How to Fight Totalitarian Humanism 2

James Lindsay outlines the intellectual trajectory of totalitarian humanism, political correctness, wokeness, cultural Marxism, whatever one wants to call it, pretty thoroughly in this, although I would add more emphasis on 19th century Progressive Christianity and Maoism during the Cultural Revolution period than what he mentions. He focuses on most of the high points: Frankfurt School/critical theory, Herbert Marcuse/repressive tolerance, terrorists like the Weather Underground, and postmodernism/deconstructionism and their antecedents like critical race theory, radical feminism, queer theory, etc. although he doesn’t mention certain strands within the trajectory of privilege theory (e.g. Ted Allen, Peggy More…

Totalitarian Humanism’s Therapeutic State Component Reply

I always said the “new fascism” would not be under the guise of national or racial chauvinism but would be wrapped in the banner of “progressive” causes like “safety,” “health,” or “equality.” Where have you been, Antifa? I originally introduced the concept of totalitarian humanism in this article for Lew Rockwell back in 2007. I discussed the class component, materialist base, and ideological superstructure elements of totalitarian humanism in this lecture to the HL Mencken Club in 2018. Critics of “political correctness” often focus on its pathological fixation on race, gender, and sexuality, but the More…

Yesterday’s Real Loser: Totalitarian Humanism 6

Contrary to what many people are no doubt thinking, Trump’s victory does not appear to be a victory of the Right over the Left, racism over anti-racism, or social conservatism over social liberalism (or libertarianism). When various local and regional elections, as well as referendums, are examined, and when the demographic breakdown of the results of the presidential election is analyzed, a somewhat different picture emerges. Consider these facts: -Trump won by running to the left of Clinton on both foreign policy and trade policy, extending an olive branch to Russia, attacking Clinton’s plans to More…

Keith Preston on Totalitarian Humanism at C-Realm Podcast 1

The full transcript of my recent interview with the C-Realm podcast. KMO: You are listening to the C­Realm podcast. I’m your host, KMO. And I’m speaking with Keith Preston of Attack the System. Keith, welcome to the C­Realm podcast. Keith Preston: Thank you for having me. KMO: I have been listening to your podcasts. I live in New York city. My children live near Baltimore, and I drive there every now and again to visit them. And so, I have a lot of time to listen to big chunks of people’s podcast archives. So, just More…

Keith Preston on Neoconservatism and Totalitarian Humanism 1

Listen here. KMO talks to Keith Preston of Attack the System about the historical trajectory of the Neocons and why they’re likely to be moving back to the Democratic party if and when the current Republican coalition fractures. Keith also describes the roll of “useful idiots” on both the left and the right and how they empower elites who only pretend to share the values and interests of their constituents.

Ford Foundation-Funded “Anarchist” Embraces Totalitarian Humanism Against Oregon Dissidents 1

Says supposed “anarchist” Spencer Sunshine: “The movement’s beliefs are a grab bag of toxic politics which commonly include: opposition to any restrictions on gun ownership; anti-immigrant xenophobia and Islamophobia; unrestricted use of private and public land; legal strategies of right-wing decentralization; a commitment to completely unregulated capitalism; various conspiracy theories about how our supposedly socialist government is planning to allow the UN or China to invade; climate change denial and anti-environmentalism—and of course an implicit racism.” And this state differs from ordinary state-centric progressivism/totalitarian humanism exactly how? Noam Chomsky and this guy are Exhibits A More…

Why Totalitarian Humanism is Not “Cultural Marxism” 6

This blogger from The Divided Line explains why. I generally agree with what is being said here. Although I think the Left’s concept of “repressive tolerance” clearly has its roots in Marcuse, it’s overly simplistic to explain totalitarian humanism merely as an inversion of Marxism. At around 50:00, Mr. Spencer says “the left is the establishment,” and he’s right, but it’s only the cultural establishment. The economic and defense establishment is very much hard right.  It has been since Reagan and Thatcher, since the mainstream bourgeois left opposition which followed them pulled their parties to the right More…

Distinguishing Anarchism from Totalitarian Humanism: A Three Question Litmus Test 1

For a number of years now, I have attacked sectors of the anarchist milieu for either explicitly or implicitly failing to distinguish between anarchism (a stateless anti-authoritarian society) and what I call “totalitarian humanism” (an all pervasive state that ostensibly rules in the name of enforcing “progressive” values, perhaps reinforced by vigilante mob action). I believe these three questions would go along way to distinguish sincere anarchists from totalitarian humanists attempting to usurp the banner of anarchism. Ask any anarchist the following questions, and observe what they say: 1. In your version of anarchism, would More…

Why Totalitarian Humanism is Dangerous Reply

The problem is that so-called “progressives’ nowadays don’t really seem to value any political ideas other than supposed “equality” for the officially oppressed. Virtually any other kind of rights or liberties they view as irrelevant or insignificant if they get in the way of “equality.” In the name of “social justice” they’re fine with doing away with freedom of speech, religion, association, privacy, property, economic freedom, and, increasingly, even things like innocent until proven guilty or due process of law. Nor do they believe in “legal equality” in the sense of legal neutrality irrespective of More…

The War on Sex Worker Rights: Totalitarian Humanism’s Next Crusade? Reply

Apparently, it will be if Chris Hedges has his way. It’s interesting how hysteria over sex trafficking is slowly replacing the war on drugs as the dominant form of moral panic, and substantial sectors of liberalism and the Left are completely complicit or even leading the charge. Look for this issue to become a major crack in the PC coalition at some point in the future. By Chris Hedges Truthdig.Com   A scene from the Artemis brothel in Berlin in 2009. (AP / Franka Bruns) VANCOUVER, British Columbia—Prostitution is the quintessential expression of global capitalism. More…

Why Anarchists Must Confront Totalitarian Humanism 12

It can reasonably be said that the overwhelming majority of liberals, progressives, social democrats, and Marxists would affirm all or most of the following presumptions: -The state is an expression of popular democracy (see Jean Jacques Rousseau) -The ever increasing centralization of institutions is conducive to economic and technological progress -Ever larger states with an ever greater number of functions are necessary to modern society -The state is a means of advancing the disadvantaged and imposing progressive values on benighted or reactionary local communities and regions -The legitimacy of an eventual world federal government, and More…

Richard Spencer vs Totalitarian Humanism in Hungary Reply

This is important stuff regardless of your politics if you’re against the system. It’s an indication of what dissidents from all over the spectrum can expect in the future. Alternative Right Andy and Colin are joined by Richard Spencer of the National Policy Institute to talk about his recent attempt to hold a conference in Budapest against the opposition of the Hungarian state. Among the topics discussed are the possible reasons for the clamp down, Richard’s arrest and time in detention, how the conference went ahead anyway, and the need for an identitarian vision that More…

New York Times Columnist Critiques the Dishonesty of Totalitarian Humanism Reply

Here’s the money quote: “It would be a far, far better thing if Harvard and Brandeis and Mozilla would simply say, explicitly, that they are as ideologically progressive as Notre Dame is Catholic or B. Y.U. is Mormon or Chick-fil-A is evangelical, and that they intend to run their institution according to those lights.” EARLIER this year, a column by a Harvard undergraduate named Sandra Y. L. Korn briefly achieved escape velocity from the Ivy League bubble, thanks to its daring view of how universities should approach academic freedom. Korn proposed that such freedom was More…

Totalitarian Humanism Marches On 3

Religious liberty is a deeply radical concept. It was at this country’s founding and it hasn’t become less so. Preserving it has always been a full-time battle. But it’s important, because religion is at the core of people’s identity. A government that tramples religious liberty is not a government that protects economic freedom. It’s certainly not a government that protects conscience rights. A government that tramples religious liberty does not have expansive press freedoms. Can you think of one country with a narrow view of religious liberty but an expansive view of economic freedom, freedom More…

George Soros and Totalitarian Humanism Reply

By Robert Wenzel The DC reports: The gay advocacy group that launched a pressure campaign to block comedian Bob Newhart from speaking at a Catholic summit is funded by progressive billionaire George Soros and has close links to President Obama’s new White House counselor, records reveal. Newhart, 84, pulled out of speaking at a Christmas Week conference in Orlando organized by the Catholic networking group Legatus[…] Newhart backed out after the gay rights group GLAAD launched a targeted campaign to pressure the legendary comedian and his representatives to disavow his association with Legatus, a supposedly homophobic More…

Attack the System: The Intersection of Drug Prohibition, Totalitarian Humanism, and the Police State 1

Attack the System The Intersection of Drug Prohibition, Totalitarian Humanism, and the Police State December 8, 2013 Keith Preston discusses the power elite’s system of ideological and legal control. Topics include: How international drug prohibition is largely an American creation. How the war on drugs was instigated to suppress dissident political movements. The various components of the American police state that has emerged in recent decades. How constitutional rights have been hollowed out by police state legislation and a compliant judiciary. How the system has been able to co-opt past protest movements and integrate these More…

The Foreign Policy of Totalitarian Humanism: Reigniting the Cold War Over Pussy Riot and Pride Marches 4

And the critics say totalitarian humanism isn’t dangerous. I really hope this story isn’t true. The New Yorker ST. PETERSBURG (The Borowitz Report)—Hopes for a positive G20 summit crumbled today as President Obama blurted to Russia’s Vladimir Putin at a joint press appearance, “Everyone here thinks you’re a jackass.” The press corps appeared stunned by the uncharacteristic outburst from Mr. Obama, who then unleashed a ten-minute tirade at the stone-faced Russian President. “Look, I’m not just talking about Snowden and Syria,” Mr. Obama said. “What about Pussy Riot? What about your anti-gay laws? Total jackass More…