics that rarely get discussed elsewhere. Check some of these out:
2014 has thus far proved to be an interesting year for American Revolutionary Vanguard and AttacktheSystem.Com.
After many years of laboring in the trenches on the fringe of the fringe of the world of dissident politics, the ideas we have long promoted here at ATS are starting to get some serious traction.
We have long criticized the mainstream anarchist movement for its clinging to the archaic left/right model of the political spectrum, and its failure to turn anarchism into an effective resistance force. Meanwhile, we have encouraged the growth and development of dissident anarchist tendencies. A crucial development has now begun to take place in the mainstream anarchist milieu. The bitterness, divisiveness, factionalism, and excessive political correctness that we have criticized and rejected in anarchist circles has come to a head. More…