Month: October 2014

Lessons from the Wendy Davis Disaster

Anarchists and libertarians, pay attention. This article argues conclusively that taking extremist positions on social issues is a political non-starter, as I have long suggested and as this Gallup poll points out. Excerpts: “But social issues are rating near the bottom of voter concerns heading into the 2014 election. Abortion […]

American Machiavelli

This is absolutely required reading for anarchists and libertarians. You cannot understand modern statecraft without understanding James Burnham. By Daniel McCarthy The American Conservative illustration by Michael Hogue America is badly governed. Congress has dismal approval ratings, sometimes as low as single digits. Presidential elections, settled by popular […]

Has the GOP Given Up on America?

Look for the entire spectrum of the radical right to start embracing some kind of libertarianism, anarchism, decentralism, or secession as its last hope. “I first really noticed the impact of godless libertarianism in the GOP in this year’s legislative session in Louisiana, when we couldn’t get together […]

To Paul Krugman: Thou Art the Man

Kevin Carson takes down the Progressive’s favorite economist, though I appreciate Sean’s effort to provide some nuance in his introduction. By Kevin Carson Center for a Stateless Society Paul Krugman, in denouncing the excessive market power of Amazon (“Amazon’s Monopsony is Not OK,” New York Times, October 19), […]

Most vs Tucker Revisited

If you ignore all of the personal attacks, this is actually a very interesting discussion of libertarian economics from two years ago on the Libertarian Alliance blog featuring Paul Marks, Ian B, Roderick Long, Kevin Carson, Bill Green and others. Check it out. Contrary to what many seem […]

Free Lingít Aaní!

From Lingit Latseen Today is Free Nations Day. Free Nations Day is an opportunity to reclaim the idea that nations are voluntary groupings of free individuals, not externally imposed political borders or states. Both geographic localities and identities that transcend space are legitimate entities with the right to […]

Patriot’s Game

By William T. Hathway Once again in election season the drums of patriotism are being beaten. Politicians on the stump and their Madison Avenue flacks are exhorting us to rally around the tattered flag. Their drumming sounds feeble and hollow, though, like cheerleaders trying to rouse the fans […]

When Women Become Men at Wellesley

By Ruth Padawer New York Times Hundreds of young women streamed into Wellesley College on the last Monday of August, many of them trailed by parents lugging suitcases and bins filled with folded towels, decorative pillows and Costco-size jugs of laundry detergent. The banner by the campus entranceway […]

Obama Is a Republican

The most sensible analysis of the Obama presidency published yet. By Bruce Bartlett The American Conservative illustration by Michael Hogue Back in 2008, Boston University professor Andrew Bacevich wrote an article for this magazine making a conservative case for Barack Obama. While much of it was based on […]

Secession Growing—Here?

By Kirkpatrick Sale In the wake of the Scottish “no” vote on secession last month, former presidential contender Ron Paul has declared that this was inspirational for the cause of secession not only around the world but right here in the United States.  It is here,  he said, […]

The Case for the City-State System

By Keith Preston I recently suggested that the next necessary step in the cultivation of the pan-anarchist movement will be the coalescence of the many scattered factions and tendencies within anarchism and overlapping philosophies into a new “Gray” anarchist macro-tribe that maintains its own political and cultural identity […]

If You Vote, Then Vote Third Party

Given that elections are coming up soon, I would suggest either one of two possible approaches for anarchists, libertarians, decentralists, secessionists, or dissidents and enemies of the system generally. One of these is to simply not vote at all. Boycotting a corrupt system has the effect of de-legitimizing […]

Family and Culture

By Keir Martland Libertarian Alliance The below is a transcript of the talk I gave yesterday to the TBG annual conference. I may well have spoken too fast, but I was operating on the assumption that I had to get through a 4000 word text in half an […]

The Neocons — Masters of Chaos

By Robert Parry Consortium News Exclusive: America’s neoconservatives, by stirring up trouble in the Middle East and Eastern Europe, are creating risks for the world’s economy that are surfacing now in the turbulent stock markets, threatening another global recession, writes Robert Parry. By Robert Parry If you’re nervously […]

The Kurdish Question: Through the lens of Anarchist Resistance in the Heart of the Ottoman Empire 1880–1923

By Michael Schmidt and Lucien Van der Walt Anarchist Library Introduction: Second-Generation Anarchism in Anatolia: The Kurdish National Question Back to the Beginnings: Alexandre Atabekian and the Rise of Anarchism in the Ottoman Empire The “Black International” and the Armenian Revolutionary Federation Anarchist Anti-Imperialist Guerrillas in Thrace: Mikhail […]

Anarchy in Kurdistan?

By Jesse Walker Reason.Com The Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, has been active in the Kurdish parts of Turkey since the ’70s. It has a sometimes sordid history: Its politics were Marxist-Leninist, and its willingness to kill prisoners and civilians earned a rebuke from Amnesty International. Its leader, […]

The Real Resistance to ISIS

Navid Nasr Sukant Chandan: “Here you can see a rough sketch of how nato has mobilised death squads from around the world & subjected Syria to these rapists, slavers of women, mutilators & generally nato’s razor blades against our peoples. They are being fought back by a formal […]

My Positions on Economic Questions

This was originally posted on the Libertarian Alliance blog. The general theory of political economy I hold to is roughly the same as Carson’s, and I wrote an essay for LA back in 2008 outlining my perspective. Since you don’t like links, I won’t provide one. But it’s […]

The Fight is a Global Fight

Some observations from “Ian B.” at the Libertarian Alliance blog. ————————— My major problem Keith is that I don’t think any form of separatism or communitarianism is going to work. The problem with any proposed alternative to the [current dispensation] is actually getting the chance to implement it. […]