Jimmy Carter: The U.S. Is an “Oligarchy With Unlimited Political Bribery” Reply

I like Jimmy a lot better out of power than in power.

By Jon Schwartz


Former president Jimmy Carter said Tuesday on the nationally syndicated radio show the Thom Hartmann Program that the United States is now an “oligarchy” in which “unlimited political bribery” has created “a complete subversion of our political system as a payoff to major contributors.” Both Democrats and Republicans, Carter said, “look upon this unlimited money as a great benefit to themselves.”

Carter was responding to a question from Hartmann about recent Supreme Court decisions on campaign financing like Citizens United.



Robert Price & Chris Mooney – Must Atheists Also Be Liberals? Reply

This is an interesting discussion. I happen to disagree with Price’s hawkish foreign policy views, which don’t seem very informed beyond the level of FOX News, and Mooney’s Democratic Party-friendly liberalism.

Listen here.

Recently in Amherst, New York, two of Point of Inquiry’s hosts sat down for a special in-studio episode of the show. One was a conservative (Robert Price), one a liberal (Chris Mooney)—and both were atheists.

The topic they tackled: Is there any necessary correlation between one’s disbelief in God and one’s place on the political spectrum?

The result was a fascinating—and notably civil, and frequently entertaining—conversation ranging across foreign policy, abortion, stem cell research, animal rights, and many other topics. In the end, the discussants actually found not only much disagreement, but also some common ground.


White House Unsurprisingly Will Not Pardon Edward Snowden Reply

No surprise here.

By Scott Shackford


At the White House’s “We the People” online petition system, 167,954 people demanded that the administration give domestic surveillance whistleblower Edward Snowden a “full, free, and absolute pardon for any crimes he has committed or may have committed related to blowing the whistle on secret NSA surveillance programs.”

Hope he's not too homesick.

The petition was filed in June 2013 and the White House has finally gotten around to responding, more than two years later. The short answer: LOL, NOPE! Here’s the long answer:


Anarchism Without Adjectives Reply

By Kevin Carson

Schematic designs for a new society seem to be really popular among self-described anarchists of all stripes. On the Right, we have Rothbard’s model for an entire society modelled whole-cloth on a “libertarian law code” deduced from axioms like self-ownership and the non-aggression principle. Within the historic anarchist movement of the Left, we have uniform templates like syndicalism or Kropotkinist communism. And the same tendency can be found among quasi-anarchistic libertarian socialist models like De Leonism and the World Socialist Movement; the latter assumes the creation of a communist society by persuading all the countries in the world to vote in their precise model of social organization through the political process, within a short time frame. And if all this isn’t bad enough there’s Parecon, for god’s sake.

The “anarchism without adjectives” position was a reaction to this kind of doctrinaire model-building, and the resulting conflicts between the proponents of various totalizing blueprints for society — most notably the late-19th century conflict between individualists, represented by Benjamin Tucker, and communists, represented by Johann Most. Although the term was first used by a couple of Spanish anarchists, Ricardo Mella and Fernando Terrida del Marmol (whom Voltairine de Cleyre met in London in 1897). Errico Malatesta and Max Nettlau adopted the position, and de Cleyre and Dyer Lum became its most visible American proponents. The basic idea was that anarchists should stop feuding over the specific economic model of a future anarchist society, and leave that for people to work out for themselves as they saw fit. Economic ideas like Proudhon’s mutualism, Tucker’s individualist free enterprise and Kropotkin’s communism were complementary, and in a post-state society a hundred flowers would bloom from one locality, one social grouping, to the next.

David Graeber has argued for something like this. He expresses skepticism that anything like anarcho-capitalism could exist for very long on a significant scale, with a large number of people willingly working as wage laborers for a minority, so long as access to the means of production is relatively easy and there are no cops to exclude people from vacant land. After all, Robinson Crusoe’s “master” relationship over Friday depended on him having already “appropriated” the entire island and having a gun. But so long as economic arrangements are a matter of negotiation between equals, and nobody’s in a position to call in men with guns to enforce their will on others, he’s happy to just wait and see what happens.

So what can we say about the general outlines of a stateless society? First, it will emerge as a result of the ongoing exhaustion, hollowing out and retreat of large hierarchical institutions like state, corporation, large bureaucratic university, etc. It will generally be based on some kind of horizontalism (prefigured by movements like the Arab Spring, M15 and Occupy) combined with self-managed local institutions. Second, its building blocks will be the counter-institutions cropping up everywhere even now to fill the void left as state and corporation erode: Community gardens, permaculture, squats, hackerspaces, alternative currency systems, commons-based peer production, the sharing economy, and in general all forms of social organization based on voluntary cooperation and new ultra-efficient technologies of small-scale production. And third, to the extent that it reflects any common ideology at all, it will be an attachment to values like personal autonomy, freedom, cooperation and social solidarity. But the specifics will be worked out in a thousand particular ways, far too diverse to be encompassed by any verbal model like “communism” or “markets” (in the sense of the cash nexus).

I expect a wide variation in small-scale institutions, both within and between communities: workers’ collectives, business firms, cooperatives, p2p networks, etc. Multi-family social units like squats, cohousing projects and extended family compounds may take practice autarkic communism internally and take advantage of small-scale machinery to meet most of their needs through direct production, while obtaining the rest through exchange on the market. Property rules in land and enterprise ownership will vary from one community to the next.

Even if we stipulate starting from basic assumptions like the broadest understanding of self-ownership and the nonaggression principle (not that even a majority of the anarchist movement actually comes from the philosophical tradition which regards these as words to conjure with), that means very little in terms of the practical rules that can be deduced from them. There is simply no way, starting from basic axioms like self-ownership and nonaggression, to deduce any particular rules that are both obvious and necessary on issues like (for example) whether I have the right to intervene to stop an animal being tortured by its “owner,” or what the specific rules should be for squatters’ rights and constructive abandonment of a property long left idle.

Even the definition of physical aggression against an individual is, to a large extent, culturally defined. The surrounding environment impinges on the physical body in a million different ways, and the boundary between those that are considered aggressive and those not (like photons or sound waves that physically affect the sensory organs and subsequently the nervous system and internal mental state) is somewhat arbitrary. The same is true for varying cultural definitions of the boundary between person and environment, and how much of the surrounding physical environment not actually part of the human body can be regarded as an extension of the self or an envelope of “personal space.” Bear in mind that common law definitions of assault assume such a spatial envelope, and include actions short of physically touching another person’s body with one’s own.

Any post-state society will include both individuals and communities adhering to many conflicting ideas of just what “freedom,” “autonomy” and “rights” entail. Whatever “law code” communities operate by will be worked out, not as obvious logical deductions from axioms, but through constant interaction between individuals and groups asserting their different understandings of what rights and freedom entail. And it will be worked out after the fact of such conflicts, through the practical negotiations of the mediating and adjudicating bodies within communities.

In other words, we need to spend less time like Thomas More drafting out all the details of a future libertarian utopia, right down to the food and architecture, and spend more time talking to our neighbors and figuring out ways of cooperating and getting along without the state telling us what to do.

News Digest July 30, 2015 Reply

Cop Indicted, Arrested in Sam Dubose Shooting by Steve Bittenbender

Prosecutors Release Video of Sam Dubose Shooting by Adam Johnson

Police Chief on the Video of Sam Dubose Shooting: “It’s Not Good” WCPO

Cincinnati is Preparing for Riots Over Sam Dubose Murder by Shaun King

SWAT Pig Indicted in Maiming of Toddler with Explosive During Botched Raid by Taylor Wofford

Cops Shot Unarmed Man in the Face, But He’s the One Going to Prison CounterCurrents News

Crowd Becomes Angry as Crowd Jumps Man in a Target Store by Eva Decesare

U.S. Attorneys Fight Sentencing Reform by Scott Shackford

Do Prosecutors Have an Unfair Advantage in the Criminal Justice System? Duh! by Steven Greenhut

Police Ignored Native American Woman’s Pleas Before She Died in Jail by David Ferguson

A Practical Solution: Run Police Departments Like Fire Departments by Tom Mullen

Sex Worker Kills Serial Killer by Mary Emily O’Hara

Is America Undergoing a Major Political Sea Change? The Rise of Sanders and Trump by Steven R.

Bernie Sanders and Racial Inclusion: Advice from the Left by Joseph W. Schwartz

Trump Leads GOP Among Hispanics with a 34% Favorability by The Right Scoop

Bernie Sanders: The Vox Conservation by Ezra Klein

Hillary Clinton’s Role in the 2009 Honduras Coup by Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez

Creating the Horror Chambers by Noam Chomsky

Obviously, Mrs. Clinton Must be Indicted by Michael Scheuer

Leon Leow on Africa, Capitalism and the Elimination of Poverty by Zach Weissmueller

“The bourgeoisie cannot exist without constantly revolutionizing the instruments of production, and thereby the relations of production, and with them the whole relations of society. Conservation of the old modes of production in unaltered forms, was, on the contrary, the first condition of existence for all earlier industrial classes. Constant revolutionizing of production, uninterrupted disturbance of all social conditions, everlasting uncertainty and agitation, distinguish the bourgeois epoch from all earlier ones. All fixed, fast-frozen relations, with their train of ancient and venerable prejudices and opinions, are swept away; all new-formed ones become antiquated before they can ossify. All that is solid melts into air, all that is holy is profaned, and man is at last compelled to face with sober senses his real conditions of life and his relations with his kind.”
― Karl Marx, The Communist Manifesto

On Immigration Bernie Sanders Sounds Like Donald Trump by Robby Soave

“The bourgeoisie, wherever it has got the upper hand, has put an end to all feudal, patriarchal, idyllic relations. It has pitilessly torn asunder the motley feudal ties that bound man to his ‘natural superiors,’ and has left remaining no other nexus between man and man than naked self-interest, callous ‘cash payment.’ It has drowned the most heavenly ecstasies of religious fervor, of chivalrous enthusiasm, of philistine sentimentalism, in the icy water of egotistical calculation. It has resolved personal worth into exchange value, and in place of the numberless indefeasible chartered freedoms, has set up that single, unconscionable freedom—Free Trade. In one word, for exploitation, veiled by religious and political illusions, it has substituted naked, shameless, direct, brutal exploitation. The bourgeoisie has stripped of its halo every occupation hitherto honored and looked up to with reverent awe. It has converted the physician, the lawyer, the priest, the poet, the man of science, into its paid wage laborers. The bourgeoisie has torn away from the family its sentimental veil, and has reduced the family relation to a mere money relation.”
― Karl Marx, The Communist Manifesto

Who the Jewish Billionaires Are Backing for 2016 by Nathan Guttman

Is World War Three Possible? by Roger Cohen

Noam Chomsky: What Exactly is the Threat of Iran? Al-Jazeera America

Iran’s Aggressive Act of Defense Lethal Truth

Iran and America: The Big Picture by Peter Van Buren

U.S. Department of State / Flickr

Christie to Colorado: Pot Party Ends When I’m President by Jesse Byrnes

Evidence Emerges on Jimmy Hoffa’s Fate by John Marzulli

Kentucky Man Shoots Down Drone Hovering Over His Backyard by Cyrus Farivar

In Wyoming, Shooting Highlights a Divide Between a City and a Reservation by Jack Healy

Los Angeles Union Wants to be Exempt from $15 Minium Wage It Fought For by Jana Kasperkevic

Gaza: Israeli War Crimes Followed Soldier’s Capture BBC

The Man Behind a Massive Meth Empire Vice News

Female Gang Beats Lady for Wearing a Bikini in French Park by Victoria Taft

Jimmy Kimmel to Lion-Slaying Dentist: “Is it That Difficult for You to Get an Erection?” by Travis Gettys

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The Man Who Hears Color by Greg Brunkalla

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Keith Preston and Revolutionary Strategy Reply

A poster on Reddit’s Anarcho-Capitalism discussion forum describes my views as follows:

Here are some things to know of Keith Preston:

A. He’s a strong revolutionary voice within the anarchist circles.

B. He’s a panarchist and pan-secessionist.

C. He is pretty much equivalent to a classical anarchist, like Spooner, Tucker, Bakunin, Tolstoy; etc. He does like anarchocapitalists and Murray Rothbard, though

D. He believes in Bakunin’s idea of revolutionary strategy, where a professional vanguard is dedicated to making Revolution (not quite the Leninist variant, btw, which emphasizes party line and military dictatorship)

E. He likes the left libertarians and has left libertarian views himself. However, I think he, like Roderick Long and Gary Chartier, is one of the few great left-libertarians and scholars. Keith Preston himself is strongly anti-PC and, by logic, anti-SJW

F. He has plenty of good material on his site, particularly on the issue of Revolution.

As for the article itself, the basic gist is forming an effective anti-statist resistance in North America, which would involve a vanguard of professionals leading various coalitions of anti-leftist, anti-statist forces, from libertarian and non-libertarian sides. That means putting the people against the Establishment, the ruled against the ruled.

So that’s that.

A reader comments:

It is very interesting that he has some appreciation for Rothbard. I bet he really hates Hoppe, even though in practical and political terms, Hoppe’s decentralization, regionalist and local secessionism is the closest thing in Anarcho-capitalism to what Keith Preston might be proposing. And everyone in the LvMI, especially the ones with affinity for Hoppe’s ideas, are strongly anti-PC. Just look at the titles of Woods and Murphy’s books. Not to mention, Higgs, Salerno, Block and Rockwell.

Everything Preston writes about, I can immediately translate in my mind to Anarcho-capitalist strategy and implementation, in one way or another. It makes me very curious to know more, but I would say I own a lot to learning Rockwell, Hoppe and Rothbard’s approach to be able to see that value in Preston’s work.

I would generally concur with much of this with the following qualifications:


A Day in the Life in the Newest Leader of the White Nationalists Reply

Give this guy a fair hearing. His idea of scrapping the American empire and embracing decentralized, self-determination for all has much merit.

By Vegas Tenold

ate at night on June 17, after he and his wife had gone to bed, Matthew Heimbach’s phone rang on his nightstand. On the other end of the line was a man from the South Carolina field office of the FBI. The man asked Heimbach if he knew a man called Dylann Roof and, if so, if he knew where Roof was. Heimbach told the officer that he had never heard of Roof and wondered what the call was about. Without explaining further, the officer thanked him and hung up.

“That’s when things got weird,” Heimbach says. Soon calls were coming in from associates who had all gotten similar calls from the FBI, and they were all now wondering the same thing: Who was Dylann Roof, and why hadn’t any of them heard of him until tonight?

“None of us had ever even heard the name Dylann Roof before,” Heimbach says. “Now he was all anyone was talking about.”

Heimbach is the leader and founder of the Traditionalist Youth Network, a nationalist high school and college organization that, according to its website, aims to speak against “the united voices of decadence, individualism, Marxism and modernity.” While the group claims to accept members from diverse ethnic and religious backgrounds, he and his comrades have been called Nazi sympathizers and white supremacists. The Southern Poverty Law Center once labeled him the Little Fuhrer, a charge he found ridiculous because he is not a National Socialist. This, presumably, was why, when a white supremacist gunned down nine congregants in a historically black church in Charleston, the FBI called him.

In the days after the massacre, everyone was trying to figure out why no one had heard of Roof before. The incident sent shockwaves through American far right communities, in which everyone seemed completely baffled as to who Roof was. To many, that fact alone was proof enough of a false flag operation: an operation orchestrated by the federal government to either — depending on whom you ask — malign and break the far right movement in America or provide an excuse to disarm American patriots in order to bring about a Barack Obama–led socialist Islamic police state. Heimbach wondered how he could have missed Roof’s online presence and, had he known about him, if there was something he could have done to channel his violent impulses into political action.

“We need to use the tools that we have,” he says from behind the wheel of his silver 2001 Toyota Corolla, which he named Serenity after the spaceship in the sci-fi TV show “Firefly.” It was mid-July, a couple of weeks after he returned from Charleston, where he laid down flowers at the site of the massacre. “We live in a political system, and if you want to effect change, the way to go about that needs to be political. Violence is never right.”


Rednecks with Guns and other anti-racist stories and strategies Reply

An interview with anarchist Dave Strano about anarchist tabling at gun shows.

This guy is head and shoulders above most left-anarchists on these questions, but he still falls back on leftist moralizing to a great degree. The best approach is to forget moralism and merely focus on commonalities from a pragmatic perspective. The tendency of too many anarchists to engage in racial/cultural/ideological/socioeconomic finger-pointing is the greatest obstacle we face when it comes to building a larger, more unified, and more effective movement.

By Juan Conatz


An interview with Dave Strano about the white working class, rural America and anarchist tabling at gun shows.

Following the election of Obama, many folks involved with a spectrum of different anti-racist work were left dumbfounded by the rise of the aggressive and often explicitly racist white Tea Party movement. Though the Tea Party Movement had been funded in the millions, enjoyed the enthusiastic backing of Fox News and was being manipulated by powerful forces on the right, it was also clear that the right was comfortably engaging with a sector of the North American working class largely abandoned by the broader left. In the throes of economic crisis many formerly enfranchised whites were looking at serious setbacks. In response the left for the most part smugly responded by dismissing the crazy tea baggers while white supremacists and conservatives moved into largely uncontested territory. In looking for exceptions, I decided to check out the John Brown Gun Club, a group of white working class anarchists who before the emergence of the Tea Party movement, had been sowing class struggle and anti-racist solidarity amongst mostly white gun enthusiasts in Kansas. Here Dave Onion interviews long time anti-racist gun slinger Dave Strano.

You were part of the John Brown Gun Club in Kansas and now are involved with Redneck Revolt in Denver. What are these groups are about? What sort of folks were involved and are you coming from politically?

The John Brown Gun Club was a working group of Kansas Mutual Aid, an anarchist collective active in Northeast Kansas from 2002 until early 2009. Kansas Mutual Aid focused on a variety of organizing initiatives and social programs including free food distributions, support for political prisoners and prisoners of war, copwatch and legal support, anti-military recruitment, and firearms and self defense trainings.


How Do We Bring Rojava to America? Reply

That is the question.

By Anonymous


While there have been some headlines and first person accounts of the Rojava region and the politics therein, there has been little analysis that is explicitly anarchist. That is grounded in the big modern questions about how can international solidarity occur in a space where most anarchists feel powerless (at home) and where ISIS, NATO, Turkey, and the PKK are all propagandizing.

The topic this week is explictly how can North American anarchists get involved in what is happening in Rojava (should they?). Does it involve traditional left techniques like protest at consulates, sending money (to whom?), and partisan soldiers? Does the Internet change what solidarity could look like today?

The recent murder of anarchists (among others) in Turkey is a reminder of some things.

First, it reminds us that anarchists in different parts of the world have very different experiences. This might be a stupidly obvious but it’s easy to forget. Ideally, these differences in experience would be places of learning and exploration, goads to people in different places to try different things—while keeping firmly in mind that things that work in one place work differently (if at all) in another.

Next, that most of us get our news from resources that are either insufficient or quite biased, or both, frequently without realizing or acknowledging it.

How can people from far away, with (usually) little reliable information, assist appropriately?

And finally, what do anarchist perspectives, both local and international, have to offer struggles that are local and site- and cultural-specific? If solidarity means attack, how does that manifest in this situation?

Related links
Rojave: A sincere revolution https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=28&v=CcLPyfgXBAk

Can the U.S. governing elite not know how deeply it’s hated? Reply

And this is just the Red Tribe’s list of grievances. Add to this the grievances of the Blue Tribe, Grey Tribe, the “Far Right,” minorities, the “Far Left,” etc. and the list would be five times as long.

By Michael Scheuer


“History will teach us … that of those men who have overturned the liberties of republics, the greatest number have begun their careers by paying an obsequious court to the people, commencing demagogues and ending tyrants.” Alexander Hamilton, 22 October 1787

The frenzied attacks on Donald Trump by the U.S. governing elite and their slavish media/academic mouthpieces for his harsh but entirely truthful assessment of Senator McCain must leave you wondering if there is a possibility the America’s governing elite does not know how deeply and savagely it is hated by the citizenry?

This seems too much to believe, but the attacks on Trump surely suggest that the elite’s collective authoritarian head is thicker and dumber than stone. If these men and women need a starting point to learn why most Americans would prefer to see their pictures on a bull’s eye at point-blank range, rather than on a grinning-like- Hillary selfie, they could consider the following dozen items.

–1.) The elite’s shredding of the 4th Amendment via the use of a national government agency to monitor the private electronic communications of all Americans.

–2.) The elite’s crippling of the 1st Amendment by using hate-speech laws and the doctrine of political correctness to silence dissent and force Americans to submit to the insanity of accepting its demand that they believe all forms of sexual deviancy; legal, educational, and employment preferment for non-whites; same-sex marriage; and nearly sixty million murdered-for-profit infants are simply legitimate, alternative kinds of normal behavior for human beings and a supposedly rule-of-law society.

–3.) The elite-inflicted tragedy for so many parents who see their qualified children unable to get into colleges of their choice because seats are reserved for the elite’s preferred categories: women, several score of ethnic, sexual, and racial minorities, and foreigners who are brought in to further disunite the country.

–4.) The elite’s eagerness to keep the United States involved in an endless and losing war with Islam because members of both parties are being bought off by U.S. weapons makers; the U.S.-citizen advocates of Israel; and/or wealthy Arab princes.

–5.) The elite’s fanatic support for unlimited and illegal immigration and destructive free-trade deals, which (a) have destroyed U.S. manufacturing and thereby largely closed access to an ever-narrowing middle class, and (b) have created the income inequality the elite weeps and prates about, but which its trade and immigration policies have caused.

–6.) The elite’s war on the U.S. constitution by supinely allowing presidents to illegally exercise powers they do not possess, such as going to war without a congressional declaration of war; choosing which laws will be enforced and which will not; refusing to cooperate in investigations of obvious governmental corruption; using government agencies for partisan political purposes; and unilaterally altering laws passed by Congress.

–7.) The elite’s lust for starting unnecessary wars it does not intend to win, but which will please their corporate, pro-Israel, and pro-Arab benefactors at what the elite views as the perfectly acceptable cost of killing or maiming many thousands of America’s soldier-children and creating a nation-killing debt.

–8.) The elite’s endless attack on U.S. history which extends from the recent demise of the Army of Northern Virginia’s battle flag and the ongoing scourging of the South; to the denigration of the Founders as dead white men and of their work as outdated, sexist, and racist; to the national-government imposed Common-Core history lessons that teach not what happened and why, but the lies, distortions, omissions, and ahistorical presentism of the political left; to the creation of an inane President’s Day that lumps together for same-day honoring the greats, Washington, Lincoln, and Reagan, the bigots, Wilson and Obama, and the perpetually adolescent philanderers, Clinton and Kennedy.

–9.) The elite’s ongoing war against Christianity, which includes the banning of public displays of some Christian symbols; renaming holidays like Christmas and Easter so they will not offend atheists and members of other faiths; and establishing “rights” that clearly make, and are meant to make, a mockery of the Christian God and his word — while constantly racing to protect the symbols and honor the holidays of the small numbers of Americans who are members of other faiths.


Why Anarchists Must Engage in Outreach to the Right Reply

What follows is a piece by right-wing pundit Angelo Codevilla that discusses the populist potential that exists among disaffected sectors of the Center and the Right. Codevilla is known for his theory of the U.S. ruling class that closely resembles C. Wright Mill’s “power elite” theory or William Domhoff’s “four networks” theory. Says Codevilla:

Donald Trump leapt atop other contenders for the Republican presidential nomination when he acted on the primordial fact in American public life today, from which most of the others hide their eyes, namely: most Americans distrust, fear, are sick and tired of, the elected, appointed, and bureaucratic officials who rule over us, as well as their cronies in the corporate, media, and academic world….Republicans brahmins have the greater reason to fear. Whereas some three fifths of Democratic voters approve the conduct of their officials, only about one fifth of Republican voters approve what theirs do. If Americans in general are primed for revolt, Republican (and independent) voters fairly thirst for it.

Clearly, the center-left has become the ruling party as totalitarian humanism has become increasingly entrenched. For those “anarchists” who only give a damn about social democratic single-payer, universalizing gay marriage, and ritualistically denouncing white privilege, this might be good enough. But for those of us who really are about overthrowing the U.S. ruling class, the populist turn against the System from the Center and the Right is a big deal.

Our message to the dissident Right and radicalized Center must be: “The System cannot be saved. The ATS program is the alternative. Join us in our struggle.”

By Steven Hayward


Does Trump Trump? Angelo Codevilla on Our Present Moment

Angelo Codevilla is a former staff member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, professor emeritus of international relations at Boston University, and the author of more than a dozen fine books on politics, arms control, and intelligence (if I had to pick a favorite it might be The Character of Nations), including a fine translation of Machiavelli’s Prince published by Yale University Press. Most recently his essay-turned-book The Ruling Class: How They Corrupted America and What We Can Do About It caught the attention of Rush Limbaugh and many others. It argues that our fundamental political problem is not “big government,” but the creation of a ruling class, inhabiting both parties, that is steadily increasing its authoritarian control over the nation. In a conversation a few months ago Angelo remarked, “The 2016 election is simple; the person who runs on the platform ‘Who do they think they are?’ will win.”

It occurred to me that Trump is coming closest to this disposition, flaws and all, which explains why he has taken off. I asked Angelo for his thoughts, and he sends along the following, which ratifies the view that several of Trumps supposed “mistakes” are anything but, though you’ll see at the end Angelo’s final judgment:

Does Trump trump?

By Angelo M. Codevilla

“In the land of the blind,” so goes the saying, “the one-eyed man is king.” Donald Trump leapt atop other contenders for the Republican presidential nomination when he acted on the primordial fact in American public life today, from which most of the others hide their eyes, namely: most Americans distrust, fear, are sick and tired of, the elected, appointed, and bureaucratic officials who rule over us, as well as their cronies in the corporate, media, and academic world. Trump’s attraction lies less in his words’ grace or even precision than in the extent to which Americans are searching for someone, anyone, to lead against this ruling class, that is making America less prosperous, less free, and more dangerous.

Trump’s rise reminds this class’s members that they sit atop a rumbling volcano of rejection. Republicans and Democrats hope to exorcise its explosion by telling the public that Trump’s remarks on immigration and on the character of fellow member John McCain (without bothering to try showing that he errs on substance), place him outside the boundaries of their polite society. Thus do they throw Br’er Rabbit into the proverbial briar patch. Now what? The continued rise in Trump’s poll numbers reminds all that Ross Perot – in an era that was far more tolerant of the Establishment than is ours – outdistanced both Bush 41 and Bill Clinton before self-destructing, just by speaking ill of both parties before he self destructed.


Keith Preston: US ruling class ‘unnerved’ by Israel’s extremist policies Reply

My statement to Press TV. Listen here: http://presstv.ir/Default/embed/422353

A divide is emerging among the political elite in the United States concerning the US-Israeli relationship, which is increasingly being viewed as a “liability” to the US government, a political analyst from Virginia says.

“There does seem to be a bit of tension among the ranks of the power elite, among the ranks of the foreign policy establishment in the United States about a number of issues,” said Keith Preston, chief editor and director of Attack the System, a website dedicated to encouraging revolt against domestic and foreign US government policies.

“There are sections of the American political establishment and the American ruling class generally that are becoming a bit unnerved by the kind of extremism they see coming from Israel,” Preston told Press TV on Sunday.

“They see the oppression of the Palestinians, they see the belligerence of the Netanyahu government,” he added.

Preston said US Secretary of State John Kerry’s recent warnings to Israel over its opposition to the Iran nuclear accord is reflective of the fact that the “power elite in the United States are not as subservient to Israel as they once were.”

During remarks before the Council on Foreign Relations on Friday, Kerry said Tel Aviv will be blamed if Congress rejects the recently announced Iranian nuclear agreement. “I fear that what could happen is if Congress were to overturn it, our friends Israel could actually wind up being more isolated and more blamed.”

Preston said, “The US-Israeli relationship is cracking, and I think it’s because increasingly, Israel is coming to be regarded as a liability.”

“The pro-Israel forces in the United States that dominate American foreign policy in the Middle East are increasingly becoming a liability and are being regarded as forces that are essentially taking a provocative stance against other nations in ways that really don’t serve the interests of the United States,” he added.

Iran and the P5+1 group — the United States, Britain, France, China, Russia and Germany –  reached a conclusion on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on July 14 in the Austrian capital of Vienna following days of intense talks over Tehran’s nuclear program.

The White House has launched an aggressive campaign in an effort to sell the nuclear accord to congressional skeptics, who have until September 17 to review and potentially vote down the agreement.

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), the biggest Israeli lobby group in the US, is deploying hundreds of lobbyists on Capitol Hill to try to convince lawmakers to vote against the JCPOA.

US President Barack Obama has vowed to veto any congressional resolution seeking to reject the nuclear agreement with Iran, seen as the most significant foreign policy achievement of his presidency.

Would Somebody Please Bring Freedom & Democracy To America Reply

The resistance to the Pigs is the primary domestic issue we face in the United States.

By John Whitehead


Clearly, the language of freedom is no longer the common tongue spoken by the citizenry and their government. With the government having shifted into a language of force, “we the people” have been reduced to suspects in a surveillance state, criminals in a police state, and enemy combatants in a military empire. — John W. Whitehead

Drivers, Beware: The Costly, Deadly Dangers of Traffic Stops in the American Police State

By John W. Whitehead
July 28, 2015

“The Fourth Amendment was designed to stand between us and arbitrary governmental authority. For all practical purposes, that shield has been shattered, leaving our liberty and personal integrity subject to the whim of every cop on the beat, trooper on the highway and jail official. The framers would be appalled.”—Herman Schwartz, The Nation

Trying to predict the outcome of any encounter with the police is a bit like playing Russian roulette: most of the time you will emerge relatively unscathed, although decidedly poorer and less secure about your rights, but there’s always the chance that an encounter will turn deadly.

The odds weren’t in Walter L. Scott’s favor. Reportedly pulled over for a broken taillight, Scott—unarmed—ran away from the police officer, who pursued and shot him from behind, first with a Taser, then with a gun. Scott was struck five times, “three times in the back, once in the upper buttocks and once in the ear — with at least one bullet entering his heart.”

Samuel Dubose, also unarmed, was pulled over for a missing front license plate. He was reportedly shot in the head after a brief struggle in which his car began rolling forward.

Levar Jones was stopped for a seatbelt offense, just as he was getting out of his car to enter a convenience store. Directed to show his license, Jones leaned into his car to get his wallet, only to be shot four times by the “fearful” officer. Jones was also unarmed.

Bobby Canipe was pulled over for having an expired registration. When the 70-year-old reached into the back of his truck for his walking cane, the officer fired several shots at him, hitting him once in the abdomen.

Dontrell Stevens was stopped “for not bicycling properly.” The officer pursuing him “thought the way Stephens rode his bike was suspicious. He thought the way Stephens got off his bike was suspicious.” Four seconds later, sheriff’s deputy Adams Lin shot Stephens four times as he pulled out a black object from his waistband. The object was his cell phone. Stephens was unarmed.

If there is any lesson to be learned from these “routine” traffic stops, it is that drivers should beware.


Anarchism by Paul Eltzbacher Reply

During the first decade of the twentieth century, a German jurist name Paul Eltzbacher produced a book that offered an extensive overview of the ideas of the founding fathers of anarchism: Godwin, Proudhon, Stirner, Bakunin, Kropotkin, Tucker, Tolstoy. The book was originally translated into English by Steven T. Byington, and published in the United States by Benjamin Tucker. The full text is available online. Read it here.

The problem for our study is, to get determinate concepts of Anarchism and its species. As soon as such determinate concepts are attained, Anarchism is scientifically known. For their determination is not only conditioned on a comprehensive view of all the individual phenomena of Anarchism; it also brings together the results of this comprehensive view, and assigns to them a place in the totality of our knowledge.

The problem of getting determinate concepts of Anarchism and its species seems at a first glance perfectly clear. But the apparent clearness vanishes on closer examination.

For there rises first the question, what shall be the starting-point of our study? The answer will be given, “Anarchistic teachings.” But there is by no means an agreement as to what teachings are Anarchistic; one man designates as “Anarchistic” these teachings, another those; and of the teachings themselves a part designate themselves as Anarchistic, a part do not. How can one take any of them as Anarchistic teachings for a starting-point, without applying that very concept of Anarchism which he has yet to determine?

Then rises the further question, what is the goal of the study? The answer will be given, “the concepts[7] of Anarchism and its species.” But we see daily that different men define in quite different ways the concept of an object which they yet conceive in the same way. One says that law is the general will; another, that it is a mass of precepts which limit a man’s natural liberty for other men’s sake; a third, that it is the ordering of the life of the nation (or of the community of nations) to maintain God’s order of the world. They all know that a definition should state the proximate genus and the distinctive marks of the species, but this knowledge does them little good. So it seems that the goal of the study does still require elucidation.


James O’meara Reviews The Poet & The Cat Reply

James O’meara Reviews The Poet & The Cat

The Poet & The Cat 

Directed by Robert Stark

Written by Paul Bingham

Staring: Robert Stark & Charles E. Lincoln II

If you’re a fan of losers and serial killers, and enjoy the alt-Right despaircore writings of Andy Nowicki or Paul Bingham, you’ve probably said, “Gee, I wish I could visit them at home, see them writing away on a rickety plywood table under the light in the kitchen, interacting with their cat and drinking a glass of Two Buck Chuck!”

Well, thanks to Robert Stark, and YouTube, now you can!

The Poet & The Cat is stars Robert as the poet undergoing a quarter-life crisis (which is a new one on me, but apparently is a thing), and Charles E. Lincoln II is the cat; that is, the voice of the cat, who sounds distractingly like Judaic radio show crank Mark Levin, especially when he starts ranting in German.  The cat, I mean.

It’s fun to see Robert bring the poetry-scribbling loser to life, and the cat is a hoot as he ventriloquizes Bingham’s bleak worldview.

“You’re like a woman, you know.  You come at me shadowboxing, both paws extended; only then do the claws come out, and dig in so deeply.”

The “feline Mephistopheles” insistently tries to draw the poet’s thoughts from working his ordinary life problems into art and toward mass murder as the real path to fame, money and women; while constantly becoming distracted by the urge to hunt a mouse or complain about having been fixed.

“Just move like a cat. You’re good at that.  All you girlfriends say you can be a creep.”

Suffering weltschmerz after reading too many Hopeless Books?  Feeling like a Delta Male after checking out too many man-o-sphere blogs?  Ignore that clickbait at Salon or HuffPo, and go herefor a quarter-hour of someone else’s entertaining quarterlife crisis.

Robert Stark interviews Roger Devlin about Sexual Utopia In Power Reply

Robert Stark interviews Roger Devlin about Sexual Utopia In Power


Robert Stark talks to Roger Devlin about his book Sexual Utopia in Power: The Feminist Revolt Against Civilization.  F. Roger Devlin, Ph.D. is an independent scholar. He is the author ofAlexandre Kojève and the Outcome of Modern Thought (Lanham, Maryland: University Press of America, 2004) and many essays and reviews in such publications as The Occidental Quarterly,American Renaissance, Counter-Currents/North American New Right, VDare, Modern Age, The Social Contract, Alternative Right, and The Last Ditch. A bibliography of his work is available online at http://devliniana.wordpress.com/.


Robert Stark interviews Ellen Brown about the Financial Crisis in Greece Reply

Robert Stark interviews Ellen Brown about the Financial Crisis in Greece


Robert Stark and co-host Charles Lincoln Interview Ellen Brown.  Ellen Brown is an attorney, president of the Public Banking Institute, and a candidate for California State Treasurer. She has written twelve books, including Web of Debt: The Shocking Truth About Our Money System and How We Can Break Free (2010), and The Public Bank Solution.

Topics include:

Grexit or Jubilee? How Greek Debt Can Be Annulled
“Guerrilla Warfare Against a Hegemonic Power”: The Challenge and Promise of Greece
How Greece getting into debt by foreign private banks demonstrates the need for public banking
The Keiretsu Banking of Japan

Who Goes to Prison Due to Gun Control? Reply

An immensely important article from Anthony Gregory.

By Anthony Gregory

Independent Institute

Somehow, left-liberals have associated the cause of gun rights with white racism, when if anything it is gun control that has a racist legacy. In the United States, early gun laws targeted recently freed blacks, and open carry first became banned in California under Governor Ronald Reagan to disarm groups like the Black Panthers. Today, blacks and Hispanics are disproportionately subjected to humiliating stop-and-frisk searches in the name of gun control.

Perhaps the most telling data concerns the racial makeup of who goes to prison for gun violations. According to the U.S. Sentencing Commission, for Fiscal Year 2011, 49.6% of those sentenced to federal incarceration with a primary offense of firearms violations were black, 20.6% were Hispanic, and only 27.5% were white.

This is how gun laws actually work—those caught violating them go to prison. For the mere act of owning an illegal weapon—not necessarily for using it, not for threatening anyone with it, not for being irresponsible with it—people who have harmed no one are locked up in prison for years at a time. As with the rest of the criminal justice system, particularly the war on drugs, these laws disproportionately harm the poor and minorities. That is the inescapable reality of gun control.

It makes sense that blacks and others living in the inner city would rely more on private, illegal guns for self-defense. The police are unreliable at best in many of these communities. It also makes sense that minorities would be disproportionately hurt by these laws, because so many of the dynamics in play are the same as with the drug war—people are being punished for what they own, rather than what they have done to others; it is easier for police to go after those in poor neighborhoods than to search middle-class folks in nice neighborhoods; jurors approved by prosecutors tend to believe police testimony over the word of minority defendants; prosecutors tend to use discretion in possession crime cases that fall more painfully on the disenfranchised; public defenders offer inadequate services for those loads of court-appointed clients, and so forth.


The Kurds are Crowdfunding a Revolution Reply

By all means, donate.

By Jennifer Baker



After 134 days of intense fights against ISIS, the Kurdish city of Kobanê is under reconstruction. An international solidarity movement is now using crowdfunding as a tool to support of the so-called ’Rojava Revolution’.

Initiatives to rebuild Kobanê, a secular progressive, and ecologically sound society are emerging from international angles. Recently a conference called ‘International Mobilization for Rebuilding Kobanê’ was held in the European Parliament and with this approval, an international solidarity movement – in which there are many actors – is developing.

One of these initiatives is a Danish, non-profit start-up internetpage FIREFUND, which is a ‘kickstarter’ project for social movements. Through the site, a number of crowdfunding projects across the health, education, water, electricity, gender equality, and ecological sector, will be presented to the public, giving individuals the opportunity to support Kobanê directly.

FIREFUND launched a global crowdfunding campaign to rebuild Kobanê:
“Crowdfunding and social movements are both building on the concept of mass action. Social media expands our networks, and now we need to strengthen these ties to realize direct solidarity,” says Karl Kristiansen, one of the founders of FIREFUND.

Recently, the struggle of Kobanê has gained massive support on social media, where groups from the whole world stand solidaric with the city. Now the Kurds, in collaboration with the Kurdish reconstruction board, hope to turn this sign of solidarity into concrete cash and direct support by using FIREFUND.


Activist who burned Confederate flag charged with arson Reply

So if a white guy gets charged with arson for burning a Rainbow flag, and a black woman gets charged with arson for burning a Confederate, I guess that’s supposed to show how far we’ve come towards achieving equal (no) rights and equal (non) protection under the law.


Manitou Springs – Patricia Cameron, 32, a member of a group of activists who burned a Confederate flag in Manitou Springs over the 4th of July weekend, has been charged with arson.  Video was posted online of the group gathering around a grill inside a pavilion, dousing the flag with lighter fluid and setting it on fire.  Manitou Springs  Police say Cameron was charged because the flag-burning posed a danger to people in the area and to city property.

Police say they’ve identified another member of the group, but haven’t been able to locate him.  A third member of the group remains unidentified.

Turkey Kurds fight the ISIS group while being bombed by Turkey Reply

If we had a well-organized and functional anarchist mass movement in the Western countries (or anywhere else), we would be attacking Turkish embassies, consulates, and other outposts all over the world.

Death to Erdogan. Death to ISIS.  Victory to PKK/YPG/YPG.

Associated Press

In this Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015, file photo, Syrian Kurdish militia members of YPG make a V-sign next to poster of Abdullah Ocalan, jailed Kurdish rebel leader, and a Turkish army tank in the background in Esme village in Aleppo province, Syria.
In this Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015, file photo, Syrian Kurdish militia members of YPG make a V-sign next to poster of Abdullah Ocalan, jailed Kurdish rebel leader, and a Turkish army tank in the background in Esme village in Aleppo province, Syria.

BAGHDAD, Iraq  — Turkish jets struck camps belonging to Kurdish militants in northern Iraq Friday and Saturday in what were the first strikes since a peace deal was announced in 2013.

The strikes in Iraq targeted the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, whose affiliates have been effective in battling the Islamic State group.

The Kurds of Syria and Iraq have become a major part of the war against the Islamic State group, with Kurdish populations in both countries threatened by the militants’ advance. Syrian, Iraqi and Turkish Kurds took part in cross-border operations to help rescue tens of thousands of displaced people from the minority Yazidi group from Iraq’s Shingal Mountain in August last year and they continue to fight in cooperation with one another against the Islamic State group in areas along the Iraq-Syria border.

They have been somewhat effective in limiting the expansion of the Islamic State militants across northern Iraq but there are concerns that Turkish airstrikes on the PKK could jeopardize Kurdish positions.