Shutting Down the American Police State Reply

Consider these grim statistics:

-There are 36,000 paramilitary police raids on private homes in the United States on an annual basis.

-The United States has five percent of the world’s population but twenty-five percent of the world’s prisoners.

-One in thirty-one American adults is in prison, on probation or on parole.

Are Americans any more inherently inclined towards criminality than any other national grouping? Probably not. Instead, the problem is one of gross overcriminalization. The so-called War on Drugs is the most well-known example of this, but there are many others including the use of prisons to warehouse the mentally ill or the homeless and the modern debtor’s prison system of incarceration for economic “crimes” like bad checks, non-payment of child support (even when there is no means of payment), fines, tax code violations, traffic “offenses”, as well as a penal code that turns ordinary, single illegal acts into an infinite multitude of felonies. As Peter Brimelow explains:

“In the old days punishments were harsh, but they were not arbitrary. You could be hanged for stealing a sheep, but you would not also be charged with conspiracy to commit sheep stealing, willful evasion of taxes on stolen sheep and diminishing the civil rights of the sheep owner. Attacks on property? Asset forfeiture, aimed at drug dealers when radically extended by Congress in 1984 but now covering 140 other offenses, allows seizure on “probable cause” – i.e., at the discretion of police and prosecutors. Proceeds go to the seizing agency, creating a corrupting motive.”

Indeed, mass incarceration has become a big business for lawyers, judges, police, prison officials, private prison construction and management companies, prison guards unions, and a wide assortment of public sector and private sector interests engaged in profiteering from this overcriminalization system.

Rather than trying to counter this with all sorts of do-gooder politicking, it might be better to simply shut the whole thing down using action as radical as necessary. Ideally, a National Resistance Militia should form, committed only to the single issue of completely exterminating the police state-prison industrial complex-legal racket, and drawing from the ranks of anyone committed to such a goal. Theoretically, this could include conservative patriots, leftwing radicals, black separatists, white separatists, radical environmentalists, Christians, survivalists, anarchists, gun nuts, gangbangers and anyone else who recognizes the common enemy. Such a national resistance militia would then drive the police away on a locality by locality basis (remember the disappearing acts pulled by the Los Angeles and New Orleans police during the Rodney King riots in ’92 and Hurricane Katrina in ’05?). Such a militia would then provide assistance to communities and neighborhoods in setting up genuine citizen patrol systems to deter genuine crimes (robbery, burglary, mugging). Likewise a new legal system will be necessary. The actor Omar Sharif described how things work in Arab countries:

We, the Arabs… We are not like [regular countries],” he said, explaining why he warned Bush against encouraging democracy in Iraq. “We are sects. This is how we have always been.”

“People like me prefer to go to the neighborhood sheik. I like going to him, and he resolves all the problems. If someone stole from you, you take him to the neighborhood sheik, and you say, ‘This man stole from me.’ The sheik says to him, ‘Return the money, or never come back to the neighborhood.'”

For more serious crimes, there might need to be a system of common law courts with formalized rules of evidence, procedural rights for the accused, maximum penalties that can be imposed and a system of appeal. What about the huge American prison population? We might look no further than the general amnesty declared by Saddam Hussein prior to the beginning of the current war in Iraq in 2003:

Iraqi television has been showing pictures of joyful prisoners leaving jail, shortly after the authorities announced an unprecedented general amnesty.

A nationally televised statement from the Revolution Command Council, read by Information Minister Mohammed Saeed al-Sahhaf, said the “full and complete and final amnesty” applied to “any Iraqi imprisoned or arrested for political or any other reason”.

The amnesty was intended to thank the Iraqi people for their “unanimity” in last week’s presidential referendum, the statement said.

Iraqi President Saddam Hussein won 100% support in the poll, in which he was the only candidate.

The amnesty also included “prisoners, detainees and fugitives… including those under sentence of death, inside or outside Iraq,” the statement said.

The exception, the statement said, was for murderers, who would be released only with the consent of the victims’ families.

It Does Not Matter Why You Attack the System; It Only Matters That the System is Attacked Reply

Ever wonder why anti-System movements never get any further than they do in spite of near universal disdain for the American government and ruling class?

One obvious problem is that while most people agree they don’t like the status quo, they disagree wildly on WHY they don’t like the status quo. Either the System is too racist, or it’s not racist enough, or its too pro-gay, or not anti-gay enough, or too socialistic, or too capitalistic, or too decadent, immoral, hedonistic or libertine, or too puritanical, repressive, moralistic or conservative. Either the System does too much to protect the environment, or not enough, or spends too much money on education and welfare or not enough.

Would not the solution be to have different systems for different kinds of people with different values? Why should there be only one system for 300 million people? Why shouldn’t people who dislike one another and can’t get along simply separate themselves from one another? No doubt there is a practically unlimited number of reasons why someone might want out of the System. These could include everything from anti-zoning activists who wish to create a separate county or municipality without zoning ordinances to UFO believers who think the federal government has fallen under the influence of extraterrestrials.

What does it matter, so long as the System is attacked.

Updated News Digest July 6, 2008 Reply

Quote of the Week:

In a genuinely free society, citizens would enjoy the unqualified liberty to acquire weapons of any sort, in any quantity they pleased, for the specific purpose of being able to out-gun the government and its agents when such action would be justified.

Most Americans, as ignorant of our heritage of principled insurrection as they are well-versed in the ephemera of degenerate pop culture, would find such sentiments abhorrent. In that fact we see that – whatever may be the status of our current “right” to keep and bear arms – the intellectual and psychological disarmament of our population is nearly complete.” -William Norman Grigg

 

http://www.lucasgray.com/video/peacetrain.html

The People George W. Bush and Cronies Want to Exterminate

http://thetyee.ca/Views/2006/05/17/NonVoters/

America’s Scary Non-Voters

http://wcbstv.com/local/Undercover.NYPD.Officers.2.759420.html

Undercover Brownshirts (errr, cops) Frame 4 on Drug Charges

http://www.wavy.com/Global/story.asp?s=8211215

Inmate with Serious Illness Dies of Medical Neglect in Virginia Jail

http://www.antiwar.com/reese/?articleid=13061

America is the Rogue Nation  by Charley Reese

http://youtube.com/watch?v=i6yb7rh6JE0

http://youtube.com/watch?v=FClEgpXtlVA

Louis Beam Discusses His Time as a Political Prisoner in American and Mexican Prisons

http://antiwar.com/radio/2008/06/26/clay-ramsay/

What Do Americans Think About Torture?

http://www.lewrockwell.com/hoppe/hoppe19.html

The Impossibility of Limited Government  by Hans-Hermann Hoppe

http://www.lewrockwell.com/grigg/grigg-w32.html

Does Heller Mean the 2nd Amendment is Safe? by William Norman Grigg

http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=61760§ionid=3510203

Gore Vidal Speaks to the Iranian Press

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080628/ap_on_re_eu/netherlands_smoking_ban

European Union anti-tobacco totalitarianism threatens Dutch Coffee Shops

http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2008/07/07/080707fa_fact_hersh?currentPage=all

Bush Administration Prepares for War with Iran by Seymour Hersch

http://www.takimag.com/blogs/article/thinking_about_white_nationalists/

Thinking About White Nationalists by Paul Gottfried

http://radgeek.com/gt/2008/06/30/law_and/

Cops: Gangsters in Blue

http://www.theartofthepossible.net/2008/06/27/the-queer-state-of-the-entity-charged-with-fighting-for-our-freedom/

Decorated Combat Soldier Discharged for Homosexuality

http://blog.6thdensity.net/?p=987

In Defense of Dumpster Diving and Against Careerist Libertarianism by Jeremy Weiland

 http://francoistremblay.wordpress.com/2008/06/29/never-talk-to-the-police/

Never Talk to the Police

http://thebigsort.com/home.php

The Big Sort by Bill Bishop with Robert G. Cushing

New book says American are self-separating on cultural, economic, ethnic, religious and political lines

http://www.theartofthepossible.net/2008/06/30/left-opportunism-and-crackpot-realism/

Left Opportunism and Crackpot Realism by Kevin Carson

 http://thusspokebelinsky.blogspot.com/2008/07/mutual-aid-in-el-salvador.html

Mutual Aid in El Salvador

http://shagya-blog.blogspot.com/2008/06/blaming-brain-look-at-mental-illness.html

Blaming the Brain: Another Look at Mental Illness

http://mutualist.blogspot.com/2008/07/proudhon-seminar.html

Upcoming Seminar on the Thought of Proudhon

http://libertarian-labyrinth.blogspot.com/2008/07/proudhon-seminar-initial-thoughts.html

Proudhon Seminar: Initial Thoughts by Shawn Wilbur

http://sheldonfreeassociation.blogspot.com/2008/07/political-correctness-conservative.html

Political Correctness, Conservative Style by Sheldon Richman

http://www.wendymcelroy.com/news.php?extend.1698

I’d rather take my chances with criminals than with the police  by Wendy McElroy

http://www.takimag.com/site/article/gay_marriage_sucks/

Gay Marriage Sucks! by Justin Raimondo

http://www.lewrockwell.com/roberts/roberts251.html

We, the Overmen  by Paul Craig Roberts

http://www.alternet.org/drugreporter/89852

Drug Prohibition is a Failure (duh?)

http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=080701160706.4pl3ba3e&show_article=1

US: Most Drug Users, Most Prisoners

http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D91L2LS80&show_article=1

Study Finds a Long Term Benefit in Illegal Mushroom Drug

http://emceelynx.com/2008/06/autonomis/

Left-Anarchism vs National-Anarchism

And Some Responses:

http://bayareanationalanarchists.com/blog/2008/02/a-response-to-nonceltic-anarch.html

http://anarchonation.blogspot.com/2008/07/response-to-emceelynxcom.html

http://nallforgovernor.blogspot.com/2008/06/some-drug-traffickers-are-more-equal.html

Some Drug Traffickers are More Equal Than Others by Loretta Nall

http://www.vdare.com/buchanan/080630_religion.htm

The Wars of Religion Return by Pat Buchanan

http://www.antiwar.com/zunes/?articleid=13077 

African Dictatorships and Double Standards by Stephen Zunes

http://www.jimgoad.net/bayaryan.html

Bay Aryan Resistance by Jim Goad

http://www.vdare.com/roberts/080701_salt.htm

The Evil of American Exceptionalism by Paul Craig Roberts

http://www.takimag.com/blogs/article/immigration_localism_and_next_best_things/

Immigration, Localism and Next Best Things by Helen Rittelmeyer

http://wconger.blogspot.com/2008/07/this-friday-fly-gadsden-flag.html

On July Fourth, Fly the Gadsden Flag by Wally Conger

http://libertarian-labyrinth.blogspot.com/2008/07/proudhon-seminar-onward.html

Proudhon Seminar: Onward by Shawn Wilbur

http://libertarian-labyrinth.blogspot.com/2008/07/proudhons-last-word.html

Proudhon’s Last Word

http://www.lewrockwell.com/orig9/belville1.html

The DEA Turns Thirty-Five and There’s More Drugs Than Ever

http://www.lewrockwell.com/lind/lind142.html

Demolishing the Idol of Churchill-the Man Who Lost Western Civilization by Bill Lind

http://youtube.com/watch?v=UKVx2exYazQ

http://youtube.com/watch?v=C9Lo1uZ5EZg&feature=related

I Knew Pol Pot  documentary from Al Jazeera

 http://freedominourtime.blogspot.com/2008/07/fiat-justicia-ruat-caelum.html

William Norman Grigg reviews Vincent Bugliosi’s The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder

http://www.theamericanview.com/index.php?id=1082

http://www.theamericanview.com/index.php?id=1083

Bugliosi is interviewed by conservative Christian broadcaster John Lofton

http://www.salon.com/opinion/greenwald/2008/07/02/israel_iran/index.html

The right-wing’s game playing with “dual loyalty” and “anti-Semitism” accusations by Glenn Greenwald

http://www.amren.com/mtnews/archives/2008/07/a_reply_to_taki.php

Jared Taylor discusses white nationalism 

http://www.prisonpolicy.org/scans/women_prison.pdf

Women in Prison: A Fact Sheet

http://libertarian-labyrinth.blogspot.com/2008/07/what-is-property-vs-theory-of-property.html

Proudhon Seminar: “What is Property?” vs “Theory of Property”  by Shawn Wilbur

 http://www.lewrockwell.com/blog/lewrw/archives/021835.html

Did Aleister Crowley Play a Role in the Sinking of the Lusitania

http://www.lewrockwell.com/blog/lewrw/archives/021834.html

Why Don’t Animals Join the Animal Rights Movement?

Why the Pan-Secessionist Movement Must Be a Big Tent Reply

Among some secessionists, there is a debate going on as to whether secessionist groups should collaborate with other groups whose political ideology or cultural values are the opposite of their own. This is particularly common to secessionists with “liberal” or left-wing values and who look askance at those secessionists with less than liberal views on matters like religion, gay rights, feminism, race, immigration, abortion and a number of other things.

Well, isn’t the whole point of secession to provide a framework where people with conflicting values can “do their own thing” without being bothered by those with other values? And if you strongly object to someone else’s values, shouldn’t you want to be separate from them? If their values are of the kind that you find particularly noxious, isn’t it that much more important that they separate themselves from others?

A pan-secessionist movement will naturally attract people from across the cultural and ideological spectrum, ranging from “moderates” who simply think the present system has gone too far to “extremists” espousing views that many would find rather bizarre. This is how it should be. Differences of opinion over moral philosophy, cultural norms, political ideology, theology and the like are matters for different secessionist groups to debate internally. The only time this should be an issue is when more than one group claims a particular territory. For instance, both black nationalists and southern nationalists claim parts of the South. Realistically speaking, some kind of compromise resulting in mutual autonomy will have to be worked out. Likewise with the Southwest, where multiple groups also claim territorial rights. Large cities, which tend to be quite diverse, raise still other issues.

Many of the individual American states are in fact larger than many other nations. Rougly one half of the territory of the USA is controlled by governments, federal, state or local. That’s a lot of turf that can be parceled out for the sake of forming new nations and intentional communities. Just as a pan-secessionist movement will need its moderates, as they will be the ones who give the indication that one can be a secessionist without being particularly outside the mainstream culturally, so will it need its extremists, because they are the ones who will be most likely to stand their ground and fight.

Updated News Digest June 29, 2008 Reply

Quote of the week:

“[W]hen the Justice Department prosecutes an organized crime family,
I’m not sure which side to root for. Violent urban gangs are scary
things. So are police forces who face no competition in the market for
extortion. I don’t know which is worse….The best argument I’ve ever
seen against gun control was on a bumper sticker that said “When guns
are outlawed, only the police will have guns.” (p. 34)

Steven Landsburg, “The Armchair Economist”

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20080622/pl_nm/usa_politics_evangelicals_dc

Is the Religious Right Moving Left?

http://vdare.com/roberts/080621_lawless.htm

A Totally Lawless Regime  by Paul Craig Roberts

http://enews.earthlink.net/article/nat?guid=20080625/4861c2c0_3ca6_1552620080625557948060

Former Tough Guy Actor Turned Candidate Speaks with a Refreshingly Frank Voice

http://www.takimag.com/blogs/article/the_rise_of_the_post_paleos_a_second_look

The Rise of the Post-Paleos and the Future of the American Right  by Paul Gottfried

http://www.takimag.com/blogs/article/hitchenss_trotskyite_morality/

Hitchens’ Trotskyite Morality  by Pat Buchanan

http://www.lewrockwell.com/lind/lind141.html

The Cowardly Press  by Bill Lind

http://antiwar.com/justin/?articleid=13046

Is War Good for the Economy  by Justin Raimondo

http://thirdpartywatch.com/2008/06/25/nader-critical-of-obama-for-talking-white/

Ralph Nader on Obama, Black Nationalism and White Guilt

http://www.newleftreview.org/?page=article&view=2057

Christopher Lasch and the Moral Agony of the Left   by Aidan Rankin

http://conservativedemocrats.20m.com/photo3.html

“Anti-Fascism” is the New Fascism by Aidan Rankin

http://sayanythingblog.com/entry/montana_threatens_to_secede_if_supreme_court_rules_against_individual_gun_r/

Montana Threatens Secession if Gun Rights are Threatened by Supreme Court

http://www.antiwar.com/pat/?articleid=13056

Who’s Planning Our Next War?  by Pat Buchanan

http://www.villagevoice.com/news/0826,the-w-stands-for,478462,4.html/1

The W Stands for War Criminal   by Nat Hentoff

http://www.lewrockwell.com/reese/reese470.html

No White Guilt  by Charley Reese

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/27/world/middleeast/27addiction.html?_r=3&partner=rssuserland&emc=rss&pagewanted=all&oref=slogin&oref=slogin&oref=slogin

Iran’s Humane Drug Policy

http://www.truthout.org/article/child-detainees-battle-system-alone

America’s Child Prisoners

http://www.vdare.com/taylor/080624_orthodoxy.htm

Egalitarian Orthodoxy-Noble Fiction or Noxious Poison?  by Jared Taylor

http://thusspokebelinsky.blogspot.com/2008/06/victory-for-gun-rights.html

A Victory for Gun Rights

http://strangemaps.wordpress.com/2008/06/17/291-federal-lands-in-the-us/

Who Owns the Land in America?

 

Updated News Digest-June 22, 2008 Reply

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/15/magazine/15wwln-Q4-t.html?_r=2&partner=rssuserland&emc=rss&pagewanted=all&oref=slogin&oref=slogin

Gore Vidal- The New York Times interviews the patrician radical

http://www.lewrockwell.com/margolis/margolis113.html

Is the U.S. going to war with Pakistan? by Eric Margolis

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/1382115/Getting-to-know-the-Hitlers.html

Hitler’s long lost relatives-they’re living on Long Island! No, really!

http://www.townhall.com/columnists/JohnStossel/2008/06/18/legalize_all_drugs

Legalize All Drugs! by John Stossel

http://vdare.com/roberts/080617_obama.htm

Obama Grovels to The Lobby, GOP Grovels to Tyranny by Paul Craig Roberts

http://leftconservativeblog.blogspot.com/2008/06/dr-pauls-prescription-still-right-one.html

Dr. Paul’s Prescription Still the Right One-from The Left Conservative

http://www.takimag.com/site/article/rethinking_1948/

Rethinking 1948 by Martin Van Creveld

http://www.takimag.com/site/article/man_of_the_century/

Was U.S. Involvement in World War Two Necessary? by Pat Buchanan

http://www.takimag.com/site/article/the_judicial_shakedown/

Hey, Conservatives, Enough with the Judge Thing! by Daniel Flynn

http://www.recycledart.org/uk-politics/national-anarchist-evangelicals-predictably-given-short-shrift

National-Anarchist Evangelicals Given Short Thrift

http://www.stormfront.org/audio/stormfront_radio-learned_lessons-06-15-08-folkan
dfaith.mp3

Radio interview with Folk and Faith

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2008/jun/17/soldiers-or-criminals/ 

Scalia’s Ludicrous Dissent by Bruce Fein

http://vermontrepublic.org/svr_target_of_cia_style_witch_hunt

Second Vermont Republic Target of CIA Style Witch Hunt by Thomas Naylor

http://vermontrepublic.org/12_reasons_why_secession_is_still_such_a_tough_sell_in_vermont_elsewhere

12 Reasons Why Secession is a Tough Sell by Thomas Naylor

http://www.petitiononline.com/antigovt/petition.html

Petition to Abolish the Government of the United States

http://vdare.com/walker/080619_madd.htm 

MADD’s neo-prohibitionist agenda by Brenda Walker

http://www.lewrockwell.com/buchanan/buchanan87.html

Was the Holocaust Inevitable? by Pat Buchanan 

http://www.lewrockwell.com/reese/reese468.html

Who Cares About Gay Marriage?  by Charley Reese

http://www.monbiot.com/archives/2008/06/17/lost-in-the-system/

Bush’s Gulag by George Monbiot

Updated News Digest-June 15, 2008 Reply

http://www.democracynow.org/2008/6/13/citing_iraq_war_renowned_attorney_vincent

The former Assistant District Attorney for Los Angeles who put Charles Manson and his “Family” behind bars for life calls for George W. Bush to be prosecuted for murder. According to Vincent Bugliosi’s argument, any prosecutor in any district anywhere in the U.S. where a local member of the armed forces has been killed in Iraq has legal grounds for bringing murder charges against Bush. It’s doubtful there are very many local prosecutors who are principled enough to take up this cause, but there’s probably plenty who would love the publicity, so c’mon, guys, whatcha waiting for?

http://www.lewrockwell.com/blog/lewrw/archives/021528.html

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http://www.takimag.com/site/article/libertarianisms_divergent_roads/

Libertarianism’s Divergent Roads by Justin Raimondo

The real difference is between populism and elitism.

http://leftconservativeblog.blogspot.com/2008/06/gottfried-on-obamas-looming-reign-of.html

The Ancien Regimers at Taki’s Mag go paranoid over Barack Obama.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/2128445/Afghan-prison-escape-Manhunt-for-Taliban-fighters.html

Afghan Prison Escape-if only Americans had one tenth the balls that these Afghanis do!

http://blog.6thdensity.net/?p=983

The Empire is not American, but Washingtonian by Jeremy Weiland

http://www.antiwar.com/orig/worthington.php?articleid=12987

The Supreme Court Restores Habeus Corpus-Barely! by Andy Worthington 

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/25047370/

Hugo Chavez Urges FARC to End Armed Struggle

http://www.voanews.com/english/2008-06-12-voa42.cfm

Maoists Ready to Lead Nepal

In Defense of the Lost Cause 2

Recently, on another blog, a somewhat well-known figure in the “left-libertarian” milieu attacked the circle around the Ludwig von Mises Institute for their association with so-called “neo-Confederates”. I don’t like to attack other radicals/libertarians/anarchists publicly unless they attack me first (like ChuckO Munson and Daniel Owen), so I’m not going to name any names, but these comments raise some important questions.

You’re right, neo-confederates don’t have to be racists. They just have to be tribalists who care a great deal about their blood-and-soil attachment to a particular mythologised collective of molding ancestors. And they have to be specifically attached to a cultural nationalism which happens to be a particularly patriarchal and conservative, order-and-rank closed society. And in order to do that, they have to hop evasive rings around the hideous and widely publicised historical consequences of that kind of society.”

Most human beings are tribalists of some sort, including cultural leftists. The specific sets of rituals and taboos may be different, but the capacity for herdthink, groupthink and intolerance of the Other is the same. For instance, liberals and leftists frequently speak of poor whites in the same manner as racists speak of blacks.  And what is so wrong with an attachment to “blood and soil”? As opposed to what? Impersonal and remote abstractions like “humanity”, “the world”, “society”, etc.? How are these any more legitimate than “blood and soil”? As for patriarchy, ever spent any time around urban black males, Latino, Arab, or Asian immigrants? The average Joe White Guy is a committed feminist compared to some of these. And what about the “hideous historical consequences” of Lincoln’s war to “save the Union”? Six hundred thousand or so dead, for starters? The end of the federal republic in favor of a centralized nationalist regime, followed by the growth of the American empire, US entry into WW2, Versailles, Nazism, WW2, the Holocaust, the Stalinist seizure of Eastern Europe, the Cold War, the arms race, present day American foreign policy and other minor details of history?

“No, neo-confederatism isn’t essentially about racism- it’s about anti-thinking tribalist romanticism of America’s most closed society in the face of mountains of real-world evidence as to the nature of this kind of culture.”

Yeah, as opposed to the PC hysterics in your typical university sociology department.

 “Some leftists just will not face the reality of atrocities which occur in non-Western cultures, because it affronts a certain naive picture of the world which they wish to believe in disregard of all facts. Neo-Confederates do the same- but without any possibly equivalent excuse of ignorant idealism or good intentions.”

So leftists who gloss over clitoridectomies, honor killings, or, presumably, human sacrifice are merely misguided idealists while southerners who claim pride in their heritage while overlooking the brutality of slavery or the maliciousness of Jim Crow are sinister monsters.

“Why would anyone who believes in the free spirit and the creative original mind ever get involved with this kind of movement? What kind of mentality would you have to adopt in order to feel a deep, fundamental attachment to the legacy of Dixie? What kind of individualist could care this much about any traditional, inherited identity instead of who they might be and ought to be as an individual?”

What about all the supposed freethinking leftoids who idealize Third World tyrants like Castro or Mugabe? What about the leftoid obsession with identity politics?

“And of course, most neo-confederates are in fact racists, and everyone knows this. One obvious reason for this is the brazen fact that slavery and racism were defining structural features of antebellum Southern society, and that anyone who truly holds these evils in the proper horrified contempt would never desire to sanction a movement even partially infected by that kind of taint.”

Why is this any special sin as opposed to, say, Enlightened Liberal Christopher Hitchens’ support for aggressive war, or Black Liberal Charlie Rangel’s support for the draft, or racism-hating but drug war-loving Liberal Democrats Joe Biden and Chuck Schumer?

“In the long run the only cure for racism and other forms of prejudice is to learn to see people as choosing, thinking, independent, individuals. Neo-confederates revolt deeply against a broader American society with at least some respect for this “I” in the name of a particularly nasty “we”; ugly persecution of anyone who won’t go along with maintaining fake self-esteem which is the purpose of that “we” is just a consequence. Deeply racist societies are deeply racist because they are anti-individualist; anyone who tries to romanticise anti-individualist cultures while denying that racism has anything to do with it is either dreaming or just plain lying.”

This is a joke. Individualism is a dirty word to many leftoids and liberals. How are “neo-Confederates” any kind of special offenders?

“Then there’s the practical point: what do you think a revived Confederate States of America would mean for black people. gays and lesbians, women, non-Christians, etc. trapped in the South? An independent South would ban abortion and reinstate state persecution of homosexuals on the second day after independence. I doubt they’d re-establish slavery, but some how I doubt life would improve for human beings of the browner variety.”

What about Enlightened Liberal California with its huge prison industry and where the Prison Guards Union practically runs the state government? Somehow I doubt California’s prison system is filled with Capitalist Pigs and Reactionary Enemies of the Peoples’ Revolution. What about Enlightened Liberal New York with its Rockefeller drug laws? What about the Upholder of our Sacred Constitutional Rights US federal government with its massive police state the components of which are too numerous to list? What about the US empire and the mere million or two people it has killed in Iraq over the last couple decades?

“especially given that an independent South would be one ruled even more thoroughly ruled by the class-based old-boy networks who form the South’s real power structure.”

As opposed to the models of government with integrity that reign in the blue states and in Washington, D.C.?

“The only good thing I can imagine coming out this situation is that it might allow the rest of the United States to recover the institutions of the open society (might, being the key word; the South is far from the only thing devouring the soul of “the land of the free” right now). But it would not justify abandoning every women, queer, young-person, and non-white to the fate which would be in store for them behind the closed doors (or the iron curtain) of the Mason-Dixon line.”

Yes, it’s those damn southern hillbillies who are responsible for turning the federal government into the fascist monstrosity it’s become. And all this time I thought they were busy trying to find a job and feed themselves. And all those black city officials I see here in the capital of the old Confederacy are just an illusion, and the thriving gay counterculture that exists in my city is a figment of my imagination. And I guess it’s just the federal government and the Enlightened Example of the Yankee and West Coast Bolsheviks that keeps all those young female college students who run up and down my block in shorts and halter tops out of the burkhas and veils.

“Neo-confederates, in short, are not white hats. The principles of 1789 and 1968 just do not mix with the mythology of the Lost Cause.”

Yes, those great liberators and anti-authoritarians, the Jacobins and their favorite invention, the guillotine, and the Trotsky, Mao and Castro loving Paris rioters.

Isn’t it amazing that those who talk the loudest about “tolerance” have least amount of it? “Tolerance” Fascists are just the Moral Majority of the Left.

The State and Immigration 2

Some months ago I wrote an article for LewRockwell.Com discussing the role of the state with regards to immigration. You can read the full article here: http://www.lewrockwell.com/orig8/preston7.html

Joshua Holmes offers a rebuttal here: http://noonefreer.blogspot.com/2008/01/another-terrible-argument-against.html

Joshua hasn’t converted me, but he makes some points worth addressing. First, he addresses the class issue:

“1. “Immigration is class warfare!” Basically, mass immigration is a way for the rich to exploit the poor.

The problem is that keeping desperately poor people from working in the world’s largest economy is, itself, the worst economic exploitation around. Forcing people to scratch out a living in a rural Mexican village or in a war-torn hellhole like the Sudan is the worst sort of class warfare in existence. You can’t call yourself a friend of the workers if you’re stopping them from the richest job market in history.”

Well, first of all, I am not a universalist. Naturally, I am more concerned about the working class from which I come and the indigenous American working class to which I am most closely connected than I am with workers anywhere just as I am more concerned about my own circle of family, friends and peers than I am with “humanity” as a whole. Mass immigration is harmful to the indigenous American working class (of any color). That said, I’m all for the self-advancement of workers in the Sudan and Mexico, which is part of the reason why I’ve been a committed anti-imperialist my entire adult life. I want people in these places to be sovereign in their own homelands, communities and cultures and in control of their own economies and natural resources so that they may develop in their own way and at their own pace. Good luck to them.

“Libertarians say that, if the world is set to rights, there’s nothing wrong with the existence of the rich and the poor. And if the poor choose to work for the rich, that’s a private matter and no one else’s business. Preston nowhere mentions or addresses this argument, even though it’s the fundamental libertarian complaint against state interference in labor-management relations.”

This is such a naive view of political economy it’s barely worth discussing. I’ll simply say, “Joshua, read some Kevin Carson and then we can discuss this further.” You can start here: http://mutualist.org/id4.html

“But even as Preston laments the fate of the workers, he betrays them. Why else would he say, “There are going to be a lot of very wealthy people, and a lot of peons who are going to live in the barrios.” Why use the Spanish word? The reason is ugly but simple; Preston is saying, “I don’t want to live in a country full of Mexicans.” Fair enough, but why should his preferences get enacted into law? There’s nothing libertarian about that.”

I’d rather live in country full of Mexicans than in a country full of white yuppies and megachurch Jesus freaks. The bottom line is that if you move the Third World into the West, you will lower the overall quality of life in the West to Third World levels, rather than vice versa. Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn made the argument that the effect of “free, universal and compulsory” education has been not to raise the educational standards of the stupid but to dumb down the smart. Immigration has a similar effect.

“(There also considerable market-oriented literature about the barrios as a creation of unjust legal systems, but that’s not a problem with immigration.)”

Indeed they are, and so are black ghettos.

The bulk of Joshua’s arguments concern a passage from my article he finds particularly objectionable:

“I’m in favor of private property, not just for individuals as the Lockeans are, but also for families (as illustrated by the law of inheritance), communities (“the commons”), property rooted in ancestral traditions (for instance, the recognition of the prerogative of indigenous peoples’ to their sacred burial grounds), the property of tribes and ethnic groups (their historical homelands), and of nations (their generations long established domain). However, I’m also in favor of alternative business models like cooperatives and works councils. Whatever the particular approach to property theory one adheres to, or whatever model of business/labor/economic organization one finds to be most optimal or just, it is unlikely that there can ever be a system of ownership, whether individual or collective, that places no barriers to entry whatsoever. Is an anarcho-leftist commune going to accept all comers, irrespective of beliefs, behavior or economic output? Republicans? Religious fundamentalists? Meat-eaters? Skinheads? And is enforcement of rules pertaining to immigration visas or border crossing inherently any more authoritarian than the enforcement of laws against trespassing or the restriction of entry to private facilities such as school campuses, shopping centers or office buildings? Both involve forcible expulsion of those uninvited persons who refuse to exit on their own initiative and not necessarily anything more.”

Says Joshua, in response to this passage:

“That this passage appears on a libertarian site is breathtaking, because Preston is implicitly arguing that the state is the representative of or embodiment of one of those listed groups. Wasn’t Preston just arguing about the awfulness of class warfare a few paragraphs beforehand, and now he’s arguing that the state is the embodiment of some rights-bearing group? He argues that the elites are using the state to create mass immigration, then argues that the state is the father of us all? Well, which is it?”

I’ve made no such argument at all. I’ve merely argued in favor of property rights beyond the merely individual level, not that the state is the embodiment of families, communities, indigenous peoples, ethnic groups or tribes or even nations. In fact, I regard the state as a parasite on all of these entities and institutions, including their property rights.

“But to answer his question, the difference between the state’s borders and the individual’s borders is “rights”. The state has no right to the borders because it is not a rights-bearing group or its representative. Keep as many folks off your property as you like, but you don’t get to tell me who I allow access. Preston’s argument is akin to an assault defendant saying that it’s perfectly okay to punch people in a boxing match.”

I regard rights as conventions rooted in historic tradition and experience, and relative to the particulars of specific cultures, and not as decrees from On High. Beyond that, I don’t trust the state to uphold “rights” of any kind. Down with the INS, all hail the Minutemen!

“Once again, the LRC folks flail about but can’t answer the serious libertarian argument at the heart of our open borders stance: who I allow onto my property, who I hire and fire, is not the business of anyone else, including the state. “

I would agree with this when it comes to individual property owners, small businesses, genuinely private associations, etc. I don’t agree when it comes to mass corporations and crony-capitalist institutions connected to the state. For instance, while I think private neighborhoods, private schools, private clubs, genuinely private businesses, etc. should be allowed to discriminate all they want, even on grounds liberals find taboo like race, gender, et al, I wouldn’t have a problem with a rule that said McDonald’s, Walmart, General Motors or Microsoft cannot simply refuse to hire blacks, or Mormons or gays simply because they are blacks, Mormons or gays. But I would also have no problem with a rule that Big Capital cannot displace indigenous workers out of desire to exploit immigrant labor. Corporate feudalism really isn’t my idea of liberty.

Beyond that, libertarianism is not the end-all of human existence. It’s not a religion or something that can answer all the world’s problems. I consider liberty to be the highest political value (as opposed to equality or throne and altar or the glory of the fatherland), but sectarian versions of libertarianism are hardly important enough to justify political, economic and cultural suicide, which is what will happen if we Westerners allow our societies to be overrun by immigration. That said, I very much favor standing with Third World nations against imperialism and exploitation by international capitalism. I favor practicing class solidarity with domestic workers, including immigrant workers, even illegals. For instance, I’m a big fan of Caesar Chavez. I favor practicing solidarity with all prisoners, even those on death row, and, yes, even those in immigrant detention camps.

I do not favor creating any new laws whatsoever for the purpose of curbing immigration. I’m simply for ending all state subsidies and entitlements that create incentives for immigration, ending birth citizenship (a privilege, not a right),  decentralizing the naturalization process to the community level according to community standards, repealing laws prohibiting private discrimination, deporting immigrants convicted of violent crimes, forming citizen militias to patrol entry points, creating worker-run enterprises to discourage the employment of cheap immigrant labor, organizing boycotts of employers who do engage in such practices, and outright syndicalist seizure of state-connected industries who displace indigenous labor with immigrant labor.

There’s a such thing as a society becoming so “tolerant” that it leads to self-destruction. For instance, the Weimar Republic did not act to save itself even in the face of imminent Nazi or Communist seizure of power. The same thing is going on in Europe today with regards to unqualified Islamic immigration in the name of multiculturalist ideology. And in America, the indigenous working class is being sold out in the name of trendy liberal notions of “diversity”.

The Bleak Future of the U.S. Economy 3

From Peter Bjorn Perls: (thanks, Peter)

Chances are that McCain will be the next US prez. That means more military activity abroad, and “staying the course” for Iraq. (Obama is softer and not a hawk like McCain, but will he be much different when he is behind the wheel? Discuss.)

Also, there seems to be nothing on the board that will change the disastrous US economic course:
1) Aggressive expansion of the money supply by the Fed
2) Ditto for credit expansion by banks.
3) Major US federal deficit, with no significant and reliable long-term change in the cards
4) No significant tax reform on the horizon (the Fair Tax is discussed, but I don’t think is has much real support, in any case it is not as much of a reform as I’d hope for and advocate).
5) No likely cuts to US military budget, medicare/medicaid, social security.
What this spells for the future is this:
a) Continuing and increasing inflation, meaning: more economic uncertainty,unwillingness to invest and save, a continuing drop in the value of US$s, stronger unwillingness to own and trade US$, and catastrophe for US import-based businesses, which will see their operating costs spiral out of control.
b) more bankruptcies, especially real-estate based – and a full crash following if the economy does more severe hiccups than it has lately
c) more interest expenses for US citizens on the foreign debt, less future willingness for foreign states to borrow the US money (which means big f’ing crisis the day the creditors stop being creditors – that would be your economic downturn right there)
d) no tax reform means that the state will still base its revenue primarily on income taxation to accumulate the funds needed to keep the state in action. When the crash hits, the tax revenue needs to grow to cover the crash expenses (I assume that a crash will either be directly based on a foreign lending stop, or result in strongly reduced lending willingness, which means more debt-based spending is realistically impossible on the scale it happens today). More income from income taxes means a heightened income tax burdens on individuals and businesses, naturally leading to tax evasion, underreporting, and discontent as people will see their living standard plunge (not only from the crash itself), and their personal economic lives under increased surveillance.)
e) No budget cuts means in the case of no short-term crash, will the long-term economic crash be assured, when the money runs out and the federal state is unable to meets its medicX/SS obligations. That means a lot of people will be placed in situations where desperate action becomes more likely.
– p

 

Why Pan-Secessionism? 2

Most Americans agree that the political system in the United States is incompetent, corrupt and not likely to be reformed in any meaningful way. More and more Americans are getting fed up with the Tweedle Dee vs. Tweedle Dum so-called “electoral process”. The problem is that while Americans frequently agree that “the system” is no good, there is virtually no agreement as to what should be done about it or what an alternative system might be. Enter the idea of pan-secessionism.

Secession, of course, involves the idea of regions or localities separating themselves from larger political units, such as the secession of the thirteen American colonies from the British empire in 1776, the secession of the Confederate states from the Union in 1861, the secession of Norway from Sweden in the early twentieth century, or the secession of the various Warsaw Pact nations or Soviet republics from the Soviet empire in the late 1980s.

As the American economy continues to decline due to America’s massive trade deficits, falling currency, rising fuel costs, unemployment, fiscal extravagance, military overstretch, mass immigration, rising health care and housing costs, American society and American politics will become increasingly polarized along the lines of social class, as is the case in many Latin American or Middle Eastern nations, and as was the case in Europe prior to the mid-20th century.

Americans are divided among themselves along cultural, regional, religious, racial, ethnic and political lines. Yet most Americans agree that the system as it stands is no good. And all Americans have a stake in resisting the corporate oligarchy that presently runs the system.  Pan-secessionism provides a way for all Americans to unite against the common enemy (“the system”) and manage their differences at the same time. Simply put, we should all work together to attack our common enemy, and then go our separate ways.

Pan-secessionism provides the framework whereby social conservatives and counterculturalists, religious fundamentalists and feminists or gays, blacks and whites, Christians and Muslims, conservatives and liberals, anarchists and socialists, communists and fascists, libertarians and communitarians, family values advocates and proponents of alternative lifestyles, yuppies and punk rockers, homeschoolers and drug users, militiamen and gangbangers, skinheads and illegal immigrants, vegetarians and pro-lifers can all achieve self-determination for themselves within the context of communities specifically designed to meet their own cultural or philosophical standards or desires. The “system” uses these differences as a means of dividing and conquering all of us who are under their boot. The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan once remarked, “If we can’t get along, then we need to separate.”

Already there are over three dozen secessionist organizations in North America. Imagine if they all grew to where they had thousands of members and then tens of thousands and then hundreds of thousands and then entire towns, counties, cities, metro areas, states and regions started declaring their independence from Washington, D.C., and began creating their own intentional communities and intentional states with their own schools, health care systems, businesses, labor organizations, social services, cultural organizations, protection services, courts and militias. Dissenting political forces have done just this in many other countries, and we can do it in America as well. So let’s get to it.

The Third North American Secessionist Convention Reply

http://middleburyinstitute.org/secessionconvention2008.html

THE THIRD NORTH AMERICAN SECESSIONIST CONVENTION
November 14-16, 2008 in Manchester, New Hampshire

CALL
Issued March 31, 2008

        

MARCH 31—The Middlebury Institute has announced that the Third North American Secessionist Convention will be held in Manchester, New Hampshire, on November 14-16, 2008.

Delegates are expected from a majority of the three-dozen current secessionist organizations in the United States and  Canada. As in the two previous conventions—in Burlington, Vermont, in 2006, and Chattanooga, Tennessee, in 2007—delegations will give reports on the activities in their areas in the previous year and  trade information on strategizing, organizing, and politicking.

In previous years, participants have uniformly expressed enthusiasm for the conventions as showcases for the secessionist movement and workshops for the down-home business of spreading the secessionist message.  Both meetings issued declarations of purpose and policy, available on the website, MiddleburyInstitute.org.

One highlight of the meeting will be a presentation of the idea of an independent Atlantic federation of Canadian maritime provinces and northern New England states. The  proposal has been around for a number of years, but recently there has been renewed interest, especially in Canada, and this venue will provide a way to introduce it in this country in an impactful way.

In addition to delegates mandated by individual secessionist groups, individuals with a general interest in secession and separatism, or who might be considering organizing such a group, are invited to attend.  All who intend to attend must contact the Director@MiddleburyInstitute.org, and of course the sooner the better.

As in the past, the Middlebury Institute is willing to underwrite the travel costs for some of the mandated representatives, especially from the West, who are genuinely unable to pay their own way.

Details of the convention follow:
 
Radisson Hotel Manchester
700 Elm St.
Manchester, NH 03101
603-625-1000

Reservations: 603-206-4109, or 1-800-333-333.  A block of rooms at a special rate of $119 a night (single, double, or triple) is being held by the hotel, and individuals should indicate they are with the Third North American Secessionist Convention.  Online reservations should use the following PAC CODE: SEC08 at http://www.radisson.com/manchesternh.  Reservations must be made by October 24 at 12 p.m. to get this rate.

Schedule:

Friday, November 14
Registration 3 p.m. on, in Lobby. 
Cash bar 5-9 p.m.  

Saturday, November 15—
9-5 p.m., Convention, in Theater.
News conference—5-5:30 p.m.
Banquet—6:30-9:30 p.m. Frost/Hawthorne.

Manchester has a major airport.  The hotel provides transport from it and back.
 
Kirkpatrick Sale
Director, Middlebury Institute
MiddleburyInstitute.org