There is usually a direct correlation between unemployment rates and incumbent victory/defeat in presidential elections. Krystal Ball and Saagar Enjeti discuss how unemployment drove voters in the Presidential Election.
The First Amendment survives by one vote. What part of “shall make no law” do the other four not understand? Having a Republican-dominated SCOTUS is probably a good idea as the wider culture (and therefore the elected branches of government) move further toward the cultural faux “left” with […]
A reader writes: You should be a culture warrior because that’s the real front of conflict at the moment. Peterson I feel has run out of steam of late sure (tbf he has health issues so I empathize) but at the same time, capturing the system back from […]
The only hope for the Republicans to continue to be a competitive national party will be to increase their ability to attract minority voters. It doesn’t look for them even if Trump managed to improve his performance among minorities in 2020 over 2016. My guess is that the […]
By Keith Preston The statement below from a social media post illustrates a problem that many people have when it comes to understanding the Trump regime’s approach to foreign policy. I wonder if Greenwald and the rest of the “Trump’s not as bad” galaxy brains remember his “fire […]
This article is a reminder of why I am not a “culture warrior.” I generally find Jordan Peterson to be a boring, substanceless “thinker” with a shallow center-right outlook whose “conservatism” amounts to a tenth-rate version of what Burke or Nietzsche said centuries ago. Nor do I care […]
By Roderick Long, Center for a Stateless Society Defenders of the free market are often accused of being apologists for big business and shills for the corporate elite. Is this a fair charge? No and yes. Emphatically no—because corporate power and the free market are actually antithetical; genuine […]
By Jessica Corbett, Common Dreams A leading environmental advocacy group marked Native American Heritage Month on Wednesday by urging President-elect Joe Biden, Vice President-elect Kamala Kamala Harris, and the entire incoming administration “to honor Indigenous sovereignty and immediately halt the Keystone XL, Dakota Access, and Line 3 pipelines.” […]
By Kevin Carson, Center for a Stateless Society Written by anarchist scholar Ruth Kinna (professor of Political Theory at Loughborough University and editor of Anarchist Studies) and illustrated by Ralph Harper (most famous for the illustrations in Radical Technology), this book is a collection of essays on ten […]
By Benjamin Franks Anarchism was not a major concern for political theory/philosophy from the 1930s to the fall of the Berlin Wall. It was only with the disintegration of the Soviet Union, and the corresponding decline in the hegemonic primacy of orthodox Marxism, that other radical socialist movements, […]
HOLISTIC DELOUSING 101 In the back row, from left: Ted Turner, Bill Gates Sr., George Soros, David Rockefeller. At the risk of coming across as a monomaniac, I’d propose that investigating the connections between these 4 would shed a lot of light on the current, and worsening state […]
It’s interesting that the king’s knights are telling Prince Andrew the Other to fuck off. Even the pigs can practice pan-secessionism. By Rich Calder, Wall Street Journal New York City law-enforcement officers won’t be knocking on doors on Thanksgiving Day to see whether New Yorkers are following Gov. […]
The Left is not in a position to fight the neoliberals because they are more afraid of the Trumpists.
Styx is advising everyone to become a prepper.
Class-based politics is going to make a big comeback in the future given the trends that class relations and economic life generally are following. This doesn’t mean class politics will supersede political, cultural, or ethnic conflict. It will just be another ingredient in the mix. Regrettably, the rising […]
One of the assholes behind the original Persian Gulf War in 1991. New York Time’s Chief White House Correspondent, Peter Baker, discusses his new book “The Man Who Ran Washington: The Life and Times of James A. Baker III.”
19th century, here we come! Only with 21st-century surveillance technology. Krystal’s comparison of Amazon to a nation-state with its own CIA is spot-on. Krystal Ball and Saagar Enjeti discuss leaked documents from Amazon’s Global Security Operations Center that show the company’s reliance on Pinkerton operatives to spy on […]
The degree to which people support their government’s COVID-19 policies depends on whether they support the current ruling party. Krystal Ball and Saagar Enjeti discuss polling by Pew that reveals how people worldwide feel about the response to the Coronavirus.
Like most anarchists, I am very interested in historic examples of anarchist, quasi-anarchist, or otherwise stateless communities and territories, including the usual examples like Catalonia, Ukraine, Shimnin, Strandzha, Iceland, Baja, Chiapas, Rojava, Slab City, etc. But a problem with these kinds of examples is that most of them […]
A lot of leftists have an overblown tendency to romanticize or fetishize native cultures (a tendency which originates from Rousseau’s “noble savage” myth). Just like a lot of “far-right” types do the same with the American pioneers, Vikings, Romans, or whomever. But when looking for models of what […]
There are sectors of Wall Street that are moving toward a more faux-populist economic paradigm (the same way some Big Tech folks have embraced the UBI) because they realize the present trends will generate serious instability in the future. The same way Roosevelt was able to secure the […]
Once again, the new robber barons. By Meagan Day, Jacobin A trillion dollars could maintain wages at pre-crisis levels for all workers in America, enabling people to stay home and stop the spread of the virus, for four months. Instead, it’s gone into the personal piggy banks of […]
This isn’t a bad overview of the history of US imperialism, although this author obviously has a very limited, caricatured understanding of Carl Schmitt. By Daniel Bessner, Substack For most of US history, the majority of Americans considered it inconceivable that their nation would attempt to become militarily […]
The robber barons of the 21st century. By Lauren Kaori Gurley, Vice Dozens of leaked documents from Amazon’s Global Security Operations Center reveal the company’s reliance on Pinkerton operatives to spy on warehouse workers and the extensive monitoring of labor unions, environmental activists, and other social movements. A […]
I personally dislike cults, although I regard them as a possible bulwark against the state (like gangs and militias). Cults could certainly be constituencies for a mass movement toward intentional communities and away from the state and ruling class institutions. However, there is always the danger of cults […]
It’s always good to see leftists, who are usually pro-taxes and have a negative view of secession, actually practicing forms of pan-secessionism with tax strikes, sanctuary cities, and local nullification of federal drug laws. Just like it is good to see conservatives, who typically champion law and order, […]
The split between the managerial class and the “post-bourgeois proletariat” identified by Sam Francis 25 years ago. By Aaron Zitner, Wall Street Journal The job and wage growth that President Trump hoped would propel him to a second term was particularly strong in metropolitan America. Yet the Americans […]
I don’t really see an end in sight to “polarization” or “incivility.” If anything, all of these things are going to continue to expand as class divisions widen, and as society becomes more diverse and fractious. The Atlantic Washington, D.C. isn’t exactly known for its civility. But today, […]
I don’t agree with this author’s crude stereotyping of blacks or his opposition to criminal justice reform, but he makes an interesting point. The “liberal-left” scored major victories involving referendums in the election, with everything from minimum wage increases to drug legalization to criminal justice reform passing in […]
This quote reminds me of an article I once wrote an academic paper arguing that “crime” is merely a culturally relative social construct. I’m told it’s one of the most widely cited papers in the field of critical criminology even though it was never actually published in a […]
It is overwhelmingly clear that the response to the pandemic by virtually all governments everywhere has been to protect the health of the upper-middle and upper classes at the expense of the poor and working classes, who must either continue to work under increased hazards or simply lack […]
This a pretty good critique of “anti-racism” theorists like Robin D’Angelo and Ibram X. Kendi from what could be called a non-racist, conservative-libertarian, classical liberal perspective. By Peter Minowitz, Independent Institute When you see something that is not right, not fair, not just, you have a moral obligation […]
Krystal takes it to the Medical Industrial Complex in the age of Covid.
Krystal and Saagar break down the GSA’s official recognition of the Biden presidency as well as President Trump’s half-hearted acknowledgment of defeat.
I’ve generally found that some of the coolest reporting on extremists comes from their opponents. “Anarchist mobs rioting in Seattle!” You say that like it’s a bad thing. “Gun toting yokels march on Virginia’s capital!” And the problem is? Black Lives Matter and Antifa activists in Seattle have […]
A ruling class unity regime. It will be nice if the progressives actually take all of their “Hold Biden accountable!” hoopla seriously and serve as a constant thorn in the side of the administration. The Intercept’s Ryan Grim discusses Biden cabinet picks who are mostly Washington insiders.
A split between FOX, the Republican Party, and the Trumpists would be a fantastic ruling class fracturing. Let’s hope it happens. If a Trumpist network could break FOX it would be a major blow to the neocons. Fox News personality Laura Ingraham breaks the tough news to her […]
The Democrats and Republicans are both uber-imperialists although the Democrats have a wider range of ruling class interests to accommodate. Krystal and Saagar talk about Max Boot’s comments about President-Elect Joe Biden’s cabinet picks and whether they really are the “A-Team.”
Hello, my name is Hallel Rabin. I’m an 18 year old refuser from an Israeli kibbutz and tomorrow I’ll be sent to prison by the Israeli military. Just before Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, I refused to join the Israeli army and was held in military prison […]
A photographer who covered five years of Trump rallies on the most disturbing thing he saw—and his fears for the future.
One thing that is interesting about culture war partisans is the way they always think the government, police, corporations, or whoever favors their rivals and that the other side’s extremists are really in cahoots with law enforcement or the intelligence services. By Aymann Ismail, Slate Photographer Zach D […]
David Pakman must constantly ask himself: “How milquetoast can I be?” In this segment, Pakman comes out as a full-blown stooge for liberal imperialism with the usual progressive caveats about “holding Biden accountable” blah, blah, blah. Joe Biden will select Anthony Blinken as his Secretary of State, Jake […]
By Jake Johnson, Common Dreams With the upper ranks of President-elect Joe Biden’s foreign policy team beginning to take shape after new reporting indicated he plans to nominate long-time adviser Antony Blinken as secretary of state, progressives raised alarm over Blinken’s support for the disastrous 2003 U.S. invasion […]
Think of all the groups involved in street clashes in the US today. Three percenters, Boogaloos, Proudboys, BLM, Antifa, Marxists, “anarcho-” Marxists, militias, anti-lockdown protestors, MAGAists, SJWs, Oathkeepers, Red Guards, Redneck Revolt, Patriot Prayer, etc. Imagine all of them with weapons engaging in urban guerrilla with dozens of […]
The Democrats and Republicans of the Middle East. Whenever I get asked why I don’t vote, I always respond “Because I don’t care who wins.” Often, the questioner will come back with “Why not?” and I will respond with something like “Well, what’s your position on the rivalry […]
‘What Was Your Normal?’: Black Activist Goes Viral After Rejecting CNN Commentator’s Claim That Things Will Go Back to ‘Normal’ Because Biden Won the Election
By Niara Savage, CNN A Black activist has gained attention from political leaders on social media after a video of her pushing back against a CNN commentator’s claim that things will return to “normal” since President-Elect Joe Biden won the election went viral on Twitter. Sydney Teese, a […]
By Michelle Tarado, Indian Country Too often the story of the 1621 Thanksgiving is told from the Pilgrims’ point of view, and when the Wampanoag, who partook in this feast too, are included, it is usually in a brief or distorted way. In search of the Native American […]
BBC Hundreds of anti-government protesters in Guatemala have vandalised and set fire to parts of the Congress building, before being dispersed by riot police. The building in Guatemala City was empty at the time of Saturday’s attack, which lasted for about 10 minutes. The fire services put the […]
I don’t know about this Great Reset idea itself but most of what he is saying is obvious. Power is increasingly being transferred to international financial institutions, transnational federations, and multinational corporations, and away from traditional countries. Political, economic, military, cultural, technological, legal, and media power is being […]
By Stefan Sykes, NBC News The number of Americans living in poverty grew by 8 million since May, according to a Columbia University study, which found an increase in poverty rates after early coronavirus relief ended without more to follow. Although the federal Cares Act, which gave Americans […]
By Benjamin Franks This paper examines the development of the schism between Marxism and anarchism, which characterized the relationship between the two ideologies during the ‘short twentieth century’ (to borrow Eric Hobsbawm’s phrase for the period 1914-1991). In addition, it looks at the development of collaborative interactions between […]