Moving to the Left of the Left of the Left: The Case for Pan-Anarchism 2

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Moving to the Left of the Left of the Left: The Case for Pan-Anarchism

October 20, 2013

Keith Preston continues his discussion of the likely political future of the United States.

Topics include:

  • Peter Beinart’s recent article, “The Rise of New New Left,” and how this thesis is consistent with the ARV-ATS outlook.
  • Rick Perlstein’s skeptical response, which raises the spectre of an American fascism.
  • How the Left has never recovered from the traumatizing experience of fascism and the crippling paranoia that grips the Left as a result.
  • Why Anarchists should reject the cliches of progressive liberalism and social democracy, and instead embrace an uncompromisingly revolutionary stance.
  • Why changing social conditions will make it necessary for Anarchists to evolve past the narrow race, class, and gender paradigm of the academic Left in favor of a radical populism that incorporates libertarian, decentralist, and anti-authoritarian ideas from all across the political spectrum into its approach.

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2 comments

  1. Well, a bartender job might not be that bad I read of a guy that could one in New York City and the tips with the job met he was getting 80,000. It just depends upon where you are at. Large cities like New York or La in upscale resorts or bars with wealthy clients can me you can do better sometimes than folks with 4 or master degree jobs that are lucky to pay 40,000.

  2. “How the Left has never recovered from the traumatizing experience of fascism and the crippling paranoia that grips the Left as a result”

    I had to comment on that one. I think this is one of the most accurate intuitions from Keith Preston.

    You’ll see: I come from the Left. I come from the Left in a personal, familiar and sociological sense. Family, neighborhood, social circles… everything. However, my continuous personal evolution, as well as the utter destruction of my family, neighborhood, city, nation-state and fatherland have moved me to what could be termed as the ethnicist far-right. Too many readings and studies, too many experiences, too much life.

    The Left’s trauma with Fascism comes from the fact that they’ve been continuously winning in the cultural and political realms for the last two hundred years… with the exception, the parenthesis, of the rise of fascism-styled ideologies and regimes.

    They got their asses handed over to them.

    In that light the trauma is perfectly understandable. Only the alliance of Communists, Socialists, Liberals, Plutocrats, most christians and the ethnic networking of some prosecuted groups could bring the fascists down.

    I saw an unprovoked agression by a marauding band of “red skinheads” that only dared to beat their victims when they received “reinforcements” that gave them a 5 to 1 ratio or so. Until then, they didn’t dare to attack even with the superiority they already had..

    Only a cultural trauma can explain that. The feeling they have that a “resurgence” of “fascism” would mean their destruction.

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