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Keith Preston

Why do Americans still dislike atheists?

Article by Gregory Pauland and Phil Zuckerman. As an atheist myself, I could not care less about “bigotry” against atheists. The last thing I would want to see is atheists jumping on the “poor us, we’re so oppressed” victimology bandwagon. Hence, my general dislike of the “new atheist” […]

Anarchy and Efficient Law

Lecture by David Friedman. ———————————————————————————————— Well-known anarcho-capitalist thinker David D. Friedman on the subject of “Anarchy and Efficient Law”, from the Mises Brasil Austrian Economics seminar.

Denmark Saves Billions by Slashing Immigration

Article by Kevin DeAnna. ————————————————————————————————– A report from the government of Denmark has concluded that the nation’s restrictions on immigration have saved the country 6.7 billion Euros. “Now that we can see that it does matter who comes into the country, I have no scruples in further restricting […]

Blood Sport: A Brief Look at the Sometimes Violent Resistance to Public Funding of Sports Stadiums in Arizona

From Infoshop. —————————————————————————————————– “I will say I’m sorry I shot you the day you stand before the court and admit what you did was an act of violence.” Those were the uncompromising words Larry Naman, a 57 year-old homeless man with what up to that point had been […]

Stop Saying This Is a Nation of Immigrants!

Article by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz. ————————————————————————————————– A nation of immigrants: This is a convenient myth developed as a response to the 1960s movements against colonialism, neocolonialism, and white supremacy. The ruling class and its brain trust offered multiculturalism, diversity, and affirmative action in response to demands for decolonization, justice, […]

Read This Book! ——————————————————————————————————– A compelling case for a stateless society. Anarchy happens when people organize their lives peacefully and voluntarily— without the aggressive violence of the state. This simple but powerful book explains why the state is illegitimate, unnecessary, and dangerous, and what we can do to begin achieving […]

The Prophet of Judgement Day

Article by Edmund D. Cohen. Dr. Cohen discusses the case of radio evangelist and uber-fruitbat Harold Camping, who claims the Christian Judgment Day is going to happen on May 21. ———————————————————————————————————– My clearest recurring impression of Camping is his deep, un spoken longing that his way of life—wandering […]

Hate Speech Makes a Comeback

Article by Pat Buchanan. ————————————————————————————————— Well, it sure didn’t take long for the Tucson Truce to collapse. After Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was shot on Jan. 8 by a berserker who killed six others, including a federal judge and a 9-year-old girl, and wounded 13, the media were aflame […]

The Crimes of National Pride

Article by David D’Amato. ——————————————————————————————————– “Thailand and Cambodia have,” according to BBC News, “reached a ceasefire after a week of fighting along a disputed border … . Both countries said the truce was struck following talks between the two militaries.” The border between the two countries has been […]

A Pretty Picture Painted With Prison Bars

Article by Darian Worden. ————————————————————————————————- As the British royal wedding fades out of the news cycle, it’s important to take a look at the freedoms that were trampled to make it a perfect day for royalty. In the days leading up to the wedding, numerous squats and social […]

In Defense of Royalty

Article by Jef Costello. —————————————————————————————————- In recent months, when I would think ruefully of the peculiar life I lead, I took some solace in the thought that soon my invitation to Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding would arrive. Alas it did not, and I am writing these […]

One Million Apply for McDonald's Jobs

Thanks to our wonderful neoliberal economy. Article from Daily Kos. ————————————————————————————————– You may have heard about McDonald’s putting on a big public relations blitz about offering 50,000 new jobs around the country. In some places, there were big crowds that showed up to apply and interview. Today, Bloomberg […]

Monarchy, Nation-States, And The Failed Reign of “Elizabeth The Useless”

Article by Sean Gabb. ————————————————————————————————— Because it is unwritten, and because its various conventions are in continual flux, the English Constitution can be rather opaque to foreign observers. Some of these fail to understand the nature of convention, and assume that the Queen of England is an absolute […]

The Tea Parties Now Have Their Man

Article by Chuck Baldwin. ——————————————————————————————————- At this point, it may be helpful if I give a little history lesson. The Tea Party movement began in 2007 as a grassroots effort to support the 2008 Presidential candidacy of Congressman Ron Paul of Texas. I am proud to say that […]

In Praise of Hypocrisy

Article by Scott Locklin. —————————————————————————————————— I admire hypocrisy: the more brazen, the better. It makes people strive toward something better than what they are. Hypocrisy is just faking it until you make it. The anti-hypocrites would prefer that everyone wallow in their vices rather than attempting to become […]

On the fading away of the Church and the State

Interesting observations from Vinay Supta. —————————————————————————————————- * The “fading away of the state” is a long-held dream of many radical political ideologies. I never believed it was possible, and then I realized something. * The Church and State were once peers. Over the past few centuries, the Church […]

Markets Without Capitalism: Kevin Carson's Transition Proposals

Article by Michael Bauwens. Required reading. —————————————————————————————————– This is a follow up on yesterday’s post, arguing that the idea and practice of markets, should be divorced from their present embeddedness in an unsustainable infinite growth system such as capitalism. Today, we look at the ideas of mutualist Kevin […]

Royal Wedding: Police Raid Social Centers and Squats

From Infoshop. ————————————————————————————————— As far as we are aware police have left the Offmarket social centre and Grow Heathrow site, but the operation is still ongoing at the Ratstar. There is currently 12 TSG vans outside the building with a crowd of around 40 people outside in support. […]

Helen Thomas and the Political Cleansing of America

Article by James Abourezk. ——————————————————————————————————- You remember Helen Thomas? She was the senior White House Correspondent who always opened Presidential press conferences and closed them by saying the magic words: “Thank you Mr. President.” Her Wikipedia entry cites her professional accomplishments: “Helen Thomas (born August 4, 1920) is […]

What the Drug War has Wrought

Article by John Sinclair. —————————————————————————————————- Only the most nave, cynical or deluded among us can subscribe to the pervasive mythology of drug police, prosecutors and judges as fearless warriors valiantly fighting a depraved horde of heartless pushers and evil dope fiends whose anti-social pursuit of self-gratification by getting […]

Planet Clarion Calling

Article by Alexander Cockburn. —————————————————————————————————— Americans were offered closure Wednesday to one of among the multifarious strands of our national dementias. It took the drab guise of the “long-form” birth certificate, signed and filed in Hawaii on August 8, 1961, indicating that the president is a legitimate occupant […]

A more militarized CIA for a more militarized America

Article by Glenn Greenwald. ————————————————————————————————– The first four Directors of the CIA (from 1947-1953) were military officers, but since then, there has been a tradition (generally though imperfectly observed) of keeping the agency under civilian rather than military leadership. That’s why George Bush’s 2006 nomination of Gen. Michael […]

‘Mr. Y’ and the Decline of the American Empire

Article by Justin Raimondo. ——————————————————————————————————- While the rest of the “news” media was busy covering the Great Birth Certificate Drama, Rachel Maddow spared her audience yet another hour of having to watch that walking hairpiece make a fool of himself (and us), and instead focused on the real […]

The Corruption of Law Leads to Tyranny

Article by Paul Craig Roberts. —————————————————————————————————- Remember when Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld told the world that Guantanamo Prison held “the most dangerous, best-trained, vicious killers on the face of the earth” and gave assurances that nevertheless “we’re treating these people as if the Geneva Convention applied?” The […]

Sending Out an S.O.S

Article by James Clingman. ———————————————————————————————- For years now we have been involved in movements, events, and initiatives organized for the purpose of saving Black people from the ravages and vestiges of historical discrimination, disparity, and disenfranchisement. We have had meetings, conferences, forums, and seminars whose purpose was to […]

A Successful Socialist?

Remembering Austria’s Bruno Kreisky. Hat tip to Chris Donnellan. ——————————————————————————————————- Kreisky led his country for 13 years, from 1970-83, winning a clear majority for the Socialist party of Austria a remarkable three times. During his time in office as the first popularly elected “red” chancellor, he transformed Austria […]

Fed Up With Statist Banking

Article by David D’Amato. —————————————————————————————————- Wednesday’s (April 27) press conference marks a first for Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, a move being called “a high stakes gamble” that could compromise the Fed’s “allure or mystique.” Against a background of an ailing economy and growing criticism of Fed policies […]

Don't Want to Live in a Dictatorship? Why Work in One

A Meetup group for Workplace Democracy. —————————————————————————————————— This is an exploratory group for people interested in learning about, participating in, or starting worker-owned and worker-managed collectives, cooperatives, businesses or organizations. Wikipedia explains worker self-management (or autogestion) as “a form of workplace decision-making in which the workers themselves agree […]

Voting as a Sacrament in the State Religion

Article by MRDA. _______________________________________ For all the time Minchin spends ripping into religion, it’s tragicomic to see him endorsing one of his own; then again, it seems part and parcel of his sociopolitical outlook: supposedly irreligious Leftists haven’t disposed with God—simply replaced him. Why go to church when […]

Collapse? We never saw it coming.

Article by Brett Stevens. ————————————————————————————————— Incompetent people (and by that I mean people who cannot predict the real-world results of their actions, at all) have one thing in common, whether insane, stupid, criminal, oblivious or intoxicated: It’s not their fault. Honest. If you are incompetent in this world, […]

What Is Outsourcing?

From the Economic Collapse. ——————————————————————————————————– Once upon a time in America, virtually anyone with a high school education and the willingness to work hard could get a good job. Fifty years ago a “good job” would enable someone to own a home, buy a car, take a couple […]

2012 Election Preview

John Derbyshire discusses the possible Republican candidates next year. It’s the usual collection of dimwits, opportunists, and sociopaths along with one cool guy, Ron Paul, or maybe two, if Gary Johnson runs. Trump is the wild card. —————————————————————————————————– Mitt Romney. Dear old Mitt. Always a bridesmaid, never a […]

Red Guards on Tofu

My most recent column at Alternative Right. I analyze the stormtroopers on granola. ————————————————————————————————- The ultimate outcome of totalitarian humanism taken to its logical conclusion would be a totalitarian state organized as a kind of caste system whereby individual rights are assigned on the basis of group identity […]

A Call for Anarchist Solidarity with the Indigenous Occupation of Glen Cove

From Infoshop. ————————————————————————————————— For over two weeks, indigenous peoples and supporters have occupied Glen Cove, a “sacred gathering place and burial ground that has been utilized by numerous Native American tribes since at least 1,500 BC,” located on the outskirts of Vallejo, California in the Bay Area. The […]

Jesse Ventura: The Emperor Has No Clothes

Article by Saman Mohammadi. —————————————————————————————————- Who would have thought twenty years ago that a wrestler would become one of the heroes of our age? Then again, it shouldn’t be so surprising because wrestlers are special men. They can both face the ridicule of a crowd and raise them […]

America's Will to Kill

Article by Ralph Raico. ——————————————————————————————– With the end of the 20th century rapidly approaching, this is a time to look back and gain some perspective on where we stand as a nation. Were the Founding Fathers somehow to return, they would find it impossible to recognize our political […]

Blindness Toward War Easy for Americans

Article by John R. MacArthur. —————————————————————————————————- To understand the utter absurdity of America’s intervention in the Libyan civil war, I recommend a visit to the Museum of Modern Art in New York to see its new exhibition of German Expressionism. It will be much more instructive than reading […]

Escalation of a "humanitarian" war

Article by Nicole Colson and Alan Maass. ————————————————————————————————– THE U.S.-led military operation in Libya has morphed from the initial imposition of a “no-fly zone,” ostensibly to prevent Muammar el-Qaddafi’s regime from carrying out a massacre, into an ongoing bombing campaign with no end in sight–and now there’s increasing […]

Nader Predicts 2nd Term for Obama

From Truthdig. ———————————————————————————————————– In a column for Bloomberg, Ralph Nader has outlined the reasons he believes President Obama will not be defeated in 2012. Though the piece certainly doesn’t read as an endorsement for Obama—it’s more critique than anything—Nader argued that a combination of Republican shortcomings and the […]

All the WikiLeaks Fit to Print

Article by Robert Scheer. —————————————————————————————————– There is a craven disconnect between the eagerness of leading editors to exploit the important news revealed by WikiLeaks and their efforts to distance themselves from both the courageous website and Bradley Manning, the alleged source of documents posted there. Alleged is required […]

Military Kangaroo Courts

Article by Nat Hentoff. ————————————————————————————————- When President Obama and Eric Holder succumbed to fierce bipartisan resistance to trying Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and four other charged defendants – for the 9/11 massacre of Americans – in our civilian federal court system, they were defied by Michael Daly, a stubbornly […]

Palestine, the Arab Spring, and the Middle East Lobby

Article by Jack Ross. —————————————————————————————————– During the upheavals sweeping the Arab world, a common refrain among hawkish supporters of Israel has been that the Arab street is indifferent to the plight of the Palestinians, and thus the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is not at the heart of Middle East troubles. […]