By Kirkpatrick Sale, Counterpunch Twenty-five years ago, when the high-tech Second Industrial Revolution had just begun, I made a bet with an editor from Wired magazine that global society led by the United States would collapse in the year 2020 from a confluence of causes created by modern […]
A lot of people don’t realize how violent labor conflicts could be in the 19th and early 20th centuries. As Rap Brown once said, “Violence is as American as cherry pie.” By Loren Balhorn, The Jacobin On Christmas Eve in 1913, a pitched battle between organized labor and […]
By Mike Ludwig, Truthout Even as 2020 took turns for the worst, the seeds of justice and liberation extended their roots. For decades to come, 2020 will be remembered for the failures of politicians and capitalism. In a selfish bid to “save the economy” and rally his base […]
By Lisa Hardy, Gwendolyn Saul & Kerry F. Thompson, The Conversation As the months roll by, the pandemic continues to hit Indigenous nations hard. But this phenomenon is not new. Epidemics have been part of colonialism since settlers arrived. Health inequities tell us that illnesses have different outcomes on […]
By James Risen, The Intercept Press freedom advocates must be careful not to indulge Trump’s conspiracy theories while they lobby for whistleblower pardons. In 2007, the Bush administration’s Justice Department sent me a letter saying it was conducting a criminal investigation into “the unauthorized disclosure of classified information” […]
By J.D. Tuccille, Reason With German-style Internet controls catching on around the world and social media platforms increasingly targeting “fake news” and allegedly (or explicitly) hateful views, researchers have wondered just how those on the receiving end are responding to newly trendy censorship. What they’ve found should surprise […]
By Pella Libertas A specter is haunting civilization. The specter of Covid 19. For a year the world as we knew it has been plunged into a state of economic shock. By the recommendations of unelected Health Experts, Epidemiologists, the CDC, and the World Health Organization, social gatherings […]
And in other news, water is wet and the sun is hot. By Alan Macleod, Mintpress News The International Rescue Committee’s (IRC) yearly report on the world’s most pressing humanitarian situations has just been published, with the three most disastrous cases — Yemen, Afghanistan, and Syria — all the […]
By Peter R. Quinones “And it’s OK to call anyone talking about taking them away your enemy.” I believe this is one of the most important messages going forward to draw gun owners to the ideas of liberty. I used the plural “ideas” there purposefully. Many people read […]
By Iain MacSoarsa This article analyses Lysander Spooner’s ideas and their relationship to Libertarian capitalist ideas and libertarian socialist (ie anarchist) ideas. It is partly based on my own research and an article I found on a newsgroup. The article included in this essay was originally posted by […]
This is a pretty good overview of the interrelationship between the environment, economics, geopolitics, and technology.
See my recent piece on the Trumpist foreign policy legacy. By Connor Freeman, Counterpunch President Donald Trump seems uninterested in ending any “endless wars.” Before leaving office, he could and should do so in Afghanistan, for example, where U.S. forces—while losing the longest war in our history—have led […]
A Marxist critique of middle-class radicalism. The way I would frame the question is like this: neoliberalism is the ideology of the right-wing of the ruling class. Progressivism/social democracy is the ideology of the left-wing of the middle-class. Marxism is the ideology of the left-wing of the proletariat. […]
Bakunin had it figured out 150 years ago.
The ideology of the pigs. What is the history of the Thin Blue Line flag, and what function does it serve in society today?
Because I am a 100% proponent of indigenous peoples’ rights, I am often accused of promoting “indigenous nationalism” by leftoidal “anarchists.” I tend to reject both SJWish decolonization theory, which aims to steer indigenous movements toward “cultural Marxism” (and therefore toward being tools for neoliberalism), and the conventional […]
An interesting critique of anarchism from a medievalist, throne and altar, Eastern Orthodox perspective. It’s always interesting and a good plan to see what “the other side” has to say. Btw, folks, this is what true conservatism looks like, not the know-nothing shit being dished out by FOX […]
I’ve always been appalled by the fact that so many leftists (including anarchists) react with absolute hysteria to the antigovernment/anti-system right while going out of their way to defend or collaborate with nominally “progressive” systemists. Obviously, there a certain things on the right that are beyond the pale […]
In Paul Eltzbacher’s classic scholarly work on classical anarchism, he argued that each of the “Big Seven” classical anarchist figures (Godwin, Stirner, Proudhon, Bakunin, Kropotkin, Tucker, Tolstoy) represented their own political paradigm. I once heard James Corbett say, correctly I think, that anarchism is not a philosophy but […]
It’s been rather interesting to watch the so-called “left” embrace both hysterical right-wingophobia and neo-McCarthyism at the same time. By Max Parry, Countercurrents Recently, a certain political concept has been resurrected that warrants interrogation. The notion of a ‘red-brown’ alliance has been thrown around so ubiquitously as a […]
By Larry Gambone There is unhappiness among many Green Party of Canada supporters that the “establishment” candidate won the leadership. This after the GPC “establishment” weighed in against the eco-socialist candidates. There is also the generations-long failed attempts to drag the NDP to the left, an act of […]
I’m inclined to agree with this. Not so much for environmental reasons as much as the fact that fossil fuel companies have been major benefactors and beneficiaries of Middle Eastern wars, Takfiri terrorism, and the regimes who finance and support it. By Kate Aronoff, Jacobin It isn’t hyperbole […]
There is certainly all kinds of absurd nonsense that people on the margins believe, some of which would be dangerous if it had real power. But even more problematic are perfectly normal, mainstream people who actually believe in the “system.” How many normies have you heard say, “If […]
By Faye Hirsch, Art News Félix Fénéon (1861–1944) is best known today as the effete dandy—top hat, gloves and cane in one hand, the other delicately tendering a cyclamen—in what Paul Signac called a “painted biography” of his dear friend. Considered one of the Museum of Modern Art’s […]
By John Laurits In 2015, studies estimate that US renters paid $535 billion to landlords in residential rents. To put this in perspective, $535 billion is about enough to give $15,000 to every human being in the US state of California. It would also be enough to replace […]
The problem that I have with most so-called “free market” economists is that most of them aren’t. I suppose my ideal economy would be something like a giant flea market (or an infinite collection of micro-flea markets) which would certainly leave room for plenty of cooperatives, communes, and […]
This is a pretty good overview of what socialism actually is, its history, and what socialists actually believe. I agree with much of this (in terms of the article’s historical and factual accuracy) but disagree with certain parts. For example, I wouldn’t refer to the Soviet/Chinese model as […]
The mainstream argument about “healthcare reform” is not a race in which I have a horse. Essentially, two statist sects are arguing over whether the healthcare system should be run by the king’s royal ministers (the progressive position) or the aristocratic feudal manors (the conservative position). But this […]
By Ruth Kinna It’s no surprise to discover that anarchist theorist Pyotr Kropotkin was interested in Christmas. In Russian culture, St. Nicholas (Николай Чудотворец) was revered as a defender of the oppressed, the weak and the disadvantaged. Kropotkin shared the sentiments. But there was also a family link. […]
It’s fairly obvious that the function of the lockdowns has been to protect the health of the affluent classes on the backs of the poor and working classes, and while facilitating a looting spree by the most influential sectors of the capitalist class, with the powers of the […]
As I have said before, the US is presently undergoing a transition from a historically unconventional middle-class society to a “normal” or traditional model of society. California is the region of the US where this transition is furthest along. The features of a traditional society are an entrenched […]
Some quack makes the case for slavery. By Vicki Robin, Great Transition In Your Money or Your Life, Joe Dominguez and I present an approach to earning, spending, and saving aimed at liberating the mind (spirituality), enabling creativity in need fulfillment (DIY, resourcefulness), and freeing time from paid […]
I’ve always thought the Chinese “social credit” system was merely a test market for what the global power elite wants to impose worldwide. Here it is. By Rhett Jones, Gizmodo With more services than ever collecting your data, it’s easy to start asking why anyone should care about […]
You mean conspiracy theories like the existence of some mythical “social contract” or that pulling a lever for some sociopath every few years constitutes “freedom” or “democracy”? Yeah, those are conspiracy theories many people definitely need to get past. By Marianna Spring, BBC You’re dreading the moment. As […]
About ten years ago, someone asked me why I was so strident in my opposition to “political correctness,” or what I have often described as “totalitarian humanism,” and which is now more commonly called “wokeness.” My response is that there are three basic reasons: 1) Anarchism is the […]
A pretty good overview of what the Democrats are about. Founder of The Daily Poster, David Sirota, discusses his interview with Cornel West about why Democrats did so poorly in down ballot races.
This is a must-watch. On today’s episode, Joel Kotkin, Executive Director of Urban Reform Institute and author of The Coming of Neo-Feudalism: A Warning to the Global Middle Class, discusses how do we confront neo-feudalism today, in conversation with Andrew Keen on the Keen On podcast..
By Shilpa Jamkhandikar,Reuters MUMBAI (Reuters) – India exceeded 10 million infections of the new coronavirus on Saturday, much later than predicted only a month ago as the pace of infections slows, despite many in the country giving up on masks and social distancing. After hitting a peak of […]
A breakdown of Biden’s new defense cabinet and what it means for war & peace. Who is Antony Blinken, Jake Sullivan, Avril Haines, Lloyd Austin, and Linda Thomas-Greenfield?
By Derrick Broze, Last American Vagabond While the media has you concerned over Donald Trump’s threat to veto the annual military budget, there are bigger implications for the controversial NDAA 2021. The U.S. Senate recently voted 84 to 13 in favor of the 2021 version of the annual […]
I’m glad these YouTube programs are recording all of these final interviews with Chomsky before he passes, given that at 92 he will be gone very soon.