Month: May 2013

An Anarchist Looks at Memorial Day

By Thomas Knapp “Memorial Day,” according to Wikipedia, “is a United States federal holiday observed on the last Monday of May …. Formerly known as Decoration Day, it commemorates U.S. men and women who died while in the military service.” I confess to mixed feelings. On the one […]

Radicalizing the Center, Part Two: Reflections on Movement Building

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

Topics include:

How the prevalence of cultural leftist fanaticism within the anarchist milieu is undermining the growth of the movement and outreach efforts.

Why the state is a unique institution of oppression and why efforts to equate statism with other forms of authoritarianism are misguided.

How the Left Has Failed the Working Class

By Samuel Goldman The New Yorker‘s George Packer can’t decide what to think about 21st-century America. On the one hand, Packer likes developments that enhance the lifestyles of the educated upper middle class: “marriage equality, Lipitor, a black President, Google searches, airbags, novelistic TV shows, the opportunity for […]

Welcome to Islamberg

Law Enforcement Today In Hancock, NY an Islamic community that sits on 80 acres of land has decided to form its own government.  They call their community: The Town of Islamberg.  They have their own mayor, deputy mayor and five town council members.  None of them are elected, […]

Community or Leviathan?

By Patrick Deneen In his most recent diagnosis of the state of America’s political soul, the journalist and political thinker E.J. Dionne begins with a simple thesis. In the opening pages of Our Divided Political Heart, he asserts that “American history is defined by an irrepressible and ongoing […]

Gun Control Won’t Eliminate Guns

By Mark Crovelli No single issue in the American political arena illustrates the similarity of American liberals and American conservatives than the issue of gun control. This claim will no doubt appear counterintuitive, because conservatives and liberals have been bickering over gun rights for as long as anyone […]

The Human Cost of the War in Iraq

MIT Conventional wisdom in American politics focuses only on American costs in the war in Iraq: the casualties to U.S. soldiers, the financial costs, and sometimes the strategic costs. But the human cost to the Iraqis themselves are nearly ignored in political discourse, the news media, and intellectual […]

Antiwar.Com Sues the FBI

Antiwar.com is taking the FBI to court! We demand records regarding surveillance of Antiwar.com. One FBI memo called us “a threat to national security.” We’re Americans engaged in peaceful, constitutionally protected activity: what used to be called journalism. The FBI must admit this, and promise to cease and […]

Beyond Sectarian Anarchism: Radicalizing the Center

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

Topics include:

How the variety of hyphenated forms of anarchism will continue to grow as anarchism becomes a more prevalent political ideology.

How the many hyphens within anarchism need not be a source of division but of strength and potential outreach to an ever greater number of constituencies.

The need for leaders and activists to emerge in different anti-state movements who recognize the need for a united revolutionary front against common enemies.

Rednecks doing Yoga

by Rachel Haywire

What’s the difference between a redneck and a yoga-scenester?

Nothing. They are both degenerate subcultures. The yoga-scenesters think they are better than the rednecks, prancing themselves above

The European Miracle

By Ralph Raico This essay originally appeared as “The Theory of Economic Development and the ‘European Miracle’” in The Collapse of Development Planning, edited by Peter J. Boettke. Among writers on economic development, P.T. Bauer is noted both for the depth of his historical knowledge, and for his […]

Emma West timeline

Libertarian Alliance This is a timeline of the events concerning the prosecution and trial of Emma West, who was recorded on video while on a London tram. Her case has previously been the subject of comment here, in particular by Robert Henderson.

Quote of the Day

“The drug war is not just another issue among a multitude of equally important issues; it is a horrible invasion of liberties with catastrophic effects on people all over the world. Any politician who supports it is thereby declaring himself at war against decency, peace, and security.”— Robert […]

Stewart Destroys Obama Over IRS Scandal, Lack Of ‘Managerial Competence’: You’ve Vindicated Conspiracy Theorists

By Josh Feldman Jon Stewart mercilessly tore into the Obama administration tonight over the revelation that the Internal Revenue Service specifically targeted Tea Party groups for scrutiny. Stewart slammed the government’s lack of “managerial competence” and said that thanks to this scandal, conspiracy theorists how have a level […]

Rand Paul “Assures” Evangelicals That He Doesn’t Want to End the Drug War

Rand Paul epitomizes why we need revolutionary anarchism, not “constitutional conservatism.” Reason.Com In preparation for a 2016 presidential run, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is courting evangelical leaders. And we all know what that means! It’s time to throw those hedonistic, libertine, drug-obsessed libertarians under the bus. The Washington Post reports on […]

Obama a Marxist? Yeah…right

Huffington Post WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday pledged to pursue a broad trade agreement between the U.S. and European Union, amid growing domestic unrest with the Obama administration’s plans to include new political powers for corporations in the deal. Negotiations […]

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

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

Topics include:

The intellectual and political origins of the New Left as a “fourth way” movement beyond capitalism, fascism, and communism.

The convergence of social forces during the 1960s that made the growth of the New Left possible.

The success of the New Left at carrying out a comprehensive cultural revolution in Western civilization.

The failure of the New Left at opposing American imperialism, challenging the hegemony of plutocratic capitalism, and preventing the subsequent growth of police state repression.

All Nations Party: Interview with Ryan Faulk

Keith Preston interviews returning guest Ryan Faulk.

Topics include:

Ryan’s latest project, the All Nations Party, a proposed political meta-party devoted to pan-secessionism.

How such a party might be composed of sub-parties devoted to specific regional, ideological, or identitarian interests and how these might break down into constituent sub-interests of their own.

How cultural conflict prevents the growth of effective opposition to the political class.