Keith Preston critiques the growing libertarian movement within the context of current political trends in the United States. Topics include:
How libertarianism has grown in popularity since 2007.
Why the libertarian movement is merely a microcosm of the wider society.
How the mainstream right is experiencing a growing conflict between libertarians, neoconservatives, and social conservatives.
The bleak future of the Republican Party.
The probability of the neoconservatives future return to the Democratic Party.
How the corporate class is attempting to co-opt libertarianism.
How the political class of the future will be a triumvirate of neoconservatives, progressive liberals, and the hard left.
Why the present day anarchist milieu is not a movement for functional adults.
Emerging cracks in the left’s coalition of constituents.
The need to cultivate much better quality anarchist and libertarian movements in the decades ahead so that these movements will be prepared for the crises that will unfold as the twenty-first century progresses.
A panel discussion with M.K. Lords, Becky Belding, Trista Rundatz, and Keith Preston about gender issues in the libertarian milieu, and wider issues facing the libertarian and anarchist movements. Topics include:
Why anti-state movements attract more men than women.
The left/right divide within libertarianism and anarchism.
The role of statist oppression vs oppressive social and cultural norms.
The relationship between libertarianism and women’s issues.
Currents within feminism and how these compare and contrast with libertarian values.
Is the pendulum swinging concerning gender role issues and gender oppression?
The men’s rights movement.
How the state is a common denominator in all forms of oppression.
Why men and women often differ in their political issues of interest.
The issues of pornography, prostitution, and sex work.
Anarchist strategy and communication.
Gender roles and mental health.
Psychotropic drugs and the pharmaceutical industry.
War-profiteering and the military-industrial complex.
Becky Belding is a libertarian and married mother of three living in South Carolina. She is a part time wage slave in finance to fund her expensive lapidary and wire art hobby, Eclectic Spectrum. She also has a political blog at Meat Curtain of Doom.
Trista is satanic anarcha feminist, small business owner and blogger. You can read her rantings here: And I rant….
The philosophical foundations for a new Western radicalism that can be found in the works of Friedrich Nietzsche, Max Stirner, and Ernst Junger.
Why the unprecedented concentration of political and economic power on a global scale should be the primary concern of all dissidents and political critics.
How the Right’s fixation on lost pasts becomes a self-defeating pessimism.
How the Left’s victimology and moral crusading has produced a cautious conservatism.
How American society has experienced deterioration in virtually every area of political, economic, and cultural life in recent decades.
Why a revolutionary alternative is needed.
How the ARV-ATS philosophy of anarcho-pluralism and strategy of pan-secessionism is able to transcend barriers of left and right, centrism and extremism, paternalism and libertarianism, and why such an approach is necessary to prevent American society from suffering the fate of other nations that have fallen into chaos.
Keith Preston continues his discussion of the decline of American progressives as an effective opposition force, and outlines an agenda for a new radicalism.
How the Left has deteriorated into narrow, self-serving forms of identity politics, and status quo apologetics for the welfare state.
Why the Left is unable to build resistance to imperialism, plutocracy, regressive class relations, and the police, prison, and surveillance states.
How mainstream conservatives will eventually become marginalized in the same manner as the paleoconservatives.
How present day neoliberals and radical leftists are the conservatives and liberals of the future, respectively.
How the next wave of radicalism will emphasize anti-militarism, cultural pluralism, civil liberties, and class-based politics while rejecting humanitarian imperialism, state socialism, and political correctness.
How many former in-groups have become outgroups due to cultural shift, and will be potential constituents for the new radicalism.
Why those traditional outgroups which have not been included under the progressive umbrella are natural constituents for the new radical movement.
How demographic and cultural change will create an ever growing audience for revolutionary politics.
The famed diplomat George Kennan’s recognition that the U.S.A would eventually disintegrate in a manner similar to the Soviet Union.
Prototypes for alternative institutions following the decline of the System.
Keith Preston continues his discussion of the likely political future of the United States.
Peter Beinart’s recent article, “The Rise of New New Left,” and how this thesis is consistent with the ARV-ATS outlook.
Rick Perlstein’s skeptical response, which raises the spectre of an American fascism.
How the Left has never recovered from the traumatizing experience of fascism and the crippling paranoia that grips the Left as a result.
Why Anarchists should reject the cliches of progressive liberalism and social democracy, and instead embrace an uncompromisingly revolutionary stance.
Why changing social conditions will make it necessary for Anarchists to evolve past the narrow race, class, and gender paradigm of the academic Left in favor of a radical populism that incorporates libertarian, decentralist, and anti-authoritarian ideas from all across the political spectrum into its approach.
Keith Preston revisits some of the core ATS documents in light of contemporary events.
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.
Keith Preston discusses the theories of Daniel Byman of the Rand Corporation on the development of insurgent movements.
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.
Keith Preston discusses the work of the late Harvard philosopher Robert Nozick.
Nozick’s “Anarchy, State, and Utopia” as a landmark work in political philosophy and its influence in academia.
How both the Left and Right often read Nozick selectively and vulgarize his thinking.
The relevance of Nozick’s concept of the “ultra-minimal state” to fourth generation warfare theory.
Nozick’s concept of a meta-utopia of self-determined communities and how this presents a model for the evolution of anti-state radicalism beyond both leftist anarcho-social democracy and vulgar libertarian plutocratic apologies.
Keith Preston offers a critical evaluation of the movement that shaped the cultural life of contemporary Western societies.
The intellectual and political origins of the New Left as a “fourth way” movement beyond capitalism, fascism, and communism.
The convergence of social forces during the 1960s that made the growth of the New Left possible.
The success of the New Left at carrying out a comprehensive cultural revolution in Western civilization.
The failure of the New Left at opposing American imperialism, challenging the hegemony of plutocratic capitalism, and preventing the subsequent growth of police state repression.
The growth of New Left-inspired “repressive tolerance” as a new force for political oppression.
The theoretical weaknesses of the New Left that contributed to its failures and how these might be corrected for by a new wave of radicalism.
How the various anarchist, libertarian, and anti-state movements have failed to recognize and oppose contemporary forms of left-wing authoritarianism and how this is an obstacle to the growth of an effective anti-state radicalism.
Keith Preston offers a critical analysis of contemporary cultural and political conflict.
The ideological roots of the culture wars in the historic conflict between classical liberalism and socialism.
How the culture wars are a manifestation of class conflict between the traditional WASP elites and the rising, multicultural upper-middle class.
How conservatives, liberals, the far left, and the far right maintain their own distinct narratives and interpretations of American history.
Why the political philosophy of anarcho-pluralism and the related strategic concept of pan-secessionism transcend the convention left/right model of the political spectrum.
Keith’s own unique position of being a political extremist and cultural centrist.
Why anarchists and non-anarchists, leftists and rightists, moderates and radicals all share a common enemy in the form of the empire, international plutocracy, and police state and how culture war psychology prevents the mounting of effective resistance to these.
The need for practical and peaceful alternatives to ideological, sectarian, and tribal conflict.
The Attack the System radio program returns with host Keith Preston.
In this installment Keith discusses:
The need for anarchists to reach out to new sources of potential supporters beyond the radical left and the anarchist youth subculture.
How the ARV/ATS philosophy of anarcho-pluralism continues the traditions of anarchism without adjectives and synthesist anarchism established by classical anarchist luminaries such as Voltairine De Cleyre, the Magon brothers, and Voline.
The observation that most people are not anarchists by nature and the implications of this for anarchist strategy.
The Spanish anarchist movement of the 1930s as a prototype for an anarchist-led anti-state populism.
The tactical concept of pan-secessionism and how this assists anarchists in bridging the gap between anarchists and non-anarchists, leftists and rights, radicals and moderates.
How individualist, communitarian, and progressive versions of anarchist social morality can peacefully co-exist.
Why it is a mistake for anarchists to absorbed in mainstream political and cultural battles which only strengthen the System as a whole.
The possibility of building anarchist-led anti-state populist movements using the pan-secessionist strategy in multiple nations and continents simultaneously in a way that appeals to the historical, cultural, and political traditions of particular peoples.
What trends research, demographic analysis, and military theory indicates the world of 2100 will look like and a vision of decentralized future civilizations where anarchism is the prevailing political current.