The “Enlightened” West Versus “Benighted” Islam: A False Dichotomy 4

by Keith Preston

In their discussion of Edward Said’s concept of “Orientalism,” Appelrouth and Edles make this observation:

The source of the West’s superiority lies not in its own “advanced” civilization but, rather, in constructing non-Western cultures through negative terms that project onto the colonized all those traits that the West cannot possess if it is to legitimate its position as the center of progress and the beacon of humanity….Thus, when a politician remarks that Muslims “hate us for our freedom,” this claim is dependent on a purified notion of what Western freedom has promoted around the world, in turn justifying an ennobled aggression against those who are “against freedom.” (Appelrouth and Edles, 2007, p. 616)

The kind of dualism and cultural chauvinism described in the above passage is the hallmark of the ideological and rhetorical framework utilized by Western, particularly American, imperialism in its efforts towards the political, economic, and military conquest of the Islamic world.  According to this paradigm, the Islamic nations are plagued by political repression, anti-intellectualism, retrograde cultural values, and severe social underdevelopment. By contrast, the Western nations are believed to bemanifestations of higher levels of enlightenment, progress, prosperity, “freedom,” “democracy,” and cultural evolution. Caricatures of this type dominate depictions of East-West relations. Such caricatures can be found both in the American media and in the statements of American officials. Numerous case studies involving examinations of the actual inner workings of Islamic societies show this to be a false dichotomy. Among the most compelling of these examples are Lebanon’s Hezbollah, contemporary Iran, and Ba’athist Iraq.

 Hezbollah’s Democratic Pluralism

 An essay by Daniel Byman in Foreign Affairs, the journal of the Council on Foreign Relations, describes Lebanon’s Hezbollah militia as “responsible for more American deaths than any other terrorist organization” prior to the incidents of September 11, 2001. According to Byman, Hezbollah has a “record of bloodshed and hostility” and “its highly skilled operatives have committed horrifying attacks as far away as Argentina.” Little mention is made as to why Hezbollah might have done these things, other than perhaps a pathological love of violence or an equally pathological hatred of Americans. Richard Armitage, a former U.S. deputy secretary of state, claimed that “Hezbollah may be the A team of terrorists, while Al Qaeda is actually the B team.” (Byman, 2003)

From such depictions, one might be inclined to regard Hezbollah as a band of bloodthirsty tyrants, driven mostly by quasi-medieval theocratic fanaticism. Yet the actual political practice of Hezbollah in its home nation of Lebanon reveals a much different picture. The journalist Nir Rosen described a rally attended by over a million people in Beirut on September 22, 2006 in celebration of Hezbollah’s largely successful military confrontation with Israel months earlier. According to Rosen, Hezbollah is “the most popular political party in the Middle East.”  The celebration included the “flags of  Palestine and Palestinian movements, Lebanese Christian movements, the Communist Party, Sunni and Druze movements, as well as secular nationalists.” Hezbollah supporters also included a great deal of cultural pluralism: “Although many of the celebrants were men with beards or women whose hair was covered, many were not. There were youths in trendy attire, girls in tight jeans with hair exposed and who had turned their Hezbollah T-shirts into stylish form-fitting fashion statements.” Rosen further described the contents of a speech delivered at the celebration by Hezbollah’s leader, Seyid Hassan Nasrallah:

He told his audience that they were sending a political and moral message to the world that Lebanon’s resistance was stronger than ever. Their victorywas a victory for every oppressed, aggrieved and free person in the world, he said, and an inspiration for all who rejected subjugation or degradation by the United States. He mocked Arab leaders for not using their oil resources as a strategic weapon, for prohibiting demonstrations, for not supporting the Palestinians and for kowtowing to Condoleezza Rice. He extended his people’s hearts, grief and empathy for the Palestinians who were being bombed and killed daily, and whose homes were being destroyed while the world, and in particular the Arab world, was silent. (Rosen, 2006)

Within the wider context of Lebanese politics, Hezbollah operates as a democratic political party, holding seats in the parliament. The Hezbollah militia also serves as the de  facto national defense forces of Lebanon as the army is weak and inept. (Butters, 2006) Additionally, Hezbollah maintains a vast network of social services, hospitals, schools, charities, and news organizations. (UNOCHA, 2006)

Iran: More Democratic Than the U.S.?

 A lead editorial published by the New York Times on June 18, 2005 described Iran’s democratic institutions as a “sham.” The Times editorial writers further argued that “the world would be better off if Western leaders used their little influence to press for more authentic democracy in Iran.” (New York Times, 2005) Yet a serious examination of Iranian institutions provides a somewhat different perspective on which nation’s“democracy” is best regarded as a “sham.” The current Iranian constitution was approved through general referendum in 1979, with voting rights being universal and inclusive of women. Both the president of Iran and the parliament are democratically elected, and seats in the Iranian parliament are reserved for religious minorities like Christians, Jews, and Zoroastrians. As of 2004, ten separate political parties held seats in the parliament. Critics of the Iranian system will point out that the Council of Guardians, a body of Islamic clerics, has veto power over legislation enacted by parliament, and can also disqualify candidates and parties for parliament. Yet the Council of Guardians was included in the original constitution that was approved by popular vote in 1979.  It is also somewhat unclear as to how this system is less democratic than the American system, which has only two parties represented in Congress, and where competition from otherparties is either cost prohibitive or rendered de facto illegal due to highly restrictive regulations concerning ballot access. Further, it is also unclear as to how the role of the Council of Guardians in the Iranian system is fundamentally different from that of the United States Supreme Court, which also has veto power over legislation enacted by the elected bodies of government. Indeed, elected legislative bodies, unelected federal agencies, and U.S. courts have all, at times, overturned or simply ignored laws enacted by popular referendum. (Wright, 2001; LaTulippe, 2004)

It should also be pointed out that while Iran is considered an enemy of the United States, with Iran’s supposed “undemocratic” nature ostensibly being a partial justification for this, many American allies in the Islamic world operate as individual autocracies (Egypt, Uzbekistan), absolute or near absolute monarchies (Kuwait, Morocco), or feudal fiefdoms (Saudi Arabia). Further, the Iranian referendum of 1979 was in fact a restoration of democracy which had not existed in Iran since 1953. During that year, Iran’s elected government was overthrown in a coup organized and directed by the United States, with the result being autocratic rule by Shah Reza Pahlavi for the next twenty-six years. (Hedges, 2009)

Iraq: The Achievements of the Ba’athist Revolution

An article by Harvey Sicherman published in February, 2007 by the Foreign Policy Institute, a think tank comprised of former U.S. diplomats, members of the National Security Council, academics, and journalists, surveyed the years of Saddam Hussein’s rule in Iraq. The article focuses primarily on the achievement of power by Hussein in 1979 and events that transpired in Iraq during the time between the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait in 1990 and the American invasion of Iraq in 2003. To the degree that there is any discussion of Iraqi politics or society between 1979 and 1990, it is mostly limited to references to the repression of opposition forces. There is no discussion of Iraq during the time between the Ba’athist revolution of 1968 and Hussein’s ascension to the presidency eleven years later. (Sicherman, 2007)

Ba’athism is a secular, revolutionary, pan-Arabist outlook that stands inopposition to both capitalism and Marxist communism. Ba’athists have also been the governing faction of Syria since 1963. During the years of Ba’athist rule in Iraq from 1968 until the first Persian Gulf War of 1991, Iraq was arguably the most progressive of any Arab or Islamic nation. Because misogyny is one of the most frequently expressed criticisms of Middle Eastern societies by Westerners, it may be instructive to examine the condition of women during the peak period of Ba’athist rule. Anne Alexander offers this summary:

A broad spectrum of middle class urban women, from all religious communities, saw their horizons widen in terms of opportunities to study and work. The 1970s, despite the consolidation of the Baath Party in power and horrific repression of opposition groups, were remembered by many middle class women as “days of plenty”. Skyrocketing oil prices and the regime’s rapid expansion of the public sector brought prosperity to a relatively large layer of households. Rising affluence took visible form in the shape of huge chest freezers which had pride of place in the living rooms of the middle classes. “Our society will remain backward and in its chains unless women are liberated, enlightened and educated,” declared Saddam Hussein. The state pumped money into childcare; it encouraged women to study, and enter professions such as medicine and engineering. Unlike many women in Britain (or America) today, middle class Iraqi women in the 1970s and 1980s could expect to receive full pay while on maternity leave and benefit from an extensive system of state-subsidized nurseries.

But the most important factor in the dramatic decline in Iraqi women’s social, political and economic position over the past two decades has been the assault on Iraq by the Western powers, led by the US and Britain. Sanctions gutted the Iraqi public sector, the main employer of Iraqi women, and destroyed the state welfare system, which provided healthcare, public transport and education. As a result, women’s participation in the workforce collapsed from 23 percent in 1991 to 10 percent in 1997. With public sector salaries below subsistence level, marriage, not education, appeared to be the only way to secure Iraqi girls a decent future.

Since 2003 the occupying forces have not only failed to rebuild the economy and welfare system; they have killed and injured hundreds of thousands of Iraqi women and their children. Millions of Iraqi women remain trapped in their homes as a result of the spiraling violence. They live in fear not only of the occupying forces but also of violent crime, the militias attached to the sectarian parties that the occupation has strengthened, and radical Islamist groups. (Alexander, 2007)

As a secular regime, Ba’athist rule also repressed Islamic fundamentalist and theocratic movements, and allowed a relatively high level of freedom of religion. Religious minorities, such as members of Iraq’s Assyrian Christian community, were allowed high ranking positions in the government. The fall of the Ba’athist government has resulted in large-scale persecution of the Christian minority by Islamic fundamentalists, and many Iraqi Christians have fled to Ba’athist controlled Syria. (Baghdadi, 2004)

Perhaps most interesting of all is the prisoner amnesty program implemented by the government of Saddam Hussein prior to the beginning of the present war in 2003. The program offered amnesty to “prisoners, detainees, and fugitives…including those under sentence of death, inside or outside Iraq.” Persons imprisoned for murder were granted amnesty only if the victim’s mother agreed to a pardon. (BBC, 2002) This is certainly a far more magnanimous gesture than any American head of state would ever likely engage in. Indeed, the prisoner population in Iraqi has continued to escalate since the American invasion, occupation, and installation of a puppet regime. Still, at the end of 2007, only one in 470 Iraqis were held in penal or detention facilities, as opposed to one in 140 of persons within the domestic United States itself. (Gilmartin, 2008)

Conclusion

The case studies examined above indicate that Islamic societies, and particularly the politics of Islamic nations, are far more complex that what is typically depicted in the Western media. These biases and misconceptions can also be found in the mainstream of Western academic scholarship. The evidence indicates that Edward Said is correct in arguing that the treatment of the Islamic world by Western thinkers reflects a rather profound cultural chauvinism and unjustified attitude of moral and cultural superiority. Specifically, the common perception of Western societies as centers of enlightenment and progress, and Islamic societies as centers of reaction and obscurantism is rooted in demonstrably false assumptions.

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Alexander, Anne (2007). Nadje AlAli, Iraqi Women: Untold Stories from 1948 to the Present. Zed Books, 2007.

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Gilmartin, Ciara (2008). The “Surge” of Iraqi Prisoners. Foreign Policy in Focus, Institute for Policy Studies, May 7, 2008.

Hedges, Chris (2009). Iran Had a Democracy Before We Took It All Away. Truthdig, June 22, 2009.

LaTulippe, Steven (2004). A Few Thoughts Before We “Liberate” Iran. LewRockwell.Com, November 24, 2004.

Rosen, Nir (2006). Hezbollah, Party of God. Truthdig, October 3, 2006.

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Wright, Robin (2001). The Last Great Revolution: Turmoil and Transformation in Iran. Vintage Books, 2001.

Updated News Digest December 13, 2009 6

Why Read the Sunday Papers When You Can Read AttacktheSystem.Com!

Quotes of the Week:

“And what physicians say about disease is applicable here: that at the beginning a disease is easy to cure but difficult to diagnose; but as time passes, not having been treated or recognized at the outset, it becomes easy to diagnose but difficult to cure. The same thing occurs in affairs of state; for by recognizing from afar the diseases that are spreading in the state (which is a gift given only to a prudent ruler), they can be cured quickly; but when they are not recognized and are left to grow to the extent that everyone recognizes them, there is no longer any cure.”

“And one should bear in mind that there is nothing more difficult to execute, nor more dubious of success, nor more dangerous to administer than to introduce a new order to things; for he who introduces it has all those who profit from the old order as his enemies; and he has only lukewarm allies in all those who might profit from the new. This lukewarmness partly stems from fear of their adversaries, who have the law on their side, and partly from the skepticism of men, who do not truly believe in new things unless they have personal experience in them.

“And many writers have imagined for themselves republics and principalities that have never been seen or known to exist in reality; for there is such a gap between how one lives and how one ought to live that anyone who abandons what is done for what ought to be done learns his ruin rather than his preservation: for a man who wishes to profess goodness at all times will come to ruin among so many who are not good.”

                                                                                              -Niccolo Machiavelli

***Community Organizing and National Anarchism*** presentation by Andrew Yeoman

The Antiwar Right: Our Time Is Near by Justin Raimondo

RAND Corporation Blueprint for a “Stability Police Force” by William Norman Grigg

The Thin Blue Whine by William Norman Grigg

Noam Chomsky Deplores a Rogue Nation: The U.S.A. by Susan Seligson

Making the State Irrelevant Part Two: Circumvention by Kevin Carson

Making the State Irrelevant Part Three: Undermining Its Legitimacy by Kevin Carson

The Alternative Economy as a Singularity by Kevin Carson

Honest Statism Beats a Fake “Free Market” Every Time by Kevin Carson

Yeswecanistan by William Blum

Wall Street Snaps Its Fingers by Andrew Cockburn

What the U.S. Elite Really Thinks About Israel by Jeffrey Blankfort

The Drug War Killed My Son by Gary North

Empire=Bankruptcy and Collapse Charles Goyette interviewed by Scott Horton

U.S. Foreign Policy and the Cult of “Expertise” by Justin Raimondo

Surging Into Disaster by Eric Margolis

Imperial Democrats Line Up for War by John V. Walsh

The Left’s Hysterical Obama Worship by Glenn Greenwald

The Wrong Prize at the Wrong Time by Gabor Steingart

Obama Bows to the Pentagon Gareth Porter interviewed by Scott Horton

The Right and War by Daniel Larison

This Sure Seems Like Vietnam by Helen Thomas

What Is This, East Germany? Becky Akers interviewed by Scott Horton

Corrupt America Goes Third World  by Ximena Ortiz

Five Good Reasons to Avoid a War with Iran by Philip Giraldi

Who’s Dumber, Teabaggers or Liberal Mayors? by James J. O’Meara

IRS Sells Off Indigenous Land from Infoshop.Org

Obama’s Imperial War: An Anarchist Response by Wayne Price

The Left Fell Into the Climate Morass by Lew Rockwell

Why Import Workers Now by Pat Buchanan

Desert Farce by Taki Theodoracopulos

Drunk Driving Is Not a Crime by Mark Crovelli

Wonderful, Wonderful Copenhagen by Chris Clancy

Occupy Schools, Not Countries! from Infoshop.Org

The Jacksonian Way of War by Patroon

Know Your Limits  by Ray Mangum

Academic Liars for the State by Gary North

The Christmas Truce of 1914 by Gary Kohls

Victory in Iraq? by Lew Rockwell

War Isn’t So Easy After All by Patrick Cockburn

George F. Kennan on the Escalation in Afghanistan by David Bromwich

Afghanistan: No More Good War by John J. Mearsheimer

The Rise of the Antiwar Right by Reihan Salam

War, War, and More War by Ted Rall

Don’t Believe a Word the Pentagon Says by Per Bylund

New State to Secede from India by Weaver

The Unbearable Likeness of Being Part of an Empire by Thomas Naylor

 Jared Diamond’s Noble Savage Collapse by Robert Singer

Sympathy for the Devil Worshippers by Andrew O’Hehir

Nepalese Maoists Plan Unity in Diversity by Dhruba Adhikary

Zomia, the Anarchist’s Shangri-La by Drake Bennett

The Climate Change Rope-a-Dope by Walter Williams

Another Reason to Secede by Russell Longcore

We Live in a Crystal Meth Economy by David Calderwood

Ticket Scalpers Are Heroes by Briggs Armstrong

First They Came for the Holocaust Deniers by David Kramer

Science Fiction Author Beaten By PIGS by William Norman Grigg

The Afghan “Experiment” by Justin Raimondo

Mr. President, War Is Not Peace by Norman Solomon

Torturing People to Death Scott Horton interviewed by Scott Horton

Israel’s Tyranny in the West Bank by Ellen Cantarow interviewed by Scott Horton

No-Sama Bin Laden by Philip Giraldi

Iran: No Sanctions by Robert Dreyfuss

How George W. Bush Redefined American Freedom by James Bovard

Return of the Antiwar Right by Jack Hunter

Our Murderers in the Sky by Scott Ritter

Ingroup-Outgroup Self-Serving Bias by TGGP

Some Thoughts on the Prison-Industrial Complex by Greya Niteshade

An Overview of Anarchism in Jordan Today from Infoshop.Org

Fear and Loathing on the Streets of Greece by Barnaby Phillips

Trash Can Troopers from Infoshop.Org

The PC War on Christmas Is No Myth  by James Fulford

Ron Paul’s Moment by Pat Buchanan

The Unemployment Solution by Virgil Goode

Not Even a Peanut by Alexander Cockburn

 Obama of Wall Street by Matt Taibbi

The Bush-Obama War by Chuck Baldwin

Queers and Trannies Hate God from Infoshop.Org

“The Italians were called wops, the Jews were called hymies, I was of course a greaseball, and every Hispanic was a spic. Well, we all got along famously! It was rough, but it was fine.”

                                                                -Taki Theodoracopulos

Tomislav Sunic interviews Kevin MacDonald (and Part Two is here)

Hot Rails to Hell by Blue Oyster Cult

The Forgotten Genocide Ann Morrison interviewed by Tom Sunic

“The “clash of civilizations” is, in a very literal sense, a clash of God and Mammon. The Islamic revolutionaries are driven by a fanatical devotion to their god and the promises they believe he has made to them if only they take up arms on his behalf. The nations of the West are driven by an almost as fanatical devotion to Mammon, that is, to wealth, luxury, power, pleasure and privilege. Further, the culture of the West combines this unabashedly materialist ethos with rejection of strength and discipline in favor of a maternalistic emphasis on health, safety, “sensitivity”, “self-esteem”, “potential”, “personal growth”, “getting in touch with one’s inner child”, “feelings” and other concepts common to pop culture psychobabble. Of course, the socio-cultural ramifications of this is to create a society of weaklings, mediocrities and crybabies.”

                                                                                                   -Keith Preston

(hat tip to Chris Donnellan for the following links)

Florida Must Pay to Cover-Up Neo-Nazi Defendant’s Tattoos 

Berkeley City Council Sends Hangars as Part of Abortion Message 

Ernst Junger: Warrior, Waldgaenger, Anarch 

Woman Accused of Hitting Man with Steak 

The Trotsky Legend Debunked 

Exploding Chewing Gum Blows Off  College Student’s Jaw 

Communist Rebels Gain Strength in Rural India 

Liberals Are a Useless Lot 

Super Earths May Be Superior at Fostering Life 

Hubble Telescope Finds Galaxies From Infancy of Universe

Jackson Rathbone to Play Black Metal Murderer in “Lords of Chaos” 

Distributism vs Socialism 

The Sex Life of the Ancient Greeks Laid Bare in All Its Glory 

Why Women Don’t Have Sex Scandals 

State Schools Don’t Want to Push Gifted Students Because They Don’t Want to Promote Elitism 

How Psychotherapy Keeps Our Communities Sick 

The Myth of the “Old Right”

A Nation of Sheep, Ruled by Wolves, Owned by Pigs

The Revolution Within Anarchism 

Forty Years in the Wilderness? 

Liberty and Populism: Building An Effective Resistance Movement for North America

Organizing the Urban Lumpenproletariat

National Anarchy and the American Idea

“The king is most wounded by ridicule.” -Thomas Hobbes

North American New Right 9

Readers and supporters of AttacktheSystem.Com and American Revolutionary Vanguard should consider becoming involved with the North American New Right. The NANR Facebook page can be accessed here.

Articles by and about the New Right can be accessed here.

The online broadcasts of Dr. Tomislav Sunic, a leading scholar of the New Right, can be heard here.

The platform of the NANR is posted below. I wasn’t personally involved in writing the platform but it’s more or less the same ideological framework of ATS/ARV, though perhaps more moderately stated.

-For as much decentralization as possible to the local, state, and provincial levels as a reflection of the great regional, cultural, ethnic, and racial diversity of North America, up to and including the right and necessity of regional secession. Based on current economic and demographic trends, we foresee the eventual fragmentation and breakup of Canada, Mexico, and The United States of America in their present forms, and the emergence of new nations, autonomous regions, and ethnostates in place of these existing polities.

-For an end to economic globalism and a return to local and regional based economies, with a premium on independence, self-sufficiency, and diversity rather than corporate based control and monoculture. We would like to see the present system of transnational capitalism replaced with an economy organized along Communitarian, Distributist, and Syndicalist lines, with family farms, small and medium sized businesses, joint partnerships, and co-ops as the foundation.

-For Non-Interventionism in Foreign Affairs and an end to all Imperialist Wars and ‘Police Actions.’

-For an end to Global Capitalist spurred Mass Immigration and its never ending quest for cheap labor at any price, and total opposition to anti-Western ideologies of Political Correctness and enforced Multiculturalism.

-For a system of internal improvements, public works projects, universal health care for all citizens, and a social safety net to prevent mass unemployment, poverty, and homelessness. Some of these services could be provided by non-governmental community or regional based institutions, and we are open to new ideas or suggestions in this area.

-For sensible environmental protections and ecological stewardship. We believe we are entering the age of Peak Oil and stark limits on sustainable economic and population growth.

-For moderate social conservative positions on most moral and social issues. We believe heterosexual marriage and a stable family unit are a bedrock of any healthy society.

-For an end to prohibition and for full legalization of most narcotics…and an end to the prison-industrial which costs taxpayers billions of dollars a year on wasteful and constitutionally questionable efforts to stem narcotics consumption.

-Our primary influences are The Distributists, Red Tories, Communitarians, the economists List and Carey, Samuel Francis, Patrick J. Buchanan, Russell Kirk, John Attarian, Michael O’Meara, Guilliame Faye, Alain De Benoist, and similar thinkers.

-We are skeptical about Mass Democracy, Unrestrained Populism, and the unconstrained egoism and chaos which results from Lassiez-Faire and Free Market economics. We value tradition and heritage, but not in the reactionary sense, as is the case with many Paleoconservatives. We represent a school of Conservative thought beyond Neoconservativism, Paleoconservatism, and the blind market worship and extreme indvidualism of The Libertarians.

-Our Values are centered around Community, Family, Region, and Nation.

Updated News Digest December 6, 2009 2

Why Read the Sunday Papers When You Can Read AttacktheSystem.Com!

Quotes of the Week:

    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“You will never understand bureaucracies until you understand that for bureaucrats procedure is everything and outcomes are nothing.”

“The problem isn’t that Johnny can’t read. The problem isn’t even that Johnny can’t think. The problem is that Johnny doesn’t know what thinking is; he confuses it with feeling.”

“Liberalism is totalitarianism with a human face.”

“Most wars are started by well-fed people with time on their hands to dream up half-baked ideologies or grandiose ambitions, and to nurse real or imagined grievances.”

“What “multiculturalism” boils down to is that you can praise any culture in the world except Western culture – and you cannot blame any culture in the world except Western culture.”

                                                                                     -Thomas Sowell

Left and Right, United Against the State by Henry Porter

O=W by Bill Lind

Neocons Applaud Obama as “War President” by Eli Clifton

The Obama Puppet by Paul Craig Roberts

Afghanistan: The Roach Motel of Empires by Zoltan Grossman

Show Some Courage and Pull the Plug by Andrew Bacevich

We Managed to Make the Taliban Look Good by Nir Rosen

Hezbollah’s New Manifesto by Franklin Lamb

Obama is Not the Leader I Had Hoped For by Jim Hightower

What Is Obama Thinking? by Robert Higgs

The Drug War is a Dead Letter Without the Police State by Kevin Carson

Making the State Irrelevant by Kevin Carson

The Shame of Medicine: The Case of Alan Turing by Thomas Szasz

The First Ever International Legal Case on Secession (hat tip to Jason Sorens)

The Coming Hyperinflationary Collapse from Secession Plebis

Fool Me Twice, Shame on Me by Philip Giraldi

The Power Struggle Behind Obama’s Speech by Gareth Porter

Obama and the Dying Empire by Fran Shor

A “Necessary” War-for a Gas Pipeline by Gary Leupp

The Israel Lobby Celebrates Espionage by Grant Smith

Obama Believes His Own Lies by David Bromwich

Here We Go Again by Robert Scheer

A Tragic Mistake by Bob Herbert

Obama’s War Speech: An Unconvincing Flop by Justin Raimondo

Messianic Communism in the Protestant Reformation by Murray Rothbard

Judicial Terrorism  by William Norman Grigg

America’s Criminal Class  by William Norman Grigg

Pentagon Kangaroo Courts by Judge Andrew Napolitano

Marijuana Is Safer Than Drinking by Mark Thornton

Resist D.C. Through Nullification by Matthew Shea

Mob Rule: We’ve Had Enough by Don Cooper

Handguns for Home Defense by Chuck Hawks

If Only We Could Read All Their Emails… by Lew Rockwell

CATO Institute: Court Libertarians by Laurence Vance

Southern Baptist Warmongering Assholes by Laurence Vance

The War on Kids by Anthony Gregory

Libertarian “Tolerance” by Tom DiLorenzo

PIGS Subject Child to Electro-Shock Torture by William Norman Grigg

PIGS Turn Crybabies by William Norman Grigg

Baltimore Mayor Convicted of Embezzlement by Robert Lang

AIDS Skepticism is Growing by James Foye

Why We Sang Sheriff Joe Arpaio Off the Stage from Infoshop.Org

How We Are Part of the Sweatshop Economy from Infoshop.Org

Insanely Large Food Not Bombs Event in New York from Infoshop.Org

 Christian Heresies by Paul Gottfried

The Drum Roll of an Exit Strategy by Pat Buchanan

Reactions to Obama’s War by Justin Raimondo

Jailed Mom Symbolizes the Rot of War by Kelley B. Vlahos

The Real Story of Iraq’s WMDs Scott Ritter interviewed by Scott Horton

The Terror War and the Bill of Rights by Petra Bartosiewicz

U.S. Public Opinion Turns Towards Military Non-Interventionism by Jason Ditz

Jury Nullification: Why You Must Know What It Is by Russ Emal

Fourth Generation War Escalates in the U.S. by Michelle Malkin

Prefabricated Fascists by William Norman Grigg

The Death Penalty for the State’s Counterfeiters? by Lew Rockwell

The Difference Between Obama and Bush from Manuel Lora

Obama Adopts the Bush Doctrine by Jack Hunter

The Desparate War Cries of a Besieged President by Alexander Cockburn

Vietnam-Lite by Pete Escobar

Obama Steals Bush’s Speechwriters by Matthew Rothschild

The Same Old Pax Americana by Leon T. Hadar

Obama with Blood on His Hands by Nicolas J. S. Davies

The Bogey of Isolationism by Daniel Larison

Defining Isolationism Down by Justin Logan

Fragile Prosperity? Fragile Peace? Notes on the U.S. from Libcom.Org

Rebellion by Thomas Naylor

Juvenile Injustice in a Philly Suburb by Linn Washington, Jr.

Western Society is Racist? You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet Craig Bodeker interviewed by Greg Johnson

“The Italians were called wops, the Jews were called hymies, I was of course a greaseball, and every Hispanic was a spic. Well, we all got along famously! It was rough, but it was fine.”

                                                                -Taki Theodoracopulos

Tomislav Sunic on the European New Right (see Part Two here)

Ain’t It Fun by the Dead Boys

Against the New World Order by Matt Johnson

“The “clash of civilizations” is, in a very literal sense, a clash of God and Mammon. The Islamic revolutionaries are driven by a fanatical devotion to their god and the promises they believe he has made to them if only they take up arms on his behalf. The nations of the West are driven by an almost as fanatical devotion to Mammon, that is, to wealth, luxury, power, pleasure and privilege. Further, the culture of the West combines this unabashedly materialist ethos with rejection of strength and discipline in favor of a maternalistic emphasis on health, safety, “sensitivity”, “self-esteem”, “potential”, “personal growth”, “getting in touch with one’s inner child”, “feelings” and other concepts common to pop culture psychobabble. Of course, the socio-cultural ramifications of this is to create a society of weaklings, mediocrities and crybabies.”

                                                                                                   -Keith Preston

(hat tip to Chris Donnellan for the following links)

Equality Snoopers Keep Files on Your Sexuality

Obama Ecstacy Pills Hit the Street 

Soviet Commander: U.S. Faces Similar Afghan Fate 

No More Middle Class?

How the Afghan War Is Being Financed 

Kucinich: Afghans Want to be Saved From Americans, Not by Americans 

Are the Effects of Pornography Negligible? 

An Unorthodox Method of Retribution to a Child Rapist 

CNN Finds Modern Day Slaves in U.S. 

Bill Lind on the Role of Gangs in the Fourth Generation World 

Is American Ungovernable? 

A Nation of Sheep, Ruled by Wolves, Owned by Pigs

The Revolution Within Anarchism 

Forty Years in the Wilderness? 

Liberty and Populism: Building An Effective Resistance Movement for North America

Organizing the Urban Lumpenproletariat

National Anarchy and the American Idea

“The king is most wounded by ridicule.” -Thomas Hobbes

PC Leftoid Therapeutism Goes Insane 1

The University of Delaware forces students to undergo PC brainwashing under the guise of therapy, or “treatments.” Read all about it.

This is the “totalitarian humanism” I have been warning about in the past. The totalitarian Left has spent decades working to gain control of the universities. Now, what’s going to happen when they finally gain control of the state, the police, the legal system, the army, etc.?  This is the Cultural Marxist Revolution in full operation.

[Update: Apparently, exposure has forced the university to drop the program. See here. But they’ll be back. These cretins view this as a Long March.]

(hat tip to Chris Donnellan)

Fourth Generation Warfare Erupts in the Northwest 4

These incidents (see here and here) fit the 4GW model fairly well. It’s also worth noting nearly all of the major incidents of violent rebellion in the U.S. in recent decades have been triggered as a result of perceived injustices perpetrated by law enforcement, e.g. L.A. riots 1992, Oklahoma City bombing 1995, Cincinatti 1999, Miami 1979, Detroit 1967, etc.

Updated News Digest November 29, 2009 Reply

Why Read the Sunday Papers When You Can Read AttacktheSystem.Com!

Quotes of the Week:

“That all men are equal is a proposition to which, at ordinary times, no sane individual has ever given his assent.”

                                                                                          -Aldous Huxley

I don’t fight for lost causes, I fight for causes not yet won!”

                                                                                        -Chris Donnellan

“Truth always rests with the minority, and the minority is always stronger than the majority because the minority is generally formed by those who really have an opinion, while the strength of a majority is illusory, formed by the gangs who have no opinion and who, therefore, in the next instant (when it is evident that the minority is the stronger) assume its opinion… while Truth again reverts to a new minority.”
                                                                                            -Søren Aabye Kierkegaard

“The only kind of freedom that the mob can imagine is freedom to annoy and oppress its betters, and that is precisely the kind that we mainly have.”                    

                                                                                     -Henry Louis Mencken

“The doctrine of equality! There exists no more poisonous poison: For it seems to be preached by justice itself, while it is the end of justice.”

                                                                               -Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

“Democracy…is a charming form of government, full of variety and disorder, and dispensing a sort of equality to equals and unequals alike.”

                                                                                             -Plato

“Americans are so enamored of equality, they would rather be equal in slavery than unequal in freedom.”

                                                                                     -Alexis de Tocqueville

Who Will Protest Obama’s War? by Justin Raimondo

Fourth Generation Warfare Comes to a Town Near You (hat tip to BANA)

Why They Hate Us by Stephen Walt

WASPs and Foreign Policy: The Empire Didn’t Begin with the Neocons by Paul Gottfried

Americans’ View of the World from David Kramer

The Nature of Modern Imperialism by Alan McKinnon

The Real Unemployment Rate is 17.5% by Jeff Cox

Neither Capitalism nor Communism: For a Third Position on Health Care

Get Ready for the Obama/GOP Alliance by Jeff Cohen

The Pot Calls the Kettle Black: Corrupt U.S.-U.K. Criticize Afghanistan by Eric Margolis

Khalid Shaikh Mohammed’s Trial Will Convict Us All  by Paul Craig Roberts

The Department of Gomer Pyle by Don Cooper

Support Your Local Sexual Predator by William Norman Grigg

Uncovering the Hidden History of Cooperation, Cooperative Movements, and Communalism in America by Kevin Carson (see Carson interview)

Mission Creep: Counter-Insurgency in Salinas by William S. Lind

The American Coup D’etat of 1947 (hat tip to Ray Mangum)

55% of Americans are Populist, 7% Support the Political Class from Rasmussen

The Anarch vs the Anarchist by Wayne John Sturgeon

Libertarian and Marxist Class Analysis by Lew Rockwell

Another World Was Possible by Kevin Carson

The Federal Reserve and the Power Elite by Charles Burris

Uber-PIG Joe Arpaio’s Amerika  by William Norman Grigg

The Democrats’ War Tax by Justin Raimondo

Letter of Imprisoned Revolutionary Anarchist from Infoshop.Org

America’s Supermax Prisons Do Torture by Kiilu Nyasha

The Next Liberal Fad: A Stolen Generation of Black Children? by Steve Sailer

How Israel Became a Night Unto the Nations by Yoel Marcus

Obama’s Worsening Civil Liberties Record by Glenn Greenwald

If Obama is a Pragmatist, Then What Was Bush? by Nick Baumann

The American Cause  by Daniel Larison

Dumb and Dumber Wars by Jeff Huber

Terror Lists Won’t Save Us by Ivan Eland

Are Conservatives Coming Around on Civil Liberties by Jacob Hornberger

The Extreme Secrecy of the Federal Courts by Glenn Greenwald

Battlefield in the War of Ideas by Eugene Robinson

A Reasoned Argument Against Mass Immigration by Brenda Walker

Is the Church Militant Back? by Pat Buchanan

My Thanksgiving Prayer by Chuck Baldwin

Census Worker’s Death Was Suicide-Not “Hate” by Robert De Brus

Greek Anarchists Attacked with Explosives from Infoshop.Org

Family and Friends of Victim Protest Outside Home of Murderous PIG from Infoshop.Org

A Good Reason Not to Celebrate Thanksgiving by Red Phillips

The Case of Lynn Stewart by Marjorie Cohn

The Bush-Blair Conspiracy by Dave Lindorff

Climategate? by Dr. Tim Ball

Glaring Proof that Hitler Made It Out of the Bunker from David Kramer

Obama Rejects Landmine Treaty by Desmond Butler

WASP Establishment and the Holocaust by Charles Burris

Obama Sells Out to the Neocons by Patrick Krey

Returning to a Secret Country by John Pilger

The Cost of War Is Higher Than You Think by Philip Giraldi

What Exactly is the Job in Afghanistan? by Jeff Huber

Obama Supporter Quits Gitmo Post by Glenn Greenwald

The Empire Has No Idea What It’s Doing Gareth Porter interviewed by Scott Horton

Japan’s Native People Fight for Survival from France24

Philip Blond: Red Tory Philosopher by Michael White

Sarah Palin is George W. Bush in a Skirt by James Edwards

Secession and State Militias by Russ Longcore

One Thing Stops Mass Murderers-A Gun by Vin Suprynowicz

Decentralization and Operational Secession by Gary North

Eco-Fanatics Devastate Tribal Peoples 

Is Global Warming Settled Science? by James Taranto

Israel’s Illegal Settlements in America by Grant Smith

The Auld Triangle Goes Jingle Jangle by Alexander Cockburn

Planning for Poverty? by Carl Ginsburg

Obama as LBJ by Franklin Spinney

The Devastating Consequences of the Corporate Health Insurance Bill by Shamus Cooke

“The Italians were called wops, the Jews were called hymies, I was of course a greaseball, and every Hispanic was a spic. Well, we all got along famously! It was rough, but it was fine.”

                                                                        -Taki Theodoracopulos

Tomislav Sunic Discusses Carl Schmitt

Iggy and the Stooges with James Williamson for the First Time Since 1974

“The “clash of civilizations” is, in a very literal sense, a clash of God and Mammon. The Islamic revolutionaries are driven by a fanatical devotion to their god and the promises they believe he has made to them if only they take up arms on his behalf. The nations of the West are driven by an almost as fanatical devotion to Mammon, that is, to wealth, luxury, power, pleasure and privilege. Further, the culture of the West combines this unabashedly materialist ethos with rejection of strength and discipline in favor of a maternalistic emphasis on health, safety, “sensitivity”, “self-esteem”, “potential”, “personal growth”, “getting in touch with one’s inner child”, “feelings” and other concepts common to pop culture psychobabble. Of course, the socio-cultural ramifications of this is to create a society of weaklings, mediocrities and crybabies.”

                                                                                                   -Keith Preston

(hat tip to Chris Donnellan for the following links)

Anti-Egalitarian International 

Coalition for a Realistic Foreign Policy

Renters Becoming Latest Victims as Foreclosure Crisis Widens 

Wall Street’s New Gilded Age by Niall Ferguson

Russian Homeless Resort to Cannibalism 

The Myth of the Tragedy of the Commons by Ian Angus

The Second Wave of the Financial Tsunami 

Life Without Father and Disappearing Dads 

America’s Economic Pain Brings Hunger Pangs 

America’s Shadow Economy Is Bigger Than You Think 

15 Signs American Is Coming Apart at the Seams 

The Rise of Vertical Farms 

Homelessness in New York City at an All-Time High 

An Alternative to Globalization 

Bodies Go Unburied in Detroit 

The Pending Collapse of the U.S.A. 

Economic Crisis Is Getting Bloody-Violent Deaths Now Follow Evictions 

Reagan Did Not End the Cold War 

Avoiding Mass Starvation 

The Influence of Nietzsche

Former Soviet States: Battleground for Global Domination 

Global Warming Rigged?

More Than 200,000 Animals Sacrificed in Nepal Festival 

Man Discovers Charles Manson Is His Real Dad

If You’ve Done Nothing Wrong You Have Everything to Worry About

Inmate Pushed Judge to Order Electrolysis for Transgender Surgery

The Inevitable Failure of Suburbia 

Nine Points of Inland Empire National-Anarchists 

A Nation of Sheep, Ruled by Wolves, Owned by Pigs

The Revolution Within Anarchism 

Forty Years in the Wilderness? 

Liberty and Populism: Building An Effective Resistance Movement for North America

Organizing the Urban Lumpenproletariat

National Anarchy and the American Idea

The Coolest Band You’ve Probably Never Heard of Performs Live in 1977

The PC Left is the New Moral Majority 1

So says a free speech attorney. This statement is particularly pertinent:

“Just when the decency police and moral values group have been all but defeated in the courts–both of law and public opinion–a new threat has emerged from our left flank: political correctness,” he continued. “The leftist thought police are now wanting to impose their view of propriety on modern cultural discourse. We’re now seeing objections to racial slurs and sexist video game content that feminists and minority groups take offense to. Now without taking a position on the propriety on that content in modern video games, this trend is just as damaging to free expression rights.”

Walters pointed out legislation pending in New York that aims to prohibit sales to minors of games that have various degrees of profanity, racist stereotypes, derogatory language, and/or actions toward a specific group of persons as setting a dangerous precedent.

“Think about that for a minute. Would we ever in a million years tolerate the government passing a law that movies cannot have profanity, racial jokes, or derogatory language? That would eliminate practically every movie made,” he said.

The good news is that this should produce plenty of rebellious youth eager to join an anti-PC “alternative-anarchist” movement. PC is the theocracy of liberalism.

H. L. Mencken: Anarchist of the Right? 2

by Anne Ollivier-Mellio

[Keith: I translated this from the original French using online translation technology, so it’s a bit of a rough read in places. I eschewed further editing, so as to avoid additional deviations from the original.]

Mencken: anarchist of the right? Oxymoron or mere provocation? Is there not some irony in wanting to classify it, his whole life, tried to remain unclassifiable, shuffling cards, prohibiting anyone from the catalog? Described as skeptical, iconoclastic satire, turns literary critic, columnist and editor, is found at the crossroads between journalism and literature, philosophy and publishing. And if the breadcrumb to the contemporary reader to find his bearings in this maze, was simply politics? And if Mencken was, among other things, one of the most famous of American anarchism? Of course, not anarchism left of Emma Goldman (1870-1940) or Peter Kropotkin (1842-1921), his Russian mentor, but anarchism synthesizing large American values and that of the right.

In his book on the right-wing anarchists in France, François Richard identifies three trends in anarchist thought. The anarchism of Max Stirner Gross (1806-1856), German thinker who rejects the generally accepted data humanistic tradition and promotes excessive individualism. Anarchism left inherited the philosophy of the Enlightenment, which seeks to empower people and the exercise of political power by all at the price of radical and violent actions (Proudhon, Bakunin, Kropotkin), and finally a Right anarchism or libertarian aristocracy, founded on a critical (or rejection) of democracy, a rejection of the egalitarian premise of 1789, a duty to revolt, hatred of intellectuals and a fierce defense of individual liberties (Richard 56). Very well represented in French literature, de Gobineau of Marcel Ayme through Leautaud, Celine, Bernanos or Anouilh, anarchism plunge right he also rooted in a uniquely American tradition of anti-statism, individualism extreme and fierce defense of individual liberties? 
 
In any case, what seems to support David De Leon in The American as Anarchist, work in which he studied the different forms of radicalism in the United States, and concludes that there is a current anarchist and right of current anarchist left the United States. We look for us to show that right-wing anarchism is perhaps one of the keys to better understand and perhaps try to classify the unclassifiable Mencken, without reducing or freezing his thought. By choosing this angle of attack will then be examined in turn led to his defense of individualism and freedoms, including freedom of expression, his critique of democracy in general and particularly the United States, its glorification of ‘individualism and opposition to the state. I finally try to evaluate ideas in light of the American libertarian tradition. To Mencken, the starting point for any discussion on freedom of thought remains the Founding Fathers. During the revolutionary period, they are the true defenders of individual freedoms. They do not believe in an egalitarian democracy, contrary to popular wisdom says, but want to establish a republic. They are wary of people, the populace (the mob) but rely on an enlightened minority, able to defend individual freedoms and equality with men before the law. In his essay on George Washington, Mencken writes: “George Washington Had No belief in the infallible wisdom of the common people, but Regarded as inflammatory dolt them and tried to save the Republic from them” (Chrestomathy 220).
 
To Mencken, love of freedom requires courage, ability to be autonomous (self-reliant) and entrepreneurship, qualities which are often destitute people. And to quote William Graham Sumner, famous Darwinist professor of economics at Yale, too, in the late nineteenth century clearly distinguishes democracy and republic. The republic is a form of self-government whose goal is not equality between men but civil liberties. It requires that we be vigilant and we will beat it when freedoms are under threat (Douglas 71). Mencken fully supports the ideas of Sumner, he considers the people too passive and too little attention to assaults on their liberties. When people fight, “he said, he does not name the key principles such as freedom, but to meet practical needs, immediate and material.  
 
Beyond principles, the reality will Mencken’s struggle for freedom of expression, a priority throughout his life. Certainly, we see expressed in his columns on topics as diverse as Puritanism, morality, religion, sex and politics. It withers mercilessly American heroes like Lincoln or Roosevelt. But he forgets the satire and irony, and rallying as soon as the individual freedoms of others, especially freedom of expression is threatened. Witness his stance in favor of the writer Theodore Dreiser, when it becomes the target of American censorship after the release of his 1915 book Genius (Bode 59-60, Hobson 151, Williams 73). In 1917 he took up the cause of the socialist Scott Nearing, dismissed from the University of Pennsylvania, because of its pacifist positions. He has no personal sympathy for Nearing but would primarily defend freedom of expression of this teacher, even a pacifist and socialist.  It is clean, Mencken later said, and if I had a son, I wish he could meet him.  In 1916 and 1917, he also takes a stand against censorship suffered almost all radical magazines (whether of the literary magazine The Seven Arts, was forced to cease publication after the release of anti-war articles Randolph Bourne, or The Masses, a magazine more politicized directed by Max Eastman, also censured by the Wilson government in autumn 1917). The fierce defense of freedom of expression animates still in the thirties when he denounced the dismissal of a teacher, Mr Blows, accused by the board of the university to be communist, or when it intervenes to support the visa application of anarchist (left!) Emma Goldman, then in exile in Europe. The anarchist deported to Russia by the U.S. government in 1919 after thirty-three years ago in the United States, was denied a visa by the authorities because of his ideas deemed seditious.
But freedom of expression has meaning only if one is willing to fight for his defense.
 
But Mencken, if committed on a personal level, doubts that his compatriots are capable of such a struggle. The people, in his view, unable to stand up for a cause as noble as freedom, because he strayed into its idiotic belief in democracy. The second theme occupies a prominent place in the political writings of Mencken. Plus an opponent of democracy, especially criticizing the excesses of the American system, he said officials from the tyranny of the majority of the emergence of movements such as fundamentalism or Prohibition or the pervasiveness of what ‘ he calls the moral puritan.
 
 The first aspect of his critique of democracy as political system is structured to reflect on Puritanism in the United States.  His target is not the Puritanism of New England in the seventeenth century because it does not arise as a historian of ideas but slayer this moral code (much more than Victorian puritan) still present in the United States at the turn of the century. His denunciation of the Puritan morality (rather than religious practice) is akin to that formulated by Van Wyck Brooks a few years ago in a book entitled Wine of the Puritans (1908). Both vilify this narrow moral code which stifles the individual and his instincts and weighed like a leaden pall over the entire American literature. “I’m against Puritanism to the last gasp,” he wrote to Dreiser in 1919 (Epstein 50). To Mencken, Puritanism and Democracy are intrinsically linked because they represent two sides of the same idea (Chrestomathy 183, Douglas 83). Both are rooted in hatred of the poor man for those who are superior. The Puritan as a Democrat (it must be understood by the individual in a democracy) are afraid of being surpassed by his peers. He believes so strongly in equality of men that do not tolerate those who want to advance, rising above the common lot.  And to sum up his thoughts in a phrase famously: “Democracy is a condition of life In which people are set to worrying Whether somebody, somewhere is enjoying things that they are not and take action to see that they do not. That is what Puritanism is also “(Douglas 83). Thus, the Puritan as the Democrat, fears excellence, hates art and those who create it, and hope that everything is measured against its own mediocrity. Precisely this race to the bottom that Mencken deplored in American society.
 
The mistake of the Americans is the belief that all men are equal in talent and ability, whereas the term gender as used by the Founding Fathers, refers only to equality with men before law. Hence the reluctance of the average American (the average man), obsessed by the idea of egalitarian democracy, to accept the geniuses, intellectuals and men of emergency. Besides Mencken believed in the existence of men of superior intelligence. Like Nietzsche, to whom he dedicated a book in 1908, he hates morality and bourgeois lifestyle (the booboisie!), And sees egalitarian drift of American democratic system the sign of the decline of a civilization. Progress (in whatever form) can only come from a creative elite and not the man in the street, whose goal is to ensure that their material comfort (12-13 Notes on Democracy ).
 
In his articles on democracy, Mencken did not yet pose a political philosopher, but a mere observer of American life. Its almost anthropological study leads him to conclude, as did Nietzsche, that democracy, more than any other political system, encourages the standardization of tastes and moral conformity and discourages the contrary originality, excellence and Imagination (Douglas 100).  To justify his position, he draws his examples from American history, and especially the withers Jacksonian period (1828-1836: under President Jackson that all white men become eligible to vote) and the populist movement (movement in the 1890s, denounced the plutocracy and demanded more rights for the masses), according to him responsible for the spread of democracy and its abuses.
 
But most of the examples from the past, the First World War Mencken offers food for thought on the evils of American democracy. In April 1917, the United States entered the war, and the Wilson government therefore seeks to silence all opposition to the conflict, they are pacifists, socialists or anarchists. One by one, all the radical magazines (whether more politicized journals as The Masses – 1911-1917 – or more interested in art as The Seven Arts – 1916-1917) fall under two laws , the Espionage Act and Sedition Act (passed in 1917 and 1918) and must stop their publication. Mencken, however, reluctant to support what he called “the red ink fraternity” (that is to say, radical intellectuals, Forgue 68), while denouncing censorship and the U.S. government. But he also openly condemned the democracy, the American people and his lack of courage. Indeed, public opinion strongly opposed the war until the end of 1916 (the Democratic Party had not he contributed to Wilson’s re-election hammering, “Wilson kept us out of the war ?), had continued to support Wilson after the outbreak of war the United States. The American people had accepted without hesitation Wilson’s argument that “this [was] a war to make the world safe for democracy”, even though individual liberties were shamefully violated and crushed the opposition. Is it just asks Mencken in a letter to Socialist Louis Untermeyer in 1917, about the inherent love of the American people for freedom? No, such a passion does not exist. He continued: “It is only an aristocracy that is ever tolerant. The masses are invariably cocksure, suspicious, furious and tyrannical. This is in fact the central objection to democracy: that it hinders progress by penalizing innovation and non conformity » (Forgue 109). 
 
Mencken remains convinced that only an aristocracy (elite) is capable of defending freedom of expression and to see a major issue (since it only has the affluence that allows it to be selfless and act for the defense of principles), while the masses, too preoccupied with defending an egalitarian democracy, have recently demonstrated their inability to react when individual liberties are at risk. Thus, the war had shown that one of the greatest dangers to democracy remained much the emergence of a “tyranny of the majority”, a term used by Alexis de Tocqueville [1] but that sums up perfectly the feeling of the Mencken early twenties. The mistake the Americans since the late nineteenth century had been pushing democracy in the extreme, to the point of forgetting the republican principles of the Founding Fathers: the equality of all before the law – not equal all at birth – and the duty of politicians to defend the res publica, that is to say the public, the public good, without seeking to flatter the masses by illusory promises.
 
But if this harsh criticism of democracy can Mencken put together a Micberth (born in 1945, this writer and pamphleteer, is considered one of the leaders of the French right-wing anarchism. His critique of the contemporary including democracy leads to write: “Equality: not know, I know some constant amount, while others laziness, filth, vice and demean themselves poor, Richard 57), his apology for the ‘individual approaches also the right-wing anarchists. He has repeatedly criticized this “tyrannical majority” herd instinct “Democratic man is quite unable to think of himself as a free individual, he must belong to a group or shake with fear and loneliness, and the group, of course, must have its leaders, “he wrote in 1926 (Chrestomathy 157). Mencken was an individualist who opposes any allegiance to a group or party. He reproached Dreiser, where it feeds yet sympathetic, his left drift (during WWI) but he will acknowledge especially to serve a group, the radical intellectuals of Greenwich Village. A decade later, he sent the same complaint to the many intellectuals who look to the communist movement. This is not the fascination of these intellectuals to the communist ideology that shocking (he wrote in effect: “If I were younger and on my own, I would be sorely tempted, I suspect, to take a look at Russia . Though most communists [are] laughable, communism [is] at least an interesting idea … quite as sensitive as democracy, “Hobson 387), their subservience to the group, their renunciation of individual combat. Individualism is indeed a fundamental value for Mencken.
Yet this desire to be free and independent group does not make him shut up in an intellectual ivory tower. Instead, he led many battles individually, refusing, like many right-wing anarchists, “to bend at all considered particularly despicable conformism” (Richard 47).
Among the battles Mencken include that he is waging against what he calls comstockery.  Comstock was a member of Congress who had pushed through a law in 1873 – known as the Comstock law – prohibiting “the mailing, transporting or importing of anything lewd, lascivious or obscene” (Parrish 143). The influence of the Comstock Act on American morality was still strong in the twenties and comstockery become a favorite target of Mencken, who committed to showing the absurdity, hypocrisy and anachronistic. Many papers in his Chrestomathy under “Morals” in the form of attack more or less veiled moral code of the legacy of the nineteenth century ( “The Lady of Joy,” “The Sex Uproar,” “Art and Sex , 48, 54, 61). It says for example these lines tasty:
 
One of the favorite notions of the Puritan mullahs who specialize in pornography is that the sex instinct, if suitably repressed, may be “sublimated,” as they say, into idealism, and especially aesthetic. That concept is to be found in all their books, they ground it upon the theory that the enforcement of chastity by a huge force of spies, stool pigeons and police would convert the Republic into a nation of moral aesthetes. All this of course is simply pious fudge. (61)
 
But his struggle against the moral hypocrisy and narrow is matched only one he waged against Prohibition (passed in 1919, it remains in force until 1933) or against Southern Methodist in the United States (185 ) and fundamentalists [2]. Ultimately, Mencken never stop, his whole life, fighting through American society. Like the anarchists of the right, he acts independently of any group or party, for his crusade is personal. Like them, he believes that “fertility intellectual and moral greatness inevitably require a personal attitude of opposition towards what might be called the socio-cultural consensus” (Richard 48).
 
Finally, Mencken conducts a final battle which relates to certain anarchists right: not content to criticize democracy, we have seen, he also accuses of having contributed to the increased role of federal States United, a phenomenon he sees as responsible for a large drift of American political system. The federal government had gradually acquired more responsibilities throughout the nineteenth century the Civil War who played a significant role in this development), but mainly in the twentieth century through the Progressive movement (1901-1914 ) and the New Deal (in the thirties) he sees his role increase dramatically. The progressive movement is driven by reformers from the middle class. Given the inequalities of American society led since the Civil War, by a minority of plutocrats, the middle class American is looking for solutions to improve the plight of the poorest in order to minimize social protest. This improvement is through better social protection and distribution of wealth more equitable, the federal government should be able to put in place. After a moment the arguments progressives rallied during the presidency of Theodore Roosevelt (1901-1908), Mencken never stop criticizing the progressivism of Woodrow Wilson from 1912. He believes, like the English philosopher William Godwin, the function of government should be duplicated and limited to protecting the individual against the attacks of his fellow citizens and foreign policy. He writes: “The government is in essence not a mere organization of ordinary men like the Ku Klux Klan, the U.S. Steel Corporation or Columbia University, but has transcended organism composed of aloof and impersonal powers, wholly devoid of self interest “(Douglas 118).  For him, the increased federal role that inevitably affects the autonomy and individual freedom, so dear to Americans. In the thirties, he did not condemn the New Deal, in which he receives one of the most serious damage to American values (independence and anti-statism). Overall, he believes that the independence and autonomy of the individual decrease as the role of government increases. 
 
But this criticism added another complaint: the government, in its current form, Mencken wrote in the thirties, only serves the interests of the people, the populace, the man in the street, at the expense of ‘aristocracy of the elite, the superior man. His essay on the nature of government begins to elsewhere in these terms: All government is a conspiracy against the superior man, its permanent object is to oppress him and cripple him. If it be aristocratic in organization, then it seeks to protect the man who is superior in law against the man who is superior in fact; if it be democratic, then it seeks to protect the man who is inferior in every way against both. If it be aristocratic in organization, then it seeks to protect the man who is superior in law against the man who is superior in fact, if it be democratic, then it seeks to protect the man who is inferior in every way against both.( Chrestomathy 145)
 
Found in his analysis of Government (145-153) the same distrust of the masses, the same fear that the autonomy of the individual harmed, and even condoning (suggested) of the elite – is ie the exceptional men but also all those who seek to rise, to grow in short, out of their mediocrity. Should we conclude that as an anarchist Mencken was right, as suggested by the somewhat provocative title of this study? If one refers to the definition given by Francois Richard in his book, Mencken seems to refuse, like the French right-wing anarchists, democratic and egalitarian assumption that the underlying. Like them, he sees the revolt as a duty as much moral and intellectual. This revolt is both “an act of self defense intelligence, an infallible test of the quality of people” (Richard 47).  He said he agreed that “without the virtue of disobedience, which alone can defeat the Democratic regimentation, there is no dynamic life possible, realization of being in its totality” (Richard 51) . Consciousness must stop guide the individual to dictate his conduct, and civil disobedience can be a virtue. For thus it never ceases to proclaim, there are good and bad laws, and these deserve only contempt and disobedience (for example, he criticized the arrest of radicals during the First World War and segregation in Baltimore After the Second). In addition, he poses as the defender of the individual, the cornerstone of the social system.
Far from any ideology, doctrine or party, the touchstone of action remains, for Mencken, his personal convictions, first and foremost, the idea that human equality is a delusion, and that only an aristocracy (of outstanding men) is capable of advancing society.  Finally, he deplores the increasing federal role, including when it tries to curb unemployment and fight poverty and distress of Americans during the Depression. Yet despite what appears to bind to anarchism right, Mencken remains a figure difficult to assess in the context of American intellectual.
 
In his book, De Leon is trying to show that Americans are all, in essence, libertarian (as he deems less provocative than that of “anarchist”). It seeks to explain the causes of what may seem in the eyes of an outsider, an anomaly of history, and proposes a taxonomy of the various currents libertarian (anarchist) in the United States. It firstly analyzes anarchism on the right, in its most extreme form is to deny the existence of the state.  This tradition makes the individual and autonomy the cornerstone of the social system. This current anarchist, who may well live with the capitalist system, is represented by Benjamin Tucker (1854-1939) or by philosophers Transcendentalists, Thoreau and Emerson. In an essay remained famous, “The American Scholar” (1837), it is also to consider the individual as a “sovereign state” (De Leon 9).
De Leon then studied what he calls the leftist anarchism (including Johann Most and Emma Goldman are probably the most famous representatives in the U.S.) that it offers an alternative to capitalism. This second course offers a critique of institutional authority, calls the local decision-making and wants to promote solidarity and mutual assistance, where the term “anarchism” community “. If it is ruled not want to classify Mencken in the latter course, it is not necessarily easier to classify in the first. Certainly, it could hardly be indifferent to the words of Benjamin Tucker accusing the government of attacking bloated civil liberties. But would it not also a William James applauded the aftermath of the Dreyfus Affair when he wrote: “We, intellectuals, must all work to keep our precious birthright of individualism … Every great institution is perforce a means of corruption” (De Leon 45)? And would not it also agrees with this phrase from the sociologist C. Wright Mills, who said in the fifties: “I can not give unconditional loyalties to any institution, man, state, nation or movement. My loyalties are conditioned upon my own convictions and my own values » (De Leon 14) ? Neither James nor Mills were however anarchists in the strict sense, Americans are reluctant to adopt any form of authority, where individualism and spirit of independence and self-reliance are important values. Perhaps we should then conclude, like De Leon, the American is in essence an anarchist who, in various forms, continues to express its rejection of centralized power and its commitment to individual liberties, or his civil disobedience? In light of this analysis, Mencken appears to be the solitary figure in the American cultural landscape.  Anarchism of Mencken, he is undoubtedly more individualistic and community, would it ultimately more typically American, the less original they had assumed at the beginning of the study? 
 
Perhaps then we should try to appreciate this singular spirit differently. In his calls for civil disobedience, Mencken arises heir to Thoreau (author of an essay entitled “Resistance to Civil Government” (1849), in which he criticized the war (1846-1848) that the United States have waged against Mexico and its citizens called for civil disobedience). In his criticism of big government and state prerogatives, Mencken echoed Benjamin Tucker.
Finally, his stubborn defense of individual liberties including freedom of expression can bring both the anarchists of the right than a Emma Goldman, for which he also had the greatest respect. Its originality is perhaps something else. His impassioned defense of American values – freedom, autonomy and anti-statism – if sincerely held, is not exceptional, but it is imbued with his reading of youth. For Mencken, as we know, spent his childhood and adolescence, that is to say, the 1890s, to devour books.  His insatiable curiosity has led Mark Twain to Nietzsche, from Henry Adams, William Sumner and Herbert Spencer – the father of social Darwinism. It would take too long to explain here in detail the impact of these thinkers and writers on Mencken. Nevertheless Mencken’s anarchism, it is undeniable, is strongly imbued with the ideas of Nietzsche on democracy and its nihilism, printed by the social Darwinism of Spencer, influenced by the great liberal economic theories – laissez-faire – in short, all influenced by the dominant values of America where he grew up. And perhaps eventually the ability to make a synthesis between the great American values and common ideas in vogue at the turn of the century, making this Mencken empêcheur think in circles.

BIBLIOGRAPHY
· Bode, Carl. The New Mencken Letters . New York: The Dial P, 1977.
 
· Cain, William E.  “A Lost Voice of Dissent.HL Mencken in Our Time. “Sewanee Review. (Spring 1996): 229-47.
 
· De Leon, David. The American as Anarchist . Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins UP, 1978.
 
· Douglas, George H. HL Mencken, Critic of American Life . Hamden, Conn.: Archon, 1978.
 
· Epstein, Joseph. “Rediscovering Mencken”. Commentary (April 1977): 47-52.
 
· Forgue, Guy Jean, ed. Letters of HL Mencken . New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1961.
 
· Hobson, Fred. Mencken, a Life . New York: Random House, 1994.
 
· Mencken, Henry Louis. Notes on Democracy . New York: Octagon, 1977.
 
· —. A Mencken Chrestomathy . New York: Vintage, 1982.
 
· Parrish, Michael E. Anxious Decades, in America in Prosperity and Depression, 1920-1941. New York: Norton, 1992.
 
· Richard, François. Les Anarchistes de droite . [1991]. Paris : PUF, 1997.
 
· Williams, William HA HL Mencken Revisited. New York: Twayne, 1998.
NOTES
[1] In Democracy in America, it analyzes the U.S. political system as he had seen during his trip to the United States in 1831. In the chapter entitled “The tyranny of the majority”, he explains how the desire to create a democracy eventually led the U.S. to plebiscite the majority opinion to stifle all dissent, protest or simply original.
 
[2]In the twenties, they defended a literal interpretation of the Bible, going to ban the teaching of Darwinian theory – evolutionary – in some states. Scopes, a biology professor who had agreed to defy the fundamentalists and teaching Darwin’s theories in Tennessee, was tried in 1925. The Scopes trial – or Monkey Trial – was an opportunity for Mencken to deploy all its verve and fun of the fundamentalists and their figurehead, the old populist politician William J. Bryan ( Chrestomathy 246).

     

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Quotes of the Week:

The discovery of truth is prevented more effectively, not by the false appearance things present and which mislead into error, not directly by weakness of the reasoning powers, but by preconceived opinion, by prejudice.”

“The first forty years of life give us the text; the next thirty supply the commentary on it.”

“We can come to look upon the deaths of our enemies with as much regret as we feel for those of our friends, namely, when we miss their existence as witnesses to our success.”

                                                                            -Arthur Schopenhauer

War: Our Chief Industry by Justin Raimondo

Obama and Liberal Chickenhawks Michael Hasting interviewed by Scott Horton

FIRE TO THE PRISONS  Issue # 7 

Edward Abbey, Conservative Anarchist by Bill Croke

A Short Discussion With a Stranger by Luke SD

Police State U.S.A. by Tom Engelhardt and Alfred McCoy

Internet Under Siege by Philip Giraldi

Pathology and Ideology: Hasan and Anarchist Assassin Leon Czolgosz by Evan Matthew Daniel

The Trial of the Century by Justin Raimondo

Israel Lobby Still Pushing Iran War by Philip Giraldi

Why Do They Hate Us? Israel!! Ray McGovern interviewed by Scott Horton

History Promises Disaster in Afghanistan for Blind America by John MacArthur

The Myth of Racist Kids (thanks, Ean!)

A Visit to Christiania by two Tasmanian National-Anarchists

Inspiration from Maine by Christopher Ketcham (thanks, Peter!)

War After Economic Bust? by Ryan Huang

Why the Democrats Now Dominate American Politics by Peter Beinart

Red Taliban by Siddharth Srivastava

Cultural Marxists Attempt to Censor Heidegger by Patricia Cohen

Black-On-Black Slavery from the BBC

The Seattle Quality of the Copenhagen Mobilization by Naomi Klein

The Stag Party Is Over by Mike Payne

Newt Gingrich Takes Out Another Contract on America by Harrison Bergeron 2

New Publications on Greece’s 2008 Revolt from Infoshop.Org

The Principality of Hutt River 

Class Struggle in the Service Sector from Infoshop.Org

Confronting the Prison-Industrial Complex from Angola 3 News

Crisis of the Capitalist System: Where Do We Go From Here? by Immanuel Wallerstein

We Need Health Care, Not Insurance by Carol Miller

Shining a Light on the Roots of Terrorism by Ray McGovern

Doctors Light Up by Norm Kent

Torture Resisters Arrested at Fort Huachuca by Brenda Norrell

The Ayn Rand I Knew by Ralph Raico

Reading the Af-Pak Tea Leaves by Jeff Huber

Obama’s Fractured Israel Policy by Daniel Larison

Obama Is Haunted By Gorbachev’s Ghost in Afghanistan by James Fergusson

Ex-Islamic Radicals on What Motivates and Impedes Extremism by Glenn Greenwald

To the Brink and Back Again  by Johann Hari

The New State Solution by Chris Hedges

Israeli Racists and the Demographic Demon by Uri Avnery

Why the McKrystal Plan Will Fail by Conn Hallinan

Obama’s China Junket by Mike Whitney

The Bogus Success of the Surge by Ray McGovern

The Historic Right to Nationhood by Ron Ridenour

A First Look at the Military Commissions Act by Joanne Mariner

With Enemies Like This, Who Needs Friends? by Kevin Carson

Why Anarchists Should Hurrah the Recession by Alex R. Night

First U.S. Marijuana Cafe Opens in Portland by Tom Johansmeyer

How to Buy a Used Firearm (and why you should) by Chuck Hawks

The U.S. Military Threatens the Entire Planet by Rick Rozoff

Against the Armies of Multiculturalism and Social Justice by Walter Block

Obama, Don’t Lecture China On Censorship by Dave Lindorff

Teuton and Gaul Will Never Fight Again by Eric Margolis

A Case for Secession-Introduction by Patrick Samuels

Himalayan Glaciers Not Melting by Doug Samuels

And You Thought Getting Into Harvard Was Tough by David Kramer

NEVER Call the Police for Help by William Norman Grigg

More Green Will Cost You More Green by David Kramer

Palin Drinks the Neocon Kool-Aid by James Ostrowski

Palin’s Paradox by Christopher Manion

Crooked Cops Shooting Fish in a Barrel by Karen De Coster

NEVER Ask the Police for Help, Continued by William Norman Grigg

Rothschild/Warburn Mouthpiece ADL Mouths Off by David Kramer

NEVER Talk to the Police: They’re Trained to Lie by William Norman Grigg

Afghanistan, Iraq Near Bottom of Corruption Index by Jim Lobe

The View from China by Robert Dreyfuss

Our National Cognitive Dissonance by Jeff Huber

I Fought the Law…And I Won by Steve Bierfeldt

An Anarchist’s Story: The Life of Ethel MacDonald by Chris Dolan

Steel Workers Consider Worker-Run Cooperatives by Andrew McLeod

Arianna’s PC Delta Force by David Nathan

Let’s Get Fiscal by Mike Whitney

Fear in Nicaragua by Danny Weil

Rush to Judgement on Terror Trials by Walter Brasch

Some Thoughts on Obamastan by Alex R. Knight

Common Sense Isn’t Common Anymore! by Dave Chappell

Father Abraham Had Many Sons by Thomas Knapp

Magazine Editor Questions Global Warming, Hysteria Ensues by James Delingpole

Sick of Military Double Speak? by Laurence Vance

PIG Tases 10 Year Old Girl 

Hitler, Bush, and Obama by Jacob Hornberger

Leviathan’s Orphans by William Norman Grigg

The War on Switzerland by Mike Rozeff

The Recession Creeps Across the Land by Stephen Carson

Private School Students Learn About Martial Law by William Norman Grigg

Lou Dobbs is Antiwar Now! by Karen De Coster

The Gitmo Trial: Why Now? by Justin Raimondo

Hey, I Know! Let’s Have a Show Trial! by Arthur Silber

Ditch Tribunals Entirely by Anthony Romero

Obama’s Extrajudical Killers by Nat Hentoff

Is Our Children Learning? by Pat Buchanan

It’s Show Trial Time! by Alexander Cockburn

Secession from Obamamerica by Zach Jones

It’s a War on the Poor! by James Brittain

“The Italians were called wops, the Jews were called hymies, I was of course a greaseball, and every Hispanic was a spic. Well, we all got along famously! It was rough, but it was fine.”

                                                                        -Taki Theodoracopulos

Tomislav Sunic interviews Paul Gottfried

“The “clash of civilizations” is, in a very literal sense, a clash of God and Mammon. The Islamic revolutionaries are driven by a fanatical devotion to their god and the promises they believe he has made to them if only they take up arms on his behalf. The nations of the West are driven by an almost as fanatical devotion to Mammon, that is, to wealth, luxury, power, pleasure and privilege. Further, the culture of the West combines this unabashedly materialist ethos with rejection of strength and discipline in favor of a maternalistic emphasis on health, safety, “sensitivity”, “self-esteem”, “potential”, “personal growth”, “getting in touch with one’s inner child”, “feelings” and other concepts common to pop culture psychobabble. Of course, the socio-cultural ramifications of this is to create a society of weaklings, mediocrities and crybabies.”

                                                                                                   -Keith Preston

(hat tip to Chris Donnellan for the following links)

Economic Crisis Is Getting Bloody

Potential for Criminal Behavior Evident at Age 3 

Ernst Junger 

National Liberal Part-The Third Way 

Red Toryism: A Lesson for the Left? 

American Indians Object to Loss of Identity 

Is France’s Identity Debate a Call to the Far Right? 

Mark Steyn and the Limits of Neoconservatism

Journal: Loyalty? from John Robb

Fort Hood: Pre-Westphalian Loyalties or Postal Rage? by John Robb

PIGS Taser Unarmed Man to Death 

Are There More Universes? from New Scientist

Somali Woman Stoned for Adultery 

U.S. Residents Fight for the Right to Hang Laundry 

When the Left Was Right from American Conservative

Conservative Ralph Nader by Jack Hunter

Wendell Berry: Against the Death Penalty

The Secular Case Against Gay Marriage 

Top Ten Evil Human Experiments 

Strategies and Tactics at the World Trade Organization 

A Nation of Sheep, Ruled by Wolves, Owned by Pigs

The Revolution Within Anarchism 

Forty Years in the Wilderness? 

Liberty and Populism: Building An Effective Resistance Movement for North America

Organizing the Urban Lumpenproletariat

National Anarchy and the American Idea

Are Men More Intelligent Than Women? 4

John Philippe Rushton and Richard Lynn say yes, but Adrian Farnham says no. What do you think? Does it matter?

My position on this has always been to promote meritocracy. Whether women (or blacks or Mexicans or some other group) are on average less intelligent or not, if someone from a group whose average intelligence is lower than others can still rise according to their own abilities, then what does it matter? For instance, if women, blacks, or others are individually capable of being great scholars, scientists, inventors, or artists, and no one prevents them from doing so, then what else is there to be concerned about?

Are You An Anarchist? The Answer May Surprise You! 7

by David Graeber

Chances are you have already heard something about who anarchists are and what they are supposed to believe. Chances are almost everything you have heard is nonsense. Many people seem to think that anarchists are proponents of violence, chaos, and destruction, that they are against all forms of order and organization, or that they are crazed nihilists who just want to blow everything up. In reality, nothing could be further from the truth. Anarchists are simply people who believe human beings are capable of behaving in a reasonable fashion without having to be forced to. It is really a very simple notion. But it’s one that the rich and powerful have always found extremely dangerous.

At their very simplest, anarchist beliefs turn on to two elementary assumptions. The first is that human beings are, under ordinary circumstances, about as reasonable and decent as they are allowed to be, and can organize themselves and their communities without needing to be told how. The second is that power corrupts. Most of all, anarchism is just a matter of having the courage to take the simple principles of common decency that we all live by, and to follow them through to their logical conclusions. Odd though this may seem, in most important ways you are probably already an anarchist — you just don’t realize it.

Let’s start by taking a few examples from everyday life.

* If there’s a line to get on a crowded bus, do you wait your turn and refrain from elbowing your way past others even in the absence of police?
If you answered “yes”, then you are used to acting like an anarchist! The most basic anarchist principle is self-organization: the assumption that human beings do not need to be threatened with prosecution in order to be able to come to reasonable understandings with each other, or to treat each other with dignity and respect.

Everyone believes they are capable of behaving reasonably themselves. If they think laws and police are necessary, it is only because they don’t believe that other people are. But if you think about it, don’t those people all feel exactly the same way about you? Anarchists argue that almost all the anti-social behavior which makes us think it’s necessary to have armies, police, prisons, and governments to control our lives, is actually caused by the systematic inequalities and injustice those armies, police, prisons and governments make possible. It’s all a vicious circle. If people are used to being treated like their opinions do not matter, they are likely to become angry and cynical, even violent — which of course makes it easy for those in power to say that their opinions do not matter. Once they understand that their opinions really do matter just as much as anyone else’s, they tend to become remarkably understanding. To cut a long story short:
anarchists believe that for the most part it is power itself, and the effects of power, that make people stupid and irresponsible.

* Are you a member of a club or sports team or any other voluntary organization where decisions are not imposed by one leader but made on the basis of general consent?

If you answered “yes”, then you belong to an organization which works on anarchist principles! Another basic anarchist principle is voluntary association. This is simply a matter of applying democratic principles to ordinary life. The only difference is that anarchists believe it should be possible to have a society in which everything could be organized along these lines, all groups based on the free consent of their members, and therefore, that all top-down, military styles of organization like armies or bureaucracies or large corporations, based on chains of command, would no longer be necessary. Perhaps you don’t believe that would be possible. Perhaps you do. But every time you reach an agreement by consensus, rather than threats, every time you make a voluntary arrangement with another person, come to an understanding, or reach a compromise by taking due consideration of the other person’s particular situation or needs, you are being an
anarchist — even if you don’t realize it.

Anarchism is just the way people act when they are free to do as they choose, and when they deal with others who are equally free — and therefore aware of the responsibility to others that entails. This leads to another crucial point: that while people can be reasonable and considerate when they are dealing with equals, human nature is such that they cannot be trusted to do so when given power over others. Give someone such power, they will almost invariably abuse it in some way or another.

* Do you believe that most politicians are selfish, egotistical swine who don’t really care about the public interest? Do you think we live in an economic system which is stupid and unfair?

If you answered “yes”, then you subscribe to the anarchist critique of today’s society — at least, in its broadest outlines. Anarchists believe that power corrupts and those who spend their entire lives seeking power are the very last people who should have it. Anarchists believe that our present economic system is more likely to reward people for selfish and unscrupulous behavior than for being decent, caring human beings. Most people feel that way. The only difference is that most people don’t think there’s anything that can be done about it, or anyway — and this is what the faithful servants of the powerful are always most likely to insist — anything that won’t end up making things even worse.

But what if that weren’t true?

And is there really any reason to believe this? When you can actually test them, most of the usual predictions about what would happen without states or capitalism turn out to be entirely untrue. For thousands of years people lived without governments. In many parts of the world people live outside of the control of governments today. They do not all kill each other. Mostly they just get on about their lives the same as anyone else would. Of course, in a complex, urban, technological society all this would be more complicated: but technology can also make all these problems a lot easier to solve. In fact, we have not even begun to think about what our lives could be like if technology were really marshaled to fit human needs. How many hours would we really need to work in order to maintain a functional society — that is, if we got rid of all the useless or destructive occupations like telemarketers, lawyers, prison guards, financial analysts, public
relations experts, bureaucrats and politicians, and turn our best scientific minds away from working on space weaponry or stock market systems to mechanizing away dangerous or annoying tasks like coal mining or cleaning the bathroom, and distribute the remaining work among everyone equally? Five hours a day? Four? Three? Two? Nobody knows because no one is even asking this kind of question. Anarchists think these are the very questions we should be asking.

* Do you really believe those things you tell your children (or that your parents told you)?

“It doesn’t matter who started it.” “Two wrongs don’t make a right.” “Clean up your own mess.” “Do unto others…” “Don’t be mean to people just because they’re different.” Perhaps we should decide whether we’re lying to our children when we tell them about right and wrong, or whether we’re willing to take our own injunctions seriously. Because if you take these moral principles to their logical conclusions, you arrive at anarchism.
Take the principle that two wrongs don’t make a right. If you really took it seriously, that alone would knock away almost the entire basis for war and the criminal justice system. The same goes for sharing: we’re always telling children that they have to learn to share, to be considerate of each other’s needs, to help each other; then we go off into the real world where we assume that everyone is naturally selfish and competitive. But an anarchist would point out: in fact, what we say to our children is right. Pretty much every great worthwhile achievement in human history, every discovery or accomplishment that’s improved our lives, has been based on cooperation and mutual aid; even now, most of us spend more of our money on our friends and families than on ourselves; while likely as not there will always be competitive people in the world, there’s no reason why society has to be based on encouraging such behavior, let alone making people compete over
the basic necessities of life. That only serves the interests of people in power, who want us to live in fear of one another. That’s why anarchists call for a society based not only on free association but mutual aid. The fact is that most children grow up believing in anarchist morality, and then gradually have to realize that the adult world doesn’t really work that way. That’s why so many become rebellious, or alienated, even suicidal as adolescents, and finally, resigned and bitter as adults; their only solace, often, being the ability to raise children of their own and pretend to them that the world is fair. But what if we really could start to build a world which really was at least founded on principles of justice? Wouldn’t that be the greatest gift to one’s children one could possibly give?

* Do you believe that human beings are fundamentally corrupt and evil, or that certain sorts of people (women, people of color, ordinary folk who are not rich or highly educated) are inferior specimens, destined to be ruled by their betters?

If you answered “yes”, then, well, it looks like you aren’t an anarchist after all. But if you answered “no”, then chances are you already subscribe to 90% of anarchist principles, and, likely as not, are living your life largely in accord with them. Every time you treat another human with consideration and respect, you are being an anarchist. Every time you work out your differences with others by coming to reasonable compromise, listening to what everyone has to say rather than letting one person decide for everyone else, you are being an anarchist. Every time you have the opportunity to force someone to do something, but decide to appeal to their sense of reason or justice instead, you are being an anarchist. The same goes for every time you share something with a friend, or decide who is going to do the dishes, or do anything at all with an eye to fairness.

Now, you might object that all this is well and good as a way for small groups of people to get on with each other, but managing a city, or a country, is an entirely different matter. And of course there is something to this. Even if you decentralize society and puts as much power as possible in the hands of small communities, there will still be plenty of things that need to be coordinated, from running railroads to deciding on directions for medical research. But just because something is complicated does not mean there is no way to do it democratically. It would just be complicated. In fact, anarchists have all sorts of different ideas and visions about how a complex society might manage itself. To explain them though would go far beyond the scope of a little introductory text like this. Suffice it to say, first of all, that a lot of people have spent a lot of time coming up with models for how a really democratic, healthy society might work; but
second, and just as importantly, no anarchist claims to have a perfect blueprint. The last thing we want is to impose prefab models on society anyway. The truth is we probably can’t even imagine half the problems that will come up when we try to create a democratic society; still, we’re confident that, human ingenuity being what it is, such problems can always be solved, so long as it is in the spirit of our basic principles — which are, in the final analysis, simply the principles of fundamental human decency.

Global Warming, Peak Oil, and HIV=AIDS Denialism 6

I recently came across this George Will column pointing out how in the 1970s, there was an emerging scientific consensus on the inevitability of “global cooling.”

Of course, we all know that today it is “global warming” that it supposed to be the big ecological issue.  Many deniers of the global warming hypothesis are considered to be shills for the petroleum industry, but Alexander Cockburn has argued that some from the “global warming alarmist” crowd can be accused of being similar shills for the nuclear industry.

The other big doomsday scenario currently being promoted is Peak Oil. At the North American Secessionist Conference in 2008, I heard Sebastian Ronin give a comprehensive and convincing overview of the case for the theory of Peak Oil. Yet there are serious arguments for the other side as well.

Another interesting scientific controversy of this type is the HIV=AIDS denial movement. The most important figure in this movement is probably Dr. Peter Duesberg. According to Duesberg and others of this camp, AIDS is caused not by HIV, but by malnutrition, drug abuse, congenital problems like heart disease and hemophilia or, in some cases, anti-AIDS drugs themselves. There does seem to be some evidence to support this theory, like the case of Lindsay Nagel. The problem is that for every case that seems to detract from HIV=AIDS orthodoxy, there are others that seem to confirm the orthodox position, like that of Christine Maggiore

So what’s the real story with all of these different controversies? I have no idea, and I have no relevant credentials, experience, or training in fields that would allow me to make an educated guess about the “truth” on these questions. What do readers think?

Updated News Digest November 15, 2009 Reply

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Quote of the Week:

“Humanity only finds peace in death. Life is struggle.”

                                                                           -Chris Donnellan

“The prevailing idea of what it means to be modern is a post-Christian myth. Christians have always held that there is only one path of salvation, that it is disclosed in history, and that it is open to all. In these respects, Christianity differs radically from the religious and philosophies of the ancient world and from non-western faiths.

In the polytheistic cults of the Greeks and Romans, it was accepted that humans will always live different ways. When there are many gods no way of life is bonding on all. Worshipping one god, Christians have always believed that only one way of life can be right.

“Enlightenment thinkers like to see themselves as modern pagans, but they are really latter-day Christians: they too aim to save mankind. The ancient pagans did not believe that the mass of mankind could be saved. Or, for that matter, that it was worth saving.”
                                                                                 -John Gray

The Fall of the Berlin Wall Did Not Kill Off the Totalitarian Left by Melanie Phillips

Society After State-Capitalism: Resilient Communities and Local Economies by Kevin A. Carson

Depression, Secession, Revolution Gerald Celente interviewed by Lew Rockwell

An Anarchist on “National Defense by Wendy McElroy

Can Attacks on a Military Base Constitute “Terrorism”? by Glenn Greenwald

How Maine Sprouted a Militia by Christopher Ketcham (hat tip to Brady Campbell)

Camille Paglia: Last of the Open-Minded Liberals by Danny Huddleston

Evil Empire by Paul Craig Roberts

A Call to the Alternative Right by Paul Gottfried

The Cultural Revolution Is Complete by Richard Spencer

Black Metal: A Weapon in the Cultural Arsenal of the Revolution? by Alex Kurtagic (more on metal from Nina Kouprianova)

Morality vs Material Interests by Paul Craig Roberts

Stop the Mexodus-Legalize Marijuana! by Brenda Walker

Monetary Crime Bosses by Murray Rothbard

One in a Hundred by Alexander Cockburn

Dixie and Vermont: Contrasting Styles of Secession  by Ron Miller

Obama Fails to Reset Foreign Policy by Melvin A. Goodman

Israel Routs Obama As the Dollar Dies by Paul Craig Roberts

Afghanistan’s Sham Army by Chris Hedges

The Deal with Iran by Robert Dreyfuss

Israel’s Apartheid Is Worse Than South Africa’s by Yitzak Laor

More Troops? Only if U.S. Wants More Afghan Chaos from Detroit Free Press

Leave Afghanistan to the Afghans by Patrick Cockburn

The War at Home by Justin Raimondo

A Day That Shook the World by Eric Margolis

How To Demilitarize Your Church by Laurence Vance

The FBI’s Hippie-Anarchist Twitter Raid from David Kramer

U.K. PIGS Report Pregnant Woman to Social Services Over a Half-Decorated Home from David Kramer

Stop, Look, Listen Before Jumping Into the Afghan Abyss by Justin Raimondo

A Year With Obama and U.S. Foreign Relations Have Gotten Worse by William Pfaff

Why Most Counterinsurgency Wars Fail by Ivan Eland

Israel Is About to Get What It Wished For by Stephen Walt

America’s Alliances Are Costly Relics by Justin Logan

Wanna Get Laid? Avoid Women With College Degrees! from Entitled to An Opinion

Supposedly Reactionary, Homophobic Salt Lake City Passes Gay Rights Law with Mormon Church Endorsement from Richmond Times-Dispatch

PIGS Have a Good Time at Taxpayer Expense from Richmond Times-Dispatch

Is the Day of Great Leaders Past? by Chuck Baldwin

Leftoids Rally Against Free Speech from IndyMedia

The Legacy of Albert Parsons by Joseph Grosso

To Be Young and Unemployed Forever by Carl Ginsburg

The Totalitarian Trotsky by Ray Mangum

Another Ivy League Professor Loses It Over Race by James J. O’Meara

The Blackwater Plot Thickens by Jeremy Scahill

Newspaper is Punished for Criticizing Iraqi Leader by Glenn Greenwald

The U.S. Invasion of the Vatican by Jacob Hornberger

Why Die for Karzai? by Tom Hayden

Obama’s Arrogance of Power by Gene Healy

Is Israel too Strong for Obama?  from the Economist

Without War We Are Nothing, Apparently by Alex Massie

Middle Class Resorts to Shoplifting to Keep Up Appearances by Adam Fresco (go middle class!!)

D.C. To Pay $450,000 to 8 Antiwar Protestors Who Were Interrogation Victims from News Channel 8

The Crafting of a Loophole by Andrew Cockburn

A Small “d” Depression by Mike Whitney

Ten States Going Bankrupt

The Truth About the House Health Care Bill by Rose Ann DeMoro

The Dalai Lama Sticks His Thumb in the Dragon’s Eye by Peter Lee

General Electric Goes Green from David Kramer (now we’ve seen everything!)

Taser Nation by Karen DeCoster

U.S. Out of North America? by Thomas Knapp

When Dictatorship Came to America by Thomas DiLorenzo

On General Labor and Socially Created Value by Kevin Carson

Conservatives Blindly Support “Our Troops” In Defense of the Big Lie by Kevin Copenhagen

The Legal Caste Strikes Out on This One by Bill Anderson

Health Insurance: Solution, or Part of the Problem? by Saul Weiner

Why Students Don’t Like School..Well, Duhhh! by Peter Gray

Why Switzerland Is Still Free and American Is Not by Ron Holland

Free Switzerland  by Heidi (more on the Swiss, and more)

The Odd Couple: Chinese Communism and Capitalism by David Kramer

Chinese Government Invokes Lincoln to Justify Oppression of Tibet by Tom Di Lorenzo (wow!)

 Libertarianism and Identity by Richard Hoste

Snitches in the Native Youth Movement from Infoshop.Org

Failing the People on Health Care by Ralph Nader

Political Correctness: The Bomb That Exploded at Fort Hood by Patroon

Meeting Our Afghan Ally: Stealing, Selling Heroin and Raping Boys by Patrick Cockburn

The Militarization of Mental Health by Mary Lynn Cramer

Pot Doc Down by Fred Gardner

Godless China: What Obama Will Find by John V. Walsh

Paramilitaries in Colombia by Charles R. Larsen

Minority Report by Ray Mangum

Kentucky Joins the Nullification Movement by Michael Boldin

“Guilty” of Scaring Undercover PIGS by William Norman Grigg

Middle Schoolers Jailed for Food Fight by Lew Rockwell

The Winds of Change Die Down (It was all hot air to begin with) by Justin Raimondo

Not Every Tragedy is Terrorism  by Charles Pena

Say Nyet to Afghanistan by Jeff Huber

23 CIA PIGS on the Run After Italian Conviction for Kidnapping Scott Horton interviewed by Scott Horton

What Do These Religiously Motivated Terrorist Acts Tell Us? by Glenn Greenwald

Obama’s Betrayals  by Sheldon Richman

150 Years of Accumulated Reasons to Secede  by Russ Longcore

“The Italians were called wops, the Jews were called hymies, I was of course a greaseball, and every Hispanic was a spic. Well, we all got along famously! It was rough, but it was fine.”

                                                                        -Taki Theodoracopulos

Jonathan Bowden on Heidegger and Death’s Ontology

Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four, Part Five, Part Six,

“The “clash of civilizations” is, in a very literal sense, a clash of God and Mammon. The Islamic revolutionaries are driven by a fanatical devotion to their god and the promises they believe he has made to them if only they take up arms on his behalf. The nations of the West are driven by an almost as fanatical devotion to Mammon, that is, to wealth, luxury, power, pleasure and privilege. Further, the culture of the West combines this unabashedly materialist ethos with rejection of strength and discipline in favor of a maternalistic emphasis on health, safety, “sensitivity”, “self-esteem”, “potential”, “personal growth”, “getting in touch with one’s inner child”, “feelings” and other concepts common to pop culture psychobabble. Of course, the socio-cultural ramifications of this is to create a society of weaklings, mediocrities and crybabies.”

                                                                                                   -Keith Preston

“Two Can Keep a Secret If One of Them Is Dead.” -Hell’s Angels (attributed)

(hat tip to Chris Donnellan for the following links)

No Nation Can Liberate Another by Malalai Joya

Jewish Anti-Semitism by Uzi Silber

A Crisis Made by Neoliberalism by Michael Yates and Fred Magdoff

90,000 Casualties, But Who’s Counting? by Kelley B. Vlahos

Casualties of Diversity  by Jack Hunter

The Fall of the Wall  from Front Porch Republic

Tasmanian Autonomous Zone 

Framed for Child Porn by a PC Virus 

Joblessness May Reach 13% in U.S. 

Church Electioneering 

German-American Internee Coalition 

Plowing Detroit Into Farmland 

Global Guerrillas: TRIBES! 

Supporters of the Lakota Indian Independence Movement 

Ukrainian Christian National-Anarchism 

Religious Affilitiation by Ethnicity in the United States 

Is the History of Psychiatry a Big Mess? 

Landing a Job Is Like Getting Into Harvard

Dennis Kucinich: Why I Voted No on the Health Care Bill 

Designer Vagina Trend “Worrying” 

German Neo-Nazis: “We’re Pro-Israel, Condemn Anti-Semitism” 

Fight Against Workplace Prejudice for Alternative People 

Karl Marx Vs Political Correctness 

One Million Strong for the Separation of Corporation and State 

Dissolve the United States of America 

North American Secessionist Conference 2010 

Sweden Paying Immigrants to Leave 

The Origins of Sesame Street in Cultural Marxism 

Judge Orders Phoenix Church to Stop Feeding the Homeless 

Final Hour Lap Dances for Hasan

A Nation of Sheep, Ruled by Wolves, Owned by Pigs

The Revolution Within Anarchism 

Forty Years in the Wilderness? 

Liberty and Populism: Building An Effective Resistance Movement for North America

Organizing the Urban Lumpenproletariat

National Anarchy and the American Idea

Camille Paglia: Last of the Open-Minded Liberals 4

http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/10/camille_paglia_last_of_the_ope.html

by Danny Huddleston

[Keith: While I agree with much of the analysis in this, I disagree that the economic policies of the Obamaites can rightfully be classified as “socialist” or “communist.” Obamanomics is closer to corporatism, or “state-capitalism,” i.e. fascism. As an example see this critique of Obamacare  from a more authentic leftist-socialist perspective from Dennis Kucinich. Obama is just as much a stooge for the banksters as Bush was. However, the Obamaites do represent a coming to power of Cultural Marxism derived from the New Left, so some of the confusion on this question found on the Right is understandable if inaccurate.]

What would you call an acknowledged member of the intellectual elite who is skeptical of global warming, likes to listen to Rush Limbaugh, has an ongoing battle with the feminist establishment and is a fan of Sarah Palin? I would call her the last of the open minded liberals. Don’t get the wrong idea, she’s no dittohead. And she has some controversial and disturbing ideas that would be right at home in the far left universe. But what she doesn’t do is blindly follow today’s liberal orthodoxy. Her answer is similar to the main theme of many of her other recent columns. She has some harsh words for those around Obama and some of his policies while still holding out hope that he can turn it all around, as reflected in this comment: “Count me among those who are very critical of many of Obama’s actions or evasions but who continue to like him and to believe in his potential as a world leader.” A good example of her disdain for those around Obama can be found in this excerpt from a column she wrote in March of this year:

Yes, free the president from his flacks, fixers and goons — his posse of smirky smart alecks and provincial rubes, who were shrewd enough to beat the slow, pompous Clintons in the mano-a-mano primaries but who seem like dazed lost lambs in the brave new world of federal legislation and global statesmanship. Heads should be rolling at the White House for the embarrassing series of flubs that have overshadowed President Obama’s first seven weeks in office and given the scattered, demoralized Republicans a huge boost toward regrouping and resurrection. (Michelle, please use those fabulous toned arms to butt some heads!)

Interestingly this is not the first Democrat administration that Camille has had a problem with. In a 1995 interview in Playboy she was asked: “Were you optimistic when Clinton was elected?” Her answer:
 
Of course. We finally had a great opportunity. It was a chance to rethink everything that had failed as a result of the shoddy thinking in the Sixties and to try again with a new, reasoned approach. The Clinton administration should have been a think tank for the nation–he himself should have led the debate, reaffirming all Sixties ideals but correcting them where they had become excessive. It’s a tragedy that he didn’t. Instead of surrounding himself with progressive intellectuals, he surrounded himself with Eighties yuppies–like George Stephanopoulos, whom I loathe with a passion. I wish Clinton would fire everyone around him. I want a Saturday night massacre. I hate them all. But Clinton has totally lost the persona of leadership. It’s pathetic. He’s looking like a salesman.
 
It’s deja vu all over again, she has a chronic case of buyer’s remorse.

Notice her criticism of the Clinton administration extends all the way to the guy at the top. She even criticized Clinton for not resigning after the Monica Lewinsky scandal. But today with her critique of the Obama administration she stops short of blaming Obama himself. It will be interesting to see if this changes in the future.

Why do influential liberals like Camille continue to give Obama a pass? Clearly Obama and those he has surrounded himself with are far more radical than the Clinton administration was. A new video has surfaced showing Anita Dunn, the White House communications director extolling the virtues of Mao Tse-Tung. This is just the latest in a string of marxists and radicals found serving in the Obama White House.

There is a logical reason the Obama administration is far more radical than the Clinton administration was. It is the culmination of a decades long trend. Professor Paglia’s colleagues in academia have been a little too successful in their efforts to change our culture. Many parts of American society including political parties — particularly the Democrat Party — have been moving to the far left for many years now.

Camille and a few other liberals like her who still believe in liberty and freedom and reject political correctness have been shut out of the debate. No one is listening.

Her writings are filled with heartfelt questions for her party. Some may wonder if her thought process is taking her down the same road that Robin of Berkeley traveled recently? That’s not likely, Camille has traveled too far as a Democrat. Here are some of her pleas to the Democrat establishment from her September 9th column:

Why did it take so long for Democrats to realize that this year’s tea party and town hall uprisings were a genuine barometer of widespread public discontent and not simply a staged scenario by kooks and conspirators? […] It was on talk radio, which I have resumed monitoring around the clock because of the healthcare fiasco, that I heard the passionate voices of callers coming directly from the town hall meetings.

Why has the Democratic Party become so arrogantly detached from ordinary Americans? Though they claim to speak for the poor and dispossessed, Democrats have increasingly become the party of an upper-middle-class professional elite, top-heavy with journalists, academics and lawyers (one reason for the hypocritical absence of tort reform in the healthcare bills). Weirdly, given their worship of highly individualistic, secularized self-actualization, such professionals are as a whole amazingly credulous these days about big-government solutions to every social problem. They see no danger in expanding government authority and intrusive, wasteful bureaucracy. This is, I submit, a stunning turn away from the anti-authority and anti-establishment principles of authentic 1960s leftism.

How has “liberty” become the inspirational code word of conservatives rather than liberals? […] I always thought that the Democratic Party is the freedom party — but I must be living in the nostalgic past. […]

[A]ffluent middle-class Democrats now seem to be complacently servile toward authority and automatically believe everything party leaders tell them. Why? Is it because the new professional class is a glossy product of generically institutionalized learning? Independent thought and logical analysis of argument are no longer taught. Elite education in the U.S. has become a frenetic assembly line of competitive college application to schools where ideological brainwashing is so pandemic that it’s invisible.
 
It’s almost painful to read the lamentations of a JFK Democrat pleading with today’s Democrat establishment. Camille doesn’t realize that the Democrat party has been taken over by leftists. She believes that Obama is a pragmatic rational liberal like herself and all his missteps to date come from the bad advice he’s been getting from his inept advisers.

The idea that Obama’s problems may be self-inflicted is probably too terrible for her to contemplate. Camille doesn’t realize that Obama is a product of the new Democrat Party. The Democrat party of her youth is no more. It has been replaced with a party that is flirting with socialism and dare we say it — communism. Camille is shocked that the anti-establishment hippies of the 60’s now see no problem giving up their freedom to a huge government bureaucracy. Perhaps it’s because those hippies from the ’60s have become the establishment.

As the Democratic Party continues to ignore the advice of open-minded liberals like Camille Paglia and heads down the self-destructive path of radicalism there is a valuable lesson here for conservatives. We should always vote for the most conservative candidate we can find because once he or she gets to Washington . . .

Well, you know what happens. Surrounded by the trappings of seemingly unlimited federal power politicians from both parties seem to be inexorably pulled to the left. Even Reagan couldn’t get rid of the Department of Energy.

Updated News Digest November 8, 2009 Reply

Why Read the Sunday Papers When You Can Read AttacktheSystem.Com!

Quote of the Week:

    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“The press today is an army with carefully organized weapons, the journalists its officers, the readers its soldiers. But, as in every army, the soldier obeys blindly, and the war aims and operating plans change without his knowledge. The reader neither knows nor is supposed to know the purposes for which he is used and the role he is to play. There is no more appalling caricature of freedom of thought. Formerly no one was allowed to think freely; now it is permitted, but no one is capable of it any more. Now people want to think only what they are supposed to want to think, and this they consider freedom.”

                                                                                     -Oswald Spengler

The Paranoid Style in Center-Left Politics by Jesse Walker

Secret Aristocracies: Junger vs Sartre by Dominique Venner

Ellsberg: Obama Fears Military Revolt by Sari Gelzer

Obama Continues Bush Administration Policy Regarding Posse Comitatus by Joe Wolverton III

Why Does the U.S. Have an Empire in Asia? by Paul Craig Roberts

Tortured in Far Off Countries: Obama Continues Bush Rendition Policies by Sherwood Ross

Ongoing U.S. Efforts to Protect and Coddle Israel by Glenn Greenwald

Hoh’s Afghanistan Warning  by Ralph Nader

A Look at Tenant Organizing and the New Gentrification by Andrea Gibbons

U .K. Anarchists Attack Probation Office, Bank from Infoshop.Org

Sch0ol Makes You Stupid by Walter Williams

A Progressive-Libertarian Party in 2010? interview with Gerald Celente

Why the Innocent Flee From the Police  by William Norman Grigg

The Disenfranchised Antiwar Voter by Justin Raimondo

The Media as Ennablers of Government Lies by James Bovard

Another State Introduces Firearms Freedom Act by Chuck Baldwin

The New Economy by Richard Spencer

Too Fat to Fight by Alexander Cockburn

The Battle of Seattle: Ten Years Later by Mike Whitney

Big Brother in England to Spy on “Deadbeat Dads” by Tom Whitehead (hat tip to David Heleniak)

An Opportunity for Secession by Robert Eschauzier

George W. Obama by Jack Hunter

Victimless Crimes-More G20 Cases Fall Apart from Infoshop.Org

Hollow Victory by John J. Mearsheimer

From Lifestylism to Insurrection from Infoshop.Org

Iraqi Christians: Long History, Precarious Future by Genevieve Pollock

Murderous Idealism by Paul Hollander

Nietzsche’s Dionysian Faith by Stephen N. Williams

Keeping Afghanistan Safe From Democracy by Robert Scheer

Why Does AIPAC Spy on Americans? by Grant Smith

Europe Wants Out of Afghanistan by Jeff Huber

Unicorns in Kabul by George F. Will

The Tragedy of Leonard Peltier vs the U.S. from Infoshop.Org

Secession: Timing Is Everthing by Russell Longcore

Starved Into the Army by Sandy Leon Vest

Most U.S. Youth Unfit to Serve in Army, Says Pentagon by Laurence Vance

Authority Worship by Butler Shaffer

Book Review: The Assassination of Fred Hampton from Infoshop.Org

Cowardly PIGS Torture Teen-aged Hero by William Norman Grigg

Prosecutors: A Protected Criminal Class by William Norman Grigg

Breckenridge, Colorado Votes to Decriminalize Marijuana by Eric Garris

PIGS vs Punks in Gainesville, Florida from Infoshop.Org

Libertarian Shot in the Back by PIG by Eric Garris

Dangerous People Needed by David Swanson

Exhibiting Genuine Tolerance by John Derbyshire

Class Struggle Anarchist Conference Report from Infoshop.Org

Whither the Alternative Right? by Jack Hunter

RE: Whither the Alternative Right? by Dylan Hales

The Practical Considerations of Building an Effective Anarchist Program from Infoshop.Org

Not a Revolution by Richard Spencer

The GOP’s Dumb New Image by Ellison Lodge

Government Will Default on Its Debts by Gary North

The Sociology of the Ayn Rand Cult by Murray Rothbard

Jim Rogers Says Currency Crisis Is on the Way by Lindsay Whipp

Japan Is Ready to Topple by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard

 Another FED/Goldman-Sachs Rip-Off by Matt Taibbi

Canadian PIG Tortures Teen-Aged Girl by William Norman Grigg

CIA Seeks Manhunters to Assassinate Enemies of the State by David Kramer

U.S. Adopts Obsolete Counterinsurgency Doctrine in Afghanistan by Justin Raimondo

Hillary’s Ill Will Tour by Justin Raimondo

Member of Pagans MC Killed by PIGS by Mark Holmberg

The American Way of Abandonment by Pat Buchanan

The Sleep of Reason Produces Heidegger by Ray Mangum

Roman Orgy by Taki Theodoracopulos

Dying to Serve by Craig Hulet

Another Target of the Police State by Lew Rockwell

Undercover PIGS Engaged in Undercover Repression by William Norman Grigg

Grand New Pagan by Richard Spencer

“The Italians were called wops, the Jews were called hymies, I was of course a greaseball, and every Hispanic was a spic. Well, we all got along famously! It was rough, but it was fine.”

                                                                        -Taki Theodoracopulos

“The “clash of civilizations” is, in a very literal sense, a clash of God and Mammon. The Islamic revolutionaries are driven by a fanatical devotion to their god and the promises they believe he has made to them if only they take up arms on his behalf. The nations of the West are driven by an almost as fanatical devotion to Mammon, that is, to wealth, luxury, power, pleasure and privilege. Further, the culture of the West combines this unabashedly materialist ethos with rejection of strength and discipline in favor of a maternalistic emphasis on health, safety, “sensitivity”, “self-esteem”, “potential”, “personal growth”, “getting in touch with one’s inner child”, “feelings” and other concepts common to pop culture psychobabble. Of course, the socio-cultural ramifications of this is to create a society of weaklings, mediocrities and crybabies.”

                                                                                                   -Keith Preston

(hat tip to Chris Donnellan for the following links)

Mutualism: The Anarchism of Approximations 

Steelworkers Forms Collaboration with Mondragon 

Migrants Going North Now Risk Kidnappings 

The New Temple Prostitution 

Freedom of Speech vs Political Correctness/Corruption 

Is Economics the New Culture War? 

The U.S. is a Banana Republic 

An Ordinary Israel 

Americans Against the American Way of Life 

Battered on Wedding Day for Being a Goth 

The Revenge of Karl Marx 

Being Grumpy is Good for You 

What Is a Fascist? 

Despicable Baltimore PIG and more 

The Process Church of the Final Judgement 

Glenn Beck interviews Sam Beck of the Communist Party U.S.A.

Nestor Ivanovich Makhno: Ukrainian Anarchist Guerrilla Fighter 

Cercle Pierre-Joseph Proudhon 

Mouvement Anarchiste Bakouniniste 

I Support These 137 Nations That Want to Be Free

A Nation of Sheep, Ruled by Wolves, Owned by Pigs

The Revolution Within Anarchism 

Forty Years in the Wilderness? 

Liberty and Populism: Building An Effective Resistance Movement for North America

Organizing the Urban Lumpenproletariat

National Anarchy and the American Idea

New Statement of Purpose for AttacktheSystem.Com? 10

Here’s a new statement of purpose I am proposing for AttacktheSystem.Com:

AttacktheSystem.Com is maintained by American Revolutionary Vanguard, a dissident tendency within North American anarchism.  It is our contention that the mainstream of the anarchist movement has become unduly focused on left-wing cultural politics, countercultural lifestyle matters, and liberal pet causes. Consequently, the mainstream of contemporary anarchism has abandoned the central focus of the historic anarchist movement: overthrowing states, ruling classes, and empires. We aim to restore anarchism to the position it held during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centures, that of the premier revolutionary movement in the Western world.

We reject the Left/Right model of the political spectrum and work towards a synthesis of the currently scattered anarchist tendencies. These include anarcho-collectivism, syndicalism, mutualism, post-structuralism, Green anarchism, primitivism and neo-tribalism from the Left, and anarcho-capitalism, anarcho-monarchism, anarcho-feudalism, national-anarchism, tribal-anarchism, paleo-anarchism and Christian anarchism from the Right. Sympathetic persons from other ideological currents are welcome to participate in our efforts.

The most strategically feasible anarchist movement for contemporary North America would be an anarchist-led, pan-secessionist action emphasizing the principles of radical decentralization and appealing to the legacy of the American Revolution. Its primary class foundations would be the lumpenproletariat, petite bourgeosie, lower proletariat, sinking middle, neo-peasantry and declasse’ sectors, within the context of a broader populist framework.  A struggle rooted in these classes would necessitate a political re-alignment of the populist right, radical center, independent left, and others outside the center-left/center-right paradigm of the existing state and ruling class.

We reject the “culture wars” of mainstream American politics as a rivalry within the upper-middle class which is irrelevant to our revolutionary struggle. Anarchist participation in the “culture wars” is an unnecessary distraction from the struggle at hand. Irreconcilable cultural differences are best handled through individual autonomy, voluntary association, pluralism and peaceful co-existence where possible. Otherwise, secession, local sovereignty, community self-determination, and mutual self-separation should be the rule. Contemporary political science and social science research shows that Americans are currently in the process of self-separating into diverse communities oriented towards the specific interests of those of a particular culture, religion, political affiliation, language, occupation, economic values, age, race, ethnicity, sexuality or preferred way of life. This is how it should be. The natural results of people using their freedom of choice are a pluralistic anarchism, or “anarchism without adjectives.”

We identify as our primary enemies the American regime, the American ruling class and state-capitalist overlords, the international American empire and its accomplices. We therefore support self-determination for all peoples throughout the world, and the struggles of all enemies of imperialism. We stand in ruthless opposition to the domestic American police state, its prison-industrial complex, therapeutic state, legal caste, and the institutions responsible for the dissemination its propaganda, from the state-licensed media to the state-run educational system. We further oppose the ideology of Political Correctness embraced by totalitarian Left which has been appropriated by the forces of liberal-capitalism as the current manifestation of its ideological superstructure. Against this ruling class vision, we offered an alternative vision that is anti-authoritarian, non-Marxist, non-militarist and decentralist.

Updated News Digest November 1, 2009 Reply

Why Read the Sunday Papers When You Can Read AttacktheSystem.Com!

Quotes of the Week:

“”The present state of public affairs shows clearly enough that the State is the poorest instrument imaginable for improving human society, and that confidence in political institutions and political nostrums is ludicrously misplaced. Social philosophers in every age have been strenuously insisting that all this sort of fatuity is simply putting the cart before the horse; that society cannot be moralized and improved unless and until the individual is moralized and improved. Jesus insisted on this; it is the fundamental principle of Christian social philosophy. Pagan sages, ancient sages, modern sages, a whole apostolic succession running all the way from Confucius and Epictetus down to Nietzsche, Ibsen William Penn, and Herbert Spencer–all these have insisted on it.”
                                                                                      -Albert Jay Nock

“The Second Amendment isn’t about hunting deer, it’s about hunting politicians.”
                                                                          -Congressman “B1” Bob Dornan

“I do believe that where there is a choice only between cowardice and violence I would advise violence.”
                                                                              -Mohandas Gandhi

“This is the law: The purpose of fighting is to win. There is no possible victory in defense. The sword is more important than the shield and skill is more important than either. The final weapon is the brain. All else is supplemental.”

                                                                                     -John Steinbeck

The Religion of Marxism by Murray Rothbard

Politics As Tribe from the National Policy Institute

United Steelworkers Enlist Mondragon in Drive Toward Employee Democracy from Infoshop.Org

The State As Drug Lord by Kevin Carson

Criticism of Israel: A Wonderful Hiding Place by Michael Neumann

How the $outhern Poverty Law Center Profits From Intolerance by Ken Silverstein

An Opportunity for the Oathkeepers: End the Occupation by William Norman Grigg

Obama’s Real Death Panels by Ted Rall

30 Years On, Remembering the Cambodian Holocaust by John Pilger

When Small Countries Lead the Way by Mark Weisbrot

Karzai As Diem by Justin Raimondo

The Real Climate Change Catastrophe by Christopher Booker

Are You Ready for the Next Crisis? by Paul Craig Roberts

AfPak: Illegal, Immoral, and Fattening by Jeff Huber

Afghan Insurgents: Terrorists or Tea Partiers? by Justin Raimondo

American Preeminence Is Disappearing Fifteen Years Early by Michael T. Klare

Bankster Holiday by Paul Craig Roberts

Forever War by Pat Buchanan

The Network Revolution vs The State and Its Allies by Kevin Carson

Is An Attack on Iran Coming? by Paul Craig Roberts

Blair’s Regime’s Secret Plans for a Multicultural U.K. by Simon Walters

Rubbing Their Noses In It by Richard Spencer

Unilateral Disarmament by Richard Spencer

The U.S. Expands the Empire by Mike Sullivan

An Interview with Gore Vidal by John Meroney

A Few Brave Conservatives Reject Unhinged Radio Ranters by Jack Hunter

Stumbling Into the Mainstream, Against a Wall of Bias by Sean Gabb

Good News in the War on Drugs by David Kramer

Neocons and the Pentagon Rage Against the Dying of the Fight by Jeff Huber

Hyper Inflation by Ilana Mercer

Winning Through Intimidation by Brenda Walker

King Dollar Abdicates by Peter Schiff

Upcoming West Coast Nurses’ Strike from Infoshop.Org

Green Monster by Stanislav Mishin

On Tea Parties and Patriots from Infoshop.Org

Motherland by Nina Kouprianova

Anarchism and the Politics of Technology from Infoshop.Org

Dostoevsky on Modern Conservatism by Mark Hackard

To a Los Angeles Anarchist from Infoshop.Org

Rebel Against the Empire by Thomas Naylor

When Gitmo and Abu Ghraib Come Home by Bill Quigley and Deborah Popowski

Will the Dollar Remain the World’s Reserve Currency in Five Years? by Mike Whitney

A Commissar a Day Keeps the Doctor Away by TGGP

White Cross Patrol from Bay Area National Anarchists

Urban Gardens from Bay Area National Anarchists

Folsom Street Fair, Protest Part 2 from Bay Area National Anarchists

Creation of an Urban Guerrilla 

The Global Warming Crusaders by George Giles

Health Care Hypocrisy by Laurence Vance

Why They Hated the Articles of Confederation by Lew Rockwell

Dancing With the Czars by David Kramer

Neocon Stooge David Brooks Sucks Up to Obama by David Brooks

High Costs, Low Odds by Stephen M. Walt

Abolish NATO by Jeff Huber

The FBI Is Assessing You Nat Hentoff interviewed by Scott Horton

War Is a Hate Crime  by Chris Hedges

Libertarians Debate “Cultural Values” from Reason

Have You Seen This Missing Girl?

The U.S. Military Is Crazy As a Bedbug by Fred Reed

The Lynching of a Real Defense Attorney by William Anderson

Are You Middle-Class? Not for Long! by David Calderwood

The American Idea by Walter Williams

We’re Returning to the Middle Ages by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard

Another Imperial Puppet in Afghanistan by Eric Margolis

What Are You Buying for Self-Defense by Lew Rockwell

Former Marine Captain Resigns In Protest of Afghanistan War by Jeff Huber

Congressman Seeks to Atone for War Vote by George C. Wilson

Hate Is Not a Crime by Jack Hunter

Black Tuesday and How We Got Out of It by Mike Whitney

Here Comes the Third Party: Palin and the Constitutionalists by Jayne Lyn Stahl

Palin and Conservatives of the Heart by Pat Buchanan

The Anarchist Library Update from Infoshop.Org

Coalition Against Police Brutality in Greensboro, North Carolina from Infoshop.Org

Beautiful Losers by Paul Gottfried

The Trouble with Limited Government by Jesus Huerto de Soto

The Return of the Great Depression by Vox Day

Gerald Celente on Avoiding Economic Hardship by Naresh Vissa

Living the Outlaw Life by Claire Wolfe

Democracy’s Most Critical Defect by Robert Higgs

Stealth Gun Control  by Karen De Coster

Libelous Leftoidal Lynch Mobs by Tom DiLorenzo

Our Enemy, the Political Class by James Ostrowski

Nullification in Ohio

The Persecution of Self-Defenders by David Kramer

A Conservative Primer for Conceptualizing Political Economy on the Humane Scale by Patroon

Tea  Pot Ready to Boil in Upstate New York by Patroon

The U.S.S. Liberty Affair and the Problem of Truth in History by Alan Hart

Three Years Later, Brad Will is Still Dead by John Ross

Roman Roads and Modern Emperors by Conn Hallinan

Drug War Assassinations by Jacob Hornberger

Capitol Hill Hos by Jack Hunter

The National-Anarchist Movement Continues to Grow in Australia from Bay Area National Anarchists

The Real Forgotten: Victims of the Empire by Geoffrey Pike

Voting Lowers Your Testosterone by Gary Reed

Jimmy Carter: Racial Separatist

The Polygamy Experience 

Brown Berets Protest in Houston (their history)

Progressives for Immigration Reform

Military Recruiters Leave No Child Behind by David Goodman

Empire Falls: The Revolutions of 1989 by Charles Burris

Bob Gates’ Bad Bet by Jeff Huber

On the Eve of WW3 in Iran? by Gordon Prather

Kipling Haunts Obama’s Afghan War by Ray McGovern

There Is No Need for Conflict with China by John V. Walsh interviewed by Scott Horton

Land Wars in Asia Eric Margolis interviewed by Scott Horton

The Long Gaze of the State by Alexander Cockburn

Medical Marijuana Goes Mainstream by Norm Kent

 Invisible Review, Invisible Racism by Mupetblast

With Friends Like This, Obama Needs No Enemies by Mupetblast

“The Italians were called wops, the Jews were called hymies, I was of course a greaseball, and every Hispanic was a spic. Well, we all got along famously! It was rough, but it was fine.”

                                                                        -Taki Theodoracopulos

“The “clash of civilizations” is, in a very literal sense, a clash of God and Mammon. The Islamic revolutionaries are driven by a fanatical devotion to their god and the promises they believe he has made to them if only they take up arms on his behalf. The nations of the West are driven by an almost as fanatical devotion to Mammon, that is, to wealth, luxury, power, pleasure and privilege. Further, the culture of the West combines this unabashedly materialist ethos with rejection of strength and discipline in favor of a maternalistic emphasis on health, safety, “sensitivity”, “self-esteem”, “potential”, “personal growth”, “getting in touch with one’s inner child”, “feelings” and other concepts common to pop culture psychobabble. Of course, the socio-cultural ramifications of this is to create a society of weaklings, mediocrities and crybabies.”

                                                                                                   -Keith Preston

(hat tip to Chris Donnellan for the following links)

European Nationalist Parties Form Alliance 

In Defense of Carol Swain

“Racist” Biscuit Removed From Shelves 

What I’ve Learned from Debating Religious People Around the World by Christopher Hitchens

Kids As Young As Nine Receive Career Advice 

Motorist Is Told Flag Could Be Racist 

 Mao’s War Against Nature: Politics and the Environment in Revolutionary China

Trouble in Tea Party Land 

Neoconservatism and Trotskyism

Racist Nursery Children

Slavery in Modern Africa 

The Visigoths and the Fall of Rome 

War Is a Racket by General Smedley Butler 

H.L. Mencken Speaks , Part Two, Part Three, Part Four, Part Five, Part Six, Part Seven, Part Eight 

Sting Says Obama Sent from God (or “Don’t Take Advice from Rock Stars”)

Icelandic Sorcery and Witchcraft 

U.S. Workers Starved Into Service 

Modern Man Had Sex with Neanderthals 

Mayor Says Pay Problem Parents Not to Breed

A Nation of Sheep, Ruled by Wolves, Owned by Pigs

The Revolution Within Anarchism 

Forty Years in the Wilderness? 

Liberty and Populism: Building An Effective Resistance Movement for North America

Organizing the Urban Lumpenproletariat

National Anarchy and the American Idea

Updated News Digest October 25, 2009 2

Why Read the Sunday Papers When You Can Read AttacktheSystem.Com!

Quotes of the Week:

A revolution is not a dinner party, or writing an essay, or painting a picture, or doing embroidery.”

Despise the enemy strategically, but take him seriously tactically.”

Politics is war without bloodshed, while war is politics with bloodshed.”

 Weapons are an important factor in war, but not the decisive one; it is man and not materials that counts.”

                                                                                        -Mao Tse-tung   

An unmistakable sign of Third World despotism is a police force that sees the public as the enemy. Thanks to the federal government, our local police forces are now militarized and imbued with hostile attitudes toward the public. SWAT teams have proliferated, and even small towns now have police forces with the firepower of U.S. Special Forces.

Summons are increasingly delivered by SWAT teams that tyrannize citizens with broken down doors, a $400 or $500 repair born by the tyrannized resident. Recently, a mayor and his family were the recipients of incompetence by the town’s local SWAT team, which mistakenly wrecked the mayor’s home, terrorized his family and killed the family’s two friendly Labrador dogs.

If a town’s mayor can be treated in this way, what do you think is the fate of the poor white or black? Or the idealistic student who protests his government’s inhumanity?

In any failed state, the greatest threat to the population comes from the government and the police. That is certainly the situation today in the U.S.A. Americans have no greater enemy than their own government. Washington is controlled by interest groups that enrich themselves at the expense of the American people.

The 1 percent that comprise the superrich are laughing as they say, “Let them eat cake.”

                                                                                     -Paul Craig Roberts

The U.S.A Is a Failed State by Paul Craig Roberts

You’re Not the Customer: Don’t Trust Cops, Never Talk to Cops by Kevin Carson

Police State U.S.A William Norman Grigg interviewed by Scott Horton

Anarchists Unite: How Does That Work? by Gendy Alimurung

The Presidential Dictatorship by Tom Engelhardt and David Swanson

The New Totalitarians by Rafael Koski (intro by Peter Brimelow)

The Hate Industry by Elizabeth Wright

What’s Up with the Front Porch Republic? by Dylan Hales

All the Populism Money Can Buy by Alexander Cockburn

The Neocons Sing the Same Old Song in the Emperor’s Ear by Philip Giraldi

Rethinking World War III by Justin Raimondo

Obama’s War Interview with Col. Andrew Bacevich

Throttling Back on Afghanistan by Jeff Huber

Is Adulation of the Military Really Patriotic? by Ivan Eland

Getting the Vietnam Analogy Right in Afghanistan by Leon Hadar

China Seeks Deterrence, Not Dominance by Doug Bandow

Israel Was a Mistake Gabriel Kolko interviewed by Scott Horton

Our Two Faced Iran Policy by Justin Raimondo

The State’s Plan for Your Great Grandson by Tom Hayden

What Motivates the Taliban? by Glenn Greenwald

The Dark Side of the “Special Relationship” by Justin Raimondo

The Economics of Empire Donald Losman interviewed by Scott Horton

General Treachery-What Is This? A Coup? by Jeff Huber

The Afghan Quagmire by Joshua Holland

White Noise by Alex Kurtagic

FUCK: The Most Popular Word in the English Language by Mandolyna Theodoracopulos

It’s High Time by Richard Spencer

The Feminist, Multicultural Edmund Burke by Richard Spencer

The Frankfurt School in Exile: Authoritarianism and the Family by Kevin MacDonald

Middle Americans Alienated and Radicalized by Pat Buchanan

National Day of Action Against Police Brutality from Infoshop.Org

Anarchist Resists Grand Jury from Infoshop.Org

The Dollar Will Not Crash by Mike Whitney

James Williamson Rejoins Iggy and the Stooges 

The Christians’ Golden Calf by Laurence Vance

The Pleasures of Tobacco by Patrick Semmens

Stiletto Stoners by Yael Kohen

Horst Mahler: The Synthesis of the Left and Right by George Michael

The Mainstream American Left is Ignorant and Naive by Ray Mangum

Illegal Resistance Activity in Pre-Revolutionary Conditions by Kevin Walsh

Thoughts of an Anarcho-Negro by Rayfield A. Waller

Causes of the Amiseration of the Euro-American Proletariat by Kevin Walsh

Stalinist Russia Had a High Crime Rate by David R. Shearer

Barack Obama: The Last American President by Mike Gogulksi

The Republican’s Balloon Boy by Jack Hunter

Cool Cops and Vets Vow to Resist Dictatorship by Alan Maimon

Obama’s Actual Health Care Reform by Devlin Barrett

PIGS Murder 19-yr-old in California

You Might Be a Constitutionalist If… by Chuck Baldwin

Feminism’s a Bitch by Gavin McInnes

The Rotten Fruits of War by Dan Pearson and Kathy Kelly

Three Myths Driving the Afghan War by Johann Hari

Busting the Darfur Myth by Tom Mountain

Losing the War by Brian Downing

Russia’s Daring Vote      by Israel Shamir

Now Pakistan: Sequential Destruction of Muslim Nations by Liaquat Ali Khan

Syria’s Golan Heights by Franklin Lamb

Uncle Sam in Afghanistan by Norman Solomon

Can the Democrats Avoid a Populist Health Care Rebellion? by Kevin Zeese

Dead Babies in Iraq and Afghanistan Are No Joke by Dave Lindorff

A Young Champion of Liberty by Doug French

The Economics of Secession by Dave Mundy

Currency Controls Are Coming by Doug Casey

Confessions of a Home-Schooler by Andrew O’Hehir

They Can’t Push Us Around Forever by State Rep. Susan Lynn (TN)

“Rule of Law”-Fed Style  by Bill Anderson

The Shadow of Dictatorship Is on the Land by Ron Shirtz

A Rumsfeld-Era Reminder of What Causes Terrorism by Glenn Greenwald

The Real Reason for More Troops in Afghanistan by Michael Gaddy

Five Myths About Iran’s Nuclear Program by Joseph Cirincione

Educating Children in Conflict Zones by Catherine Rottenberg and Neve Gordon

A More Hands-Off Approach in Somalia by David Axe

Seeking Monsters to Kill Abroad by Faith Whittlesey

 Right-Wing Europe by Bede

Love Thy Neighbor…Or At Least Get to Know Them by Patroon

Unlearning the CIA by Christopher Ketcham

Palestine in Pieces by Jeff Gore

Why Did Iran Build the Enrichment Facility? by Gareth Porter

Announcing the Committee for Constitutional Health Care Reform by Dan Phillips

Defend Free Speech for Nick Grifffin by Bede

Towards a Constructive Anarchism from Infoshop.Org

Four Theses on the Invisible University from Infoshop.Org

Over 20,000 Mink Freed from Fur Farms in France/Spain from Infoshop.Org

The Deadly Medical-Industrial Complex by Dr. Doug Henderson and Gary Null

A Naked Swindle Perpetrated by the Ruling Class by Matt Taibbi

The Telecom Industry Aids and Abets the Police State 

“Education”: The Lizard State Wants Your Children by Doug Casey

Bartering With Ammo? by Terrence Gillespie

Media Stooges for the Fascist Legal Racket by Bill Anderson

Is “Being Offended” the New National Sport? by Karen De Coster

Anarchists on PBS from David Kramer

FOX Hunt by Jack Hunter

Nixon and Obama: Soul Brothers? by Pat Buchanan

March Against Police Violence in Santa Rosa from Infoshop.Org

Gerald Celente: The Worst Is Yet to Come by Naresh Vissa

Are You in Big Brother’s Database? by James Bamford

Nixon Killed America by Lew Rockwell

U.S. “Justice” Sucks by Lew Rockwell

Israeli Ethnic Cleansing by David Kramer

The World Will Be Fine Without American Bombs by Jeff Huber

“The Italians were called wops, the Jews were called hymies, I was of course a greaseball, and every Hispanic was a spic. Well, we all got along famously! It was rough, but it was fine.”

                                                                        -Taki Theodoracopulos

“The “clash of civilizations” is, in a very literal sense, a clash of God and Mammon. The Islamic revolutionaries are driven by a fanatical devotion to their god and the promises they believe he has made to them if only they take up arms on his behalf. The nations of the West are driven by an almost as fanatical devotion to Mammon, that is, to wealth, luxury, power, pleasure and privilege. Further, the culture of the West combines this unabashedly materialist ethos with rejection of strength and discipline in favor of a maternalistic emphasis on health, safety, “sensitivity”, “self-esteem”, “potential”, “personal growth”, “getting in touch with one’s inner child”, “feelings” and other concepts common to pop culture psychobabble. Of course, the socio-cultural ramifications of this is to create a society of weaklings, mediocrities and crybabies.”

                                                                                                   -Keith Preston

(hat tip to Chris Donnellan for the following links)

Worker Cooperatives 

The Holy War Against Fat-ism 

Jim Goad 

Psychopaths Are Distracted, Not Cold-Blooded 

Is Political Correctness to Blame for Lack of Coverage of Horrific Black-on-White Killings? 

National Resistance to the Obama Regime 

American Jews Rethink Israel 

White Trash from a Marxist Perspective

Defend Illegal Alien Halloween Costumes! 

Afghanistan’s Golden Age 

Latin America Plans U.S. Dollar Replacement

The Tragedy of the Palestinian Diaspora 

Why Are Stocks Surging As Jobs Disappear?

Socialism Vs Austrian Economics

Inland Empire National-Anarchists 

Where Will the Jobs Come From? 

Insurance Company Calls Rape a “Pre-Existing Condition”  

The White City of Portland 

Petition to Bring Tony Blair to Trial for War Crimes 

Distributivism in Today’s World and Economy

Nixon Tapes on Archie Bunker and Homosexuality 

Nixon on Jew Spies vs Negro Spies 

Nixon Drunk on Watergate 

Nixon and Pat Buchanan on Ivy League War Protests 

Nixon and Gerald Ford Discuss Republican Doves

Nixon Says “Get the Son of a Bitch” Daniel Ellsberg 

J. Edgar Hoover Calls Katherine Graham an “Old Bitch” 

Nixon and Kissinger on Idi Amin

Labour Wanted Mass Immigration to Make the U.K. More Multicultural, Says Former Adviser 

A Nation of Sheep, Ruled by Wolves, Owned by Pigs

The Revolution Within Anarchism 

Forty Years in the Wilderness? 

Liberty and Populism: Building An Effective Resistance Movement for North America

Organizing the Urban Lumpenproletariat

The Death of Politics  by Karl Hess

The Traffic in Women by Emma Goldman

Crime and Punishment by Errico Malatesta

Feminism As Fascism by Bob Black

Are You a True Revolutionary or a Couch Rebel? 4

by Peter Bjorn Perls

What keeps a lot of people back is that they have too much to lose from an upheaval of the existing, mostly peaceful, order of things.

The essence of the matter is that, to gain freedom, there must be some sacrifices, especially in the short term.

Assume a rebellion, either in the UK or US or wherever. It could have many consequences, both on the high-up political level (fx. by the national guard or army being sent into quell a rebellion), but the most felt change in the everyday for regular people will be the loss of amenities taken for granted.

Thank about the goods you use everyday, and would have to find alternatives for: Water in the tap, working toilets, garbage disposal, convenient shopping with an abundance of foods, drinks and “fun goods” available to you at minor expense. Electricity! No electricity means no computers, no internet, no Tv with associated sitting on the couch with a cold beer to relax from the day’s toil, no easy cooking, no electrical lighting. Everyday transportation – automotive transportation is taken for granted, and so is the supply of it’s lifeblood – gasoline.

All these things have solutions that are either obvious, easy, or not too hard to fix with cooperation in small groups (i’ll post that separately, this is getting too long). The point is that all these little things PILE UP to become a seemingly un-scaleable wall.

For those directly on the government payroll, either as “Public” employees or on welfare handouts, well, no need to explain that is there?

There is the very real possibility of engaging in rebellion that the “authorities” will crack down hard and physically on you and your compatriots. Bodily harm is probably assured, and actual death is possible.

There is the social aspect; as much of society is lulled into the dream of democracy-end-of-history and democracy-is-good, anyone who vocally, visibly and clearly shows disdain and rejection of that mindset faces ostracism and oodles of abuse.

(In this regard, i would wish the Randians had more balls to turn words to action, because they don’t seem to give a shit about their critics. As far as political fundies go, they are an example of what the leaders of a rebellion in these times of mental sheepism need to be – staunch and uncompromising).

If rebellion and secession is to become reality, what you must ALL ask yourselves is:

How much of the stuff I have today, which I take for granted, am I willing to give up, to gain freedom and more control of my future life?

If the answer is that you don’t want to lose your goodies, even for a short time, then I’m sorry to say that the respondent is not suited for anything more than couch rebellion, and leave the actual uprising to those that have nothing left to lose (but this also means that those who were unwilling to make a sacrifice for their freedom and freedom of others, won’t have much to say in future societal arrangements, and rightly so).