Updated News Digest December 28, 2008 Reply

Quote of the Week:

” I want to make a summing up, brief and to the point, but thorough. I have never suppressed a word in my books out of regard for other people and their prejudices.”

-John Henry MacKay

Tribal Anarchism, Part One by Death Sipheroth

Tribal Anarchism, Part Two

Tribal Anarchism, Part Three

Tribal Anarchism, Part Four

Tribal Anarchism, Part Five

Taxpayers in Revolt by Doug French

The Meaning of the National Debt by Bill Sardi

Madoff Explained by Lew Rockwell

Training Occupation Troops for America by William Norman Grigg

Cooling Is Warming by Vin Suprynowicz

How Somali Pirates Will Save US from a Depression by Tim Swanson

Put Virtue on Your VISA by John Zmirak

Pink Xmas by Paul Belien

George W. Bush, Protectionist by Pat Buchanan

Defending the Truly Undefendable by Marcus Epstein

Who’s the Christmas Grinch? by Paul Gottfried

Dropping the “C” Word by E. Christian Kopff

Banking Demystified by Doug French

A Badge of Dishonor by Paul Hein

Prohibition Increases Potency

Reason Sells Out to Inflationists

Herod’s Henchmen by Laurence Vance

America Needs to Go to Rehab by Eric Margolis

On the Death of Deep Throat by Pat Buchanan

A Tale of Two Giants by Dylan Hales

Reason Magazine, Populism and Ron Paul by Dylan Hales

Soldiers Against War by John Denson

Torture USA by Glenn Greenwald

Here Come the Progressives! by Justin Raimondo

The “Coup” That Wasn’t by Justin Raimondo

The Ten Lies of Dick Cheney by Andy Worthington

Feinstein: Bad Choice for Intel by Stephen Zunes

Where Have All the Neocons Gone? by Jacob Heilbrunn

Prosecuting an Outlaw Administration by Scott Horton

Dismantling the Imperial Presidency by Aziz Huq

Habeus Corpus Barely Saved by Sheldon Richman

Out of Sight, Out of Mind by Steven Chapman

Turning a Blind Eye to War Crimes by Brad Friedman

Cold War Shivers by Eric Walberg

Cheney’s Legacy of Deception by Dick Cheney

Israeli Spies’ ‘Get Out of Jail Free’ Card Philip Giraldi interviewed by Scott Horton

Iraq Wins the Iraq War Patrick Cockburn interviewed by Scott Horton

World War Two Was Bad for the Economy Thomas Woods interviewed by Scott Horton

Manufacturing Dissent Glen Greenwald interviewed by Scott Horton

Government Without Laws by Ralph Nader

Obama and the Graveyard of Empires by Gary Leupp

Nixon’s Cambodian Shock Treatment by Howard Lisnoff

The Bill of Rights: Killed in Action by the War on Drugs by Michael Dee

Welcome to Soup Kitchen America by Richard Rhames

Are Magazines a Thing of the Past?

A Road to Revolution? by Uri Gordon

Open Letter of Support for the Uprising in Greece

San Francisco Greek Solidarity March

An Interview with a Greek Anarchist

Republic Magazine: Issue # 11

Anarchy in Philadelphia

Rich Countries Carry Out 21st Century Land Grab by Debora Mackenzie

The History of Processed World

Open Capital: The Sharing of Risk and Reward

En Route to Military Rule by William Norman Grigg

Two Dangerous Bush-Cheney Myths by Robert Parry

Back to “Globalism” by Gordon Prather

100 Tons of US/Israeli Bombs Dropped on Gaza by Bay Area National Anarchists

The Medusa’s Head by Alexander Cockburn

Riots Push Greece to the Edge by Malcolm Brabant

Obama is Not a Latent Lefty by Paul Street

Left-Wing Authoritarianism lecture by Tammy Bruce

Updated News Digest December 21, 2008 2

Quote of the Week:

“All government, in its essence, is a conspiracy against the superior man: its one 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 only 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.”

“Every step in human progress, from the first feeble stirrings in the abyss of time, has been opposed by the great majority of men. Every valuable thing that has been added to the store of man’s possessions has been derided y them when it was new, and destroyed by them when that had the power. They have fought every new truth ever heard of, and they have killed every truth-seeker who got in to their hands.”

-H. L.  Mencken

The Old Right and the Anti-Christ by Richard Spencer

Our Ponzi Economy by Peter Schiff

Cui Bono with the Bailouts? by Paul Gottfried

It’s Hoover Time! by Pat Buchanan

Wars on Common Sense by Jack Hunter

New Constitutional Convention=New Declaration of Independence? by Chuck Baldwin

The U.S. Criminal Justice System is Collapsing by Paul Craig Roberts

A  Brief Note on the Evil of the Neocons by Dylan Hale

The Revolution Continues in Greece

Proudon’s Second Letter by Shawn Wilbur

Greece: Pictures from the 2nd Week of Protest

Insurrection is the Present and the Future!

Greece: Something is Happening

Pushing Pakistan Over the Edge by Peter Lee

Each Shoe Was Worth a Thousand Words by Patrick Cockburn

Why Hezbollah Stiffed Carter by Franklin Lamb

Obama and the Israel-Palestine Conflict by Jeff Halper

A Forgotten Genocide: The Case of Spain by Vicente Navarro

It Thundered and Lightinged and the Rain Began to Fall by Thomas Naylor

$2000 Gold and Secession Gerald Celente interviewed by Lew Rockwell

John Edison, Jr.: The Poster Child for Tyranny by Trevor Bothwell

Police Have Killed 400 with Tasers Since 2001

What Happened to the Libertarian Party? David interviewed by Lew Rockwell

The Crisis-Mongers by Justin Raimondo

Israel’s Get Out of Jail Free Card by Philip Giraldi

Who Guards the Guardians? by Nat Hentoff

Dick Cheney’s Fantasy World by Scott Ritter

Ready for Revolution? by Alex R. Knight III

Incoherent Empire: The Case for Getting Out of NATO by Doug Bandow

Obama’s War by Pat Buchanan

What Good is Wall Street? by Tom Piatak

Hip Natives Out-Economize Foreign Squares

Proudhon’s Projects by Shawn Wilbur

Barack Obama and Rick Warren by Stonewall

Deindustrialization Killing GOP in North by Patroon

Is Social Conservatism Dead? by Stonewall

Solidarity with the Greek Insurrection

Support for Greek Uprising in Syracuse

Greek Union Offices Occupied

Solidarity with Greek Revolutionaries in NYC

An Ethnic Cleansing in America by Alexander Cockburn

Days of Rage in Greece by Panos Petrou

Prosecuting Bush and Cheney for Torture by Dave Lindorff

President Meathead by Missy Beattie

PIGS Assault 12-Year-Old Girl

Family Victimized by PIGS Fights Back

Unemployment at 16.5%

Military Dictatorship Updates

Tax Resistance and the Depression David Beito interviewed by Lew Rockwell

Flying Shoes, Bursting Bubbles by William Norman Grigg

The Great Global Warming Swindle?

The Medical-Industrial Complex by John McDougall interviewed by Lew Rockwell

The Bubble of Empire by Justin Raimondo

Committing War Crimes for the “Right” Reasons by Glenn Greenwald

What Obama Doesn’t Know by Nat Hentoff

Will War Crimes Be Outed? by Jeremy Brecher and Brendan Smith

Land of the Free to Torture and Imprison without Trial by Brian Cloughley

The U.S. and Iran Gareth Porter interviewed by Scott Horton

An Agorist Take on the Greek Rebellion

Therapeutic State Undermines Freedom of Conscience (and some libertarians think that’s fine) by Ronald Bailey

Colorado Bank Attacked in Solidarity with Greece

San Francisco Action in Support of Greek Uprising

The Fed-Bankster Rip-Off by Murray Rothbard

Democracy, American-Style by Jacob Hornberger

Excluded Democracy by Ralph Nader

The Fascist PIG Arpaio

Actual Consumer Protection

Of Mistresses and Misplaced Outrage by Robert Stacy McCain

Greece and the Insurrections to Come

Greece Solidarity Rally in Toledo

“Greek Syndrome’ is Catching as Youth Take to Streets

What’s Wrong with Being “Bourgeois”?

Updated News Digest December 14, 2008 Reply

Quotes of the Week:

“Something is happening to this country. It still has a lot going for it’s friendly people, great diners, good blues, country bands, widespread availability of illegal drugs. But the government is out of control. Everything is illegal and watched. It’s getting so you can’t shoot cats from a car window with a twelve-gauge any more. Who wants to live in that kind of world? We’ll all probably be overrun by cats, drown in them.”

-Fred Reed

“Social order at the expense of liberty is hardly a bargain.”

-Marquis de Sade

“”He looked into anarchy, he looked past the voluntarily organized anarchy of Proudhon and Tolstoy, he looked into chaos itself, and he said, yes, even that, I will accept even that, before I will bend the knee to any Authority that claims to own me.”

-Robert Anton Wilson on the Marquis de Sade

“Nationalism is often mistaken for militarism and utilized in the name of centralizing political authority, but the real nations, as opposed to the territories marked out on official maps, are the ethnic, religious, and geographical allegiances that form natural bonds between people. The emerging world state is naturally hostile to these. It prefers to deal with a homogenized mass culture and does everything to discourage – and, if necessary, suppress – all regionalism.

The frontiers of freedom, in this globalist future, will be pioneered by the new regionalists, the secessionists, the campaigners for Cascadia, the republic of Vermont, and the right of Trans-Dniester to go its own way. Gigantism is a conceit, and a fatal one, as the rulers of the old Soviet empire learned and we are just beginning to fathom.”

-Justin Raimondo

The Myth of Socialism as Statism by Larry Gambone

Questions About Cooperative Socialism by Larry Gambone

Conflation Conflict, Continued (unfortuately) by Kevin Carson

IWW-Affiliated Truckers to Strike

The Amish Say Religion Trumps Building Codes

The Latest Excuse for Fascism by Lew Rockwell

Leftist Thought Controllers by Bill Anderson

Sovietizing the Economy: The Final Phase by William Norman Grigg

The Real Reason Why Illinois Governor Blagojevich Was Arrested

SWAT PIGS Raid Food Coop in Cleveland

State Silences 8-Year-Old Blues Guitarist

Class Struggle in Chicago Factory

The One Good Thing About an Obama Presidency (He’s a Smoker!!)

Thought Policing 101 by Tom DiLorenzo

Withered Conservatism by Michael Brendan Dougherty

Obama Chooses to Stay the Course on Foreign Policy by Christopher Preble

Sentence First, Verdict Afterwards by Bruce Fein

Despair Among the Neocons by Robert Dreyfuss

Lost in Guantanamo: The Faisalabad 16 by Andy Worthington

The Nullification of the Bill of Rights by Jacob Hornberger

Photos of the Greek Uprising

Anarchism and Neighborhood Associations by Larry Gambone

National March for Sex Workers Rights in Washington, D.C. on December 17

Obama and Economic Catastrophe by Mike Davis

The Demographics of Global Depression

The Death of AIDS by Richard Spencer

Mumbai 2008/Sarajevo 1914 by John R. Schindler

Time to Rethink the Big Three Bailout? by Richard Spencer

The Obama/Neocon Axis by Paul Gottfried

In Earmarks Lies Salvation? by Pat Buchanan

John Yoo-The Best Case Against Immigration by Paul Craig Roberts

Riots in Greece by Brad Spangler

An Interview with Anarcho-Primitivist John Zerzan

The Republic Windows and Doors Factory Occupation by Brad Spangler

Be a Vandarchist and Be Proud by Niccolo Adami

Blaming the Victim, Part 2 by Rad Geek

Blaming the Victim, Part 1 by Rad Geek

The Conflation Conflict by Kevin Carson

Armed Struggle in Greece from Thus Spoke Belinsky

Clearing the Path for a Workers’ Surge by Mike Whitney

A Car Dealer Explains Why the Bailout is a Rip-Off by Dave Lindorff

The Southern National Congress Meets

Solidarity Demo in San Francisco for Greek Revolutionaries

Protest at Greek Consulate in New York City

Commentary on the Chicago Sit-Down Strike by Daniel Gross

Carolyn Chute, Mother of Maine, Is Back by Thomas Naylor

Size Matters by Richard Spencer

Chuck Baldwin’s Party by Paul Gottfried

Our Wars on Common Sense by Jack Hunter

Selective Constitutionalism by Chuck Baldwin

Gene Not Joe by Dylan Hales

Happy 150th

Governmental Logic by Sheldon Richman

Brad Spangler and Stephan Kinsella Debate Corporate Limited Liability

Total Defeat for U.S. in Iraq by Patrick Cockburn

Will Obama Buy Torture-Lite? by Ray McGovern

We All Need a Union by Dave Lindorff

The Six-Day War in Greece

Greek Uprising Spreads to Elsewhere in Europe

The Beam in the State’s Eye by Johnny Kramer

The Worst and the Dumbest by Chris Hedges

Saying No to War by Laurence Vance

No Justice, No Peace by Walter Block

Rogue State Paul Craig Roberts interviewed by Lew Rockwell

The Quotable Blagojevic (and the great Marion Barry!)

Blackwater: Lawless Justice by Jacob Sullum

We All Failed Gary Webb by Robert Parry

The Costs of War by Shaun Waterman

Beware the New Globalism: All Hail the Regionalist Revolt by Justin Raimondo

Manchester Disunited by Bill Kaufmann

John Birch Society: Soft on PIGS

The Crash of ’08 Jim Rogers interviewed by Lew Rockwell

Obama’s Groundhog Day by John Pilger

Obama, Iraq and the Cyprus Solution by Justin Raimondo

Force: The Real “F” Word by Doug Bandow

Intervention: A Matter of Means? by Bill Lind

What Does Letting Our Own War Criminals Go Free Tell Us About Ourselves? by Nat Hentoff

The Truth of U.S. Foreign Policy by Greg Gillette

Wallowing Again in Illinois by Pat Buchanan

Letter from the Icelanders: “We are truly sorry” by Francois Tremblay

Illinois Politics in the Good Old Days by Wally Conger

So Much for Democracy by Sheldon Richman

Robert Higgs Told Us So by Sheldon Richman

Sounds Like Nonsense by Shawn Wilbur

In Which I Court Public Opinion by Rad Geek

All Eyes on Greece from Thus Spoke Bellinsky

The Conflation Conflict, Continued by Kevin Carson

30,000 Small Manufacturers Square Off Against Mom, Apple Pie and Ralph Nader

Accounting for the Value of Decentralization by Jeff Vail

Southern National Congress Update II by Red Phillips

Chuck Baldwin Calls Out James Dobson

Greece: We Are At War

Greece “Runs Out of Tear Gas”

Day Seven of the Greek War

“We Are in a Civil War with the Fascists, the State, the Bankers, the Media”

Hail to Chicago, Beacon of American Values by Alexander Cockburn

An Israeli in Gaza by Frank Barat

Humanitarian Imperialism: Obama and the Genocide Task Force by Binoy Kampmark

Why I Went to Jail by Howard Lisnoff

Bolivia’s Anarchist City by Raul Zibechi

“Free Marketers for the Bailout” by Lew Rockwell

Mainstream Medicine’s War Against the Public by Bill Sardi

Leviathan Devours a Family by William Norman Grigg

The Monster in the Mirror by Arundhati Roy and Tom Engelhardt

The Independent Republic of Lakota Russell Means interviewed Scott Horton

The New World Order? Justin Raimondo interviewed by Scott Horton

Free Speech Protestors Bullied by Leftoids from AnarchoNation

War Against Christmas 2008 by Tom Piatak

Save American Industry, Dump the Big Three by Richard Spencer

Better Main Street Than Wall Street by John Zmirak

Former American Citizen Becomes Stateless

Republican Betrayal on the Auto Bailout by Sheldon Richman

Undercover Skinheads?

Anarchists Attack Headquarters of Greek Riot Police

Updated News Digest December 7, 2008 2

Quotes of the week:

“”If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issuance of their currency, first by inflation and then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them will deprive the people of all their property until their children will wake up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered.”

-Thomas Jefferson

“Is the State a criminal band writ large, or not? If so, well, let’s disband  the fucker already. I respect genuine, principled pacifism, and I really do despise unnecessary violence, but what do you do when you’re in the room with a cannibal?”

-Josh Rhodes

Academia’s War Against Free Market Money by Gary North

Should Libertarians Reach Out to the Left? by Anthony Gregory

Barter Your Way to Success by Mike Rogers

Larry Summers: Heavyweight Centrist or Lightweight Leftist? by George Reisman

Right-wingers and Neocons Love Obama’s Cabinet by Jeremy Scahill

Building the U.S. Military Dictatorship

Hutus vs. Tutsis by Murray Rothbard

The Democratic Warfare State by Tom Engelhardt and Frida Berrigan

Star Trek Returns

The Mumbai Attack Eric Marolis interviewed by Scott Horton

Is Obama the Anti-Christ? Rev. Bill Barnwell interviewed by Scott Horton

A Republic, Not an Empire Katrin vanden Heuvel interviewed by Scott Horton

The Cost of Hegemony is Beyond Reach by Paul Craig Roberts

The Rationale of Terror by Pat Buchanan

Get Out Now, or Later by Philip Giraldi

Afghanistan: What’s Our Definition of Victory? by Andrew Bacevich

Torture, Preventive Detention and the Terror Trials by Andy Worthington

De Facto Junta? by Jeff Huber

Force Bush to Testify About Pardons by Bruce Fein

Mumbai Massacre May Sink Bush-Obama Strategy by Tony Karon

Kafka Has a Rival by John Pilger

Secretary Clinton and the Middle East by Joshua Frank

The Curious Retention of Robert Gates by David Corn

The Decline and Rise of the Alternative Right by Paul Gottfried

Bailout Bonanza by Peter Schiff

Clinton in the Cabinet  by Richard Spencer

Pick on an Unstable Troll, and to the Hoosegow You May Go by Mona

The Economic Costs of Government-Subsidized Roads by Rad Geek

The Christian Anarchism of Ammon Hennacy from The Picket Line

Better Cover Up Your Own Graffiti by Rad Geek

The Mythology of the War on Terrorism by William Blum

Mexico’s Drug War Goes Down In Flames by John Ross

Operation Redskin Removal by Steve Conn

Every Feminist’s Nightmare? by Thomas DiLorenzo

Afraid to Debate by Walter Block

The Persecution of Plaxico Burress by Johnny Kramer

Will the Obama Regime Murder Persians? by Tom Engelhardt and Robert Dreyfuss

What Happened in Mumbai? by Bill Lind

The Big Three Have Enough Cash to Spend on Lobbyists

“God Trumps the State Every Time” Laurence Vance interviewed by the Christian Liberty Party

The Hate Crimes Racket

The Cops Won’t Protect You (Duh?)

The Pope Endorses Classical Liberalism

Left Turn Ahead by Dylan Hales

Saying No to War Tom Woods interviewed by Scott Horton

Confronting the Terrorist Within Chris Hedges interviewed by Scott Horton

“I’m Still Tortured by What I Saw in Iraq” Matthew Alexander interviewed by Scott Horton

Obama’s Choice of Hillary Clinton Signals He’s Not Antiwar by Thomas Eddlem

Obama’s First 100 Days by Nat Hentoff

The Mumbai Attacks: More Than Meets the Eye by Jeremy Hammond

What’s Wrong With the U.S. Military? by Andrew Cockburn

20,000 Troops to be Deployed in the United States by William Jasper

Kafka Has a Rival-The British Foreign Office Lectures Us on Human Rights by John Pilger

Will Obama Stay the Course? by Robert Scheer

A Public Accounting for Post-911 Abuses by Joanne Mariner

For Bush-and Obama-a Gut Check by Scott Ritter

The Meaning of Mumbai by Justin Raimondo

National Anarchists-The Quest to Confusion

In Praise of McCarthyism by Justin Raimondo

And We Will Make the Muslims Love Us! by Richard Spencer

For Some Secular Women’s Rights Defenders, the Secularism Comes First by Dain Fitzgerald

Left Conservatism or Just Plain Left? by Larry Gambone

Shawn Wilbur on Counter-Development Strategy by Rad Geek

Who Will Seize the Opportunity? by Ralph Nader

Message to Obama: Stop Killing Afghanis by Paul Fitzgerald and Elizabeth Gould

Police Officer Speaks Out Against Taser

Calling All Hatewatchers

Conservatives-The Stupid Party? by Larry Gambone

Don’t Turn Your Back on the Wolfpack by Rad Geek

“Thou Shalt Not Crucify Labor on this Cross of Paper Money” by Antal E. Fekete

How Do You Define Progress? by Tim Lee

News Program on Semco

An Agorist Primer by Brad Spangler

Book Review: Cyber Conflict and Global Politics by Kevin Carson

Greek to Us: The Death of Classical Education and Its Consequences by E. Christian Kopff

Barack’s Hawks by Pat Buchanan

Washington Arrogance Has Fomented a Muslim Revolution by Paul Craig Roberts

Honeymoans From the Left by Alexander Cockburn

Slouching Towards a Depression? by Peter Morici

Pakistan Nears the Breaking Point by Peter Lee

Tommy Chong, the Unanticipated Warrior by Norm Kent

In Prison My Whole Life

The Great Society: A Libertarian Critique by Murray N. Rothbard

Creating Liberty One Rifleman at a Time by William Buppert

The Lost City of the Cloud People

A Cop, A Dog, A Gun: Guess the Ending by Lew Rockwell

Pat Robertson’s Evil Twin by Laurence Vance

A Loud Silence by Justin Raimondo

From Colony to Superpower by Doug Bandow

Who Are the Taliban? by Anand Gopal and Tom Engelhardt

Bush Bailout for Rumsfeld, Torturers May Be Next by Ann Woolner

Keynes Baiting? by Niccolo Adami

Taking Down the White Coat Priesthood by Rad Geek

Our Semi-Soviet Surveillance State by Fred Reed

U.S. Collective Dictatorship Enlarges by Mike Rozeff

Health Fears Go Up in SmokeÂ

The Empire Weakens America Andrew Bacevich interviewed by Scott Horton

FBI Sting in OKC Bombing Jesse Trentadue interviewed by Scott Horton

Obama’s Plan Doesn’t End the Iraq Occupation by Jeremy Scahill

What Change? by Chuck Baldwin

America: A Pyramid of Ostriches by John Zmirak

How to Help the Homeless

Amsterdam to be Giulanized?

Updated News Digest November 30, 2008 Reply

Quote of the Week:

“If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.”

                                                                                                      -George Orwell

War, Peace and the State by Murray N. Rothbard

The MRSA Horror by Robert Klassen

Lawrence Wilkerson: A Truth-Teller for Our Times by Tom Engelhardt and Nick Turse

The Coming U.S. Breakup from The Drudge Report

Unwarranted Violence by William Norman Grigg

A Foreign Policy of Freedom by Ron Paul

Auto Bailouts and What to do About Them by Sandra Hamilton

Somali Pirates: Is US Intervention Responsible? by Eric Margolis

Meeting Medvedev Halfway by Pat Buchanan

The End of Ideology, Again by Glenn Greenwald

Kabul Thirty Years Ago, and Kabul Today: Have We Learned Nothing? by Robert Fisk

The al-Marri Case Affects Us All by Jacob Hornberger

Frankenstein in Mesopotamia by Tom Hayden

A Bridge Too Far: Turkey and Europe by Derek Turner

The Neocons Love Hillary by Jack Hunter

The Truth About the Bailouts by Peter Schiff

David Brooks Conservatism by Jack Hunter

North Carolina PIGS Attack Funeral for Capitalism: Partygoers Stage Successful Defense 

Baghdad: Army Destroys Refugee Camp 

Of Arrogance, Bailouts and the Big Three by James Abourezk

Don’t Suppress Carter by Ralph Nader

Property Rights: A Question of Perspective by Francois Tremblay

Two Views of Capitalism by Matthew Yglesias

Left-Libertarian Engagement   by Rad Geek

The Venezuelan Election by Larry Gambone

Free Market Firms: Smaller, Flatter and More Crowded by Roderick Long

How 80,000 Jobs Disappeared from No Third Solution

A Long Train of Abuses by Alexander Cockburn

The Greatest Disaster in the History of the West Eric Margolis interviewed by Lew Rockwell

Hamilton’s Curse and the Death of the Dollar Standard by William Norman Grigg

The Real World Order is Chaotic by Butler Shaffer

Empire and Drug War Mark Thornton interviewed by Lew Rockwell

The Imperialist Bailout by Justin Raimondo

The Economics of War by David Henderson

Weimer USA-Get Our Your Wheelbarrows! by Tom Chartier

The Obamascam by Charles Burris

One-Party State William Norman Grigg interviewed by Scott Horton

Now, I’ve Seen Everything by Justin Raimondo

A Return to Liberal Warmongering? by Doug Bandow

Obama Should Prosecute Bush’s Torture Team by Liliana Segura

Obama-Bush Making US a Socialist Republic by Pat Buchanan

The Jargon of “Culturism” by John Derbyshire

A Narrative Too Far by Paul Gottfried

A War About Nothing by Jack Hunter

The Stab in the Back by John Zmirak

Anarchist Arrested in Iceland

Resisting, Subverting, and Destroying the Apparatus of Surveillance and Control

US Government Pledges Surpass $7.7 Trillion 

In Time of Trouble by Alexander Cockburn

The Real Cost of the Bailout by Kevin Zeese

Obama’s Odious Entourage by Eric Walberg

King George is Gone, Now It’s Time to Organize by Ron Jacobs

Cocktails With Gaddafi by Taki Theodoracopulos

Armed and Endangered by Stacey D’Erasmo

Barking PIGS and GOP Elbows: A Personal Reflection on the RNC Riots

Updated News Digest November 23, 2008 Reply

Quote of the Week:

“The fires of Hell are glaciers compared to my hate for the American Government.”

                                                          -Joe Vogler, founder, Alaskan Independence Party

Inmate Escapes German Jail in a Box

Dual Loyalties Will Doom Obama  by Rannie Amiri

Obama: The First Hundred Days by Alexander Cockburn

Americans Like Feeling Good About Being Americans by William Gillis

Let the Trials Begin! by Douglas Valentine

Corporations Verses the Market: Whip Conflation Now! by Roderick Long

November 11: An Anarchist Remembrance Day by Pat Murtaugh

Joe Peacott and the BAD Press Individualist Anarchist Project

Thanks to Josh Rhodes for the above links!!

The March Towards Dictatorship  by Ron Paul

Are You an Anarchist? Roderick Long interviewed by Lew Rockwell

Covering Up the Crimes of the Bush-Cheney Regime by Glenn Greenwald

Time to Bury the Guns…or to Load Them? by Vin Suprynowicz

The Good News: It’s Not About Race  by William Norman Grigg

Hillary at Foggy Bottom? by Justin Raimondo

Torture-Yes We Can!! by Justin Raimondo

AIPAC’s Obama Man by Philip Giraldi

The Real Goal of Israel’s Blockade by Jonathan Cook

Why Gitmo Must Be Closed by Andy Worthington

Election ’08: How Did the Empire Do? by Ron Jacobs

Will Obama Protect Civil Liberties?   by Nat Hentoff

Obama Should Oppose Preventive Detention by Sheldon Richman

Now, At Last, We Know the Truth About Georgia by Tara McCormack

America’s Wars of Self-Destruction by Chris Hedges

Who Is Rahm Emanuel? Philip Giraldi interviewed by Scott Horton

Marching Toward Hell Michael Scheuer interviewed by Scott Horton

American Raj Eric Margolis interviewed by Scott Horton

The Surge Didn’t Work Patrick Cockburn interviewed by Scott Horton

Blackwater Busted? by Jeremy Scahill

Obama Must End Torture by Eugene Robinson

Republic Magazine: Issue # 10 (thanks, Flavio!)

Beware the Obama Hype by John Pilger

Palin Could Rake In $7 million from Book Deal

Ecovillage North Carolina

Obama: By His Friends You Shall Know Him from Mathaba

Marxism and the Frankfurt School by Jonathan Bowden

Against Diversity by Walter Benn Michaels (thanks to Ean Frick)

Red Tory by Phillip Blond (thanks, Ean)

America’s Moronic Iraq Policy Means More Muslim Immigration by Paul Craig Roberts

The Crisis Has Hardly Begun by Paul Craig Roberts

Bretton Woods Two-No Way! by Pat Buchanan

Obama’s Victory is the Best Thing for Conservatives by Daniel Bein

Mike Paul vs. Ron Paul via Pat Buchanan from Left-Conservative

Torture in the USA-It is an Industry Here, too! by Mona

Kevin Carson Named Research Associate at C4SS

Theologians On Economic Matters-Give It Up! by Dain Fitzgerald

The Resurrection of the Socialist Idea by Justin Raimondo

Youth Movement by Daniel McCarthy

George Kennan and the Discovery of Realism by Lee Congdon

The Future of the Right by Daniel Larison

As GM Goes, So Goes the GOP by Pat Buchanan

Progressives’ California Dreamin’ by Jack Hunter

The Humpty Dumpty Economy by Peter Schiff

The Anti-Reagan Revolution Revolution by Peter Schiff

The Democrats Have Got Their Reagan by Jack Hunter

Driving Down the Road to Serfdom? by Richard Spencer

Don’t Drink the Kool-Aid by Richard Spencer

A Wish List by Evan McLaren

Satanists on the Religious Right by Brad Spangler

Somali Pirates, Dumb Merchants by Niccolo Adami

What Is An Appropriate Tax Rate? from No Third Solution

A Brief History of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the “Friend of Labor” by Rad Geek

Radio Host Arrested by Niccolo Adami

2009 Political Prisoners Calendar

When Mooning is a Sex Crime by Marc Gardner

Will Pakistan Be Obama’s Cambodia? by George C. Wilson

Where’s Zappa When We Need Him?

When It’s a Clear Day and You Can’t See GM by Paul Craig Roberts

Goodbye and Good Riddance, Mr. Bush by Frosty Woolridge

Clowing, I Hope by Paul Gottfried

Deflating the Churchill Myth by Eric Margolis

The Idea Police at Loyola by Walter Block

The Triumph of Imperial Christianity by Laurence Vance

Rising for the Judge-Bowing to the State by Manuel Lora

Another Criminal War Paul Armentano Interviewed by Lew Rockwell

Obama Is Not the AntiChrist by Bill Barnwell

Change You Can Believe In-Comrade! by Yuri Maltsev

The Myth of Good Government by Lew Rockwell

Conservatives Follow the Leader by Lew Rockwell

Will Obama Free the Slaves? by Mike Rozeff

Barack Obama and America’s 1997-Welcome to the Club! by Sean Gabb

The Inefficiency of Capitalism: An Anarchist View by Brian Oliver Sheppard (thanks, Josh!)

Not All News Is Bad by Lew Rockwell

Rethinking Churchill by Ralph Raico

Tales from an Academic Loony Bin by Thomas DiLorenzo

What the Clinton Appointment Means  by Justin Raimondo

Missile Defense and the US Empire by Charles Pena

A My Lai a Month by Nick Turse

Death and Deception in South Ossetia Tim Cavanaugh interviewed by Scott Horton

The New Commander in Chief Can Take On the CIA by Nat Hentoff

Once More Fear Stalks the Streets of Kandahar by Robert Fisk

David Brooks and Friends by Jack Hunter

The End of Frum by Richard Spencer

Violence Against Women in Prostitution in Las Vegas by Rad Geek

No, We Can’t by Gerald Celente

Obama and the Politics of Race and Religion in America by M. Shahid Alam

Obama and the Great Depression by Mickey Z

Arraignment Set for Cheney, Gonzales in Texas

Prison Chess: New Jersey Inmates vs Princeton Students

Grassy Knoll Couple Recall Kennedy Assassination

Obama’s Transition: A Who’s Who of Imperialist Policy from World Socialist Web Site

Community Banks Too Small to Fail by Phillip Longman and T.A. Frank

The Anatomy of the State by Murray Rothbard

Psychiatry as an Arm of the State Thomas Szasz interviewed by Lew Rockwell

How the State Co-Opts the Opposition by Anthony Gregory

Senator Inhofe: Paulsen Threatened Martial Law to Enact Bailout

Armed Political Correctness

A Puff of Weed a Day Keeps the Alzheimer’s Away

Gates: As Bad As Rumsfeld? by Ray McGovern

Poor Fishermen Take On Multinationals

North Michigan Evangelists by Paul Gottfried

Conservative Judge Does the Right Thing RE: Gitmo by Mona

Why Can’t We Secede? from No Third Solution

Message from Italian Courts: Now Okay to Beat Innocent Civilians by Niccolo Adami

19-Year-Old Soldier Sentenced to 14 Months for Refusing to Deploy to Iraq

Portugal and UK: Solidarity with Greek Prisoners’ Struggle 

UK: Anarcho-Students Occupy Ministry

Finally, A Victory for the Palestinians

The Bush Pardons by Senator Russ Feingold

What Uncle Sam Has to Say to His Creditors by Paul Craig Roberts

Obama’s Crony Democracy by Tracy McLellan

A Deep and Penetrating Question: Should Michelle Obama’s Booty Be Off Limits?

Ending Torture: Prosecuting the Torturers by Benjamin G. Davis

Some Greek Philosophy This Evening by Thomas Fleming

Lesbian Asks: Why Shouldn’t I Hate Blacks and Christians?

A Libertarian Statesman An Interview with Ron Paul

Stop Hillary-Yes, We Can!! by Justin Raimondo

A Collapsing Empire-More Opportunities for Restoring the Republic by Karen Kwiatkowski

Money You Can Trust by F.A. Hayek

Obama Service, aka Involuntary Service by Chris Brown

That “Iranian” Bomb? Relax. by Robert Dreyfuss

The Warning Joseph Sottile interviewed by Scott Horton

Learning from John McCain’s Mistakes: Supporting Aggression in the Caucasus by Doug Bandow

Mohammed Ali and the KKK

Somalian Phalangists

Gay Mob Shakes Down EHarmony by Michelle Malkin

Will Obama Victory Bring More PC Attacks on Free Speech? by Brenda Walker

Demographics and Political Destiny by Alan Wall

Who Lost Detroit? by Pat Buchanan

Taxation Is Still Theft, No Matter How Many Logical Fallacies You Employ from No Third Solution

Adventures in Free Schooling from Rad Geek

Homesteading Self-Reliance from Rad Geek

The Real Great Depression by Scott Reynolds Nelson

Should the LP Be Put Out to Pasture? from The Volokh Conspiracy

Hope in Common by David Graeber

Critical Elements of a Statewide Secession Movement by Thomas Naylor

The Honeymoon is Looking a Bit Wan by Alexander Cockburn

The Gloom of Empire: Downhill All the Way by Serge Halimi

The Suburbs Rage On by Alan Farago

The Third Clinton Administration by Ralph Nader

III Quests of Dissidence in Madrid Reply

By Flavio Goncalves

 

Last November 7th, 8th and 9th several Socialist, Revolutionary and Patriotic dissidents from all over Europe (from the far West of the Azores islands to the far East of Russia) gathered in Madrid, Spain, for the III Quests of Dissidence. In these three days hundreds of people had the change to listen to very unique, and different, individuals that held very not so mainstreamish views. I was one of them!.

 

Day one

 

We left early for the airport in Lisbon (laugh if you want, it was cheaper for us poor three Portuguese citizens to travel by plane to Madrid rather than driving, that’s how expensive gasoline is around here these days) after a last depressing visit to our P.O. Box, we had hoped that in the last minute all the merchandise Welf Herfurth sent us from Australia would arrive… well it didn’t, so the eye filling exhibition we were counting on to present National-Anarchist merchandise and literature to impress our European partners had to settle with the 4 issues of our Portuguese language magazine… my fault given that I gave Welf the wrong postal code given that my slight dyslexia caused that I traded two of the numbers…

 

The flight to Spain was only one hour long, surprising enough for a Portuguese our designated Spaniard driver was waiting us at the airport when we arrived (those of you that may have visited Portugal should know what I’m talking about regarding timing) and took us to the hotel, there we were greeted by Antonio Martinez Cayuela, general secretary of the Social Republican Movement, whose cultural section had organized the event. Small talk and then lunch, where we met Alberto Buela, a deeply interesting Argentinean with who we had the chance to chat through a few hours and that, later, would be fascinated with our speeches in the Quests.

 

After a short introduction by Cayuela the first speaker took the word, our very own Filipe Ferreira acting as president of the Portuguese-Iranian Friendship Society that gave a great speech about a few details that mainstream ignores regarding the Islamic Republic of Iran and ended with a short resume about his personal evolution and how we deal with politics in Portugal (namely our practice of working with far-left and far-right activists at will).

 

Buela was fascinated with our “Vertical action” theory, Filipe stated that the system sees the world in an Horizontal way, with Right, Left and Center and places in these circles all that exists while we, for the other hand, must act in a Vertical way, front towards the system. A Vertical line has place for cooperation’s with both the Left and the Right and escapes completely to the labels used today. Alberto Buela promised he will write about this in detail (a philosopher that is a vice-secretary of the Internal Affairs Ministry of Argentina studying National-Anarchist theory… not bad for the first day, is it?)

 

The second speaker was a Spanish historian that presented his book about the 1808 May 2nd insurrection in Spain, of which I never heard before. It was when Spanish people took their weapons and rioted against the Napoleonic invaders that the Spanish military where almost pleased to welcome. An interesting speech on people’s autonomous action, with no State nor Military rulings, just ‘we’ the people.

 

To finish the evening a great fiery speech by Jaume Farrerons, member of the Party of Catalonia, former general secretary and founding member of Platform for Catalonia, party from which he resigned due to it’s far-right political inclinations of late. The name of the speech was titled “National Revolutionaries: a Leftwing alternative?”.

 

He proved us, for nearly an hour, that Nationalism belongs to the Leftwing side of the political spectrum and, I quote, “We are left-wingers, we are radical Left, more: we are far-left!”. He gave us many historical references about the fact that the Left was not a concise ideological block, it has many different ideologies within it and we are one of those ideologies, History always placed revolutionaries and bringers of change in the Left side of the fence, well we are revolutionary and we want change so…

 

He also pointed out that “our main enemies are the Jewish Far-Right” (Zionism that is), and also that working class people, the people we target as our own, have always been seen as naturally Leftwing while the Bankers and the bosses have always been connected to rightwing forces, once again… any wonder that we, in Portugal, label ourselves as New Left?

 

Day two

 

The day started with Alexander Kuznetsov speech on Eurasia, Alexander is the head of International section of the movement and also a member of the Foreign Affairs Ministry of Russia, a heavy weight with who I also had the pleasure of chatting the day before.

 

He gave us the background of the Eurasian movement and showed a very interesting movie of Eurasian action, the movement has thousands of supporters spread everywhere in Europe.

 

After the movie exhibition it was time for the presentation of the latest books from Ediciones Nueva Republica, one of them being Tomislav Sunic’s “Homo Americanus”, Sunic himself was scheduled to be there but he couldn’t, in that same day he was nominated ambassador of Croatia in Algeria, so he had to cancel on us.

 

After lunch it was my time to take the podium – representing the Free Revolutionaries Circle –  in a round table discussion with Roberto Bevilacqua (Fiamma Tricolore, Italy), Robin Morawitz (very young and unknown skinhead from the NPD, a very poor choice by the Germans), Herve van Laethem (NATION, Belgium), Jordi de la Fuente (MSR, Spain) and Frederik Ranson (NSA, Flanders – Belgium).

 

I was surprised that Frederik knew National-Anarchism and he knew me from Revolution International, that is linked in the NSA official website. We where asked 3 questions each se we could figure our differences out, turns out we where not that different even though my answers where slightly different.

 

First question: What’s the biggest problem haunting Europe today?: Fiamma: The lack of values in today’s citizens and society due to materialism. FRC: The artificial crisis created by the Bank owners – pure usury – with the support of the European Central Bank. NATION: Immigration and the lack of Identity. NSA: Globalization. NPD: Globalization and Capitalism.

 

During the talk we pretty much agreed that Capitalism is the main menace today.

 

Second question: can the Nation states of Europe fight alone this problem or do we need a bigger entity?: Fiamma: No (I couldn’t tell the rest of the answer, did not understood it). FRC: No, and pointed out Lusophony as a solution to Portugal, Pan-Latinism for Latin Southern America and Southern Europe and, finally for Europe, Eurasia, these are all valid alternative markets to get us out of the global market ran by the US of A. NATION: No, united European block with strong armed forces, an Identitarian and Socialist Europe. NSA: No, we need a European National Revolution and closer ties with Russia. NPD: We need a European Federation of Nation states. MSR: we need a greater space.

 

During the talk we all agreed on the need of greater spaces, I guess George Orwell gave a turn or two in his grave.

 

Third question: how can we fight global Capitalism? Creating European Capitalism?: Fiamma: Socialization of the companies. FRC: We need Socialism, not Capitalism, money has it’s own logic and the only solution is Socialism. NATION: Capitalism is dying; we should follow the Italian example (socialization, social actions and squatting). NSA: Political renewal, a bigger control by the state regarding the economy. NPD: Stated that Socialist Nationalism is the solution and Capitalism the disease. MSR: Capitalism always existed ruled by usuraries, gangsters, drug dealers and assorted speculators. Capitalism is Death, Socialism is Live.

 

During the talk we all agreed on Socialism as the only way out (or Socialization for the Italian Right-wingers that seem to have a problem with the word Socialism…).

 

After this we had a very touching poetry session accompanied with non-electric guitar followed by a debate between several Spanish parties, of local interest only so I see no need to resume it here.

 

After the debate we went to bed and the crowd that wished so had a folk concert with Mara Ros (Spain) and Saturnia Regna (Italy, they know Troy Southgate so I take they are good people).

 

Third day

 

The open speeches where by  Jose Luiz Riesco (that greeted me very enthusiastically the day before, I guess because of my alternative markets theory that includes Pan-Latinism) and Joachim Bochaca (Spanish intellectual that is being translated into English in the last year by The Barnes Review magazine).

 

They spoke about the world crises, Riesco quoted me on the artificiality of the crisis, the role of Zionism and the US of A in the world as we know it was also strongly spoken of.

 

After this dual conference (Bochaca and Riesco spoke together) we heard Christian Bouchet discussing the future of the French National Front and explaining why the National Revolutionaries and the National Left are supporting Marine Le Pen as next president of FN, they see Marine as a continuity of the Le Pen brand and, at the same time, someone that can revolutionize the party within.

 

In the last years the FN has a growing Left-wing membership and there are much fears that the party may split in two (or more) after the dead of Jean Marie Le Pen.

 

The last speaker was Alberto Buela, that presented his own theory on the geopolitical weight of South America and he quoted Ferreira quite a few times, we need Vertical action in an Horizontal world. It was a great presentation that complemented my Pan-Latinist theory and had a sould of it’s own.

 

Out of curiosity: Buela met Hugo Chavez, so far, three times.

 

The aftermath

 

Given that the latest issue of the Spanish “Krisis21” magazine ran a 2 and a half pages interview with me I was somewhat noticed and greeted during the three days, even more after my short interventions.

 

So far I was invited to contribute in the next issues of the “Nihil Obstat” magazine (that among it’s contributors counts with Dugin, de Benoist, Bouchet and even Alain Soral…) and I was also invited to visit Moscow, apparently the Eurasian diplomat enjoyed my conversations and theories.

 

It’s a great work the Social Republican Movement is doing with these Quests of Dissidence, let’s hope it lasts many more years to come. Also, the event have a dozen of stands selling mainly books, very politically incorrect books for all tastes, from historical Revisionism to Communism and National-Bolshevism passing by National Socialism and Anarchism and ending in the Sinn Fein and other Irish Republicanism.

 

Let the dissidence roll…

Obama's Victory and What It Means 7

I’m going to go out on a limb and make a few unorthodox statements and predictions concerning the Obama victory. The first question, of course, is why did Obama win in the first place? Most conventional analysis tends to argue that Obama’s victory is traceable to the poor state of the economy, the shabby performance of the Bush administration across the board, and the fact that Obama had a superior organization and ran a more effective campaign. All of these things are true, but attributing Obama’s win to these alone ignores what I believe to be the genuinely decisive factor in this election: demographics.

Way back in the middle part of the reign of Bill Clinton, I realized that the center-left would eventually become dominant in national politics. I attributed this to the fact that as the 1960s generation became the elderly generation, persons shaped or influenced by the 1960s “cultural revolution” would be in unquestioned control of American institutions. This would be particularly true since persons with stereotypical “60s values”, for instance, anti-racism, feminism, environmentalism and the sexual revolution, tended to be disproportionately concentrated among the ranks of educated persons and the elites, and in those institutions that shape opinion, such as schools, universities, mainline religion, the arts, entertainment and the media. By this point, virtually everyone under the age of 40 has grown up under this influence.

In 1997, the conservative commentator Peter Brimelow argued that in the year 2008 the Democrats would become the dominant political party due to shifts in the ethnic demography of the US, i.e., a shrinking white population and a growing minority and immigrant population. In 2002, John Judis of The New Republic published his “The Emerging Democratic Majority”, which argued for an eventual Democratic dominance based on the growth of not only the minority populations, but also “left-wing” social movements like feminism, environmentalism, and “gay rights”, and the growth of the urban professional class, including an explosion in the number of professional women, and a corresponding decline in the traditional middle class and a blue-collar class that is under attack economically, a process accelerated by globalization. Judis likewise predicted that 2008 would be the year that the Democrats achieved superiority. The growth of urban populations in general and the decline of the size of the rural population also has to be taken into account.

I believe what we saw on Election Day was the fulfillment of Brimelow and Judis’ prophecies. Poll after poll indicated that the economy was by far the most important issue to voters, with Iraq, terrorism, health care, education, the environment, abortion, gay rights, etc. all trailing far behind. A bad economy is always an obstacle for an incumbent party, but it is likely a mistake to attribute Obama’s victory to the economy alone or perhaps even primarily. The Democrats likely blew much of their political capital concerning the economy with their support of the hugely unpopular Wall Street “bailout” (corporate welfare hemorrhage). That so many prominent Democrats, including Pelosi, Frank and Obama himself supported or figured prominently in the bailout no doubt damaged Obama’s pretended populist message.  The Iraq war seems to have been only a secondary issue for voters, and the antiwar vote was likely canceled out to no small degree by the hawk vote from those who consider terrorism to be a primary issue.

Obama ran a superior campaign, but, once again, his campaign style fit well with the changing demographics of the US. His perceived optimism and idealism no doubt appealed to the younger voters who tended to be among his most enthusiastic supporters. At the same time, it is doubtful that the Republicans’ efforts to taint Obama by references to the likes of Bill Ayers was very effective with his key supporters, such as young people who weren’t born until years after Bill Ayers was doing his thing, and moderates and independents not particularly motivated by ideologically rigid or culturally reactionary forms of campaigning.

In short, Obama won because those population groups who vote Democratic are growing numerically and those who vote Republican are shrinking.

It remains to be seen whether an Obama presidency will be “successful” or not. Continued economic downturn and foreign policy failure could produce a “Jimmy Carter effect” and allow the Republicans to make a comeback in 4-8 years. The likelihood of this is lessened by the aformentioned demographic issues and by the lack of the likely emergence of a perceived Republican strongman  a la Ronald Reagan as a candidate. Look for there to be a big fight in the Republican Party between those who want to follow the advice of the likes of David Frum and David Brooks and have the GOP become the party of economic “conservatism” (lower capital gains taxes, reductions in marginal income tax rates, etc.) and foreign policy hawkishness, but more liberal on at least some social issues like gay rights or the environment on one hand, and those who think Bush and McCain were too liberal and want a straight-down-the-line hard-core conservative party. There will be plenty of loud voices in the GOP for the latter perspective, and perhaps these are numerous enough to get control of the party itself, but this will be a losing formula in national elections because of, once again, the demographic issues previously mentioned. Even Ronald Reagan had to maintain some crossover appeal to centrists, independents, moderates, “Reagan Democrats”, etc. It is doubtful the Brooks-Frum formula would be all that workable either as the GOP would then be just “Democrats Lite” or “Right-Wing Democrats”. Not particularly inspiring.

What does an Obama presidency and, more importantly, the prospect of long-term center-left dominance mean for the future of American politics? Essentally, it means that the traditional WASP ruling class is on its way down, to be replaced by a more multiethnic, multicultural, secular, feminized and gayized ruling class that will be ruling over a crumbling empire and decaying economy. The social unrest that will likely result from such circumstances will be met with repression and the emerging ruling class will have plenty of weapons of repression at their disposal thanks to the huge American police state and prison system generated by Nixon-Reagan-Bush-Clinton-Bush under the guise of the wars on crime, drugs, terrorism, gangs, guns, “zero tolerance”, “broken windows theory”, paramilitary policing, military commissions, provisions for martial law, eradication of habeus corpus, etc. An ideological superstructure will have to be utilized to justify the escalation of such repression, and “totalitarian humanism” (a combination of liberal ideology and fascist methodology) will serve this purpose. The 1993 massacre at Waco will no doubt be regarded by future historians as a prototype for what is to come. With regards to the future construction of an “anti-system” movement, the following scenarios are quite likely:

1. As the cultural Right shrinks numerically and is more out of favor politically, we can expect more attacks on the cultural Right in various forms, ranging from serious social discrimination, legal persecution or even violent repression. Consequently, much of the cultural Right will move away from its traditional “respect authority” stance towards a more oppositional or even revolutionary outlook. The militia movement from the 1990s may be a prototype for what is to come.

2. The “radical middle” or “middle American radicals” will become even more radical as their economic position continues to decline over the long haul, and will become more receptive to radical ideas.

3. The rank-and-file military will become more frustrated by persistently being required to fight in ever more numerous wars of increasingly dubious value. Remember the enthusiasms of Clinton and Gore for so-called “humanitarian war” (what Noam Chomsky has called military humanism)? Obama and his successors will likely bring more of the same.

4. Expect the growth of an increasingly larger “lumpenproletarian” class as more and more people are rendered unemployable either because of a deteriorating economy or because of the marginalization of more and more people through repression, imprisonment, persecution, discrimination, etc. The huge number of convicted felons under the “war on drugs”, for instance.

5. There is also the likelihood of an eventual split among the core constituent groups of the Left along several lines of fracturing. These include the division between the mainstream liberal-managerial-professional class and the class of more genuine dissident intellectuals, genuine anti-imperialist leftists, the pro-civil liberties Left, radicalized youth, lumpen, bohemian, countercultural or declasse sectors. Such divisions will particularly sharpen as political correctness becomes more powerful and has fewer qualms about fully displaying its fangs.

6. Look for an eventual splintering of the Left’s “official victim” groups (racial minorities, homosexuals, feminists, environmentalists,etc.) along both class and ideological lines. For instance, the marginalized gay counterculture vs the gay bourgeiosie, poor blacks vs the black bourgeiosie, and racial nationalist-separatists among the minority groups vs liberal-integrationists. These divisions will widen as the cultural Right becomes less powerful and is viewed as less of a threat by the cultural Left and by racial minorities and as the poor and working classes among the “official victim” groups notice they’re not really getting much out of all of this political correctness and triumphant liberalism.

7. The Left Establishment paradigm of “Western civilization vs the official victims of Western civilization” will become more and more ideologically untenable and demonstrably absurd due to the increasingly liberal-multicultural nature of the ruling class. Further, an increased number of women, racial minorities, gays, etc. holding political power will prove to be no more benevolent or competent than those whom they replaced.

In many of my past writings I have outlined a proposal for a new radical paradigm that recognizes the emerging dominance of center-left controlled imperialism, state-capitalism and police statism, and that offers a prospect for a new demographic and political alignment capable of defeating those now-dominant forces.  This populist right-radical middle-extreme left-lumpen left-underclass-minority separatist alliance proposing foreign policy neutrality, political decentralization, alternative economics, across the board defense of civil liberties and authentic cultural pluralism would still seem to me to be the best way to go. We’ll see.

Updated News Digest November 2, 2008 Reply

Quote of the Week:

“To be governed is to be watched, inspected, spied upon, directed, law-driven, numbered, regulated, enrolled, indoctrinated, preached at, controlled, checked, estimated, valued, censured, commanded, by creatures who have neither the right nor the wisdom nor the virtue to do so. To be governed is to be at every operation, at every transaction noted, registered, counted, taxed, stamped, measured, numbered, assessed, licensed, authorised, admonished, prevented, forbidden, reformed, corrected, punished. It is, under pretext of public utility, and in the name of the public interest, to be placed under contribution, drilled, fleeced, exploited, monopolised, extorted from, squeezed, hoaxed, robbed; then, at the slightest resistance, the first word of complaint, to be repressed, fined, vilified, harassed, hunted down, abused, clubbed, disarmed, bound, choked, imprisoned, judged, condemned, shot, deported, sacrificed, sold, betrayed; and to crown all, mocked, ridiculed, derided, outraged, dishonoured. That is government; that is its justice; that is its morality.”

                                                                                    -Pierre Joseph Proudhon

 

Welcome to Obamaland by Pat Buchanan

Coming Pleasures by Paul Gottfried

Obama and the Left by Daniel Flynn

Don’t Drop the Soap, Ted Stevens!

Methamphetamine Runnin’ ‘Round My Brain by Alix

Reality Overthrows “History’s Actors” by Paul Craig Roberts

Scenes from the Global Class War by Michael Hudson

How to Smuggle Cannabis

Is That Your Appetite? by Rad Geek

Proudhon on the Origin of Property by Shawn Wilbur

The Real Heroes in Afghanistan

The US and Political Killings by Niccolo Adami

The Opium Commodity by Niccolo Adami

Sarah Palin Linked to Terrorist by Francois Tremblay

McCain and Pinochet by John Dinges

Obamanations by Niranjan Ramakrishna

Chickenhawks and the Horrors of War by Mike Whitney

Feds Disrupt Skinhead Plot to Assassinate Obama 

October Surprise? by Justin Raimondo

Obama: Appeaser of the Powerful by Alexander Cockburn

Try AIPAC! Grant F. Smith interviewed by Scott Horton

The Failure of “Human Rights” Imperialism by Seumas Milne

Imperialism, Not Islam, is the Problem by Jacob Hornberger

The US Army’s Domestic Deployment by Glenn Greenwald

Alan Greenspan: Ayn Rand’s “Undertaker” by Murray Rothbard

Financial Madness by Bill Anderson

A Review of “W” by Anthony Gregory

Don’t Vote! by Lew Rockwell

The Conservative Rebellion by Alvaro Vargas Llosa

Why Obama Must Win by Niccolo Adami

Ralph Nader for President by Dylan Waco

Don’t Blame Me; I’m Voting for Kodos by Jennifer Abel

Very Cool New Blog By Two Old Broads (in their 80s!)

The World Tires of Dollar Hegemony by Paul Craig Roberts

America’s Half Blood Prince: Barack Obama’s Story of Race and Inheritance new book from Steve Sailer

Cholera or Plague? You Decide! Taki’s Magazine Editors Give Their Endorsements

The Right Choice? American Conservative Editors Give Theirs

Who’s Getting Your Vote? And Now from the Reason Magazine Editors

The US Empire Will Survive Bush by Arno J. Mayer

Untied States by John Schwenkler

Lockdown in Texas Prisons

SWAT PIGS Move in on the Mohawks

Animal Rights Activists Face Repression in the UK

Danish Hell’s Angels Kick Back Against Immigrant Gangs

Archilles Kritikos, R.I.P.

Green Party Slandered by Pro-Torture Zionazi Scumbag Alan Dershowitz

Thousands of Young Anarchists, Fascists and Communists March in Rome

Socialist or National Socialist by Tom DiLorenzo

The Smashing of Dreams is Not Over by Gary North

Faith of Our Fathers by Laurence Vance

Comrade Barack by Anthony Gregory

Is War Good for the Economy? No! by Justin Raimondo

The Other Election by Bill Lind

You Can’t Cut Spending and Spare “Defense” by Charles Pena

Analysts Question Timing of Syria Raid

America’s Slow Motion Fascist Coup Naomi Wolf interviewed by Lew Rockwell

The State Debate: Some or None? by David Gordon

The Next Dear Leader and Perpetual War by Tom Engelhardt and Andrew Bacevich

Making Excuses for Obama by Justin Raimondo

Conservative Fantasies by Doug Bandow

Palestinian Kristallnacht by Jonathan Cook

Strange Stike on Syria by Farrah Hassen

Comrade Obama? by Pat Buchanan

Why I Support Pastor Chuck by John Derbyshire

How I Became a Resentful Naderite by Peter Brimelow

Naderism in Defense of Liberty is No Vice by Justin Raimondo

Bob Barr for President by Alexander Cockburn

R.I.P. Studs Terkel

The Bailout: Bush’s Final Pillage by Naomi Klein

Greed, What’s That? by Patroon

A Question for Statists by Niccolo Adami

The Anarchy Boogey-Man

Nationalizing Banks, Impoverishing Society by Sheldon Richman

Bugs Before People by Niccolo Adami

A Commie’s Take on Anarchism

Hustler Endorses Serra Paylin

Updated News Digest October 26, 2008 Reply

“When I told a right-wing acquaintance of mine about what the president had done, I already knew he would defend it. You see, you have to understand that because Bush is a conservative Republican, he could be caught sodomizing a goat on the front lawn of the White House and they’d say this only showed his love for animals.”

                                       -Vincent Bugliosi, “The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder”

 

Will Europe Commit Suicide?  by Paul Belien

Tribal Politics by Pat Buchanan

Making Sense of the American Right by Paul Gottfried

Socialism and Secession by Jack Hunter

Where Inflation Came From by Paul Craig Roberts

Is South Africa Going the Way of Zimbabwe? by Ilana Mercer

Lunatic Right-Wing Christian Group Claims African Witch Doctors Are Placing a Curse on McCain/Palin

Ladies and Gentlemen, the Libertarian Party Candidate for President of the United States by Rad Geek

The Afghanistan Advantage by Bill Lind

Government of Thieves by Paul Craig Roberts

The End of Friedmanite Economics? Robert Pollin interviewed by Mike Whitney

A Supreme Injustice by Alan Maass

Fire to the Prisons

Barack Obama Eats Babies by Tim Swanson

Is Environmentalism Racism? by Eric Englund

A Weapon of Thought by L. Neil Smith

Bush’s War on Civil Liberties by James Bovard

Zero Plus Zero Equals Zero by Philip Giraldi

When Is a Child Not a Child? by Andy Worthington

Susan Sontag Was Right by Justin Raimondo

The Enforcement Arm of the Robber State by William Norman Grigg

Four More Years! by Anthony Gregory

Pauper State USA by Eric Margolis

Why Al-Qaeda is Losing by Bill Lind

Repudiate the National Debt by Murray Rothbard

The Pro-Life Scam by G.C. Dilsaver

The Idiots Who Rule America by Chris Hedges

Obama Embraces the War Party by Justin Raimondo

Is the Sun Setting on the US Empire? by Daniel Luban

Richmond Really Really Free Market

Even Billionaires Get the Blues by Richard Spencer

The Standard of Living Bubble and Why It’s About to Go Pop! by Karen De Coster

Sarko Bids France Adieu by Paul Belien

Our Worthless Elites by Tom Piatak

All the President’s Men by Jack Hunter

The Tyranny of Tolerance by James Kalb

The Anatomy of the State by Murray Rothbard

The Duke Rape Case Frame-Up Saga Continues by Bill Anderson

Big Little Government by Bill Barnwell

The Myth That Laissez Faire Is Responsible for Our Economic Crisis by George Reisman

Bailing Out Georgia by Justin Raimondo

Al-Qaeda Endorses John McCain by Ivan Eland

Joining the War Over the Constitution by Nat Hentoff

Iraq: Did the Surge Work? by George Hunsinger

Al-Qaeda’s Take on the Election Michael Scheuer interviewed by Scott Horton

Is Martial Law Coming? Matthew Rothschild interviewed by Scott Horton

The Rising Police State Jim Bovard interviewed by Scott Horton

Cannabis Cafe

Democrats and Double Standards by Pat Buchanan

The Candor of Joe Biden by Richard Spencer

The Multicultural Messiah by Tom Piatak

The Lady from Kalamazoo by Paul Gottfried

Even Billionaires Get the Blues by Taki Theodoracopulos

Sarah Palin, Hillary Clinton and the Maternal State by Dain Fitzgerald

Waiting for the Curtain to Rise by Alexander Cockburn

Nobody for President by Tuli Kupferberg

Why I’m Not Voting for Obama by Todd Chretian

Patriotism and the Labor Movement by David Macaray

You Have the Right to Airport Harassment by Allison Kilkenny

As the Shit Hits the Fan by Ron Sakolsky

Ending State Violence Against Women in San Francisco by Rad Geek

What Hath Ayn Rand Wrought? by Sheldon Richman

Obama is the Republican Candidate by Brad Spangler

Is Ashley Todd Lying? by Brad Spangler

Private Coinage by Murray Rothbard

How Private Coingage Worked in England by George A. Selgin

Breakup of the US May Be Our Only Hope by William Norman Grigg

Michael Moore, Your Heart is in the Right Place, But… by Todd Steinberg

Government Street Thugs by Kathryn Muratore

Coke or Pepsi: Who Are You Voting For? by Paul Armentano

Mondragon Cooperative Corporation: Management for the Future by Niccolo Adami

Mock the Vote! by David Heleniak

2009 TELOS Conference

Translated from Copspeak to English by Rad Geek

Police State New York

Charlotte Dennett for Vermont Attorney General Reply

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080919/ap_on_el_st_lo/prosecuting_bush

Vermont candidate to prosecute Bush if she wins

By JOHN CURRAN, Associated Press Writer Fri Sep 19, 3:45 AM ET

BURLINGTON, Vt. – Lots of political candidates make campaign promises. But not like Charlotte Dennett’s.

Dennett, 61, the Progressive Party‘s candidate for Vermont Attorney General, said Thursday she will prosecute President Bush for murder if she’s elected Nov. 4.

Dennett, an attorney and investigative journalist, says Bush must be held accountable for the deaths of thousands of people in Iraq — U.S. soldiers and Iraqi civilians. She believes the Vermont attorney general would have jurisdiction to do so.

She also said she would appoint a special prosecutor and already knows who that should be: former Los Angeles prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi, the author of “The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder,” a new book.

“Someone has to step forward,” said Dennett, flanked by Bugliosi at a news conference announcing her plan. “Someone has to say we cannot put up with this lack of accountability any more.”

Dennett and two others are challenging incumbent Attorney General William Sorrell, a Democrat, in the Nov. 4 election.

Bugliosi, 74, who gained fame as the prosecutor of killer Charles Manson, said any state attorney general would have jurisdiction since Bush committed “overt acts” including the military’s recruitment of soldiers in Vermont and allegedly lying about the threat posed by former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein in speeches that were aired in Vermont and elsewhere.

“No man, even the president of the United States, is above the law,” said Bugliosi.

The White House press office didn’t respond to a request for comment Thursday. But Republican National Committee spokesman Blair Latoff denounced Dennett.

“It’s extremely disappointing that a candidate for state attorney general is more concerned with radical left-wing provocation than upholding the law of Vermont,” Latoff said. “These incendiary suggestions may score points among the most fringe elements of American society, but can’t be settling for anyone looking for an attorney general.”

Anti-Bush sentiment runs deep in Vermont. It’s the only state Bush hasn’t visited as president, and one whose liberal tendencies make it unlikely he will.

In 2007, the state Senate adopted a resolution calling for Congress to begin impeachment proceedings against Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney.

Last March, the towns of Brattleboro and Marlboro voted to seek indictments against Bush and Cheney over the war, and dozens of other towns voted at town meetings to call for his impeachment.

Sorrell, who is seeking a sixth term, said he doesn’t believe a Vermont attorney general would have the authority to charge Bush.

“The reality is, in my view, that unless the crime takes place in Vermont, then I as the attorney general have no authority under Vermont law to be prosecuting the president,” Sorrell said.

Updated News Digest October 19, 2008 1

“I want to see this guy on death row.” -Vincent Bugliosi, prosecutor of Charles Manson, on the possible prosecution of George W. Bush for mass murder

Taking a Look at Constitution Party Candidate Chuck Baldwin by Laurence Vance

Ain’t My Government by Manuel Lora

How to Fix Our Depreciating Money by Lew Rockwell

We Who Dare Say No to War Tom Woods interviewed by Lew Rockwell

Krugman and the Nobel Fraud by Bill Anderson

The Bolshevization of America by William Norman Grigg

It All Went Wrong When We Left the Gold Standard by Dominic Lawson

Nations by Consent: DeComposing the Nation-State by Murray Rothbard

Criminals in the Military by Russell Carollo

One in Three Atlanta Police Academy Grads Has a Criminal Record by Tim Eberly

Is Iceland a Model for America’s Future?

Watching Ukraine by Justin Raimondo

A Blow for Liberty 

Afghan War is Unwinnable by Gwynne Dyer

A Foreign Policy of Freedom by Ron Paul

Liquidating the Empire by Pat Buchanan

Does the Bailout Pass the Smell Test? by Paul Craig Roberts

Stuck in the Cold: Obama’s Nostalgia for the 20th Century by Michael Scheuer

Wall Street’s Hostile Takeover of Main Street by Karen De Coster

Hitchens, Obama and the War Party by Richard Spencer

H.L. Mencken Club-The Egalitarian Temptation by Richard Spencer

Ike Minds Hard to Find by Eric Margolis

McCain: War Hero or War Criminal? by Robert Richter

Republican National Convention Protestors to be Railroaded on Terrorism Charges

Charlotte Dennett for Vermont Attorney-General Prosecute Bush for Murder!

“Freedom Fries” Congressman to Call for Bush Prosecution?

Do You Hate the State? by Murray Rothbard

America’s Coup D’Etat by Claes D. Ryn

Goodbye, GOP by Justin Raimondo

Criminalizing Dissent by Matthew Harwood

Mexico’s Colombian Exchange by Ted Galen Carpenter

McCain vs Ayers by Dylan Waco

National Review Purges Buckley by Richard Spencer

The Enemy is Always to the Right by Tom Piatak

Thus Spake Kristol by Paul Gottfried

Why McCain Should Lose  by Jack Hunter

My Friend Bill Ayers by Thomas Frank

Cultural Marxism Shows Its Fangs

Eternal Recurrence-Is it 1939, Again? by Justin Raimondo

Thanks for the Depression, George by Eric Margolis

The NATO Alliance: Dangerous Anachronism by Doug Bandow

U.S. Journalists and War Crime Guilt by Peter Dyer

Additional Thoughts on the Bailout by Paul Craig Roberts

An Interesting Response to the Economic Crisis by Larry Gambone

How the Banksters Are Making a Killing Off the Bailout by Pam Martens

Martial Law by 2011 by Roderick T. Beaman

Middle America Radicals and the Libertarian Left by Patroon

The Martial Law Threat Rep. Brad Sherman interviewed by Alex Jones

Give Me Liberty interview with Naomi Wolf

Hijacking Conservatism by Joseph Sobran

Gun Owners of America on the Presidential Candidates by Red Phillips

Can Vermont Break Free of Obama? by Patroon

The Decline and Fall of the Soviet State by Yuri Maltsev

Extremist, Traitorous, Un-American, Un-Patriotic Secessionists-Sign Me Up! by Thomas Andrew Olson

Them’s Fightin’ Words by Mike Tennant

The President is Not a King by Daniel Ellsberg

A Backlash Against Barack? by Pat Buchanan

Blowups and Bombers by Alexander Cockburn

The Mormon Worker

Reply to a "Horrified" Leftist Reply

This is in response to something posted about me on The Art of the Possible web site:

Says “Anonymous” (geez, that’s creative):


“This web site is dedicated to hosting a dialogue between libertarians and the left, with the goal of encouraging theoretical synthesis and practical cooperation between the best elements of both perspectives.


If this is the case, why is no one protesting the presence of Kieth Preston, a ‘national anarchist’ who valorises violence and openly collaborates with racists and fascists? Anyone who has any doubt as to the truth of this claim need merely spend a few hours browsing his attackthesystem.com website.


Surely anyone who takes *either* the ideals of social justice *or* the ideals of individualism seriously should be horrified by this!?”


Ugh, another one of those. Here we go:

 

“This web site is dedicated to hosting a dialogue between libertarians and the left, with the goal of encouraging theoretical synthesis and practical cooperation between the best elements of both perspectives.”


You mean like this:


https://attackthesystem.com/capitalism-versus-free-enterprise-a-review-of-kevin-carsons-the-iron-fist-behind-the-invisible-hand/


https://attackthesystem.com/what-would-an-anarcho-socialist-economy-look-like/


https://attackthesystem.com/beyond-conservatism-reclaiming-the-radical-roots-of-libertarianism/

 

“If this is the case, why is no one protesting the presence of Kieth Preston, a ˜national anarchist”™ who valorises violence and openly collaborates with racists and fascists? Anyone who has any doubt as to the truth of this claim need merely spend a few hours browsing his attackthesystem.com website.”


First, if you want to attack me, you could at least bother to spell my name right, which shouldn’t be so hard to do given that you’re such a self-proclaimed expert on my work. I’ll let my previous statements on all of these topics stand.

 

On national-anarchism:


https://attackthesystem.com/national-anarchism-and-the-american-idea/

 

On violence:

 

https://attackthesystem.com/armed-struggle-against-the-state/


On race:


https://attackthesystem.com/a-calm-anarchist-look-at-race-culture-and-immigration/


On fascism:


https://attackthesystem.com/am-i-a-fascist-an-open-letter-to-the-left-wing-anarchist-movement-2/


On my actual political views:


https://attackthesystem.com/american-revolutionary-vanguard-twenty-five-point-program/


https://attackthesystem.com/liberty-and-populism-building-an-effective-resistance-movement-for-north-america/


“Surely anyone who takes *either* the ideals of social justice *or* the ideals of individualism seriously should be horrified by this!?”


On “social justice”:

 

https://attackthesystem.com/the-richmond-city-jail-as-a-component-of-the-american-police-state/

 

https://attackthesystem.com/the-politicial-economy-of-the-war-on-drugs/

 

https://attackthesystem.com/the-last-minority/

 

https://attackthesystem.com/the-other-civil-war/

 

On Individualism:


https://attackthesystem.com/in-defense-of-libertarian-absolutism/


https://attackthesystem.com/why-i-am-not-a-cultural-conservative/

“Anonymous”, have you ever heard of something called open debate and free exchange of ideas? I suggest you cancel your subscription to the SPLC’s “Intelligence Report”, stop wasting time at ARA hoodlum shows, stop throwing rocks through McDonald’s windows, tell your Commie professors to fuck off, and read some actual libertarian and radical left works of quality, like Proudhon, Bakunin, Rothbard, H.L. Mencken, or maybe even that dead white male slave owning scumbag, Thomas Jefferson. And while you’re at it, you might want to actually check out some elite theory, some Austrian economics and maybe even some critics of cultural Marxism like Alain De Benoist, Paul Gottfried or William S. Lind.


https://attackthesystem.com/the-new-totalitarianism/

Updated News Digest October 5, 2008 Reply

Quote of the Week:

“As long as I am mayor of this city the great industries are secure. We hear about constitutional rights, free speech and the free press. Every time I hear these words I say to myself, “That man is a Red, that man is a Communist.” You never hear a real American talk like that.”

     -Mayor Frank Hague, speech to the Jersey City Chamber of Commerce, January 12, 1938

 

Al Gore, Baptist and Bootlegger by Bill Anderson

The Archbishop of Canterbury Speaks in Support of Karl Marx

The Near Death of the State by Lew Rockwell

Why I Do Not Vote by Mike Rozeff

Democracy: The Great Swindle by Becky Akers

The Plunderbund by William Norman Grigg

No More Help, Please by Stephen Fairfax

Forget the Terrorists by Mike Rozeff

The Great Bank Robbery of 2008 by Bob Murphy

How Congressmen Voted

Blow It Out Your Ass, David Brooks!

A Veteran Speaks Out

The Real Trouble Makers in the Middle East by Justin Raimondo

A Dial Marked “War” by Justin Raimondo

Al-Qaeda’s Opportunity to Hurt the U.S. by Michael Scheuer

Joe Biden: Time for Confession by Ray McGovern

Republicans on the Left, Democrats on the Right by Ivan Eland

John McCain’s POW Cover-Up Sydney Schanberg interviewed by Scott Horton

God and Man at Taki Mag by Paul Gottfried

An Amicus Brief for Neville by Pat Buchanan

Deconstructing the Debate by Justin Raimondo

Racial Quotas in Malaysia: A Grim Warning by Jared Taylor

American Should Listen to Ahmadinejad by Paul Craig Roberts

Not One Damned Dime by Rad Geek

What Wall Street Hoped to Win by Pam Martens

The Pitchfork: Elite Panic on Wall Street by Chris Floyd

The Power of No by Dave Lindorff

Time for a General Strike? by Manuel Garcia

Blaming the Labor Unions by David Macaray

The System Works…for the Rich

Interview with Political Prisoner Lori Berenson

Put the Bailout on the Ballot

The Call of the Tyrant by Tom DiLorenzo

Iraq: They Make It a Desert and Call It Peace by Eric Margolis

War on Two Fronts by Bill Lind

What Will the History Books Say About Our Era? by Daniel Coleman

McMussolini by Ilana Mercer

Police Lieutenant in Taser Case Commits Suicide

How Did “Your” Senator Vote on the Bailout?

Ron Paul Tells Why He Won’t Vote McCain-Palin by Paul Munshine

Gang of Democracies by Justin Raimondo

Amerika William Norman Grigg interviewed by Scott Horton

The Dark Heart of the Gitmo Trials by Andy Worthington

Can A Bailout Succeed? by Paul Craig Roberts

A New Populism? by Grant Havers

What’s the Difference Between Sarah Palin and Dan Quayle? by John Zmirak

In Praise of Older Women by Taki Theodoracopulos

Forgotten Founder, Drunken Prophet Dylan Hales reviews Bill Kauffman

Immigration Restriction-Ruined by Success? by Richard Spencer

Sockless Jerry Rides Again by Caleb Stegall

What Bolshevik! by Niccolo Adami

It Pays to Rebel! by Larry Gambone

The Bailout in Plain English by Joe Bageant

The Free Market Preachers Have Long Practiced State Welfare for the Rich by George Monbiot

Can the Middle America Radicals Save McCain? by Pat Buchanan

The Bailout is a Fraud by Paul Craig Roberts

Sarah Goes to Africa by Richard Spencer

History of an Idea by Roderick T. Long

The Call of the Present by Shawn Wilbur

The Power Elite Shows Its Hand by Wally Conger

The Case for Drunk Driving by David Ker Thomson

When is a Holocaust not a Holocaust? by William Blum

Chomsky: “The Majority of the World Supports Iran” by Subrata Ghoshroy

The Strategic Logic of Suicide Terrorism Robert Pape interviewed by Scott Horton

The Bubble Boys by Justin Raimondo

Insurgency Comes to America

A Nation of Sheep by David Gordon

The Encroachment of Totalitarian Humanism

Where Have All the Real Men Gone? by Kathleen Parker

Police State Democracy by A.C. Grayling

Free Enterprise for the Poor, Socialism for the Rich by Gore Vidal

Elmer Gantry Economics by William Norman Grigg

Is McCain Insane? by Fred Reed

How to Avoid a Depression by Mike Rozeff

Oslo at 15 Years-A Vanishing Dream by Daniel Levy

The Minutemen Verses the Anarcho-Leftoids by Brenda Walker

The “Bailout” Has Passed by Dylan Waco

Whatever Happened to the Discourse on Neoliberalism? by Shawn Wilbur

Creatures of Capital by Alexander Cockburn

Updated News Digest September 28, 2008 3

Quote of the Week:

“Ass usual, the election is a popularity contest run for dimwits. And to elect a dimwit, which is worse. We’ve got this woman Palin, an angry Betty Crocker, absolutely unqualified for the presidency in case McCain goes tits up. She’s ignorant of foreign affairs, at best moderately bright, a whackjob Christian, and a “pit bull.” This is said admiringly.

Oh good. An aggressive ignorant dull-witted-pit bull. How is that better than a passive ignorant torpid pit bull?

Oh god, McCain. A senescent replica of Bush who says he wants to stay in Iraq a hundred years. Actually, the idea has its appeal. Why doesn’t he go there and get a start? A perfect match for Palin, another pugnacious dunce, bottom of his class in boat school – the Naval Academy, I mean. He says he plans to “confront Russia.” Now there’s a plan. It seems that American policy is to make enemies of everyone who has oil or nuclear weapons. Or doesn’t.

Meanwhile the Pentagon prepares for war with China. Is it something in the water?

Next we have Obama, whose only qualification is that he’s maybe a tad less bellicose than the rest of these Oprah Neanderthals. His veep, Biden, is a grey nonentity, a cipher with no characteristics. Well, that’s better than the other three. I mean, he’s as close to no candidate as we can come.

What are we doing? The country has gone nuts. If a giant squirrel began collecting us and storing us for winter, I’d understand. Three hundred million people, and these factory rejects the best we can do?”

                                                                                                                                  -Fred Reed

The Cause of Gasoline Shortages by Gary North

Winston Churchill: Stalin-Loving Tyrant 

Militarized Cops William Norman Grigg interviewed by Lew Rockwell

China Wants a New World Currency

Banksters Mug America by Jim Quinn

It’s Time for Cold War Revisionism by Dan Spielberg

The Meaning of the Historic Ron Paul Press Conference by David Barsallis

Anarchy in Our Heads by Manuel Lora

The Public Schools Have An Agenda (and it’s not education) by Jim Fedako

Should the U.S. Really Murder Persians? by William Norman Grigg

The Murdering FDA Bill Sardi interviewed by Lew Rockwell

Ron Paul Takes Bob Barr’s Advice (Barr Shoots Himself in the Ass)

The American Empire: Too Big To Fail? by Justin Raimondo

Ashes of Empire by Philip Giraldi

The American Left Is Also Claimed by AIPCA by Philip Weiss

Whose Iraq Predictions Have Come True? by Ron Paul

Calling Gitmo What It Is by Aaron Glantz

Downhill in Afghanistan by Jonathan Power

Bill Clinton’s Imperialist Legacy by Stephen Chapman

Lesser of Two Evils? No Thanks. by Daniel Bein

Amnesty for the Stupid? by Pat Buchanan

GOP Turkeys by Paul Gottfried

Where the WASP’s Aren’t by Austin Bramwell

Best Satire Ever   from Social Memory Complex

Served and Protected Once More by Rad Geek

A Death Row Visit with Troy A. Davis by Patrick Dyer

Hezbollah and the Palestinians by Franklin Lamb

Oppose Barack Obama? How Dare Thee! by Joshua Frank

The Bailout Will Kill the Dollar by Dave Lindorff

The Twin Terrors of the Holy Land by Robert Weitzel

A New Cold War Comes to Latin America by John Ross

The Yippie Show by Jesse Walker

Russia Is Back by Thomas N. Naylor

The Bad Boy of the Philadelphia Constitutional Convention by Thomas N. Naylor

No Child Left Behind by Sid S. Glassner

Economic 9-11 Hits Wall Street

Decline and Fall: It’s the Autumn of Our Old Republic by Justin Raimondo

Impeachable Offenses by Bruce Fein

The Pakistan Dilemma by Charles Pena

The Election Means Almost Nothing by Lew Rockwell

Intellectual “Property” by Stephan Kinsella

The Blood of Dresden by Kurt Vonnegut

Terrified Oligarchs: A Renewal of Class Struggle?

Has Deregulation Sired Fascism? by Paul Craig Roberts

Libertarianism Shrugged by Kevin DeAnna

Who Is Vladimir Putin? by Matthew Roberts

Bosses Beware! by Larry Gambone

Welcome to the Occupied States of America

Palestinians Under the Occupation by Khalil Nakhleh

Man Arrested for Farting on Cop

Bush, the Destroyer by Lew Rockwell

The First Fascist President by Ralph Raico

The Bailout Reader

Iran: And the Beat Goes On by Justin Raimondo

Banking, Bailouts and War in US History Lew Rockwell interviewed by Scott Horton

A Landmark Torture Trial by Joanne Mariner

Truth and War Mean Nothing at the Party Conferences by John Pilger

Why is a US Army Brigade Being Assigned to the “Homeland”? by Glenn Greenwald

Joseph Biden: Profile in Cowardice by Gene Healy

We Will Berry You by David Gordon

Day of Reckoning by Pat Buchanan

Sadomasochist Nation by John Zmirak

Ron Paul Vs the Bailout Lobby by Richard Spencer

The End of the Ric Flair Era by Jack Hunter

Metropolitan Secession by Rad Geek

The Brawl in St. Paul by William Gillis

For the People of Pakistan by Niccolo Adami

Who Will Show Some Backbone Against the Bailout? by Ralph Nader

Democrats and Corporate Bailouts by Sharon Smith

D.C. Heist-Wall Street Gang Hijacks Washington by Gerald Celente

Credit Crunch: The Return of Depression?

Has Our Revolutionary Moment Arrived

A Comment on the Brawl in St. Paul by Niccolo Adami

How McCain Blew It by Alexander Cockburn

Call for Papers: Anarchism, Labor Unions and Working People

How Major U.S. Neo-Imperialist Wars End lecture by Robert Higgs

Beyond Conservatism and Leftism 2

What does it mean that the Vice-Presidential candidate for the ostensibly “conservative” party is a female from a working class background who has the flag of a foreign state associated with a domestic ethnic minority hanging in her governor’s office? What does it mean that the Presidential candidate of the opposition party is a black man with an Islamic name? Essentially, such phenomena demonstrate that the political Left has become entirely status quo and that the core values of the historic Left-cosmopolitanism, internationalism, universalism, liberalism, proletarianism, feminism, anti-racism, anti-anti-Semitism, religious ecumenicalism and anti-xenophobia are more or less mainstream and “normal”. Indeed, such values are very much those of the elite. As Joe Bageant recently observed:

http://www.joebageant.com/joe/2008/08/moving-to-the-c.html

“Elite consensus on the issues of race, sex and role of faith in public life are to the left of public opinion, the only area in which this is the case. Elite opinion is overwhelmingly secular, pro-choice, supportive of gay rights and hostile to overt displays of racism.

Tolerance and liberalism on this front is a very useful tool, since it buys political space to be more conservative on the more important money issues. It also enjoys the advantage of making the right enemies, after all who wants to be on Pat Robertson’s side during weekend dinner parties at the Hamptons.

When social conservative complain about the “Liberal Media” they are not wrong, but only in regard to their issues. The contempt of the American elite for the religious right is quite real. What social conservatives misunderstand is that the hostility against them is not because the threat their ideas represent but only a display of the traditional contempt that the merciless strong have for people they consider to be the feeble minded weak.

The significance of the religious right in our politics is only in the wonderful diversions their issues create. Issues that feed a war between urban educated middle classes against the more numerous, the ever more frustrated lower income fundamentalists on issues that are unsolvable in nature.”

This fact provides a great deal of insight as to why the radical Left is now utterly impotent in resisting the forces of U.S. imperialism, state-capitalism and the expanding police state. Beginning in the 1960s, the Left abandoned its historic position as the party of class struggle, first of the middle classes against the Ancien’ Regime, and then of the proletariat against the old bourgeoisie order. Instead, the Left reinvented itself as the party of cultural politics, shifting its focus to such matters as race, gender, homosexualism, environmentalism, abortion, secularism and so forth. Consequently, we now have a situation where the ostensible “radical Left” maintains essentially the same basic set of cultural values as the “liberal elite”. The more socially conservative poor and working class have subsequently been abandoned to be colonized by the Right.

But what is the Right? If we are to judge by the actions of the Republican Party leadership, we might realize that the so-called “conservatives” really care about only three things. The first of these is the perpetual expansion of the American empire internationally. There must not be a square mile of territory on Earth that the U.S. does not control, or so the policy makers and the jingoist propagandists who dominate the more rightward leaning sectors of the media would have us believe. The second of these is the perpetual advancement of the expansionist interests of Israel. The third is the advancement of the economic interests of those narrow economic sectors that dominate the Republican Party, primarily banking, “Big Oil”, armaments and so forth.

Of course, the Republican leadership has to pretend to be social conservatives so that all of the yahoos, jingos, flag-wavers, Bible-thumpers, “homophobes”, money-grubbers and amateur cops who fill the ranks of their most enthusiastic supporters will still come out and vote for them.  But do they take their social conservatism seriously? Of course not. American society is now more liberal than ever before. Do they care one iota about the right-to-life cause, countering the influence of the gay movement, or restoring prayers in schools? No, they have made zero progress on these matters, while making much progress on the things that really mean something to them, like enriching the corporate fatcats, building a police state and conquering the world. Do they take their rhetoric of fiscal conservatism seriously? Not if the federal deficit and the national debt are any indication.

As contemptible a lot as the Republicans are, the Democrats are equally if not more pathetic. The Demos are struggling with a very thin and narrowing lead in this year’s election in spite of the dismal performance and unpopularity of the incumbent party and President. Ultimately, the Democrats represent the same set of interests as the Republicans. The Demos are beholden to the same kinds of banking, petroleum, armaments, pharmaceutical and communications interests as their rival party. The Demos are likewise firmly in the grip of the Israel Lobby. They are just as committed to the expansion of the empire, though they may prefer slightly more covert methods. Consequently, they have no real alternative to offer. Additionally, the Demos are much more reflective of the social and cultural values of the elite classes than the Republicans, hence their intransigence on these matters and their impotence on virtually everything else. Their best hope is to rally the array of left of center constituents group who share their cultural outlook and anyone else who wants to vote for “Anybody but a Republican”. Meanwhile, the Left will continue crying “racism, sexism, homophobia” (as if these were the most pressing matters in politically correct twenty-first century North America) while the ruling class drives things further down the tubes on matters of political economy, law and foreign policy.

The creation of a new radicalism capable of resisting the forces of State, Capital and Empire requires the development of a genuine “third way” beyond Left’s habit of appealing to traditional outgroups or the Right’s habit of appealing to “traditional values”. Instead, the new dichotomy pits those who are against the system versus those who are for the system. Enemies of the system may come from the extreme Right or the extreme Left, with a common denominator being a desire to attack the system! Pan-secessionism is our methodology, and perhaps some sort of lumpenproletarian-oriented anarcho-pluralist populism is our ideology. Our natural constituents are neither cultural conservatives or cultural leftists per se but enemies of the states wherever and whoever they may be.

What If the Israeli Lobby was the Islamic Lobby? Reply

Weekend Edition
August 30 / 31, 2008

Part One

What If the Israeli Lobby was the Islamic Lobby?

By B. R. GOWANI

What if:

Abu Faisal was White House press secretary (instead of Ari Fleischer)

Altaf Adham was deputy national security advisor
(instead of Elliott Abrams)

Sofian Bishr was Supreme Court Justice instead of Stephen Breyer

Tarf Kaukab was Nightline host (instead of Ted Koppel)

Dawud Bushr was New York Times columnist (instead of David
Brooks)

Rukan Badar Ghiyath was Supreme Court Justice
(instead of Ruth Bader Ginsburg)

Thamer Furud was New York Times columnist (instead of Thomas Friedman)

Laith Keid was host of Larry King show (instead of Larry King)

Yousuf “Yo” Luqman was US Senator from
Connecticut (instead of Joseph “Joe” Lieberman)

Zuhaa Midlaj was New York Times reporter (instead of Judith Miller)

Dawud Fouad was Bush’s speechwriter (instead of David Frum)

Lu’ay Labib was Cheney’s Chief of Staff (instead of Lewis Libby)

Polat Walif-Rizk was Rumsfeld’s Deputy Secretary
of Defense (instead of Paul Wolfowitz)

Mahdi Parvez was editor of The New Republic
magazine (instead of Martin Peretz)

Basil Kishwar was the editor of The Weekly
Standard instead of (Bill Kristol)

Ali Wisam was the famous Nobel Peace laureate (instead of Elie Wiesel)

Jaafer Ghawth-Badr was a staff writer at New
Yorker (instead of Jeffrey Goldberg)

Rifat Pir was the Chairman of the Defense Policy
Board AdvisoryCommittee (instead of Richard Perle)

Yaman Sikandar was the famous filmmaker (instead of Steven Spielberg)

Ibrahim Faqih-Ma’n was the head of the
Anti-Defamation League (instead of Abraham Foxman)

Alam Daoud-Vida was the famous lawyer (instead of Alan Dershowitz)

Imagine the above Muslims in key positions. There are 2 per cent Jews in the US and the same percentage of Muslims. Now consider for a moment that both communities have exchanged places as it happens on that TV show “Wife Swap.” Here not only wives but the entire community exchanges places. Or a still better example would be the 1970 film “Watermelon Man” in which a white man wakes up in the morning and discovers he has turned into a black person. Blackness becomes his fate.

However, first let us check out the power Jews have in the United States in order to imagine how things would have been different if the Muslims had exactly the same power.

This article, however, realizes that Jews are not a monolithic group. For instance: 75 per cent of Americans supported the war in 2003 in US, whereas the Jewish support was at 50 per cent.

Like many other Jews, the billionaire George Soros favors a dialogue between the Hamas (the elected government in the Palestinian territories) and the Israelis:

“… Israel, with the strong backing of the United States, refused to recognize the democratically elected Hamas government and withheld payment of the millions in taxes collected by the Israelis on its behalf. This caused great economic hardship and undermined the ability of the government to function. But it did
not reduce popular support for Hamas among Palestinians, and it reinforced the position of Islamic and other extremists who oppose negotiations with Israel….”

There have always been Jewish people and institutions who have tried to work for some peaceful solution of the Palestinian/Israeli problem but the Jewish Lobby and pro Israel individuals have always succeeded in silencing or marginalizing those voices.

Bill and Kathleen Christison explain how the word “anti-Semite” is abused:

“Anyone who has the temerity to suggest any Israeli instigation of, or even involvement in, Bush administration war planning is inevitably labeled somewhere along the way as an anti-Semite. Just whisper the word `domination’ anywhere in the vicinity of the word `Israel,’ as in `U.S.-Israeli domination of the Middle East’ or `the U.S. drive to assure global domination and guarantee security for Israel,’ and some leftist who otherwise opposes going to war against Iraq will trot out charges of promoting the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, the old czarist forgery that asserted a Jewish plan for world domination.”

A Few Clarifications

Before proceeding any further, it is important to remember the historic injustices suffered by the Jewish people. The past has not been especially nice to the Jews; rather it has been extremely cruel­, mainly, in the form of European Christianity. The atrocious climax reached between 1939 and 1945 under Nazi Germany. Between five to six million Jews were murdered. But since then, although there have been some instances of
targeting Jewish people and desecrating their cemeteries in Europe and elsewhere, these have not in any way affected their survival and growth as a distinct religious and cultural entity. And economically they are one of the few most powerful groups in the world.

In addition: There are many interest groups or lobbies in the United States who are doing immense harm to people within and without, and the dominant corporate press is one of those groups. People who want to register their protest or recommend changes are at the mercy of the media managers. So, the Jewish Lobby is not the only one exerting influence. Nevertheless, the Lobby’s power is enormous and it has wielded it
in such a devastating way that the whole of Middle East has been burning for quite a long time now ­ and in turn it affects the entire world.

There is, of course, a convergence of the US interest to control the oil; and, the Israeli interest to be the sole regional power. If one thinks from that perspective, then without doubt the US would have been in a better shape if it would have avoided the 2003 complete destruction of the almost-destroyed Iraq of 1991 and if it had left Saddam Hussein pitted against Iran. Not only would this have saved the US billions of
dollars and hundreds of thousands of lives but would have preserved its hegemony a little longer.

Anti-Arab, anti-Palestine, anti-Iran, anti-Muslim?

When a corporation exploits its workers it is
called an exploiter. When a member of the
majority discriminates against a member of the
minority then she/he is called a racist. When a
male discriminates against a woman he is called a
sexist. When one person discriminates another on
the basis of religion then that person is called
a communalist. When anyone hates or kills a Jew
(simply because he is a Jew), that person is
called an anti-Semite. When a Muslim kills
someone in the name of Islam, he is called a
Muslim fundamentalist/militant/fanatic/etc.

What would you call those influential Jews,
individuals and those belonging to the Lobby, in
the US who played an important role in the war to
destroy an Arab country of Iraq without any
reason or are now pushing for a war against Iran?

They are beardless, suited, booted. They are not
overtly religious like Taliban and so we can’t
call them Jewsratics or Jews who are Israel
Fanatics. However, their religion is Israel and
so the appropriate word (for their world
devastating pro Israel stand) should be “Israel
Fanatics” or “Isratics.” These Isratics are on a
revenge path for past injustices.

The victims are now the victimizers. Their
victims are not the white Europeans but the Palestinians and other Arabs.

And the Isratics are equipped with a WMD or word
of mass destruction, and so the moment anyone
points out their control over the US Congress,
government, news media, etc. she/he will be labeled an “anti-Semite.”

Holocaust

Auschwitz, located in Poland, (then under German
control) was the largest of the many
concentration camps where the Jews were
transported and were murdered using all sorts of
inhuman methods. Other communities suffered too.

For the organized Jewry, the “Holocaust” has
become a profitable enterprise, as Norman
Finkelstein’s insightful study, “The Holocaust
Industry,” makes clear. Just one example: The
Swiss banks’ offer of $600 million was rejected
by the Jewish leaders and so in August 1998, they
agreed to pay $1.25 billion. A press release by
Swiss banks explained “the aim of the additional
payment” “is to avert the threat of [US]
sanctions as well as long and costly court
proceedings.” Back in March, Edgar Bronfman,
president of World Jewish Congress had warned the
Swiss banks: “If the Swiss are going to keep
digging their heels in, then I’ll have to ask all
US shareholders to suspend their dealings with
the Swiss [emphasis mine].” Finkelstein reminds
us that the United States is equally guilty of
the three categories (Swiss denial of asylum to
refugees, claimants to inactive Swiss bank
accounts, and victims of slave labor which proved
advantageous to the Swiss) for which the Swiss
had to pay; whereas, the US has not even been
threatened, let alone charged.

“Many” lawyers were charging $600 an hour for
filing claims, and one lawyer wanted $2,400 for
reading Tom Bower’s book “Nazi Gold.”

Many other European governments, including
Germany, have also paid huge sums of money to organized Jewry.

The US itself has never paid any money to the
Native Indians, the blacks, and many others. One
may wonder as to why the US government threatens
other governments or their institutions to pay reparations to the Jews!

(In 1986, the World Court ordered the US to pay
$17 billion to Nicaragua for multiple crimes. The US ignored the verdict.)

Most interesting to note: Finkelstein says, “The
Holocaust’s mystery, Wiesel avows, is
`noncommunicable;’ `we cannot even talk about
it.’ Thus, for his standard fee of $25,000 (plus
chauffeured limousine), Wiesel lectures that the
`secret of Auschwitz’s `truth lies in silence.'”

Daniel McGowan provides a good portrait of this peace laureate.

“He is a multi-millionaire, but carefully
cultivates the image of a perpetually disheveled
professor. Although he has won the Nobel Peace
Prize, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the
Guardian of Zion Medal, and the Oprah Book Award,
many people in Israel resent the way he has used
the Holocaust to make his living. Some Israelis
refer to him as a `sho’an.’ The word `sho’a’ is
Hebrew for Holocaust; with the suffix it
indicates a professional specializing in the
subject. So it is both funny and derogatory, not
unlike Norman Finkelstein referring to Wiesel as
the `resident clown’ of the Holocaust circus.”

Wiesel was awarded a Noble Peace Prize in 1986.
In 1983, according to the Norwegian Nobel
Committee’s secretary, his name was recommended
by half of the US Congress.

Noam Chomsky says that in the US, Wiesel is
respected as a “secular saint” and is considered a “critic of fascism.”

However, the saint keeps his mouth shut where Israel’s crimes are involved:

“I support Israel, period. I identify with
Israel, period. I never attack; never criticize
Israel when I am not in Israel.”

This so called harbinger of peace was in the
White House on February 27, 2003 to see the
National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice.
President George Bush was also there. Wiesel
echoed the same old nonsense of comparing Germany
of the late 1930s with 2003’s Iraq. In simple
words he wanted Bush to start a war. He said:
“It’s a moral issue. In the name of morality how
can we not intervene.” “I’m against silence.” So
he wanted Bush to scream out loud with weapons.

Further, there are people like the late Nahum
Goldmann, President of the World Jewish Congress,
who have criticized those who exploited the Jewish tragedy:

“We will have to understand that Jewish suffering
during the Holocaust no longer will serve as a
protection, and we certainly must refrain from
using the argument of the Holocaust to justify
whatever we may do. To use the Holocaust as an
excuse for the bombing of Lebanon, for instance,
as Menachem Begin does, is a kind of “Hillul
Hashem” [sacrilege], a banalization of the sacred
tragedy of the Shoah [Holocaust], which must not
be misused to justify politically doubtful and
morally indefensible policies.”

The letter H in the word “Holocaust” is in
capital letter because many influential Jewish
leaders firmly believe that theirs is the unique
tragedy. In other words, they have a copyright
over the word “Holocaust” and thus the millions
of Native Indians, African slaves, Armenians
(victims of Turks), the Congolese (victims of
Belgium), the Bengalis of East Pakistan, later
Bangladesh, (victims of West Pakistan, now
Pakistan), Roma and Sinti people or gypsies
(victims of Nazi Germany), and others can’t claim
their tragedies as holocaust.

Robert Fisk tells us that the word holocaust has
been in currency since the 18th century. The
British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, as a
matter fact, used it for the Armenians:

“In 1915 the Turkish Government began and
ruthlessly carried out the infamous general
massacre and deportation of Armenians in Asia
Minor.” The “war criminals,” that is the Turks,
massacred “uncounted thousands of helpless
Armenians – men, women and children together;
whole districts blotted out in one administrative
holocaust – these were beyond human redress.”

Money Talks, Politicians Walk

It is the power of the influential Isratics. And
they are everywhere in the US. The third richest
man in the US (and the richest Jew in the world)
and the owner of two of Las Vegas’s huge casino
resorts, the Palazzo and the Venetian, Sheldon
Adelson, opposes the two-state (Israel/Palestine)
solution. In October 2007, during Republican
donors’ visit to the White House, he warned
President George Bush that the policy which
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is pursuing
in the Middle East would ruin him.

His both arms around Adelson and his wife’s
shoulders, Bush replied: “You tell your Prime
Minister [Israel’s Ehud Olmert] that I need to
know what’s right for your people­because at the
end of the day it’s going to be my policy, not
Condi’s. But I can’t be more Catholic than the Pope.”

AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee)

The Jewish Lobby is made up of several Jewish
groups. The Israel Lobby includes some pro Israel
Evangelical Christians and Christian Zionists.
AIPAC is one of the most important of the Jewish groups.

Jeffrey Goldberg wrote in 2005 that AIPAC’s
“leaders can be immoderately frank about the
group’s influence.” Years back, while dining with
AIPAC’s Steve Rosen, Goldberg asked if the 1992
incident involving the then AIPAC President David
Steiner had hurt the AIPAC’s influence. “A half
smile appeared on his face, and he pushed a
napkin across the table. `You see this napkin?’
he said. `In twenty-four hours, we could have the
signatures of seventy senators on this napkin.'”

The above conversation is not an isolated incident.

On October 22, 1992, New York businessman Haim
(Harry) Katz [HK] recorded his conversation with
AIPAC President David Steiner [DS] without his
knowledge. Later, when the conversation became
public, Steiner resigned. Excerpts of that conversation:

DS: Besides the $10 billion in loan guarantees
which a fabulous thing, $3 billion was in
foreign, in military aid, and I got almost a
billion dollars in other goodies that people don’t even know about.

DS: … I said look Jim [Baker, Papa Bush’s
Secretary of State], “You don’t want a fight
before the election. It’s going to hurt Bush….

HK: … But you met with Baker. . .

DS: Personally.

HK: Personally. Because you know, he’s the one
who cursed, who cursed the Jews.

(When the Jewish influence in the US was
mentioned at a government meeting on Middle East,
Baker supposedly said, “Fuck the Jews. They don’t
vote for us [Republicans] anyway.”)

DS: Of course, do you think I’m ever going to forgive him for that?

DS: Do you think I could ever forgive Bush for
what he did September 12th [1991] a year ago?
What he said about the Jews for lobbying in Washington?

(Bush Sr. had said: I was “up against some
powerful political forces . . . I heard today
there was something like 1,000 lobbyists on the
Hill working on the other side of the question.
We’ve got one lonely little guy down here doing it.”)

HK: … I thought [presidential candidate Rose]
Perot did marvelous in the debates.

DS: He doesn’t know how to govern. He’s not going
to make it. And there was an incident where his
daughter was going out with a Jewish professor at
school and he said, “I wouldn’t have my daughter marry a Jew.”

DS: … you ought to think about coming to some
of these things. I’ll have a dinner this fall.
I’ll have 18-20 senators there. I run programs in
Washington. We just had a, I had at Ted Kennedy’s
house last month kosher dinner. I brought
foremost caterers down. I had 60 people on the
couch for dinner. Last year, I did it in Al Gore’s house.

DS: I personally am not allowed, as president of
AIPAC, to get involved in the presidential
campaign, because I have to deal with whoever wins.

HK: … what will he [Bill Clinton] do for Israel, better than Bush…

DS: … Gore is very committed to us.
(Gore once said: “I have a 100 percent voting
record for Israel, even though there wasn’t one
synagogue in my congressional district.” And this
person had lectured Jesse Jackson for meeting Yasser Arafat.)

DS: I’ve known Bill for seven, eight years …
One of my friends is Hillary Clinton’s scheduler,
one of my officer’s daughters works there. We
gave two employees from AIPAC leave of absences
to work on the campaign. I mean, we have a dozen
people in that campaign, in the headquarters.

DS: Let me tell you the problem with the $10
billion in loan guarantees, right? We only have
the first year. We have authorization from
Congress, but it’s at the discretion of the
president every year thereafter, so if Bush is
there, he could say, you know, use it as a club,
you know. `If you don’t give up Syria, I won’t
give you the money. If you don’t give up the Golan Heights.’

DS: … A girl who worked for me at AIPAC stood
up for them [Clintons] at their wedding. Hillary
lived with her…. We have never had that with Bush…

DS: … He’s got something in his heart for the
Jews, he has Jewish friends. Bush has no Jewish friends.

DS: Reagan had something . . . He knew Jews from
the film industry; he was one of the best guys
for us. He had an emotional thing for the Jews.
Bush doesn’t have it…. Bush is, there’s a man
with no principles. Absolutely no principles.

HK: … I wish we had a Jewish candidate for president.

DS: I don’t think the country’s ready.

HK: … I think Joe Lieberman would have, uh,
would have, if he wasn’t Jewish….
(Lieberman was Albert Gore’s running mate in the
2000 presidential elections.)

DS: I’d like to see him on the Supreme Court.

HK: If Clinton is elected, has he told you who
he’s going to put on the Supreme Court?

DS: We’re talking now…. We’re more interested
right now, in the secretary of state and the
secretary of National Security Agency. That’s more important to us.

HK: If Clinton is elected, who do you think will be secretary of state?

DS: I’ve got a list…. I’m not allowed to talk about it.

John Mersheimer and Steven Walt point out the use
of pro-Israel congressional staffers as one more
source for the Lobby. They quote former AIPAC chief Morris Amitay:

“There are a lot of guys at the working level up
here” – on Capitol Hill – “who happen to be
Jewish, who are willing . . . to look at certain
issues in terms of their Jewishness . . . These
are all guys who are in a position to make the
decision in these areas for those senators . . .
You can get an awful lot done just at the staff level.”

A former AIPAC staff member Douglas Bloomfield
sheds light on how the congresspersons conduct their research:

“It is common for members of Congress and their
staffs to turn to AIPAC first when they need
information, before calling the Library of
Congress, the Congressional Research Service,
committee staff or administration experts.”

“[AIPAC is] often called on to draft speeches,
work on legislation, advise on tactics, perform
research, collect co-sponsors and marshal votes.”

A senior congressional staffer, writing under the
pen name George Sunderland, here on the
CounterPunch site, explains how the politicians
attending the annual AIPAC meetings act:

“Command performances before AIPAC have become
standard features in the life of a Washington
elected official, like filing FEC reports and
hitting on interns. The stylized panegyrics
delivered at the annual AIPAC meeting have all
the probative value of the Dniepropetrovsk
Soviet’s birthday greeting to [the Soviet leader,
Joseph] Stalin, because the actual content is
unimportant; what is crucial is that the
politician in question be seen to be genuflecting
before the AIPAC board. In fact, to make things
easier, the speeches are sometimes written by an
AIPAC employee, with cosmetic changes inserted by
a member of the Senator’s or Congressman’s own staff.”

Talking to the New York Sun in January 2003,
Howard Kohr said, “Quietly lobbying Congress to
approve the use of force in Iraq was one of
AIPAC’s successes over the past year.”

Occasionally AIPAC is not successful. In 1981, it
vehemently opposed the US sale of AWACS (Airborne
Warning and Control System) to Saudi Arabia but
failed to block the sale. Former President Gerald
Ford was infuriated at the AIPAC antics and
called a Republican senator and fumed: “Are we
going to let the fucking Jews run American foreign policy?”

Reagan announced the AWACS sale on national
television with these words: “It is not the
business of other nations to make American foreign policy.”

But Edward Tivnan sees this sale as not much of a victory:

“… AIPAC had taken on the President of the
United States, and almost, as Ronald Reagan
himself had claimed, embarrassed him in front of
the whole world. (What kind of President couldn’t
sale five airplanes to a small Arab country,
particularly one sitting on billions of dollars
of oil crucial to American prosperity?) … ”

Abraham Foxman

In March 2003, Collin Powell had said: “It is not
driven by any small cabal that is buried away
somewhere, that is telling President Bush or me
or Vice President Cheney or [National Security
Adviser Condoleezza] Rice or other members of the
administration what our policies should be.”

But the reality is exactly opposite.

Foxman, National Director of Anti-Defamation
League, is a very important figure; his power can
be gauged by the meeting he had with Colin
Powell, the US Secretary of State, i.e., foreign minister,

“`In his [Powell’s] own State Department there
was a keen awareness of the strength of the
Jewish lobbyists. Secretaries of State did not
usually meet with lobbyists, but both Jewish
officials and Jews that did not officially
represent specific groups from Abe Foxman of the
Anti-Defamation League to Ronald Lauder, could
meet with Powell on short notice…. At the State
Department, Foxman had an aura of omnipotence. He
was held responsible for the appointment of
[Martin S.] Indyk as Undersecretary of State
under Clinton, and was thought to have played a
role in the appointments of Secretaries of State
[Warren] Christopher and [Madeline] Albright.
Powell related to Foxman almost as if he were
someone to whom he must capitulate. Once Foxman
told one of his deputies that Powell was the weak
link. When the Secretary of State heard this he
began to worry. He knew that in Washington a
confrontation with the Jewish lobby would make
his life difficult. Once he arranged a meeting
with Foxman, but the busy Foxman postponed the
meeting three times. When they eventually met,
the head of the Anti-Defamation League apologized
to the Secretary of State [for the
postponements]. “You call, we come,” replied
Powell, paraphrasing a well known advertisement
for a freight company. That statement had much
more meaning than just a humorous polite reply.'”
(from Raviv Drucker and Ofer Shelah, Boomerang…).

Nevertheless, one has to accept the fact that
even though Powell had been a part of governments
during the 1991 Iraq War and the 2003 Iraq War,
he was not in favor of war. One can argue that in
that case he should have quit his position and
thus boosting the morale of the anti-war movement.

Once on a visit to Jerusalem, he stood his
ground, when he refused to comply with Sharon’s order.

Sharon: I don’t want you to go to Damascus
[Syria]. I don’t think it serves the interests of
peace, and we don’t like it here in Israel when you go to Damascus.

Powell: Ariel, thank you very much but I am going
anyway. I am Secretary of State of the United
States of America and not the foreign minister of Israel.

Powell was fed up with the neo-cons pushing for
war and called them the “fucking crazies.”

It is obvious that it is the Israel Lobby’s power
that enabled Sharon to order Powell; otherwise,
in reality, he was just a premier of a tiny
country ­ although in military means, the fourth
most powerful country in the world.

To be continued Monday