Updated News Digest November 30, 2008 Reply

Quote of the Week:

“If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.”

                                                                                                      -George Orwell

War, Peace and the State by Murray N. Rothbard

The MRSA Horror by Robert Klassen

Lawrence Wilkerson: A Truth-Teller for Our Times by Tom Engelhardt and Nick Turse

The Coming U.S. Breakup from The Drudge Report

Unwarranted Violence by William Norman Grigg

A Foreign Policy of Freedom by Ron Paul

Auto Bailouts and What to do About Them by Sandra Hamilton

Somali Pirates: Is US Intervention Responsible? by Eric Margolis

Meeting Medvedev Halfway by Pat Buchanan

The End of Ideology, Again by Glenn Greenwald

Kabul Thirty Years Ago, and Kabul Today: Have We Learned Nothing? by Robert Fisk

The al-Marri Case Affects Us All by Jacob Hornberger

Frankenstein in Mesopotamia by Tom Hayden

A Bridge Too Far: Turkey and Europe by Derek Turner

The Neocons Love Hillary by Jack Hunter

The Truth About the Bailouts by Peter Schiff

David Brooks Conservatism by Jack Hunter

North Carolina PIGS Attack Funeral for Capitalism: Partygoers Stage Successful Defense 

Baghdad: Army Destroys Refugee Camp 

Of Arrogance, Bailouts and the Big Three by James Abourezk

Don’t Suppress Carter by Ralph Nader

Property Rights: A Question of Perspective by Francois Tremblay

Two Views of Capitalism by Matthew Yglesias

Left-Libertarian Engagement   by Rad Geek

The Venezuelan Election by Larry Gambone

Free Market Firms: Smaller, Flatter and More Crowded by Roderick Long

How 80,000 Jobs Disappeared from No Third Solution

A Long Train of Abuses by Alexander Cockburn

The Greatest Disaster in the History of the West Eric Margolis interviewed by Lew Rockwell

Hamilton’s Curse and the Death of the Dollar Standard by William Norman Grigg

The Real World Order is Chaotic by Butler Shaffer

Empire and Drug War Mark Thornton interviewed by Lew Rockwell

The Imperialist Bailout by Justin Raimondo

The Economics of War by David Henderson

Weimer USA-Get Our Your Wheelbarrows! by Tom Chartier

The Obamascam by Charles Burris

One-Party State William Norman Grigg interviewed by Scott Horton

Now, I’ve Seen Everything by Justin Raimondo

A Return to Liberal Warmongering? by Doug Bandow

Obama Should Prosecute Bush’s Torture Team by Liliana Segura

Obama-Bush Making US a Socialist Republic by Pat Buchanan

The Jargon of “Culturism” by John Derbyshire

A Narrative Too Far by Paul Gottfried

A War About Nothing by Jack Hunter

The Stab in the Back by John Zmirak

Anarchist Arrested in Iceland

Resisting, Subverting, and Destroying the Apparatus of Surveillance and Control

US Government Pledges Surpass $7.7 Trillion 

In Time of Trouble by Alexander Cockburn

The Real Cost of the Bailout by Kevin Zeese

Obama’s Odious Entourage by Eric Walberg

King George is Gone, Now It’s Time to Organize by Ron Jacobs

Cocktails With Gaddafi by Taki Theodoracopulos

Armed and Endangered by Stacey D’Erasmo

Barking PIGS and GOP Elbows: A Personal Reflection on the RNC Riots

Updated News Digest November 23, 2008 Reply

Quote of the Week:

“The fires of Hell are glaciers compared to my hate for the American Government.”

                                                          -Joe Vogler, founder, Alaskan Independence Party

Inmate Escapes German Jail in a Box

Dual Loyalties Will Doom Obama  by Rannie Amiri

Obama: The First Hundred Days by Alexander Cockburn

Americans Like Feeling Good About Being Americans by William Gillis

Let the Trials Begin! by Douglas Valentine

Corporations Verses the Market: Whip Conflation Now! by Roderick Long

November 11: An Anarchist Remembrance Day by Pat Murtaugh

Joe Peacott and the BAD Press Individualist Anarchist Project

Thanks to Josh Rhodes for the above links!!

The March Towards Dictatorship  by Ron Paul

Are You an Anarchist? Roderick Long interviewed by Lew Rockwell

Covering Up the Crimes of the Bush-Cheney Regime by Glenn Greenwald

Time to Bury the Guns…or to Load Them? by Vin Suprynowicz

The Good News: It’s Not About Race  by William Norman Grigg

Hillary at Foggy Bottom? by Justin Raimondo

Torture-Yes We Can!! by Justin Raimondo

AIPAC’s Obama Man by Philip Giraldi

The Real Goal of Israel’s Blockade by Jonathan Cook

Why Gitmo Must Be Closed by Andy Worthington

Election ’08: How Did the Empire Do? by Ron Jacobs

Will Obama Protect Civil Liberties?   by Nat Hentoff

Obama Should Oppose Preventive Detention by Sheldon Richman

Now, At Last, We Know the Truth About Georgia by Tara McCormack

America’s Wars of Self-Destruction by Chris Hedges

Who Is Rahm Emanuel? Philip Giraldi interviewed by Scott Horton

Marching Toward Hell Michael Scheuer interviewed by Scott Horton

American Raj Eric Margolis interviewed by Scott Horton

The Surge Didn’t Work Patrick Cockburn interviewed by Scott Horton

Blackwater Busted? by Jeremy Scahill

Obama Must End Torture by Eugene Robinson

Republic Magazine: Issue # 10 (thanks, Flavio!)

Beware the Obama Hype by John Pilger

Palin Could Rake In $7 million from Book Deal

Ecovillage North Carolina

Obama: By His Friends You Shall Know Him from Mathaba

Marxism and the Frankfurt School by Jonathan Bowden

Against Diversity by Walter Benn Michaels (thanks to Ean Frick)

Red Tory by Phillip Blond (thanks, Ean)

America’s Moronic Iraq Policy Means More Muslim Immigration by Paul Craig Roberts

The Crisis Has Hardly Begun by Paul Craig Roberts

Bretton Woods Two-No Way! by Pat Buchanan

Obama’s Victory is the Best Thing for Conservatives by Daniel Bein

Mike Paul vs. Ron Paul via Pat Buchanan from Left-Conservative

Torture in the USA-It is an Industry Here, too! by Mona

Kevin Carson Named Research Associate at C4SS

Theologians On Economic Matters-Give It Up! by Dain Fitzgerald

The Resurrection of the Socialist Idea by Justin Raimondo

Youth Movement by Daniel McCarthy

George Kennan and the Discovery of Realism by Lee Congdon

The Future of the Right by Daniel Larison

As GM Goes, So Goes the GOP by Pat Buchanan

Progressives’ California Dreamin’ by Jack Hunter

The Humpty Dumpty Economy by Peter Schiff

The Anti-Reagan Revolution Revolution by Peter Schiff

The Democrats Have Got Their Reagan by Jack Hunter

Driving Down the Road to Serfdom? by Richard Spencer

Don’t Drink the Kool-Aid by Richard Spencer

A Wish List by Evan McLaren

Satanists on the Religious Right by Brad Spangler

Somali Pirates, Dumb Merchants by Niccolo Adami

What Is An Appropriate Tax Rate? from No Third Solution

A Brief History of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the “Friend of Labor” by Rad Geek

Radio Host Arrested by Niccolo Adami

2009 Political Prisoners Calendar

When Mooning is a Sex Crime by Marc Gardner

Will Pakistan Be Obama’s Cambodia? by George C. Wilson

Where’s Zappa When We Need Him?

When It’s a Clear Day and You Can’t See GM by Paul Craig Roberts

Goodbye and Good Riddance, Mr. Bush by Frosty Woolridge

Clowing, I Hope by Paul Gottfried

Deflating the Churchill Myth by Eric Margolis

The Idea Police at Loyola by Walter Block

The Triumph of Imperial Christianity by Laurence Vance

Rising for the Judge-Bowing to the State by Manuel Lora

Another Criminal War Paul Armentano Interviewed by Lew Rockwell

Obama Is Not the AntiChrist by Bill Barnwell

Change You Can Believe In-Comrade! by Yuri Maltsev

The Myth of Good Government by Lew Rockwell

Conservatives Follow the Leader by Lew Rockwell

Will Obama Free the Slaves? by Mike Rozeff

Barack Obama and America’s 1997-Welcome to the Club! by Sean Gabb

The Inefficiency of Capitalism: An Anarchist View by Brian Oliver Sheppard (thanks, Josh!)

Not All News Is Bad by Lew Rockwell

Rethinking Churchill by Ralph Raico

Tales from an Academic Loony Bin by Thomas DiLorenzo

What the Clinton Appointment Means  by Justin Raimondo

Missile Defense and the US Empire by Charles Pena

A My Lai a Month by Nick Turse

Death and Deception in South Ossetia Tim Cavanaugh interviewed by Scott Horton

The New Commander in Chief Can Take On the CIA by Nat Hentoff

Once More Fear Stalks the Streets of Kandahar by Robert Fisk

David Brooks and Friends by Jack Hunter

The End of Frum by Richard Spencer

Violence Against Women in Prostitution in Las Vegas by Rad Geek

No, We Can’t by Gerald Celente

Obama and the Politics of Race and Religion in America by M. Shahid Alam

Obama and the Great Depression by Mickey Z

Arraignment Set for Cheney, Gonzales in Texas

Prison Chess: New Jersey Inmates vs Princeton Students

Grassy Knoll Couple Recall Kennedy Assassination

Obama’s Transition: A Who’s Who of Imperialist Policy from World Socialist Web Site

Community Banks Too Small to Fail by Phillip Longman and T.A. Frank

The Anatomy of the State by Murray Rothbard

Psychiatry as an Arm of the State Thomas Szasz interviewed by Lew Rockwell

How the State Co-Opts the Opposition by Anthony Gregory

Senator Inhofe: Paulsen Threatened Martial Law to Enact Bailout

Armed Political Correctness

A Puff of Weed a Day Keeps the Alzheimer’s Away

Gates: As Bad As Rumsfeld? by Ray McGovern

Poor Fishermen Take On Multinationals

North Michigan Evangelists by Paul Gottfried

Conservative Judge Does the Right Thing RE: Gitmo by Mona

Why Can’t We Secede? from No Third Solution

Message from Italian Courts: Now Okay to Beat Innocent Civilians by Niccolo Adami

19-Year-Old Soldier Sentenced to 14 Months for Refusing to Deploy to Iraq

Portugal and UK: Solidarity with Greek Prisoners’ Struggle 

UK: Anarcho-Students Occupy Ministry

Finally, A Victory for the Palestinians

The Bush Pardons by Senator Russ Feingold

What Uncle Sam Has to Say to His Creditors by Paul Craig Roberts

Obama’s Crony Democracy by Tracy McLellan

A Deep and Penetrating Question: Should Michelle Obama’s Booty Be Off Limits?

Ending Torture: Prosecuting the Torturers by Benjamin G. Davis

Some Greek Philosophy This Evening by Thomas Fleming

Lesbian Asks: Why Shouldn’t I Hate Blacks and Christians?

A Libertarian Statesman An Interview with Ron Paul

Stop Hillary-Yes, We Can!! by Justin Raimondo

A Collapsing Empire-More Opportunities for Restoring the Republic by Karen Kwiatkowski

Money You Can Trust by F.A. Hayek

Obama Service, aka Involuntary Service by Chris Brown

That “Iranian” Bomb? Relax. by Robert Dreyfuss

The Warning Joseph Sottile interviewed by Scott Horton

Learning from John McCain’s Mistakes: Supporting Aggression in the Caucasus by Doug Bandow

Mohammed Ali and the KKK

Somalian Phalangists

Gay Mob Shakes Down EHarmony by Michelle Malkin

Will Obama Victory Bring More PC Attacks on Free Speech? by Brenda Walker

Demographics and Political Destiny by Alan Wall

Who Lost Detroit? by Pat Buchanan

Taxation Is Still Theft, No Matter How Many Logical Fallacies You Employ from No Third Solution

Adventures in Free Schooling from Rad Geek

Homesteading Self-Reliance from Rad Geek

The Real Great Depression by Scott Reynolds Nelson

Should the LP Be Put Out to Pasture? from The Volokh Conspiracy

Hope in Common by David Graeber

Critical Elements of a Statewide Secession Movement by Thomas Naylor

The Honeymoon is Looking a Bit Wan by Alexander Cockburn

The Gloom of Empire: Downhill All the Way by Serge Halimi

The Suburbs Rage On by Alan Farago

The Third Clinton Administration by Ralph Nader

III Quests of Dissidence in Madrid Reply

By Flavio Goncalves

 

Last November 7th, 8th and 9th several Socialist, Revolutionary and Patriotic dissidents from all over Europe (from the far West of the Azores islands to the far East of Russia) gathered in Madrid, Spain, for the III Quests of Dissidence. In these three days hundreds of people had the change to listen to very unique, and different, individuals that held very not so mainstreamish views. I was one of them!.

 

Day one

 

We left early for the airport in Lisbon (laugh if you want, it was cheaper for us poor three Portuguese citizens to travel by plane to Madrid rather than driving, that’s how expensive gasoline is around here these days) after a last depressing visit to our P.O. Box, we had hoped that in the last minute all the merchandise Welf Herfurth sent us from Australia would arrive… well it didn’t, so the eye filling exhibition we were counting on to present National-Anarchist merchandise and literature to impress our European partners had to settle with the 4 issues of our Portuguese language magazine… my fault given that I gave Welf the wrong postal code given that my slight dyslexia caused that I traded two of the numbers…

 

The flight to Spain was only one hour long, surprising enough for a Portuguese our designated Spaniard driver was waiting us at the airport when we arrived (those of you that may have visited Portugal should know what I’m talking about regarding timing) and took us to the hotel, there we were greeted by Antonio Martinez Cayuela, general secretary of the Social Republican Movement, whose cultural section had organized the event. Small talk and then lunch, where we met Alberto Buela, a deeply interesting Argentinean with who we had the chance to chat through a few hours and that, later, would be fascinated with our speeches in the Quests.

 

After a short introduction by Cayuela the first speaker took the word, our very own Filipe Ferreira acting as president of the Portuguese-Iranian Friendship Society that gave a great speech about a few details that mainstream ignores regarding the Islamic Republic of Iran and ended with a short resume about his personal evolution and how we deal with politics in Portugal (namely our practice of working with far-left and far-right activists at will).

 

Buela was fascinated with our “Vertical action” theory, Filipe stated that the system sees the world in an Horizontal way, with Right, Left and Center and places in these circles all that exists while we, for the other hand, must act in a Vertical way, front towards the system. A Vertical line has place for cooperation’s with both the Left and the Right and escapes completely to the labels used today. Alberto Buela promised he will write about this in detail (a philosopher that is a vice-secretary of the Internal Affairs Ministry of Argentina studying National-Anarchist theory… not bad for the first day, is it?)

 

The second speaker was a Spanish historian that presented his book about the 1808 May 2nd insurrection in Spain, of which I never heard before. It was when Spanish people took their weapons and rioted against the Napoleonic invaders that the Spanish military where almost pleased to welcome. An interesting speech on people’s autonomous action, with no State nor Military rulings, just ‘we’ the people.

 

To finish the evening a great fiery speech by Jaume Farrerons, member of the Party of Catalonia, former general secretary and founding member of Platform for Catalonia, party from which he resigned due to it’s far-right political inclinations of late. The name of the speech was titled “National Revolutionaries: a Leftwing alternative?”.

 

He proved us, for nearly an hour, that Nationalism belongs to the Leftwing side of the political spectrum and, I quote, “We are left-wingers, we are radical Left, more: we are far-left!”. He gave us many historical references about the fact that the Left was not a concise ideological block, it has many different ideologies within it and we are one of those ideologies, History always placed revolutionaries and bringers of change in the Left side of the fence, well we are revolutionary and we want change so…

 

He also pointed out that “our main enemies are the Jewish Far-Right” (Zionism that is), and also that working class people, the people we target as our own, have always been seen as naturally Leftwing while the Bankers and the bosses have always been connected to rightwing forces, once again… any wonder that we, in Portugal, label ourselves as New Left?

 

Day two

 

The day started with Alexander Kuznetsov speech on Eurasia, Alexander is the head of International section of the movement and also a member of the Foreign Affairs Ministry of Russia, a heavy weight with who I also had the pleasure of chatting the day before.

 

He gave us the background of the Eurasian movement and showed a very interesting movie of Eurasian action, the movement has thousands of supporters spread everywhere in Europe.

 

After the movie exhibition it was time for the presentation of the latest books from Ediciones Nueva Republica, one of them being Tomislav Sunic’s “Homo Americanus”, Sunic himself was scheduled to be there but he couldn’t, in that same day he was nominated ambassador of Croatia in Algeria, so he had to cancel on us.

 

After lunch it was my time to take the podium – representing the Free Revolutionaries Circle –  in a round table discussion with Roberto Bevilacqua (Fiamma Tricolore, Italy), Robin Morawitz (very young and unknown skinhead from the NPD, a very poor choice by the Germans), Herve van Laethem (NATION, Belgium), Jordi de la Fuente (MSR, Spain) and Frederik Ranson (NSA, Flanders – Belgium).

 

I was surprised that Frederik knew National-Anarchism and he knew me from Revolution International, that is linked in the NSA official website. We where asked 3 questions each se we could figure our differences out, turns out we where not that different even though my answers where slightly different.

 

First question: What’s the biggest problem haunting Europe today?: Fiamma: The lack of values in today’s citizens and society due to materialism. FRC: The artificial crisis created by the Bank owners – pure usury – with the support of the European Central Bank. NATION: Immigration and the lack of Identity. NSA: Globalization. NPD: Globalization and Capitalism.

 

During the talk we pretty much agreed that Capitalism is the main menace today.

 

Second question: can the Nation states of Europe fight alone this problem or do we need a bigger entity?: Fiamma: No (I couldn’t tell the rest of the answer, did not understood it). FRC: No, and pointed out Lusophony as a solution to Portugal, Pan-Latinism for Latin Southern America and Southern Europe and, finally for Europe, Eurasia, these are all valid alternative markets to get us out of the global market ran by the US of A. NATION: No, united European block with strong armed forces, an Identitarian and Socialist Europe. NSA: No, we need a European National Revolution and closer ties with Russia. NPD: We need a European Federation of Nation states. MSR: we need a greater space.

 

During the talk we all agreed on the need of greater spaces, I guess George Orwell gave a turn or two in his grave.

 

Third question: how can we fight global Capitalism? Creating European Capitalism?: Fiamma: Socialization of the companies. FRC: We need Socialism, not Capitalism, money has it’s own logic and the only solution is Socialism. NATION: Capitalism is dying; we should follow the Italian example (socialization, social actions and squatting). NSA: Political renewal, a bigger control by the state regarding the economy. NPD: Stated that Socialist Nationalism is the solution and Capitalism the disease. MSR: Capitalism always existed ruled by usuraries, gangsters, drug dealers and assorted speculators. Capitalism is Death, Socialism is Live.

 

During the talk we all agreed on Socialism as the only way out (or Socialization for the Italian Right-wingers that seem to have a problem with the word Socialism…).

 

After this we had a very touching poetry session accompanied with non-electric guitar followed by a debate between several Spanish parties, of local interest only so I see no need to resume it here.

 

After the debate we went to bed and the crowd that wished so had a folk concert with Mara Ros (Spain) and Saturnia Regna (Italy, they know Troy Southgate so I take they are good people).

 

Third day

 

The open speeches where by  Jose Luiz Riesco (that greeted me very enthusiastically the day before, I guess because of my alternative markets theory that includes Pan-Latinism) and Joachim Bochaca (Spanish intellectual that is being translated into English in the last year by The Barnes Review magazine).

 

They spoke about the world crises, Riesco quoted me on the artificiality of the crisis, the role of Zionism and the US of A in the world as we know it was also strongly spoken of.

 

After this dual conference (Bochaca and Riesco spoke together) we heard Christian Bouchet discussing the future of the French National Front and explaining why the National Revolutionaries and the National Left are supporting Marine Le Pen as next president of FN, they see Marine as a continuity of the Le Pen brand and, at the same time, someone that can revolutionize the party within.

 

In the last years the FN has a growing Left-wing membership and there are much fears that the party may split in two (or more) after the dead of Jean Marie Le Pen.

 

The last speaker was Alberto Buela, that presented his own theory on the geopolitical weight of South America and he quoted Ferreira quite a few times, we need Vertical action in an Horizontal world. It was a great presentation that complemented my Pan-Latinist theory and had a sould of it’s own.

 

Out of curiosity: Buela met Hugo Chavez, so far, three times.

 

The aftermath

 

Given that the latest issue of the Spanish “Krisis21” magazine ran a 2 and a half pages interview with me I was somewhat noticed and greeted during the three days, even more after my short interventions.

 

So far I was invited to contribute in the next issues of the “Nihil Obstat” magazine (that among it’s contributors counts with Dugin, de Benoist, Bouchet and even Alain Soral…) and I was also invited to visit Moscow, apparently the Eurasian diplomat enjoyed my conversations and theories.

 

It’s a great work the Social Republican Movement is doing with these Quests of Dissidence, let’s hope it lasts many more years to come. Also, the event have a dozen of stands selling mainly books, very politically incorrect books for all tastes, from historical Revisionism to Communism and National-Bolshevism passing by National Socialism and Anarchism and ending in the Sinn Fein and other Irish Republicanism.

 

Let the dissidence roll…

Obama's Victory and What It Means 7

I’m going to go out on a limb and make a few unorthodox statements and predictions concerning the Obama victory. The first question, of course, is why did Obama win in the first place? Most conventional analysis tends to argue that Obama’s victory is traceable to the poor state of the economy, the shabby performance of the Bush administration across the board, and the fact that Obama had a superior organization and ran a more effective campaign. All of these things are true, but attributing Obama’s win to these alone ignores what I believe to be the genuinely decisive factor in this election: demographics.

Way back in the middle part of the reign of Bill Clinton, I realized that the center-left would eventually become dominant in national politics. I attributed this to the fact that as the 1960s generation became the elderly generation, persons shaped or influenced by the 1960s “cultural revolution” would be in unquestioned control of American institutions. This would be particularly true since persons with stereotypical “60s values”, for instance, anti-racism, feminism, environmentalism and the sexual revolution, tended to be disproportionately concentrated among the ranks of educated persons and the elites, and in those institutions that shape opinion, such as schools, universities, mainline religion, the arts, entertainment and the media. By this point, virtually everyone under the age of 40 has grown up under this influence.

In 1997, the conservative commentator Peter Brimelow argued that in the year 2008 the Democrats would become the dominant political party due to shifts in the ethnic demography of the US, i.e., a shrinking white population and a growing minority and immigrant population. In 2002, John Judis of The New Republic published his “The Emerging Democratic Majority”, which argued for an eventual Democratic dominance based on the growth of not only the minority populations, but also “left-wing” social movements like feminism, environmentalism, and “gay rights”, and the growth of the urban professional class, including an explosion in the number of professional women, and a corresponding decline in the traditional middle class and a blue-collar class that is under attack economically, a process accelerated by globalization. Judis likewise predicted that 2008 would be the year that the Democrats achieved superiority. The growth of urban populations in general and the decline of the size of the rural population also has to be taken into account.

I believe what we saw on Election Day was the fulfillment of Brimelow and Judis’ prophecies. Poll after poll indicated that the economy was by far the most important issue to voters, with Iraq, terrorism, health care, education, the environment, abortion, gay rights, etc. all trailing far behind. A bad economy is always an obstacle for an incumbent party, but it is likely a mistake to attribute Obama’s victory to the economy alone or perhaps even primarily. The Democrats likely blew much of their political capital concerning the economy with their support of the hugely unpopular Wall Street “bailout” (corporate welfare hemorrhage). That so many prominent Democrats, including Pelosi, Frank and Obama himself supported or figured prominently in the bailout no doubt damaged Obama’s pretended populist message.  The Iraq war seems to have been only a secondary issue for voters, and the antiwar vote was likely canceled out to no small degree by the hawk vote from those who consider terrorism to be a primary issue.

Obama ran a superior campaign, but, once again, his campaign style fit well with the changing demographics of the US. His perceived optimism and idealism no doubt appealed to the younger voters who tended to be among his most enthusiastic supporters. At the same time, it is doubtful that the Republicans’ efforts to taint Obama by references to the likes of Bill Ayers was very effective with his key supporters, such as young people who weren’t born until years after Bill Ayers was doing his thing, and moderates and independents not particularly motivated by ideologically rigid or culturally reactionary forms of campaigning.

In short, Obama won because those population groups who vote Democratic are growing numerically and those who vote Republican are shrinking.

It remains to be seen whether an Obama presidency will be “successful” or not. Continued economic downturn and foreign policy failure could produce a “Jimmy Carter effect” and allow the Republicans to make a comeback in 4-8 years. The likelihood of this is lessened by the aformentioned demographic issues and by the lack of the likely emergence of a perceived Republican strongman  a la Ronald Reagan as a candidate. Look for there to be a big fight in the Republican Party between those who want to follow the advice of the likes of David Frum and David Brooks and have the GOP become the party of economic “conservatism” (lower capital gains taxes, reductions in marginal income tax rates, etc.) and foreign policy hawkishness, but more liberal on at least some social issues like gay rights or the environment on one hand, and those who think Bush and McCain were too liberal and want a straight-down-the-line hard-core conservative party. There will be plenty of loud voices in the GOP for the latter perspective, and perhaps these are numerous enough to get control of the party itself, but this will be a losing formula in national elections because of, once again, the demographic issues previously mentioned. Even Ronald Reagan had to maintain some crossover appeal to centrists, independents, moderates, “Reagan Democrats”, etc. It is doubtful the Brooks-Frum formula would be all that workable either as the GOP would then be just “Democrats Lite” or “Right-Wing Democrats”. Not particularly inspiring.

What does an Obama presidency and, more importantly, the prospect of long-term center-left dominance mean for the future of American politics? Essentally, it means that the traditional WASP ruling class is on its way down, to be replaced by a more multiethnic, multicultural, secular, feminized and gayized ruling class that will be ruling over a crumbling empire and decaying economy. The social unrest that will likely result from such circumstances will be met with repression and the emerging ruling class will have plenty of weapons of repression at their disposal thanks to the huge American police state and prison system generated by Nixon-Reagan-Bush-Clinton-Bush under the guise of the wars on crime, drugs, terrorism, gangs, guns, “zero tolerance”, “broken windows theory”, paramilitary policing, military commissions, provisions for martial law, eradication of habeus corpus, etc. An ideological superstructure will have to be utilized to justify the escalation of such repression, and “totalitarian humanism” (a combination of liberal ideology and fascist methodology) will serve this purpose. The 1993 massacre at Waco will no doubt be regarded by future historians as a prototype for what is to come. With regards to the future construction of an “anti-system” movement, the following scenarios are quite likely:

1. As the cultural Right shrinks numerically and is more out of favor politically, we can expect more attacks on the cultural Right in various forms, ranging from serious social discrimination, legal persecution or even violent repression. Consequently, much of the cultural Right will move away from its traditional “respect authority” stance towards a more oppositional or even revolutionary outlook. The militia movement from the 1990s may be a prototype for what is to come.

2. The “radical middle” or “middle American radicals” will become even more radical as their economic position continues to decline over the long haul, and will become more receptive to radical ideas.

3. The rank-and-file military will become more frustrated by persistently being required to fight in ever more numerous wars of increasingly dubious value. Remember the enthusiasms of Clinton and Gore for so-called “humanitarian war” (what Noam Chomsky has called military humanism)? Obama and his successors will likely bring more of the same.

4. Expect the growth of an increasingly larger “lumpenproletarian” class as more and more people are rendered unemployable either because of a deteriorating economy or because of the marginalization of more and more people through repression, imprisonment, persecution, discrimination, etc. The huge number of convicted felons under the “war on drugs”, for instance.

5. There is also the likelihood of an eventual split among the core constituent groups of the Left along several lines of fracturing. These include the division between the mainstream liberal-managerial-professional class and the class of more genuine dissident intellectuals, genuine anti-imperialist leftists, the pro-civil liberties Left, radicalized youth, lumpen, bohemian, countercultural or declasse sectors. Such divisions will particularly sharpen as political correctness becomes more powerful and has fewer qualms about fully displaying its fangs.

6. Look for an eventual splintering of the Left’s “official victim” groups (racial minorities, homosexuals, feminists, environmentalists,etc.) along both class and ideological lines. For instance, the marginalized gay counterculture vs the gay bourgeiosie, poor blacks vs the black bourgeiosie, and racial nationalist-separatists among the minority groups vs liberal-integrationists. These divisions will widen as the cultural Right becomes less powerful and is viewed as less of a threat by the cultural Left and by racial minorities and as the poor and working classes among the “official victim” groups notice they’re not really getting much out of all of this political correctness and triumphant liberalism.

7. The Left Establishment paradigm of “Western civilization vs the official victims of Western civilization” will become more and more ideologically untenable and demonstrably absurd due to the increasingly liberal-multicultural nature of the ruling class. Further, an increased number of women, racial minorities, gays, etc. holding political power will prove to be no more benevolent or competent than those whom they replaced.

In many of my past writings I have outlined a proposal for a new radical paradigm that recognizes the emerging dominance of center-left controlled imperialism, state-capitalism and police statism, and that offers a prospect for a new demographic and political alignment capable of defeating those now-dominant forces.  This populist right-radical middle-extreme left-lumpen left-underclass-minority separatist alliance proposing foreign policy neutrality, political decentralization, alternative economics, across the board defense of civil liberties and authentic cultural pluralism would still seem to me to be the best way to go. We’ll see.

Updated News Digest November 9, 2008 1

Quote of the Week:

“The State has always been the patrimony of some privileged class: a priestly class, an aristocratic class, a bourgeois class. And finally, when all the other classes have exhausted themselves, the State then becomes the patrimony of the bureaucratic class and then falls—or, if you will, rises—to the position of a machine.”

                                                                                                            -Mikhail Bakunin

 

The Danger of Fractional Reserve Banking by Walter Block

Voting is Immoral by Rick Dunaway

Understanding the Boom and Bust by Lew Rockwell

Do You Solemnly Swear to Ignore the Constitution? by Andrew Napolitano

Wrestling the State Lew Rockwell interviews Kane (yes, that Kane)

Letter to Pro-Life Friends by Stephen and Rachel Carson

What to Expect from an Obama Administration in Foreign Policy by Justin Raimondo

Not My Grandfather’s Afghanistan by Fatima Ayub

Friends Like These by Patrick Cockburn

Executive Despotism by Bruce Fein

Will the Next President Be Any Better? by Alan Bock

The Closing of the Conservative Mind by Austin Bramwell

What Is To Be Done? by Justin Raimondo

Why I Want McCain to Win by Marcus Epstein

A Burkean for Barack by Jeffrey Hart

White Supremacists for Obama by Justin Raimondo

Ralph Nader: The Left-Conservative Choice by Daniel Bein

Bill Kauffman Endorses Ralph Nader by Dylan Waco

Capital Without Banks by Angelica

Drug Dogs Find Work in the Private Sector by Alix

Gay Marriage: A Threat to Us Hetero Types by Jennifer Abel

Pat Buchanan at 70: He Told You So, You F***ing Fools! by Tom Piatak

Strategy for the Post-Bush Era by Rad Geek

Strategy for the Post-Bush Era Part Two by Rad Geek

What Is All This For? by Werner Scott

Popular Militias Forming in Afghanistan by Werner Scott (hint, hint, Americans)

Childhood’s End by Werner Scott

Organization Theory: Latest Chapter Drafts by Kevin Carson

The Fiction of Good Government by Fred Keene

The Day After Halloween by Larry Gambone

What Does the Free Market Mean? by Sheldon Richman

On the Brink and Close to the Edge by Niccolo Adami

Noam Chomsky Discusses the 2008 Election

Palestine-Israel: Anarchists Against the Wall

On Rumors, Governments and Mouthpieces

Wailing Wall Street-Bring Spare Money! by Tuli Kupferberg and Jeffrey Lewis

An Open Letter to Senator Obama by Ralph Nader

Nader and the Youth Vote by Steve Conn

Bush, McCain and Obama: How Much Do the Differences Matter? by Andrew Gebhardt

Is Nuclear Power Green? by Peter Montague

America First Party Encourages Vote for Baldwin or Barr 

“Pro-War Libertarian” Scumbag Eric Dondero Endorses McInsane/MILF Ticket

Conservative Endorsements Rolling In for Baldwin by Red Phillips

The Insanity of Mass Democracy by Anthony Gregory

The Pentagon is the President’s Private Army by Fred Reed

Why Ron Paul Didn’t Win, But Could by Mike Rozeff

Jack Johnson vs John Jackson by Johnny Kramer

The End of the GOP? by Butler Shaffer

We Could Be in for a Lurch to the Left by Fred Barnes

Prepare for the Hard-Left State by Bill Anderson

The Burial of the Conservative Movement by Christopher Manion

The Great Murray Rothbard Speaks on Money

Empire, War and the Greater Good by Anthony Gregory

Obama’s Neocon in Residence by Philip Giraldi

Gitmo Trials Still Unjust by Andy Worthington

Nero vs Caligula Lew Rockwell interviewed by Scott Horton

War Party Democrats Justin Raimondo interviewed by Scott Horton

Where Did Bush Go Wrong? by Pat Buchanan

Obama and the Return of Apathy by Daniel Bein

Happy Guy Fawkes Eve by Rad Geek

The Presumption of Liberty by Aschwin de Wolf

Depressing Day by Sheldon Richman

Who’s Our Target Audience? by Niccolo Adami

I’m Still Not Convinced, So Suck It by Jeremy Weiland

Statism as Immaturity by Francois Tremblay

End of Chicago “Free Market” Ideas? by Sarah Brown

An Anarchist View of Elections by Carlos Fierro

Why I’m Voting for Chuck Baldwin by Luke Lantroop

A Debt Beyond Redemption by Gary North

Plutocrats Verses Regular People by Wilton D. Alston

Genocide at Waco Revisited Amy Sommer interviewed by Lew Rockwell

Freedom in Coinage by George Selgin

A Culminating Point in Fourth Generation Warfare by Bill Lind

A Mandate to End the War by Justin Raimondo

Experiencing the Constitution in a Cage by Nat Hentoff

Losing Liberty in the War on Terrorism by Bart Frazier

The Myth of the Green Peril by Leon Hadar

GOPocalypse and the Future of the Right by Daniel Larison

Causes for Hope  by Paul Gottfried

Thank God McCain Lost! by Jack Hunter

You Say You Want an Imperial President… by John Zmirak

The Case for Rubbing It In by Richard Spencer

The Emerging Cult of Obama by Daniel Bein

How Do Taxes Destroy Productivity?

The Free Lunch Gang or The Coming Demise of Neo-Liberalism by Larry Gambone

Just Wait for the Hangover by Niccolo Adami

Marshall Fritz, 1943-2008 by Sheldon Richman

A Thought for Future Elections by Niccolo Adami

Election Thoughts by Patroon

Why McCain Lost by Alexander Cockburn and Jeffrey St. Clair

How Obama Won by Chuck Spinney

Our Marxist Politics by Lew Rockwell

Civil Liberties Under Obama Andrew Napolitano interviewed by Lew Rockwell

Obama vs Guy Hawkes by Anthony Gregory

Is Fractional Reserve Banking Fraudulent? by Walter Block

No, He Can’t: A Black Libertarian on Why She Didn’t Vote for Obama by Anne Wortham

At the Mises Institute by Todd Steinberg

Another Kind of Election Day by Daniel Ryan

Evangelical Foreign Policy is Over by Andrew Bacevich

Republic Magazine Issue # 10

Did the Black Vote Sink Proposition 8 by Mona

It’s Foreign Policy, Stupid! by Mona

Frumbag by John Zmirak

Conspicuous Egalitarianism by Richard Spencer

David Frum to the Religious Right: Drop Dead by Tom Piatak

Orwell on Obama by R.J. Stove

Obamania Aftermath by Richard Spencer

Towards a Libertarian Theory of Class from Out of Step

Would Digital Money Kill the State? from No Third Solution

If You Subsidize It… from No Third Solution

Iraqi Message to the American People  from Francois Tremblay

Another Bit on Proudhon and “Socialism” by Shawn Wilbur

Russia Welcomes Obama with Deployment of Nuclear-Capable Missles

Now What? by Frank J. Menetrez

A Look Under the Hood of an Obama Administration by Joshua Frank

Brad Will is Still Dead by John Ross

Outside the Beltway by Patroon

Why Did Prop 5 Fail? And What’s Going On With California These Days? by Alix

Conservatives Lost More Than An Election by Chuck Baldwin

An Unnecessary Defeat? by Pat Buchanan

The Race for Third Place W. James Antle III

Humility or Hubris? by Sheldon Richman

We All Need Somebody to Lean On by Niccolo Adami

Saul Alinsky Interview from 1972 from Jim Britell

A ParEcon Workplace is Possible by Jessica Azulay

Do Patents Increase Innovation? by Keith Sawyer

Obama’s Draft by Niccolo Adami

Nonviolent Activists Are Terrorists by Francois Tremblay

Prohibition is the Problem from No Third Solution

Hail to the Chief of Staff by Alexander Cockburn

The Politics of Fire by Jeffrey St Clair

Obama, Emanuel and Israel by John V. Whitbeck

Obama Faces an Economic Disaster by Saul Landau

Obama and Afghanistan: The Return of Clintonia by Lawrence Velvel

Meet the New Boss, Same as the Old Boss by Richard Rhames

Secession Article on World Net Daily

Forget the Honeymoon by Justin Raimondo

Worse Than Bush? by Ted Galen Carpenter

Goodbye Neocons, Hello Liberal Bretheren by Ivan Eland

Time to Finish Off the Neocons by Doug Bandow

The Change Cuba Needs by Stephen Wilkinson

Murray Rothbard, Giant by Roy Childs

Cursed Be the Christian Coalition by Laurence Vance

Worse Than Bush? by William Norman Grigg

The State Has Co-Opted the Counterculture by Anthony Gregory

Sustainable Fascism by Bill Anderson