I always thought the rise of a populist-right in the USA would be a welcome thing because it would have the effect of fragmenting the Reaganite/neocon coalition. By George F. Will, Washington Post The first of this century’s national traumas is denoted by two numbers: 9/11. One purpose […]
By Jamie Gangel, Kevin Liptak, Michael Warren and Marshall Cohen, CNN WASHINGTON — In an expletive-laced phone call with House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy while the Capitol was under attack, then-President Donald Trump said the rioters cared more about the election results than McCarthy did. “Well, Kevin, I […]
Ben Burgis hosts a panel of Rania Khalek, Daniel Bessner, and Katie Halper, along with producer Forrest Miller. This segment focuses on how the Left might push The Squad on foreign policy moving forward, which this panel means a shift toward Europe, Russia, and China under a Biden […]
By Tim O’Donnell, Yahoo News These days, it can often feel like former President Donald Trump is off the grid, but he made himself known Saturday shortly after he was acquitted in a Senate impeachment trial for the second time in just over a year. In a statement, […]
By Zach Sweat, Know Your Meme YouTube pranks have been around for almost as long as the platform itself, and while many of them are completely harmless, some take things a little too far and wind up getting someone injured or even killed. Such is the case of […]
–Audience Question: Can Democrats make Washington DC and Puerto Rico states?
Dave Smith (https://twitter.com/ComicDaveSmith), comedian and host of the podcast ”Part of the Problem,” (https://gasdigitalnetwork.com/gdn-sho…) joins Ben Burgis and they have a debate about the fundamentals behind both of their preferred ideologies.
Ben Burgis debates controversial YouTuber Vaush (https://twitter.com/VaushV) about class reductionism. Vaush is a proponent of libertarian socialism, 2nd Amendment rights, LGBTQ rights, violent revolution, online debate, and a range of other things.
While I generally regard the January 6 incident as an ordinary riot rather than a serious coup attempt, what is being described in this meme is by no means impossible. Also, it could come from any direction, not just the most obvious source. A right-wing demagogue who becomes […]
By Ally Marie McLean With all of the censorship and deplatforming done by America’s big tech corporations lately, there have been calls from many on the right to create alternative platforms for dissenting voices. Anarchists can take advantage of this situation and create such alternative platforms, if we […]
My guess is that the neocons and Never Trumpers are hoping for a split that will permanently divide the right and provide the Democrats with a permanent hegemony, which the neocons could then successfully colonize (which they have largely done anyway).
I’m neither an orthodox Libertarian like Adam nor a Jacobin socialist like Ben, though I’m peripherally influenced by both traditions. Having studied both traditions for decades, I’m somewhat of a hybrid of the two traditions (a “libertarian socialist” like the classical anarchists) but unlike most libertarian socialists I’m […]
Is a crack emerging among the Blue Tribe? The response to AOC sharing her deeply personal experiences have been troubling. It comes from both the right and the left, and it reeks of misogyny. We need to call it out.
Pigs vs. pigs. Awesome. Fracture, fracture, fracture… By Josiah Bates, Time New Hampshire police chief; a Philadelphia detective; two Seattle Police Department officers who traveled cross-country, to name just a few. In the aftermath of the historic insurrection that took place in Washington D.C. last week, which left […]
During times of upheaval and uncertainty, cults tend to proliferate, particularly among people who aren’t very bright, lack critical thinking skills or are emotionally unstable.
By Ruth Kinna, ROAR Magazine In March 1889 Peter Kropotkin agreed to give six lectures to William Morris’s Socialist Society in Hammersmith, London. Labeling the series “Social Evolution,” he planned to explore “the grounds” of socialism. As it turned out, he never delivered the talks, but the title […]
By Derrick Broze Friends, So I have had some weeks to reflect on what happened on January 6 at the Capitol. I have watched countless hours of footage, podcasts, heard what the MSM and the indy media, and conservative media had to say. My conclusion: While describing it […]
Between her and Gretchen Whitmer, the evidence is overwhelming that bitchiness is bipartisan. By Scott Shackford, Reason After turning to the courts to stop voters from legalizing recreational marijuana in South Dakota, Gov. Kristi Noem says she’ll also veto attempts by lawmakers to give voters what they’ve demanded. […]
Kim Iverson: “These hate crimes are mostly being committed by black young males against Asian seniors. it doesn’t fit the narrative of white racists committing hate crimes against people of color, so it goes mostly ignored. Instead it’s black racists. But many of you say there can’t be […]
By Anthony P. Mueller, Mises Institute The World Economic Forum (WEF) was founded fifty years ago. It has gained more and more prominence over the decades and has become one of the leading platforms of futuristic thinking and planning. As a meeting place of the global elite, the […]
No, but they’re not “worse,” either. That’s what David Leonhardt claims in a recent New York Times article. Gene Epstein joins me to dismantle this comic-book story. Listen here.
No, the victory of anything even remotely resembling “liberty” requires the total defeat and destruction of the old-guard ruling class party. I suppose the GOP could still exist as a purely voluntary association that nobody really gives a fuck about, kind of like mainline churches or labor unions […]
Carla Gericke of the Free State Project updates us on what’s happening in New Hampshire and gives us ideas for how liberty-lovers can support each other and keep each other sane during these difficult, even insane, times. Listen here.
So what if he did? It was about the goofiest and most limp-dicked “insurrection” in history.
Saagar Enjeti analyzes various reasons life-long Republicans are leaving the GOP.
Building the new society in the shell of the old.
A book that a lot of today’s “progressives” need to read. Originally published in 1941, Arthur Koestler’s modern masterpiece, Darkness At Noon, is a powerful and haunting portrait of a Communist revolutionary caught in the vicious fray of the Moscow show trials of the late 1930s. Available here. […]
One thing I find particularly interesting is some leftists continue to deny that “cancel culture” even exists, including ones who have actually been canceled. It’s like the French radicals or old Bolsheviks who defended the regime right up until the moment they were ordered to the guillotine or […]
Investigative reporter at The Intercept, Ken Klippenstein, discusses the cost of sending the National Guard to the Capitol during the riots and the days following.
Krystal Ball and Saagar Enjeti discuss new NBC News polls showing low support for QAnon.
They’re just now figuring this out? Krystal Ball and Saagar Enjeti react to a new Monmouth University poll showing Americans’ growing distrust in the way the government is run.
By Keith Preston Between the time that Donald Trump entered the Republican primaries in 2015 to the moment of the January 6, 2021 supposed “coup attempt,” the specter of “fascism” has been raised by critics of Trumpism. Analogies to the failed Weimar liberal-capitalist regime of the pre-Nazi era […]
By Ally Marie McLean Araby” by James Joyce explores the feelings associated with the pursuit of illusory escapism from a life of drudgery. The protagonist, an unnamed Dublin schoolboy at the turn of the century, takes little pleasure from his daily life. He finds a distraction from the […]
By J.P. Cortez Boise, Idaho (February 11, 2021) — The Idaho State House today overwhelmingly approved a bill which enables the State Treasurer to protect state reserve funds from inflation and financial risk by holding physical gold and silver. State representatives voted 51-19 to pass House Bill 7, […]
“They started it! They started it!” says a Democratic pundit. By Perry Bacon, Jr., FiveThirtyEight In his inaugural address, President Biden described America as in the midst of an “uncivil war that pits red against blue, rural versus urban, conservative versus liberal.” His invocation of a civil war […]
Some paleo-pig-love from Bill Lind. Actually, the question of how much to love/hate the cops, how much violence to use, how much to reject the conventional political system, etc. is going to be a big source of division on the Right in the future. By William S. Lind, […]
This is somewhat interesting because it shows how the FOX circle is trying to spin things in the post-Trump era and how the progressoids are responding. The FOXers seem caught in the middle between their Trumpist base and their neocon overlords.
By Otfried Höffe, TELOS It is hard to believe. More than seventy years after the adoption of the Basic Law, a constitution opposed to all dictatorships, two principles have ceased to be self-evident: the content of the basic freedoms and the separation of powers in the organization of […]
By Russell A. Berman, TELOS Both sides of the transatlantic alliance, America and Europe, pride themselves on their commitment to freedom. And rightly so: these political communities emerged out of histories of extended emancipation struggles, laying claim to rights against pre-democratic authoritarian states, just as they have done […]
A modern variation of the peasant riots of the Middle Ages. Krystal Ball and Saagar Enjeti react to day two of Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial.
This should be a howler. Team Rising reacts to reports that ex-GOP officials are looking to form a third, center-right political party.
Krystal Ball and Saagar Enjeti react to major moments at Neera Tanden’s confirmation hearing.
The ongoing retreat of drug prohibition represents a major paradigm shift. Co-founder of Cornbread Hemp, Jim Higdon, explains how and why marijuana should be legalized on state and local levels.
In the summer of 2020, the urban lumpenproletariat struck. Then, in January 2021, the rural/suburban lumpenproletariat and sinking middle struck. Krystal Ball analyzes the ongoing debate between racism and economic anxiety.
By Konstantinos I Kotis Artiﬁcial Intelligence (AI) is a way of making software think intelligently, in a similar way the intelligent humans think. AI attempts not just to understand an intelligent entity, and the way it perceives understands, predicts, and manipulates a world far larger and more complicated […]
Freedom News The centenary of Kropotkin’s death is a good time to return to the question he asked in Freedom in 1886: what must we do? Ruth Kinna considers a thinker whose work evolved through a rapidly changing political and social era but never lost its humanity and […]
As if the fusion of capitalism and wokeness wasn’t bad enough, now corporations are becoming actual cults. By Jessa Crispin, The Guardian Do you feel lost? Like your life has been drained of meaning or purpose? During your work day, do you wander from task to task in […]
There are positives and negatives associated with this. On one hand, this is kind of like a revival of company towns. On the other hand, they help fuel startup societies.