ATS Roundtable on Creating Alternative Infrastructure 22

ATS Round Table
Creating Alternative Infrastructure

February 15, 2014

Jeremy Weiland, Vince Rinehart, Todd Lewis, and Keith Preston discuss the process of building the new society within the shell of the old.

Topics include:

  • The need to preserve the legal space of alternative infrastructure through active legal defense organizations.
  • Prospects posed by the possibility of technological innovation and technological decline.
  • The implications of procreation rates, demographic shift, and cultural assimilation.
  • Parallels between the modern American and ancient Roman empires.
  • The foundation for alternative infrastructure provided by presently existing organizations.
  • The cultivation of cohesive value systems in order to maintain the durability of alternative infrastructure.

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Beyond Partisanship: The Fundamentals of Pan-Secessionist Activism Reply

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Beyond Partisanship: The Fundamentals of Pan-Secessionist Activism

January 5, 2014

Keith Preston gives a comprehensive overview of the ARV-ATS strategic outlook and clarifies certain misconceptions.

Topics include:

  • Why the philosophy of self-determination transcends ordinary partisan boundaries.
  • The need to distinguish the meta-political and meta-strategic concepts related to pan-secessionism from the personal or collective views of individual activists or organizations.
  • The need for a federation of anti-state movements.
  • The possibility of an alliance of minor political parties around common interests.
  • A call for a Peoples’ Economic Front.
  • The need to cultivate anti-system political interest groups as allies and constituents.
  • The growing need for alternative means of delivering social services in a depressed economy with a bankrupt state.
  • The need for effective legal defense organizations that defend the rights of all who come under attack by the system.
  • The need to strengthen regional, cultural, ethnic, and religious identitarian organizations as intermediary institutions against the state.
  • The eventual need for civilian defense organizations.
  • Cultivating international allies and supporters.
  • How the system would respond to a pan-secessionist insurgency.
  • The need for mythical utopian visions that can inspire idealism and action.
  • Visions for the future and why pan-secessionism is not an “end of history” scheme.

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ATS Round Table: Community, Ethics, and the State 3

ATS Round Table
Community, Ethics, and the State

December 22, 2013

ATS contributors Todd Lewis, Vince Rinehart, Jeremy Weiland, and Keith Preston participate in a panel discussion on moral philosophy, social organization, and the state.

Topics include:

  • Methods of social organization in traditional religious and tribal communities prior to the rise of the modern state.
  • Varying approaches to social ethics and the underlying philosophical traditions.
  • The absence of community in the consumerist, technological, highly mobile societies of the present.
  • Contending views of human nature and the implications of these for social organization.

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Attack the System: The Intersection of Drug Prohibition, Totalitarian Humanism, and the Police State 1

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The Intersection of Drug Prohibition, Totalitarian Humanism, and the Police State

December 8, 2013

Keith Preston discusses the power elite’s system of ideological and legal control.

Topics include:

  • How international drug prohibition is largely an American creation.
  • How the war on drugs was instigated to suppress dissident political movements.
  • The various components of the American police state that has emerged in recent decades.
  • How constitutional rights have been hollowed out by police state legislation and a compliant judiciary.
  • How the system has been able to co-opt past protest movements and integrate these into the system, and how the growth of political correctness is a reflection of this.
  • How the ideological superstructure of totalitarian humanism represents the system’s carrot, while the police state represents the stick.

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Attack the System: An Interview with Todd Lewis 7

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An Interview with Todd Lewis

November 24, 2013

Keith Preston interviews Christian philosopher Todd Lewis.

Topics include:

  • Anti-state traditions within historic Christianity.
  • The essence of the Christian faith and the nature of an organic Christian community.
  • The Christian pacifist tradition of thinkers such as Leo Tolstoy and Dorothy Day.
  • The nature of freedom within the context of traditional Christian and historic Greek thought.
  • The relationship between freedom and ethics.
  • How the plutocratic elite helped to develop the 1960s counterculture.
  • How freedom is dependent on individual virtue, and how tyrants pacify their subjects with bread and circuses.
  • The obscure historical relationship between capitalism and communism.
  • The autarchist principles of Robert LeFevre.
  • The future of religion and spirituality in Western civilization.

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Grand Alliance Theory and Fourth Generation Warfare, Part Two: In Defense of Revolutionary Struggle 1

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Grand Alliance Theory and Fourth Generation Warfare, Part Two: In Defense of Revolutionary Struggle

September 22, 2013

Keith Preston continues the discussion of revolutionary action within the context of contemporary political and military circumstances.

Topics include:

  • The unfortunate tendency of many contemporary radicals towards lifestyle radicalism, which underestimates the importance of genuine revolutionary struggle.
  • How the advancement of civilization ultimately involves period episodes of political and social upheaval.
  • The necessity of revolutionary political leadership that is capable of meeting ordinary people where they are at while retaining a long term radical vision.
  • The creation of alternative infrastructure that will serve as the foundation for both reformist and revolutionary efforts.
  • Why radicals and revolutionaries must prepare for the time when the state moves to suppress challenges to its own position.
  • Why the ability to wage effective fourth generation warfare will be the determining factor in 21st century revolutionary struggles.
  • The role of Hezbollah, the Peoples War Group, and the Armed Forces of the Colombian Revolution as model fourth generation warfare organizations.

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The Life and Times of Jerry Rubin 1

Biographical Podcast
The Life and Times of Jerry Rubin

September 21, 2013

Keith Preston examines the career of a 1960s radical leader and how it symbolizes the history of American society over the past 50 years.

Topics include:

  • Rubin’s role as an early anti-Vietnam War protest organizer, founder of the Yippies, and defendant in the Chicago Conspiracy trial.
  • His immersion in the lifestyle fads of the 1970s and reinvention of himself as a yuppie businessman in the 1980s.
  • His subsequent “yippie vs yuppie” debates with former partner Abbie Hoffman before his death in 1994 at age 56.
  • Rubin’s claim that the radicals of the 1960s had shaped the mainstream culture of the 1970s and 1980s.
  • How Rubin’s life symbolizes the coming to power of the 1960s generation.
  • How the radical Left of the 1960s was able to radically transform American culture while allowing the System to continue unabated politically, economically, and militarily.

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Grand Alliance Theory and Fourth Generation Warfare 1

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Grand Alliance Theory and Fourth Generation Warfare

September 15, 2013

Keith Preston discusses the definitive elements of the revolutionary struggle.

Topics include:

  • Common criticisms directed at ARV-ATS including accusations of reformism, crypto-statism, egalitarian populism, and reactionary nationalism.
  • The need to strike a healthy balance between elitism and populism, reform and revolution.
  • Why the revolutionary struggle must be international in character even as revolutionary movements within different nations, cultures, and communities will retain their unique identities.
  • How successful revolutionary struggles in one region or nation might provide for their self-defense in a world dominated by states and plutocratic entities.
  • Why the ultimate aim of grand alliance theory is resistance to state repression as the overlords of the Empire are challenged.
  • How the battle between the Empire and the resistance forces will ultimately be decided by means of fourth generation warfare.

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Sometimes It Sucks to Be Right Reply

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Sometimes It Sucks to Be Right

September 8, 2013

Keith Preston revisits some of the core ATS documents in light of contemporary events.

Topics include:

  • How the neoconservatives have been eclipsed by the liberal internationalists as predicted in the 2003 essay “Philosophical Anarchism and the Death of Empire.”
  • How a resurgent Russia is challenging the unipolar American empire as predicted in the same essay.
  • How the liberal internationalist/cultural Marxist alliance has become the dominant ruling class faction as predicted in the “Liberty and Populism” essay.
  • How totalitarian humanism is emerging as the ideological foundation of the present march towards ever greater state repression as predicted in past ATS analysis.
  • How ARV-ATS concepts like anarcho-pluralism, radical localism, pan-secessionism, and anti-totalitarian humanism are spreading into an ever greater number of political currents, including those who are outside of or even hostile to ARV-ATS.
  • How escalating state repression against dissident movements will necessitate the formation of a grand alliance against the common enemy, and how only anarcho-pluralism and pan-secessionist provide the framework for such an alliance.
  • The revolutionary vision of ARV-ATS for a future civilization that has hardly been conceived of at present.

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Weekly News Update: September 2, 2013 Reply

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Update September 2, 2013

Keith Preston discusses American saber rattling against Syria.

Topics include:

  • The role of the Power Elite in building the American Empire.
  • The amazing continuity of U.S. foreign policy regardless of which party is in power.
  • The convergence of interests that shape U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East.
  • How Obama’s planned aggression against Syria is a mirror image of Bush’s and the neocons’ build up to war with Iran a decade ago.
  • The astounding foolishness of U.S. diplomats like John Kerry and Samantha Power.
  • Imperialism’s body count.

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Cascadia: Interview with Casey Corcoran 12

ATS editors Keith Preston and Vince Rinehart discuss Cascadia and bioregionalism with guest Casey Corcoran.

Topics include:

-Defining Cascadia as a place rather than a political entity.
-The ideas and history of bioregionalism as a movement.
-The commonalities shared by colonized peoples.
-The relationship between ecological crises and colonialism.
-The need for food sovereignty.
-How technological and ecological values can co-exist.
-Why radical localism is the path to resistance.
-The film “Occupied Cascadia.” More…

Update August 18, 2013 Reply

News of the Week
Update August 18, 2013

ATS News of the Week Commentary with Keith Preston.

Topics include:

  • The harassment of Glenn Greenwald’s partner in London.
  • The emerging left/right unity in opposition to the surveillance state.
  • The work of writers like John Whitehead and William Norman Grigg detailing the growth of the American police state.
  • How many on the Left are starting to realize the Left has failed to develop an effective opposition force against the Bush-Obama wars and surveillance regimes and how libertarians have picked up the torch.
  • Eric Holder’s belated recognition that America’s prison-industrial complex has gotten out of hand.
  • The declining influence of the neoconservatives in the GOP and their eclipse by realists like Rand Paul.
  • How the U.S. empire is losing its grip on Egypt and why Israel partisans are pushing for still more military intervention in the Middle East

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Where the Right Goes Wrong Reply

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Where the Right Goes Wrong

August 18, 2013

Keith Preston replies to conservative critic Todd Lewis’ critique of his work.

Topics include:

  • The actual origins and meaning of historic conservatism and why the contemporary American “conservative movement” is in fact a leftist movement.
  • The roots of conservatism and libertarianism in polar opposite historical and philosophical currents.
  • Why political anarchism and philosophical libertarianism are not synonymous.
  • A discussion of the moral skepticism of Friedrich Nietzsche and Max Stirner.
  • A comparison of the 20th century ideological wars with the wars of religion from the 17th century.
  • How political correctness and totalitarian humanism represent a secular outgrowth of older religious forms of moralism and universalism.
  • Parallels between classical Christian eschatology and modern secular totalitarian ideologies.

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The Manning Trial, Support Spots, the Paul Drug, and Libertarian Populism 1

News of the Week
The Manning Trial, Support Spots, the Paul Drug, and Libertarian Populism

August 3, 2013

Weekly News Update

Topics include:

  • The trial and conviction of Bradley Manning and the necessity of a “Free Bradley” movement.
  • The granting of asylum to Edward Snowden by Russia and how this fits with the ARV-ATS prediction that Russia and other rogue nations might be sources of support for future anti-imperialist insurgencies.
  • How libertarian politicians like Ron and Rand Paul are ultimately no solution to the problem of the soft totalitarian state but might be “gateway drugs” to a more extreme position.
  • The growing interest in “libertarian populism” within the mainstream Right and how this fits with ARV-ATS that an expanded anti-state movement with a populist bent will be a partial foundation for the next wave of serious radicalism.

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The Necessity of Defending the Undefendable

August 4, 2013

Keith Preston says too many anarchists and libertarians are falling down on the job.

Topics include:

  • A discussion of Walter Block’s classic work “Defending the Undefendable” and Sean Gabb’s new book on the decline of free speech in England.
  • Why defending the outcast, despised, and disreputable much be a libertarian first principle.
  • How too many left-anarchists have become de facto liberal Democrats and too many right-libertarians have become de facto conservative Republicans.
  • Why the revolutionary strategy and program of ARV-ATS necessarily involves the embrace of hard-core extremism.
  • Why anti-state movements must rise above casual dilettantism and embrace an authentic revolutionary outlook.

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“First They Came for the Fascists…”: Reflections on White Nationalism 18

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“First They Came for the Fascists…”: Reflections on White Nationalism

July 21, 2013

Keith Preston strives for an objective analysis of the most taboo political philosophy.

Topics include:

  • The need to defend freedom of opinion and association for everyone.
  • The lack of objective scholarly analysis of white nationalism.
  • The backstory to the odd relationship between ATS and white nationalism.
  • The many variations in white nationalist ideology.
  • Issues raised by white nationalists.
  • Failures and excesses in the white nationalist milieu.
  • The reasons for left-wing hysteria over white nationalists.
  • How the Left and white nationalists often mirror each other.
  • The probable future of white nationalist movements.

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ATS Roundtable: Gangs and the Lumpenproletarian Class Base of Anti-System Struggle Reply

ATS Roundtable
Gangs and the Lumpenproletarian Class Base of Anti-System Struggle

July 14, 2013

ATS senior editors Miles Joyner, Vince Rinehart, and Keith Preston discuss the political potential of organized outlaws.

Topics include:

  • The misperception of gangs as a distinctively lower class social phenomenon.
  • The enormous size of the gang population in the United States.
  • Gangs as a form of stateless tribal networks and models of fourth generation warfare organizations.
  • Past efforts at the political organization of gangs.
  • The role of gangs in past rebellions such as the 1992 West Coast uprisings.
  • Why the lumpenproletariat has surpassed the traditional proletariat as the basis of class struggle.
  • The relationship between gangs and ethno-identitarian movements.
  • Gangs as source of streetfighters during revolutionary struggle.
  • The criteria needed for effective protest movements.
  • How a militant minority of passionate opinion-holders can affect society way beyond their numbers.

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Attack the System and the Question of Identity Reply

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ATS and the Question of Identity

July 8, 2013

Keith Preston discusses the theories of Daniel Byman of the RAND Corporation on the development of insurgent movements.

Topics include:

  • The identity of ARV/ATS as a challenge to the stagnant political ideas of the anarchist establishment and the foundation for a new anarchist movement.
  • The ambition of ARV/ATS to represent the near-universal discontent with “the system” now prevalent in American and other societies and offer a positive alternative vision.
  • The ongoing conflicts between ARV/ATS and the mainstream anarchist movement and why such conflicts are proper and necessary.
  • The need to cultivate alternative forms of identity in opposition to the state.
  • The need to replace patriotic loyalty to the state with ideological patriotism towards the anarchist struggle.
  • How the meta-identify of the anarchist struggle must contain within itself numerous sub-identities related to culture, ethnicity, religion, geography, occupation, and single issues to which individuals form passionate attachments.

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Attack the System: News of the Week July 8, 2013 Reply

News of the Week
Update July 8, 2013

July 8, 2013

ATS News of the Week Commentary with Keith Preston.

Topics include:

  • The overthrow of Egypt’s president Mohammed Morsi and why the introduction of Western liberal democracy in Middle Eastern nations ironically tends to fuel the creation of Islamic states.
  • The ongoing saga of Edward Snowden and why there must be public campaigns on behalf of whistleblowers on the model of the “Free Mumia” movement.
  • The ongoing atrocities perpetrated by the American police state on innocent civilians and the need for a militant anti-police insurgency similar to the Black Panthers of the 1960s or the militia movement of more recent times.
  • The trial of George Zimmerman for the alleged murder of Trayvon Martin and why controversial courts cases and public issues should be decided on the basis of facts and reason rather than political ideology and cultural prejudices.

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Politics and Prison in Venezuela Reply

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By Juan Forero

Washington Post Foreign Service
Monday, October 5, 2009

Julio Cesar Rivas, 22, spent about three weeks in jail after taking part in a protest. He was released last Monday and launched a hunger strike to protest jailings of dissenters.
Julio Cesar Rivas, 22, spent about three weeks in jail after taking part in a protest. He was released last Monday and launched a hunger strike to protest jailings of dissenters. (By Juan Forero — The Washington Post)

CARACAS, Venezuela — President Hugo Chávez’s government says Julio Cesar Rivas is a violent militant intent on fomenting civil war.

Rivas’s supporters say the 22-year-old university student is just one of many Venezuelans jailed for challenging a populist government that they contend is increasingly intolerant of dissent.

As the Chávez government approaches 11 years in power, many of its most prominent opponents are in exile in foreign countries or under criminal investigation here.

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