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Attack the System
The State of the Resistance: Five Years Into the Age of Obama

April 7, 2014

Anarchist

Keith Preston critiques the growing libertarian movement within the context of current political trends in the United States. Topics include:

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.

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Attack the System
Anarchism and Spirituality: An Interview with Jay Cypher

February 22, 2014

Keith Preston interviews Jay Cypher, anarchist anthropologist and scholar of the relationship between spirituality, religion, and social movements. Topics include:

Topics include:

  • Her recent lecture “Anarchy and Spiritual Practice.”
  • Libertarian tendencies within various religious traditions.
  • Her involvement with the National-Anarchist Tribal Alliance of New York.
  • Do-It-Yourself activism and intentional communities.
  • Anarchism on the macro-level and micro-level.
  • The human instinct for freedom and resistance to oppression.
  • The importance of alternative sources of food production.
  • The role of art, music, and culture in raising political consciousness.
  • The influence of Mayan traditions on the Zapatista revolutionary movement.
  • How modern metropolises might function on decentralized lines.
  • The self-limiting hypocrisies of the wider anarchist movement.
  • The growth of libertarianism and the future of anarchism.
  • The archetype of the “Anarch” and the quest for inner freedom and personal autarchy.

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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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Attack the System
Women Against the State

February 1, 2014

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:

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.

M.K. Lords is an activist, writer, and fire dancer. She edits and contributes regularly at Bitcoin Not Bombs and also writes for Young Voices. Her work has been featured in Bitcoin Magazine. Her activism emphasizes direct action and agorist methods of building the counter-economy. You can get in touch on twitter @mklords, Facebook M.K. Lords, and view her writings at Bitcoin Not Bombs. She is also a returning guest to the Attack The System show.

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….

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Attack the System
Bitcoin Against the System: An Interview with M.K. Lords

January 29, 2014

Keith Preston interviews Bitcoin and counter-economics activist M. K. Lords.

Topics include:

  • How Bitcoins can be used to bypass the warfare state and assist with social justice issues such as homelessness.
  • The Ron Paul campaigns as a transition to more radical forms of libertarianism.
  • Subversive concepts such as agorism, counter-economics, and crypto-anarchy.
  • Gender roles and the cultural divide among anarchists and libertarians.
  • Educating the public on knowing their rights during encounters with the police.
  • The increasing repression of the poor as class divisions widen.
  • Why it is futile to regard the state as a means to social justice.
  • Obamacare as a means of creating a monopolistic insurance cartel on the model of the corporate media monopoly.

M.K. Lords is an activist, writer, and fire dancer. She edits and contributes regularly at Bitcoin Not Bombs and also writes for Young Voices. Her work has been featured in Bitcoin Magazine. Her activism emphasizes direct action and agorist methods of building the counter-economy. You can get in touch on twitter @mklords, Facebook M.K. Lords, and view her writings at Bitcoin Not Bombs.

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Attack the System
Who Are the Power Elite?

December 29, 2013

Keith Preston dissects the American ruling class.

Topics include:

  • The difference between power elite analysis and conspiracy theories.
  • Power elite analysis versus theories of democratic pluralism.
  • Classical elite theory as developed during the interwar period of the 1920s.
  • C. Wright Mills as the godfather of power elite theory.
  • James Burnham and the managerial revolution.
  • William Domhoff and the role of ideological institutions.
  • Robert Putnam and the role of technological elites.
  • Thomas Dye and the development of consensus among elites.
  • How the power elite uses demographic, cultural, and class conflict to protect its own position of dominance.

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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

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

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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Attack the System
A New Anarchist Perspective for the 21st Century

November 11, 2013

Keith Preston discusses his new book.

Topics include:

  • 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.

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Attack the System
Moving to the Left of the Left of the Left, Part Two: Why the Progressive Left is Now Conservative

October 28, 2013

Keith Preston continues his discussion of the decline of American progressives as an effective opposition force, and outlines an agenda for a new radicalism.

Topics include:

  • 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.

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Attack the System
Moving to the Left of the Left of the Left: The Case for Pan-Anarchism

October 20, 2013

Keith Preston continues his discussion of the likely political future of the United States.

Topics include:

  • 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.

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Attack the System
The Next 30 Years of American Politics

October 13, 2013

Keith Preston discusses how American political culture will likely develop over the next few decades.

Topics include:

  • Why the American Empire will continue to implode due to loss of legitimacy and fiscal constraints.
  • Why American society will become more diverse and integrated than ever before due to demographic change.
  • How more and more previously marginalized social groups will begin to demand recognition.
  • Why the Republican Party has no future.
  • How the war on drugs and the prison-industrial have leveled off and started to gradually recede.
  • How the Right will shrink in size but develop a more militant and oppositional stance over time.
  • How the Left will become more fractured and divided as its various constituent groups come into conflict with each other.
  • How Political Correctness and the nanny state will continue to grow and then level off.
  • The cyclical nature of American partisan politics and periods of repression.
  • Why social rebellion of the kind that occurred in the early 20th century will reappear in the United States in the decades ahead.
  • How anti-state movements are growing and working their way into the mainstream and must ultimately strive to replace the current center-left establishment.

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Attack the System
Libertarian Populism vs Totalitarian Humanism: The Battle for the 21st Century

October 7, 2013

Keith Preston discusses the dynamics of political conflict as it will unfold over the coming century.

Topics include:

  • Pareto’s insight that political history involves perpetual struggles between elites and counter-elites.
  • The necessity of realizing that a far reaching revolution has occurred in the Western world over the past half century: cultural, demographic, generational, socioeconomic, and technological.
  • How the cultural radicals of the 1960s and 1970s undertook a long march through established institutions and came to power in the 1990s and 2000s.
  • How totalitarian humanism is the ideological superstructure of this revolution, and has replaced older ideologies as a means of legitimizing the empire, state, and plutocracy.
  • How revolutions are necessary phases in the evolution of civilization.
  • Why anarchists, libertarians, and anti-statists are historically to the left of liberals and socialists.
  • Why revolutionary anarchism will be the next phase in Western radicalism, and the need for an anarchist vanguard.
  • Libertarian populism as the means of creating a new political majority that will eventually eclipse totalitarian humanism.
  • Why the next wave of revolutionaries must succeed where the radicals of the 1960s and 1970s failed: The overthrow of the managerial state, the corporate plutocracy, and the imperialist empire.
  • How the anarchist principle of radical decentralization is the only effective means for achieving these goals.

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Attack the System
The World According to ARV-ATS

September 29, 2013

Keith Preston discusses contemporary events from the perspective of the ARV-ATS philosophy and strategy.

Topics include:

  • How Putin’s upstaging of Obama over Syria indicates the American state’s loss of legitimacy.
  • The possibility of a bloc of “rogue nations” emerging in opposition to the empire.
  • Russia as a potential benefactor of fourth generation warfare tendencies.
  • The possibility of cooperation between rogue nations, independence movements and separatist forces, and fourth generation armies against the empire.
  • The empire’s ongoing belligerence against Iran.
  • The repression of Golden Dawn in Greece.
  • The growth of secessionist sentiment in the USA.
  • Obamacare vs the Republicans
  • Why the anarcho-pluralist, pan-secessionist outlook of ARV-ATS transcends conventional ideological boundaries
  • How contemporary paleoconservatism resembles the early New Left.
  • Lessons from the libertarian movement during it early years in the late 1960s and early 1970.

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Attack the System
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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Biographical Podcast
The Life and Times of Jerry Rubin

September 1, 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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Attack the System
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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Attack the System
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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Attack the System
Cascadia: Interview with Casey Corcoran

September 1, 2013

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.”

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Weekly Podcast and News Update
Totalitarian Humanism and the Paradox of the Sexual Minority Rights Movement

August 25, 2013

Keith Preston revisits his controversial 2009 article “Is Extremism in the Defense of Sodomy No Vice?” in light of recent news events.

Topics include:

  • The lengthy history of the persecution of sexual minorities by the state.
  • How sexual minority individuals like Chelsea Manning and Glenn Greenwald have taken the lead in the contemporary struggle against the state.
  • The contributions of homosexuals to past anarchist movements and the mixed record of anarchism’s relationship with homosexual rights issues.
  • How the sexual minority rights movement has ironically become a leading constituency for totalitarian humanism.
  • The increasingly flagrant nature of statist attacks on liberties of speech, religion, association, and exchange in the name of gay rights and overlapping movements.
  • The hypocrisy of Western elites’ condemnation of Russia’s anti-gay laws while ignoring much worse persecution of religious minorities in Egypt.
  • How the majority of anarchists and libertarians have turned a blind eye to the excesses, absurdities, and atrocities perpetrated by the forces of totalitarian humanism.
  • How their own cultural leftism prevents many libertarians and anarchism from recognizing left-wing authoritarianism for what it is and the cowardice this reflects.

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Attack the System
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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Attack the System
Back to Basics: The American Revolutionary Vanguard Twenty-Five Point Program

August 11, 2013

Keith Preston discusses the founding document of ARV-ATS and its continuing relevance to the struggle against the System.

Topics include:

  • The need for a unified struggle of resistance movements on a global level.
  • The necessity of cultivating alternative infrastructure to replace existing states as the system disintegrates.
  • Why the orientation of the resistance towards radical decentralization is a practical necessity.
  • How to safeguard against potential threats posed by totalitarian forms of political opposition.
  • How political tendencies with differing beliefs can participate in a common revolutionary struggle without compromising their core values.

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Attack the System
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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Attack the System
The Growth of Black Anarchism

July 28, 2013

ATS senior editors Miles Joyner and Keith Preston discuss anarchist influences on radical tendencies in black communities.

Topics include:

  • The reaction of the black community to the Zimmerman verdict.
  • The obscuring of the Bradley Manning trial by the Zimmerman trial.
  • The legacy of the Black Panthers and the Black Liberation Army.
  • The influence of black anarchist thinkers like Ashanti Alston and Lorenzo Komboa Ervin.
  • Contemporary black anarchist tendencies like Black Autonomy Federation and Anarchist People of Color.
  • Black nationalism, anarcho-capitalism, and black libertarians.
  • Problems with black conservatism.

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Attack the System
“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

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
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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Biographical Podcast
Robert Nozick and the Evolution of Anti-State Thought

June 26, 2013

Keith Preston discusses the work of the late Harvard philosopher Robert Nozick.

Topics include:

  • 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.

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Attack the System
The Struggle to Come

June 17, 2013

Keith Preston discusses the process of revolutionary build up that must occur in the decades ahead for the System to be effectively challenged by mid-century..

Topics include:

  • Why the revolutionary struggle will be an evolutionary process that unfolds as the 21st century develops.
  • Precedents from American and world history on which present day radicals can build.
  • Why revolutionaries must remain focused on the big picture and long term goals while exercising foresight.
  • How today’s young radicals are the revolutionary leaders of tomorrow.

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Attack the System
For a Libertarian Legal Revolution

June 8, 2013

Keith Preston calls for a revolutionary reorganization of law along libertarian lines.

Topics include:

  • The non-aggression principle as the basis for libertarian law.
  • Conflicting interpretations of the NAP among anti-state radicals.
  • How legal institutions in a stateless society might be organized.
  • Much needed reforms within the realm of criminal law.
  • The presence of un-libertarian or illiberal subcultures and political currents within the libertarian meta-legal system.
  • The problem of potential subversion of a libertarian system by authoritarian forces.

Run time: 1:08:43

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Attack the System
Neither Big Government nor Big Business

June 2, 2013


Keith Preston criticizes the mainstream narratives that promote the myth of big government and big business being antagonists of one another.

Topics include:

  • The false narratives maintained by liberals and conservatives alike regarding the relationship between State and Capital.
  • The rise in recent years of popular movements rooted in economic discontent.
  • The need for organizations to defend the economic interests of ordinary people.
  • A new populist economic outlook that focuses on attacking systems of artificial economic privilege imposed by the state.
  • Proposed alternative economic arrangements and institutions.
  • The need for a vast array of economic and social activist organizations which can collectively eclipse the welfare state and represent the economic aspect of the revolutionary struggle.

Run time: 80:21

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Attack the System
Radicalizing the Center, Part Two: Reflections on Movement Building

May 26, 2013


Keith Preston continues his discussion of how to bring revolutionary anarchist ideas into the mainstream.

Topics include:

  • How the prevalence of cultural leftism fanaticism within the anarchist milieu is undermining the growth of the movement and outreach efforts.
  • Why the state is a unique institution of oppression and why efforts to equate statism with other forms of authoritarianism are misguided.
  • Why a radical libertarian movement must ultimately be oriented towards the cultural center of any given society in order to achieve political success.
  • Why an anti-state movement in the United States must appeal to the entire cross section of political and cultural opinion.
  • How the classical anarchist movements faced a different political context from modern anarchists movements.
  • How the process of revolutionary build up by revolutionary anarchist movements fits well with prevailing trends in demographics, economics, technology, and military evolution.

Run time: 76:53

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Attack the System
Beyond Sectarian Anarchism: Radicalizing the Center

May 20, 2013


Keith Preston reflects on recent violent conflicts within the anarchist milieu and discusses more constructive approaches.

Topics include:

  • How the variety of hyphenated forms of anarchism will continue to grow as anarchism becomes a more prevalent political ideology.
  • How the many hyphens within anarchism need not be a source of division but of strength and potential outreach to an ever greater number of constituencies.
  • The need for leaders and activists to emerge in different anti-state movements who recognize the need for a united revolutionary front against common enemies.
  • How a revolutionary anarchist movement would be the leadership of a larger libertarian-populist movement.
  • The possibility of a political meta-party as the political arm of the anarchist movement.
  • The need for anarchists to organize an international federation of regional independence movements.
  • How the majority of anarchists are oriented towards the cultural fringes and the difficulties this presents when trying to radicalize the center.
  • How anarchists can appeal to ordinary people by championing their basic economic interests.
  • The need for a revolutionary movement that is both layered and compartmentalized, and strikes a healthy balance between the fringe and the middle, the bottom and the top.
  • How the revolutionary struggle must be on all fronts: political, economic, social, and military.

Run time: 85:17

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Attack the System
The Legacy of the New Left: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

May 13, 2013


Keith Preston offers a critical evaluation of the movement that shaped the cultural life of contemporary Western societies.

Topics include:

  • 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.

Run time: 86:22

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Attack the System
All Nations Party: Interview with Ryan Faulk

May 5, 2013


Keith Preston interviews returning guest Ryan Faulk.

Topics include:

  • Ryan’s latest project, the All Nations Party, a proposed political meta-party devoted to pan-secessionism.
  • How such a party might be composed of sub-parties devoted to specific regional, ideological, or identitarian interests and how these might break down into constituent sub-interests of their own.
  • How cultural conflict prevents the growth of effective opposition to the political class.
  • Practical questions concerning the proposed decentralization of the United States into a collection of micronations.
  • The likely geographical breakdown of pan-secessionism.
  • The need to move past the cult of “America” and realize that the historic American nation no longer exists and that the present regime is an enemy occupational force.
  • The probable media response to the emergence of a pan-secessionist movement.
  • Ryan’s success at promoting ideas through online video channels.

Run time: 96:10

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Attack the System
Rising Above Culture War Psychology

April 28, 2013


Keith Preston offers a critical analysis of contemporary cultural and political conflict.

Topics include:

  • 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 values of authentic tolerance.

Run time: 75:27

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Attack the System
Anarchism in the 21st Century: Towards a New Paradigm

April 21, 2013

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.

Run time: 75:24

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