Some Points to Consider 4

Here are some points we need to be thinking about:

-Past partisan cycles indicate that the Democratic Party will be the dominant political party for the next few decades.

-Research on public opinion regarding controversial issues along with prevailing cultural, demographic, economic, and generational trends indicates that the Left will be the winning side in the “culture war” conflict.

-Past times in American history where the gap between socio-economic classes has been extremely wide have been followed by subsequent periods of intensified class struggle resulting in a new settlement and altering of relations between the social classes. Therefore, given the present economic situation, class issues should soon enough surpass culture war issues as the dominant conflict in American society.

-Major conflicts in American society are usually played out within the context of the dominant party, e.g. the civil rights conflict within the Democratic Party during the 1950s and 60s. That means conflict over class issues should emerge not only within the wider society but especially within the Democratic Party at some point in the future.

I’m not a historical determinist, and any number of variables could alter these trends or cycles. But this seems to be as good a model as any to base future predictions on, so long as the model remains flexible and subject to modification or re-evaluation. The question: What does this mean for the future of alternative anarchism?

4 comments

  1. Quite frankly it doesn’t matter which political party gains power. The 2 party system is just an attempt to cover up the fact that we live in a managed democracy. Although I cannot accurately predict the near future, what I have to say is, when the system falls flat on its ass and the federal government declares bankruptcy. American society is going to be restructured and this I think is a good opportunity to convince the citizens of America to decentralize power in order to live in freedom from high taxes, drafts and personal interference from the government. The sad truth is that the American people will not be ready for this opportunity instead of blaming the government for its mistakes they will resort to blaming Muslims or some other minority. In my opinion the opportunity to rise from the ashes will pass us by, and society will be restructured for the worst.

  2. I agree with AM on the political side. Things have gotten so ridiculous, I just see party poitics as an obstacle to our progress. This may sound pessimistic, but I’m not saying that obstacles shouldn’t be dealt with… In other words, I could care less about the politician’s party or whatever, if they give us what we need to achieve liberty then I’ll take it without being a whore for their re-election.

    I really dislike alot of politicians, but I’m not opposed to them putting funds in the hands of projects that match the enterprises we wish to form. While some may say this is in the form of small businesses, I would defonitely disagree with this after reading The Conservative Nanny State. (with the state’s policies are incentives for small businesses, alot of times they end up being just as much as a burden as those primarily on welfare) I point to things like the Cleveland Cooperative Initiative. Also why I’m a HUGE fan of Kevin Carson’s article on the Cleveland situation matched with a homebrew manufacturing revolution. ( http://blog.p2pfoundation.net/the-cleveland-model-and-micromanufacturing-an-opportunity-for-collaboration/2010/04/06 ) Not turning away opportunities but neither do we give up DIY projects.

    Also we do need action in the political arena to take on the war on drugs and the various state institutions of oppression, (military/prison-industrial, etc.) this can come from the right or left for I care. Honestly, I would mind seeing the Green Party in party if they didn’t act on left cultural ideas through institutional means. (gun laws, etc.)

    For me, this mentality has kept me from pessimism. Don’t get me wrong, I definitely have my days where I just want to say “F_ck it” do it American Resistance Movement style (btw, after reading their forum, I have alot more respect for them…a good number of them heavily dislike neo nazis/white supremacists) but if we can bring a serious argument while attaching to a populist spin on this whole “go-local” movement, we can get somewhere.

    Rather than criticizing Obama, what I’ll do is promote figures like Will Allen. A up-and-coming urban farming celebrity that I can use as a figure against a false hope. (Barack Obama and his fascist cabinet) Or better yet, using populations of people… (Detroit gardening angels Vs. Detroit politicians) telling stories of how older black citizens helped propel one of the finest modern examples of grassroots economic democracy beats fifteen minutes on why the Democratic Black Caucus is minstrel show in the hands of credit card companies. However, those facts are definitely necessary at the right time… just not at the time when I need to build bridges.

  3. “Don’t get me wrong, I definitely have my days where I just want to say “F_ck it” do it American Resistance Movement style (btw, after reading their forum, I have alot more respect for them…a good number of them heavily dislike neo nazis/white supremacists) ”

    This raises an important issue. These groups that are trying to imitate the militia movement of the 90s are a dead end, IMO. One of the reasons the militia movement failed is that it was loaded up with informants, provocateurs, nutcases, and idiots. A lot of those people fell into entrapment schemes set up by the feds that they walked blindly into. Most of the rest of them got scared after the McVeigh incident and ran away. Also, there are examples of the feds setting up militias of their own as Cointelpro-type operations just like they will organize their own chapters of outlaw motorcycle clubs.

    The lesson is to be extremely cautious in dealing with such groups and, preferably, avoiding them altogether at least until the time comes when we possess enough social or political power to bring them into our own ranks. For now, I would say that it’s better to organize under the cover of perfectly legal and non-violent neighborhood watch, cop watch, and gun clubs, and attempt to grow these so as to reduce dependency on the police for crime control, place more constraints on the power of the police, and provide a means for the defense of gun rights and firearms training that is not openly threatening and operates in a legal and straight forward manner. Persons engaged in or advocating illegal activities should be disallowed in such groups, and active members of police and military organizations should be barred as well.

    It may well be necessary to fight the state at some point in the future. For instance, I could imagine federations of secessionist cities, towns, and counties organizing their own militias modeled on groups like Hezbollah and recruiting heavily from the ranks of these suvivivalist antigovernment militia types, motorcycle clubs, street gangs, and other groups with antiestablishment values and who are accustomed to using weapons. Those kinds of outlaw organizations could theoretically be recruited as mercenaries for our own side (our own counterpart to Blackwater?) Another possibility is gain enough local power that we can simply replace the state’s law enforcement system with our own groups like the ones mentioned above (neighborhood watch, gun clubs, etc).

    In the meantime, however, I’d say “super-legal” should be the rule. That’s the best way of avoiding all of these other dangers.

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