The World According to ARV-ATS 4

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The World According to ARV-ATS

September 29, 2013

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

Topics include:

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


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Did Putin Quietly Play the Debt Card Over Syria? Reply

By Ron Holland

“They are living beyond their means and shifting a part of the weight of their problems to the world economy. They are living like parasites off the global economy and their monopoly of the dollar. If [in America] there is a systemic malfunction, this will affect everyone. Countries like Russia and China hold a significant part of their reserves in American securities. There should be other reserve currencies.”Vladimir Putin in 2011

While I hate to give such praise to a foreign leader, Putin has undoubtedly run rings around the moribund and bureaucratic incompetence of the Laurel and Hardy-style Obama and Kerry team on Syria. Putin diplomatically has the swiftness and stealth of the South’s Stonewall Jackson and Germany’s Erwin Rommel, probably the two greatest military commanders in world history.


Average American Families Pays $6K a Year in Big Business Subsidies 1



That’s over and above our payments to the big companies for energy and food and housing and health care and all our tech devices. It’s $6,000 that no family would have to pay if we truly lived in a competitive but well-regulated free-market economy.

The $6,000 figure is an average, which means that low-income families are paying less. But it also means that families (households) making over $72,000 are paying more than $6,000 to the corporations.


Twice as many Americans think Putin is more effective than Obama on Syria Reply

Read the poll results.

Many Americans think that Vladimir Putin was the most effective leader during the Syrian chemical weapons crisis, while approval for how Obama handled the crisis is still low.

Although Syria appears to have met the first deadline in its agreement with the United States and Russia, beginning the process of turning over its chemical weapons, few Americans trust it will fulfill its promises.  That leaves President Obama in a difficult position: he continues to have little support for action against Syria, and Americans continue to disapprove of how he is handling this crisis.  Worse for him, perhaps, the latest Economist/YouGov Poll finds twice as many Americans giving Russian President Vladimir Putin the nod over President Obama as the most effective leader in this crisis.


Another Northern California county votes to secede from state 1

FOX News


FILE: This image shows the California Pines subdivision, located about 35 miles southwest of Alturas, Calif.AP

A second far Northern California county has voted to secede from the state after Modoc County supervisors voted 4-0 in favor of secession.

The vote on Friday comes just weeks after neighboring Siskiyou County voted for secession, according to the Record Searchlight of Redding.


Grand Alliance Theory and Fourth Generation Warfare, Part Two: In Defense of Revolutionary Struggle 1

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Grand Alliance Theory and Fourth Generation Warfare, Part Two: In Defense of Revolutionary Struggle

September 22, 2013

Keith Preston continues the discussion of revolutionary action within the context of contemporary political and military circumstances.

Topics include:

  • The unfortunate tendency of many contemporary radicals towards lifestyle radicalism, which underestimates the importance of genuine revolutionary struggle.
  • How the advancement of civilization ultimately involves period episodes of political and social upheaval.
  • The necessity of revolutionary political leadership that is capable of meeting ordinary people where they are at while retaining a long term radical vision.
  • The creation of alternative infrastructure that will serve as the foundation for both reformist and revolutionary efforts.
  • Why radicals and revolutionaries must prepare for the time when the state moves to suppress challenges to its own position.
  • Why the ability to wage effective fourth generation warfare will be the determining factor in 21st century revolutionary struggles.
  • The role of Hezbollah, the Peoples War Group, and the Armed Forces of the Colombian Revolution as model fourth generation warfare organizations.

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The Life and Times of Jerry Rubin 1

Biographical Podcast
The Life and Times of Jerry Rubin

September 21, 2013

Keith Preston examines the career of a 1960s radical leader and how it symbolizes the history of American society over the past 50 years.

Topics include:

  • Rubin’s role as an early anti-Vietnam War protest organizer, founder of the Yippies, and defendant in the Chicago Conspiracy trial.
  • His immersion in the lifestyle fads of the 1970s and reinvention of himself as a yuppie businessman in the 1980s.
  • His subsequent “yippie vs yuppie” debates with former partner Abbie Hoffman before his death in 1994 at age 56.
  • Rubin’s claim that the radicals of the 1960s had shaped the mainstream culture of the 1970s and 1980s.
  • How Rubin’s life symbolizes the coming to power of the 1960s generation.
  • How the radical Left of the 1960s was able to radically transform American culture while allowing the System to continue unabated politically, economically, and militarily.


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Football Player Slaughtered by PIGS 1

Huffington Post

A 911 call shortly before Jonathan Ferrell’s death could help prove that North Carolina police officers knew he was unarmed before opening fire, a lawyer for his family says.

“[Ferrell] made no threatening comments. It was clearly apparent he had no weapons,” attorney Chris Chestnut told WCNC-TV.

“By the time they stop shooting, then they start saying, ‘Get on the ground, get on the ground,’ he had already been shot.”

Ferrell, 24, a college football player at Florida A&M University, was killed by police early Saturday morning after he crashed his car in a rural area near Charlotte.


The Panthers Were Right and Reagan Was Wrong on Gun Control 1

By Anthony Gregory

I suppose it takes a true radical these days to question the progressive’s sacred cow: Ronald Reagan. You read that right. This paradigm of modern conservatism was one of the most important American champions of gun control in recent decades, and so he has become a convenient talking point for liberals who want to argue that even Ronald Reagan favored strict gun laws.

And indeed, he did—all throughout his political career. As president he used executive order to ban the importation of certain shotguns, and later he threw his weight behind the Brady Bill and 1994 Assault Weapons Ban.


Bristol arson attack linked to anarchist terror network Reply


An anarchist cell linked to a Europe-wide network of “insurrectionists” claims to have struck again in Bristol – Channel 4 News can reveal their history of sabotage and arson attacks in the UK.


Avon and Somerset police are investigating a possible arson attack at the site of a planned police firearms training centre near Bristol.


Toward an anarchist policy on Syria – First of May Anarchist Alliance Reply


Syrian banner, “I am truly free when all human beings, men and women, are equally free.” – Bakunin

Given the centrality of Syria to global politics, it is essential that anarchists understand what is going on there and develop a critical attitude toward the events that are unfolding. This is a position paper on the struggle in Syria by the First of May Anarchist Alliance. do not agree with it but we reproduce it here for reference and discussion.


Grand Alliance Theory and Fourth Generation Warfare 1

Attack the System
Grand Alliance Theory and Fourth Generation Warfare

September 15, 2013

Keith Preston discusses the definitive elements of the revolutionary struggle.

Topics include:

  • Common criticisms directed at ARV-ATS including accusations of reformism, crypto-statism, egalitarian populism, and reactionary nationalism.
  • The need to strike a healthy balance between elitism and populism, reform and revolution.
  • Why the revolutionary struggle must be international in character even as revolutionary movements within different nations, cultures, and communities will retain their unique identities.
  • How successful revolutionary struggles in one region or nation might provide for their self-defense in a world dominated by states and plutocratic entities.
  • Why the ultimate aim of grand alliance theory is resistance to state repression as the overlords of the Empire are challenged.
  • How the battle between the Empire and the resistance forces will ultimately be decided by means of fourth generation warfare.

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Keith Preston Still Doesn’t Get It: A Reply to a Reply Reply

By Todd Lewis

Read the original critique by Mr. Lewis and the responding podcast here.

Mr. Preston, thank you for wrestling with my work and giving me a voice, as well as for being open-minded in dealing with these subjects. However, I believe that your response was misdirected in many respects. I will first begin with what I agreed with in your podcast and then explain why I think your arguments were misdirected.

I do agree that Lincoln’s Republican Party and today’s Republican Party are leftist, and in Lincoln’s day the Democrats were actually conservative. I agree that Marx’s heaven on earth shares similarities with Christian postmillennialism. Yet I fail to see the point of connecting Marxism with Christianity. On the one hand, Communism is a form of godless apostate Christianity, positing a heaven on earth without God; but Communism’s stated goal was the destruction of Christianity, so they really are not similar in any important sense. Marxism preaches hate, genocide and oppression, whereas Christ preached love, peace and righteousness. I also agree that universalism comes out of Christianity, but what does that prove? Even liberalism, which you also endorse, has universalist tendencies. Liberalism and Totalitarianism are both universalist in scope and both have roots in Christianity, yet in and of itself this proves little.


Sometimes It Sucks to Be Right Reply

Attack the System
Sometimes It Sucks to Be Right

September 8, 2013

Keith Preston revisits some of the core ATS documents in light of contemporary events.

Topics include:

  • How the neoconservatives have been eclipsed by the liberal internationalists as predicted in the 2003 essay “Philosophical Anarchism and the Death of Empire.”
  • How a resurgent Russia is challenging the unipolar American empire as predicted in the same essay.
  • How the liberal internationalist/cultural Marxist alliance has become the dominant ruling class faction as predicted in the “Liberty and Populism” essay.
  • How totalitarian humanism is emerging as the ideological foundation of the present march towards ever greater state repression as predicted in past ATS analysis.
  • How ARV-ATS concepts like anarcho-pluralism, radical localism, pan-secessionism, and anti-totalitarian humanism are spreading into an ever greater number of political currents, including those who are outside of or even hostile to ARV-ATS.
  • How escalating state repression against dissident movements will necessitate the formation of a grand alliance against the common enemy, and how only anarcho-pluralism and pan-secessionist provide the framework for such an alliance.
  • The revolutionary vision of ARV-ATS for a future civilization that has hardly been conceived of at present.

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Weekly News Update: September 2, 2013 Reply

News of the Week
Update September 2, 2013

Keith Preston discusses American saber rattling against Syria.

Topics include:

  • The role of the Power Elite in building the American Empire.
  • The amazing continuity of U.S. foreign policy regardless of which party is in power.
  • The convergence of interests that shape U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East.
  • How Obama’s planned aggression against Syria is a mirror image of Bush’s and the neocons’ build up to war with Iran a decade ago.
  • The astounding foolishness of U.S. diplomats like John Kerry and Samantha Power.
  • Imperialism’s body count.


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The Prescient Proudhon Reply

“Let us seek together, if you wish, the laws of society, the manner in which these laws are realized, the process by which we shall succeed in discovering them; but, for God’s sake, after having demolished all the a priori dogmatisms, do not let us in our turn dream of indoctrinating the people; do not let us fall into the contradiction of your compatriot Martin Luther, who, having overthrown Catholic theology, at once set about, with excommunication and anathema, the foundation of a Protestant theology. For the last three centuries Germany has been mainly occupied in undoing Luther’s shoddy work; do not let us leave humanity with a similar mess to clear up as a result of our efforts.

I applaud with all my heart your thought of bringing all opinions to light; let us carry on a good and loyal polemic; let us give the world an example of learned and far-sighted tolerance, but let us not, merely because we are at the head of a movement, make ourselves the leaders of a new intolerance, let us not pose as the apostles of a new religion, even if it be the religion of logic, the religion of reason.

Let us gather together and encourage all protests, let us brand all exclusiveness, all mysticism; let us never regard a question as exhausted, and when we have used our last argument, let us begin again, if need be, with eloquence and irony.”

-Pierre Joseph Proudhon, from his last letter to Karl Marx

Read the full text of Proudhon’s original latter here.

Hat tip to Matthew Peters.

The Foreign Policy of Totalitarian Humanism: Reigniting the Cold War Over Pussy Riot and Pride Marches 4

And the critics say totalitarian humanism isn’t dangerous.

I really hope this story isn’t true.

The New Yorker


ST. PETERSBURG (The Borowitz Report)—Hopes for a positive G20 summit crumbled today as President Obama blurted to Russia’s Vladimir Putin at a joint press appearance, “Everyone here thinks you’re a jackass.”

The press corps appeared stunned by the uncharacteristic outburst from Mr. Obama, who then unleashed a ten-minute tirade at the stone-faced Russian President.

“Look, I’m not just talking about Snowden and Syria,” Mr. Obama said. “What about Pussy Riot? What about your anti-gay laws? Total jackass moves, my friend.”