Libertarianism: No Threat to the Ruling Class 8

In what way does the actually existing libertarian movement, anarchist or otherwise, threaten the existing political order? If anything, the libertarian movement is a microcosm of the wider society. There are the “right-libertarians” who extol the virtues of capitalism, Christianity, and the American way (kind of like, you know, the Republicans). And there are the “left-libertarians” who jump over the Democrats and even the far left to demonstrate their opposition to racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, xenophobia, “bigotry, “brutalism,” etc. There may not be anything inherently wrong with these ideas, but in what way do they threaten the state or the establishment? They don’t. Instead, they just reflect contending factions of the system.

Oh, ruling class, quake in your boots.

What I’m hoping for is that as libertarianism grows, the neocons will defect to the Democrats and form a neocon-totalitarian humanist alliance. That way the primary enemies will be solidly in one camp and the battles lines will be better defined. If that happens the Republicans will try to co-opt libertarianism and make it their front ideology. Hopefully, this will fail and the Repugnicans will become a marginal party, except for in the reddest of red states. Meanwhile, it’s up to us radical libertarians, anarchists, national-anarchists, radical decentralists, whatever we are to push things in an ever more extreme direction so that the neocon/totalitarian humanist alliance is genuinely threatened by a domestic insurgency. When this insurgency evolves, our fair weathered friends on both the Left and Right will go over to the side of the system. Hopefully, this is what will unfold in the decades ahead:

https://attackthesystem.com/2009/07/24/forty-years-in-the-wilderness/

Our first order of business at present is to grow a better crop of anarchists, libertarians, allies, and constituents. We need a new generation of anarchist and libertarian leaders and activists to emerge who throw off all the old baggage, and start pushing things in a more radical direction, towards hard core revolutionary extremism. Most libertarians and anarchists nowadays are just a variation of liberals or conservatives. That’s the first thing that has to change, and that’s what most of my work has been about. Ultimately we need the development of an pan-anarchist revolutionary front that is committed to organizing radical coalitions against the state, ruling class, and empire for the purpose of decentralizing power to the lowest possible level.

8 comments

  1. I’d say that’s about right, Mr. Preston. However, I think the dilemma will rest mainly with conservative Republicans in the oncoming years: are you going to be a Progressive (a totalitarian humanist), or are you going to be an Extremist (any infidel who rejects the Progressive system of the modern West)?

    I have an idea about which I’m going to write a blog post soon, one that may someday spread to the brains of more and more people in rural counties, small towns or other sections of society who are more resistant to the current Progressive Zeitgeist: Why should Red State kids die for Blue State laws (and Blue State politicians, Blue State Institutions and Blue State people)? I wish there were a pop country song about this idea. We need those types of folks to turn their American flags upside down and to displace them with Gadsden flags, Rebel flags, Pirate flags, State flags and so on. Seriously, if more of those folks considered that most of the American military is composed of Red State kids, then maybe they’ll begin to wonder why their kids are dying for the Nanny State Empire of the World.

    I imagine Pan-archism and decentralization will begin to sound very, very appealing even to conservative bible thumpers once more of them will be persecuted for their religious beliefs. Extremist of Progressive? Choose. Progressives are happy to imprison (and thus use lethal state power against) those who do not conform, obey and comply to their wishes or laws or religious dogmas. So, our revolutionary message of resistance should be a simple warning to those Americans sitting on the fence: Join Us or Die.

  2. I’m not anti-Christian or anti–right libertarian. And of course there are exceptions to all stereotypes. But what I meant is that there are too many on the conservative end of libertarianism who too closely resemble Republicans, and too many on the left end of libertarianism who too closely resemble Democrats. In that regard, libertarianism is often a mere microcosm of the wider society.

    Think of how many libertarians there are who are mostly concerned with “tax cuts and deregulation,” who describes themselves as “pro-choice on everything but abortion,” and who are libertarians because “our founding fathers were libertarians.” There’s nothing wrong with this perspective. In fact, it’s a important one towards the purpose of building an anti-state populism. But to what degree is it really about overthrowing any system or state?

  3. As the above post from Dale Rooster indicates, the cultural undercurrents being described are actually an important aspect of building pan-secessionism. However, I consider the purpose of this website to be developing a leadership corps for a future radical decentralist-secessionist-anarchist movement, and pushing things towards an ever great degree of radicalism. There are still plenty of libertarians, left and right, who have not fully turned their backs on the system.

  4. ” We need those types of folks to turn their American flags upside down and to displace them with Gadsden flags, Rebel flags, Pirate flags, State flags and so on. Seriously, if more of those folks considered that most of the American military is composed of Red State kids, then maybe they’ll begin to wonder why their kids are dying for the Nanny State Empire of the World.”

    Yes!

    And it could be the same way on the other end. There’s also a disproportionately high number of Blacks, Hispanics, etc in the armed services. Perhaps the flags of various identitarian movements in those communities might start to appear in their neighborhoods as well, along with the flags of Cascadia, Vermont, First Nations, Earth First, etc.

  5. ‘We need a new generation of anarchist and libertarian leaders and activists to emerge who throw off all the old baggage, and start pushing things in a more radical direction.’

    How about promoting practical guides like localised food production, energy production, household manufacturing (3D printers) and such like. You know, more towards the practical than the theoretical. That would probably be more useful than encouraging people to petition, or to write essays because they’d be doing something practical, and something that has an effect that they can see.

  6. Excellent point, Mr. Preston. Anarchist philosopher Crispin Sartwell makes a similar point in a recent blog post he wrote regarding all the hoopla over LBJ. How many Black and Latino kids or young adults have laid down their lives for…what was it again, exactly? Check out his post here:

    http://eyeofthestorm.blogs.com/eye_of_the_storm/2014/04/an-inspiring-leader.html

    If you haven’t read any Sartwell yet, I would highly recommend him. I’d say the most interesting things happening in politics right now include the following movements: Pan-archism via Attack the System; Crispin Sartwell; C4SS; and The Dark Enlightenment.

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